Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship (UGRLS) – Dominique

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I have just gone into my second year at Leeds, studying History and Sociology and can still not quite believe how much I have been able to cram in; including participating in a flash mob as part of LUU Amnesty Society and gaining a red belt in karate. As a part of getting fully involved in student life and exploring the many opportunities Leeds offers I applied and was accepted onto the Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship (UGRLS). This has been one of the biggest things I have done so far, as the scholarship involved spending 6 weeks in Leeds over the summer doing my own research project.

My project was about Leeds Theatre Past and Present- whether the present theatres are influenced by Leeds theatrical heritage, which is incredibly interesting once you start delving into it! I looked primarily at City Varieties Music Hall, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Slung Low. All are amazing and all are incredibly different. City Varieties is one of the last remaining music halls in Britain, West Yorkshire Playhouse offer a variety of plays and Slung Low make the city their stage. I then started researching these theatres in more detail by looking in Special Collection Archives at the Brotherton Library, West Yorkshire Archive Service in Morley and going to the theatres themselves and meeting staff.

The experience has been truly great as I have done things I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do, such as interviewing Slung Low’s artistic director Alan Lane and having a meeting with a Leeds councillor about a possible heritage trail next year. After conducting my research I began to document my research in a report. The task I set myself was bigger than I originally envisioned and I’m still amending my report, but I know how proud I’ll feel once it’s complete. I also really got into blogging and using twitter to provide updates on how my research was progressing, along with any obstacles I needed to tackle.

So far during this academic year I have presented my project at a Heritage Show + Tell event which was very nerve-wracking, but enjoyable! Through the scheme I have also become a Joint Honours Student Ambassador for the History Department and I am now on the lookout for any events that can help my project for next summer, when I start to develop some more creative outputs.

Leeds has so much to offer and I can’t wait to see what the next two years has in store for me!

Dominique.

https://twitter.com/DominiqueTriggs

http://dominiquetriggsblog.wordpress.com/

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Finding Out Who You Are- James Gupta

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Starting your own business is hard. Not hard in the same way that quantum physics is hard, but hard because you’re venturing into unknown territory, faced with decisions every day which could make or break your business- and more often than not, there isn’t a lot of evidence to tell you what the ‘right’ answer is.

You have to make decisions about your product. If this is an app you will have to decide whether to develop it yourself, outsource development or give someone shares in your company to develop it for you. Within that there are a myriad of other decisions to make from the high-level (‘should we initially develop for iOS, Android or both?’) to the seemingly mundane but still potentially critical points (‘should this button go on the left side of the screen or the right?’).

Each of these questions represents a fork in the road for your business. And they have correct answers in that there is an option that represents the optimum path to take. What’s particularly terrifying is that some options may literally make or break your business.

For those coming from a science background, your first thoughts might be to look at the evidence: see what companies have done in the past and emulate that. To an extent, this can be helpful, but at the end of the day, the only thing you can rely on is your own judgement. You can look at what AirBnB, Tesco or Facebook did when faced with your situation, and this may give you a good indicator but your business is (hopefully!) different to theirs. Not only is your market different, but internal factors such as the skills and abilities of your team also need to be considered.

The gang: Barney Williams, myself and Sam Ryan in a JumpIn taxi

In a nutshell: having an idea for a business is great, but to succeed you’ll have to make a series of correct decisions. The best thing to do to increase your chances of succeeding are to arm yourself with the best advice possible and use this to guide you.

In this respect, the Spark team at Leeds University have been absolutely instrumental in helping me to get my first and then second business started. In addition to providing cash grants you can use to develop a prototype or complete market research, they have a diverse network of professionals from across the region who offer young entrepreneurs legal, financial, technical, marketing and pitching advice.

They won’t do the work for you: you can’t just rock up asking for £1000 because you’ve got an idea to make the next big app that’s going to be like ‘<<insert existing social media network here>> for <<insert niche group of users here>>’. What you can expect though, is to get honest critique on your idea, some agreed ‘next steps’ milestones and help constructing a basic business plan. If you can do this and show that you’re serious about your idea, that critically evaluated your business model and done some market research, then more often than not  you can get some level of financial support to help you start turning it into a reality.

