Yehudi Chan


My name is Yehudi and I’m in my second year studying Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. Before I came to the UK, I studied at South Island School in Hong Kong where I’ve lived most my life. I chose to come to Leeds not only cause of its top 20 rank in the UK. Neither because they are an esteemed Russell Group University but cause of its highly rated student satisfaction scores. Contrary to popular belief, university rankings do not define the enjoyment and satisfaction you will receive from attending there.

As I write this profile, words are incapable of describing my experience so far at Leeds. The first thing that I could possibly say is one word: Freedom. Now I know what you may be thinking, “Oh, I’d get freedom at any university I enter, so what’s different here?” The answer is the freedom of choice. The university provides up to over 300 societies that are available to join at a whim. From political events, to freestyle dancing to whatever else comes to mind, Leeds will have it. The time is now to pursue your passion whatever it may be. When I originally came to Leeds, I was a triathlete that looked up to the Brownlee Brothers. Now that I’m here, I’ve decided to put triathlon on hold for a year and explore other things. There’s just so much to do! From learning self-defence techniques in ju-jitsu to playing basketball with my friends in the Edge, I’ve barely scraped the surface of what the university has to offer. That is possibly my favourite thing about the University. The freedom and flexibility to pursue your passion and explore new interests that you never knew existed before. That it has something for everyone.

My course has given me the right amount of everything. As a biological science student, we’re often known as the ‘jack of all trades’ as we get a bit of everything in the life sciences. Our lecturers are all researchers themselves and lead their respective fields so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best information as of now. I enjoy practical work in particular, as it is an entirely new experience in a university laboratory with a wide variety of things to investigate.

Leeds as a city has a lot to offer from a thriving nightlife to historical museums that date back to the middle ages. I love the fact that the University is only a stone’s throw away from the city centre so it’s very convenient to pop down into town to shop for food. My favourite place in Leeds is Kirkgate Market because you can always buy things for a low price.

I currently stay in an en-suite room at one of the University accommodations on campus. I love the convenience of living on campus, as I am only a short walk away from my lectures and practicals, which makes life a lot easier for me. By also staying at a university accommodation, you receive a gym membership at the Edge, which is very useful in staying fit and fulfilling those new year’s resolutions.

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