Shiwei Ooi

Hi there! My name is Shiwei. I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I am an undergraduate in Medicine. Before coming to Leeds, I studied at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur and completed my O’ Levels in Singapore.

I first heard about Leeds through researching the top universities to study Medicine and found Leeds to be one of the bests in the world. Upon further research, I discovered that Leeds is a Russell Group University, renowned for the quality of their research for I am keen on. And I liked how they allow students to take up an intercalated degree (where you a take a year out of medicine to do a BSc or a MSc), allowing me to further my interest in Environmental Health.

My time at Leeds has been truly amazing so far! The union has honestly been a life saver for me. From events such as pet therapy where you get to play with cute dogs, vintage kilo sales that make a great study-break activity and the legendary night club, Fruity at the union which you get to see all your friends have fun and boogie! I am also very proud to say that it is through Joblink that I was able to obtain my first job ever. I found the staff very welcoming and helpful in helping a nervous fresher like me find their first job. The application process was simple and the Joblink’s Facebook group is always a great platform for me to look for part-time jobs that would fit around my busy schedule. I also spend the large majority of my time especially towards exams season in the Health Sciences library. I think studying in the library provides me with a conducive environment to support my learning and the wide-array of books on display has definitely helped me saved a lot of money from buying pricey medical books.

One of my favourite things about Leeds is the number of societies that it is 320 of them to date to be exact! In first and second year, I was part of the LUUs Women’s Basketball team and had the best time of my life! From training, attending competitions around the region to having the best memories at the weekly sport socials on Wednesdays. I have had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world simply through the love of basketball and I would definitely recommend any student to join one as the experience is like no other. I was also part of a society called Sexpression where we went into schools to teach sexual education to students and am currently in the Leeds Sustainable Medics team where we advocate for sustainable teaching in the medical curriculum. There is always something for everyone!

One of the best things about my course is the amount of patient contact you get as soon as you start medicine. In first year, we started off attending placements once a week where it gave us an opportunity to observe and even practice doctor-patient communication on real-life patients. Through interacting with patients, I am trained to pick up social cues, the tone of language the patient is speaking in and to decipher the content patient’s present to me which are essential communication skills needed to interact with not just patients but with anyone.

Outside of my studies, you will often find me at our university gym, the Edge. I love how it is located on campus, making it extremely convenient to pop to the gym in between or after lectures. There is also a wide array of fitness classes that are super fun such as Keiser Cycle, Zumba, Insanity and the state-of-the-art gym equipment and facilities that work perfectly with my workout regime. Also with being a huge music geek and Leeds being infamous for its music scene, was all that I needed. I have admittedly been to over 30 concerts whilst studying here at Leeds and have seen acts like The Weekend to even the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the historical Leeds Town Hall.

I think Leeds is such a vibrant city with so many different cultures. You can find all kinds of food from your local British Sunday roast at The Brunswick, delicious curry with naans larger than life at Akhbars to authentic mouth-watering pad thai at Thai Aroy Dee. Putting my food loving nature aside, I also love creating and exploring art. As you venture around Leeds, you may be able to spot the UK’s tallest mural ‘Athena Rising’ near the train station to the vibrant and iconic ‘Cornucopia’ next to the Corn Exchange. There are also so many art galleries like the Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley’s which I often frequent to do edgy photoshoots with my friends.

I lived in Charles Morris Halls (CM) in my first year and later moved to a private accommodation just off Clarendon Road. Living at CM was great! When I first arrived, I was immediately greeted by a friendly student helper who showed me where to get my keys and was kind enough to show me to my room. CM was right on campus so it was super convenient to get to my building and the catered option allowed me to have one less thing to think about, which allowed me to focus my time on studying etc. It was also great to go to the refectory with my flat mates for dinner and catch up with them after a long day.

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