And it’s important to point out: this isn’t just for business or humanities students. Natural scientists, computer scientists, engineers and medical students very frequently have incredible ideas to solve problems they see day to day in their lives. You may not have any formal teaching in enterprise, and whilst this can put you at a disadvantage, it shouldn’t prevent you from testing the water with your idea. Maybe you’ll discover you have a bit of natural flair for the business thing after all, maybe you’ll want to do an MSc in Enterprise to get more formal education in it whilst developing your idea further, or maybe you’ll find the perfect business-minded co-founder to match your technical expertise – many very successful businesses have been founded on exactly this kind of relationship – Apple and Facebook being just two that come to mind.

My own journey started just this way, when two other Leeds students, Sam Ryan and Barney Williams were looking for a technical co-founder to join their team and help to develop JumpIn, a taxi booking and sharing platform exclusively for students. They found me as I’d developed another app before, and whilst this had some reasonable success I’d mainly developed it as a hobby project rather than an actual business. I was intrigued with the concept, and agreed to come on board with them.

This was the start of a 18-month journey during which I’ve learnt more about myself and what I want to do with my life than I have in 20+ years. JumpIn involved crazy hours, but the pay off was that as three students we developed a viable business in an incredibly well-funded, competitive and fast moving market. We were invited to 10 Downing Street to advise the government on how they can facilitate Britain’s growing ‘app economy’, travelled across the country and met the Duke of York to receive a Young Entrepeneur Award. We launched JumpIn in 5 major UK cities, completed a second investment round, moved in to offices in London and hired full time developers to help work on the product. In the end, we sold the company to Addison-Lee, Europe’s largest taxi firm, in an acquisition which saw Sam and Barney taking up product manager positions to continue running JumpIn under the Addison-Lee brand.

From my perspective, I’ve been offered a fellowship at the Kairos Society, an international network of entrepreneurs – comprising some truly inspiring people, and have gained a bunch of contacts, skills and experience to use in future endeavours. I’ve decided that, despite the stresses and risk inherent in entrepreneurship, I love the journey, and I want to start more projects.

Since then I’ve been involved with all kinds of things: I’ve developed innovative technological solutions for a dutch healthcare provider treating autistic children, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and advised on many more.  I’ve spoken about technology and enterprise at events in Leeds, London and Los Angeles (my speaking circuit, it seems, has an affinity for the letter ‘L’), and most recently have been working on my second real ‘business’ project, MyCQs.

MyCQs is the app I developed as a hobby project before joining JumpIn. In a nutshell, it’s an online revision platform which is going to make learning a more engaging, more interesting and a more social process. MyCQs encourages students to create, practice and share Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) tests with their coursemates. My colleague Omair and I originally discovered that writing questions for each other was a great way to learn, so we gradually opened up this process to other medical students who also found the process to be really engaging.

We developed the app and website over a 3 month period, and shortly after we released, it gained 16,000 downloads in just 6 hours! Suddenly not just medical students, but Boeing 787 pilots, special needs teachers and students from practically every discipline were using our app to improve their education. This was incredible, and in all honesty took a good few hours to really believe (‘Is our analytics software broken? Have I forgotten how to read graphs? k means thousand, right?’). It had two major effects: 1) It crashed our servers, 2) It made us realise we’d tapped into something much bigger than we realised. This wasn’t a niche platform for a few hundred medical students: this is something which could be applied to students and professionals in practically every field.

So a few months after exiting JumpIn, I started to think about how I could use what I’d learnt to transform MyCQs from a hobby project into a world-leading educational platform. We completely re-wrote the old software, which whilst usable wasn’t particularly scalable. We won a competition run by a national educational charity called Jisc, which gave us access to funding as well as mentoring and support from industry experts. After an intensive summer working with Jisc, we now run MyCQs on a technology platform that can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it – it’s stable, it’s secure and it’s fast. This means that we can have absolute confidence in pushing it out there to universities and investors.

