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Latifa Ismoilova

From: Uzbekistan
Studying: BSc Genetics
I speak
English, Russian, Turkish and Uzbek
BSc Genetics

Hi, everyone! I am Latifa, a proud student ambassador at the University of Leeds. Let me take you on a remarkable journey that taught me the power of pursuing our dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. 

Originally from Uzbekistan, a vibrant country in Central Asia, I embarked on a path of self-discovery before entering the esteemed Academic Lyceum under Westminster University in Tashkent. At the age of 15, I developed a deep passion for languages and cultural exploration. Through sheer determination, I taught myself the Turkish language by immersing myself in Turkish series and eventually started translating them into Russian. This endeavour led me to establish a blog, reaching thousands of viewers from all over the world and accumulating a loyal following of 30,000 on Instagram. It was a testament to the belief that the impossible can become possible with relentless pursuit. 

Little did I know that this early experience would shape my journey to the University of Leeds, where I now study Genetics. The idea of studying abroad seemed like an unattainable dream, particularly given my parents' reservations. However, motivated by my groupmates at lyceum, I decided to apply to universities in the UK as a personal challenge, never truly believing that I would end up studying at Leeds. 

In an unexpected turn of events, I applied for the El Yurt Umidi scholarship program with only two hours remaining until the deadline. To my astonishment, not only did I win the scholarship, but I also achieved the highest result among the other candidates. It was a powerful realization that the impossible is indeed possible, and the dreams we dare to chase can become our reality against all odds. 

Now, as a student ambassador at the University of Leeds, I am honoured to represent this exceptional institution and share my remarkable journey with prospective and current students. Leeds has exceeded my expectations, offering a nurturing environment that encourages academic excellence and personal growth. The diverse community of students and faculty members has broadened my perspective and enriched my understanding of human behaviour. 

Beyond the captivating world of genetics, I find solace and inspiration in the vibrant city of Leeds. Its dynamic atmosphere, cultural diversity, and array of exciting activities have become an integral part of my university experience. Whenever I seek moments of reflection, you'll likely find me at Leeds Dock, immersing myself in the energy of this remarkable city. I discovered this place when I first moved to my accommodation during my Foundation Year, when I used to live at Clarence Dock. Now I am living at Charles Morris, one of the most popular accommodations in Leeds. 

As a student ambassador, I am committed to inspiring others to fearlessly pursue their dreams, no matter how unbelievable they may seem. My journey from a 15-year-old language enthusiast to a Genetics student at Leeds University is a testament to the extraordinary possibilities that await us when we believe in ourselves. 

Together, let us embrace the truth that the "impossible" is merely a springboard for our greatest achievements. Join me on this incredible journey at the University of Leeds, where dreams are nurtured and transformed into reality. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to message me on UniBuddy or via email 🙂

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