Eventually I plucked the courage to go back to the Spark team and ask for some more support. In the back of my mind I had this idea that they might say ‘What? Him again – he’s already had his money and his support…go away!’, and fortunately this notion was proved wrong. They completely understood that this was a new business with new challenges, and that I was taking on a much larger role in the business-development side of the business than I had in JumpIn.

Spark have put us in touch with solicitors to get our company documents written, advisors to help us pitch and, most recently, free office space for one year at the Leeds Innovation Centre. This is part of a new Incubator scheme Spark is providing, using funds from an entrepreneur called Peter Wilkinson who wants to see more successful student-run businesses coming out of Leeds University.

The office space allows us to work far more effectively together, and give us the potential to bring in more staff or interns of we need to in the near future, as well as giving us a lot more credibility when meeting potential stakeholders.

MyCQs is available now, for free, in the app store and at http://www.mycqs.com. For the next few weeks we’re going to be working hard on really polishing the product in response to user feedback, as well as developing a premium (paid) subscription level giving users access to advanced analytics and personalised learning plans! Next month we’re pitching for a round of investment at The Web Summit in Dublin, and at the Jisc Innovation Showcase in Reading.

If you’ve got an idea and want to turn it into a business, be aware that it is hard, risky and will, in all likelihood, put significant strain on some of your personal relationships. No-one can do it for you, but there are people out there who can help: whether in the form of money, advice or connections, which will make you far more likely to succeed. Spark and Jisc are two fantastic organisations doing this, we’re incredibly grateful to them and I encourage you to take advantage of what they’re offering!

PS: If you’re interested in working in a startup business but don’t have your own idea right now, drop me a line – MyCQs is growing quickly and we’re keeping an eye out for new blood, new perspectives and new talent who can help us take it to the next level!

 

James Gupta

Medical Student & Enterprise Scholar, University of Leeds

Founder, MyCQs

http://www.mycqs.com

@mycqs

@gupta_james

james@mycqs.com

 

Kate Solomon – Year Abroad in Morocco

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My name is Kate Solomon and I’m a third year Spanish and Arabic student. My course requires a year abroad in an Arabic speaking country so I spent last year at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco.

Why Morocco? Well, that’s not too difficult a question, as I didn’t really have much choice! I’d had my heart set on going to Egypt since even before applying to Leeds, and up until July of last year that’s where I was planning to go. Until the FCO declared it unsafe for students, and my tutors in Leeds decided we would all be going to Fez instead. I guess that is maybe one of the negatives of picking Arabic, the volatility of a lot of the countries, but that definitely isn’t to say my year abroad wasn’t an amazing experience.

So why Arabic? That is harder to answer. At school I had always enjoyed languages, and did alright at them, so I figured that’s what I’d be studying at uni-but I fancied picking up something new. So when I saw that Leeds offered Arabic I thought, why not?

I found first year incredibly hard and when I arrived in Fez, I could barely string a sentence together. But the school that we were in– which was by no means big or ultra-modern, think the size of your primary school with similar 90s era technology – had the most incredible teachers who really motivated me. I’m still far from fluent, but I’m still amazed sometimes by how much I improved over the course of that one year.

Fez, for those of you that don’t know, is Morocco’s 3rd largest city, and one of the oldest of all cities in the history of Islamic civilisation. I was (un)fortunate enough to live in the oldest part of it, known as the Medina, which is also the world’s largest car-free zone- donkeys are the main mode of transport here! Whilst living in such a historical place was incredible, it wasn’t completely stress free… The internet would often disappear for no reason, and I remember well when we had no electricity of any kind for two days! However, this has definitely made me a lot more chilled out now!

What was more of a culture shock for me was the lack of things to do in the evenings. In Leeds, going out is such a big part of student life, but in Fez this was more or less out of the question.  Some days the biggest bit of excitement of the day would be going to Carrefour – the big Western supermarket outside of the Medina.

But, one positive of living in a city with not much to do was of course all the travelling we did. I visited most of the main cities of Morocco and even had a weekend in Spain. Probably the highlight of my year abroad was a school trip to the Sahara in which we trekked on camels to an oasis and climbed up the sand dunes to see the sun rise. Yeah, not bad for a school trip!

My advice for anyone who has the opportunity to go on a year abroad is to really make the most of it. It’s a fantastic way to discover a whole new country and learn a language, not to mention a great way to do some travelling. If you’re going to go to somewhere like Morocco, it will be difficult at times, (especially if you’re a small, blonde girl like me) but it will definitely be worth it

Update on the Student Engagement Showcase- From a Rambling Nicola.

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I’m a bit of a blogging addict so can’t seem to keep my hands off this page! Here’s a bit of an ‘interim report’ of what we’ve been up to, but I’ll keep it brief, and less boring than the words ‘interim report’ make it sound.

Being an intern and making decisions is hard- it’s for grown-ups! We’ve not even graduated, which technically means that we don’t have to be one of those yet right? We’ve had to be super organised and have lots of meetings with designers, potential speakers, and events people. If the word ‘meeting’ doesn’t make you feel mature I don’t know what will! So we’re five weeks away from the Student Engagement Showcase and making steady progress, but I can’t help but feel that the pressure is on.

There have definitely been a few hiccups, but nothing too catastrophic (touch wood!). After some trouble with design concepts and way too much time spent on re-drafting, we find ourselves without one of those important visual ‘brand identities’. I find my emails have less hedging ‘sorry but’, and ‘if you don’t mind’ type phrases as time goes on, and ‘determined deadline’ Nicola comes out. She’s kind of like the green goblin of the events business, except rhetoric is her method of attack. No actually that was a really terrible and embarrassing analogy, forget I did that.

More embarrassing than my pitiful attempt at humour was our mission to get students to have their picture taken with blackboards to show the cool ways that they’ve been ‘engaging’ at uni. This was to help us promote the event. “Excuse me can we have a few minutes of your time” apparently screams ‘we want your money and your soul’, which became clear with the nervous students cowering in their seats. One girl flushed red and was nearly reduced to tears simply by our hello. Despite these set backs, out of dedication to our work and not sadism, we pursued; eventually getting some more positive responses. We found that students are doing some really interesting things! Apparently there’s a thing called ‘Korfball’, which is the only mixed-sex sport in the world, and also Leeds University students are crazy about yoga. That’d be the coursework stress making them cry out for relaxation maybe?

So right about now we’ve got a bunch of really impressive student speakers for the event, plans for fun workshop activities, and a good amount of attendees. I’ll feel better once the serious things are sorted though- wine and nibbles!

Peace!

Nicola.

Evelyn- International Relations Student

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Hi there! I’m Evelyn and I’m a final year French and International Relations student. I’m mildly terrified about graduating in a mere – eek – six months and the nostalgia is already starting to kick in. I know that in a year’s time I’ll be looking back through photos from my time spent at Leeds with a tear in my eye (I have hayfever OK?) wishing that I’d done more with my time spent in this fair city, but knowing that there are only so many hours in the day and I spend too much time on Netflix.

I originally picked Leeds for two reasons. Firstly because I’m a city girl at heart – despite how much I like a good hike I love being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a creative, thriving, energetic city and Leeds is just that. Despite not being a huge city in international standards (I’m looking at you Beijing), Leeds constantly remains one foot ahead of everywhere else and as a member of both the student and the local community you are inundated with opportunities, events and activities that you could get involved with. I like how there truly is, as cheesy as it may sound, something for everyone in Leeds – be you a film fanatic, a member of cricket’s barmy army or a budding art critic.  The other reason I picked Leeds is to do with the university. I had the opportunity to study exactly what I wanted thanks to the flexibility of the Joint Honours program and have participated in a fair few of the clubs and societies at our fingertips. Since I started at Leeds I’ve made shorts with the Film-making Society, played netball with the French Society, campaigned with Oxfam Society, been life-drawing with the Art Society, made chutney with Green Action and worked on the committee of the Union Music Library. I would say that over the 3 / 4  years you spend at university you really have to throw yourself in at the deep end, and not worry about how others may think of you or if you don’t know anyone – the students union and all the student run societies at its core are there for you to find like-minded wonderful people to spend hours chatting with about drone music if you want to.

But I didn’t spend the entirety of my degree in Leeds – I just returned from a year abroad in Montreal, Canada. This is the reason I would urge people to study languages at university. Not only do you improve your communication skills, learn a new language blah blah blah but you get to spend a year of your degree abroad. This is an incredible opportunity that no other courses offer. Granted, any student can go on a study abroad year, but you have to apply for it and might not be accepted (as happened to some friends of mine) but it is actually obligatory for a language student to up sticks abroad for a year to “improve their language skills”. Now, no student moves to France / Japan / Russia / Spain etc to spend hours doing grammar exercises let’s be honest. I spent the majority of my time hanging out with other international students, eating poutine (not as gross as it looks) and falling over in the snow. Ah, the snow. What no one tells you before you go to Montreal is just how much snow they get or how cold it can be. It is FREEZING. From late October to early May last year the city had at least a smattering of snow. But Montreal is good at making you think that it’s not the next ice age outside by having some of the best festivals and events in any city I’ve been to before or since. I spent nights at music festivals dancing in -35 temperature with my beer freezing over on the top, ice skating in my local park and volunteering at a film festival. You just have to try not to let the cold get to you, layer on the woolly jumpers and go out.  Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t go to bars and get drunk pizza on the way home.  However much I may make Montreal sound like Hoth, I spent one of the happiest years of my life there and was gutted to leave. While moving half-way across the world may sound daunting,  it’s actually much like moving to university from home – you have to throw yourself in, risk making a few cock ups but come out of it with lasting friendships, new cultural understandings and incredible, sometimes happy but hazy, memories. It can be hard, it can be scary and sometimes you may want to just hop on a flight back to mummy and daddy but stick with it, and it’ll be fucking amazing. Also flights home from Canada are kinda expensive. If you have a thirst for travel, for trying new things and for exploring then bloody well GO and explore the world, and why not learn something while you’re at it? THANKS UNI.

So that was definitely one of the most sickeningly positive things I’ve ever written, except for maybe  my personal statement expressing my love for all things French and my insatiable passion for international relations. But I suppose that I have had an incredible time at uni, and can leave in June happy knowing I’ve made lasting friendships, had so much fun it hurts and occasionally learnt something.  I’m looking through my photos from my year abroad now and am getting a bit teary eyed, I guess I must be allergic to these new 50p candles I bought.

Evelyn x

The more things you do, the more you can do- Omair

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I started my degree after a dog-eat-dog year at the University of Bradford, fighting to get my spot at Leeds Medical School from the pre-medical foundation course.

Surrounded by ambitious individuals, it was difficult to find my true calling: something that set me apart, not just for future employment possibilities, but also for my own identity.

Whilst revising for our exams, my (at the time) flatmate James and I began creating quizzes for each other using our lecture notes. It was a fun and competitive way to revise. I actually looked forward to sifting through my heaps of illegible notes and lecture PDFs to find material for questions that would test the two of us.  But we were no longer competing against each other like our pre-medical days. And so, I shared all our tests with the 250+ library-bound colleagues, hoping that our efforts may be of some use for others.

Lo and behold, almost a unanimous cry for more content! It seemed that we had stumbled upon the holy grail of ‘open learning’. There were many reasons why our cohort found these tests useful, reasons that would take me beyond the scope of this post.

The buzz from the responses, the sheer excitement of seeing questions in the exam alarmingly similar to that of our own and the need for a quicker, easier and more intuitive way to create these multiple-choice questions (MCQs) led us in the hunt for an online solution.

June 2012, iTunes App Store had 650,000 apps. Not a single one that allowed tests to be created and shared. Mind you, there were hundreds of flashcard makers, but we’re not fans of that method: it’s too easy to cheat with them.

At first, this was a huge disappointment. After an eye-opening cup of coffee, we saw a gap in the market. However, hiring a developer to create such an app would cost upwards of £20,000. Having analysed our collective bank accounts, we were roughly £18,000 in debt to the student finance folks. Shoot.

James had ‘dabbled’ around with programming languages like C and C++ in his teens, as you do, and I was just about fluent with English. So obviously, he took the lead in creating our brainchild, MyCQs (pun intended, and now trademarked), whilst I tried to find my feet with web development, as a total beginner.

Skip ahead two years. MyCQs has 10,000 users, 5,000 tests and 250,000 questions. Not too shabby. Our users are students, teachers and professionals from all over the world.

Whilst all this unfolded, I took on the role of Lead Developer for the United Kingdom Medical Students’ Association (http://ukmsa.org), eventually turning down the position for vice-president; became a technical advisor for InnovateHealth UK (http://innovatehealth.co.uk); travelled around Europe with The Think Train (http://thethinktrain.org); created a gender oriented drug side-effect reporting tool for Stockholm based Karolisnka Institutet (http://genderedreactions.com); and bizarrely became a choreographer for Leeds’ official Bollywood dance society, Vibes (http://facebook.com/bombay.vibes.leeds). And yet, there are plenty of people who do a lot more and remain far better organised.

The purpose of this post was not to show how much I have done, but to inspire what you can do, no matter how much you have going on. And if you ever feel that a task is too difficult, just remember, plenty of others will have been through it before.

If you’re interested in the revision platform, visit http://mycqs.com or if you want a chat, drop me a tweet, @OmairVaiyani.

Best,

Omair Vaiyani

Gertrude Asumadu- International Foundation Year

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I am Gertrude Asumadu, a second year Economics Student in the Business School. I officially became a student of the university in September 2012 when I enrolled on the International Foundation Year Programme. Throughout this course, I was being moulded into getting used to the university system of learning, socialising and more importantly getting the required grades to progress onto my degree programme.

During the Foundation Year Programme, I was one of the Course Reps for the Business Students and my role is to link staff to students, through feedback from meetings with teaching staff and the International Foundation Coordinators. Aside this, I was an active member of the Ghana Society in the Union where I spoke to people, made new friends and had fun outside my class hours.

After successfully progressing onto my degree course, I then took the opportunity to engage in more activities as part of my studies which include Secretary of Ghana Society, Green Impact Project Assistant, Social Assistant for International Foundation Year Students, Peer Assistant Support Scheme (PASS) Leader in the Business School, attaining an Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship, Maths Ambassador for Skills @ Library Maths Support Team among other activities in my local church as a Home Cells Coordinator. All these positions and the responsibilities that come with it have shaped me and equipped me with relevant skills such as Effective Communication, Leadership abilities, Time Management, Flexibility, Team working, Research Skills among others which will be of great help in my future career as well as personal development.

Although there is much to say more than this, I would like to end on the note that Leeds University is not only a great place to study but also to develop and prepare for your career and the world at large. The University has lots of activities, seminars, workshops and a whole lot which students are expected to participate actively in order to reap the intended benefits. It is up to YOU to make use of these as this could be the only opportunity you will have to do so. Enjoy your time at Leeds. Thank You!

Tim Brazier- So Many Hours in the Day

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The best thing about university is the amount of time you have and that you have complete freedom to choose how to spend that time. There’s 168 hours in a week and considering most courses don’t venture much above 18 hours of lectures a week that leaves you with 150 hours every single week which are totally YOURS.

What you choose to do with that time is completely up to you and with the huge variety of opportunities available at Leeds University and in Leeds you have no excuse to not use it.

With those 150 hours you obviously need to fit in sleeping, eating, studying and a fair bit of socialising but it’s the extra stuff that you really remember.

In my first two years at university I captained a 5-a-side football team to league victory, took an EU funded residential course in sustainability, volunteered with Leeds Friends of the Earth, was a mentor to students in the year below, worked with ‘Engineers Without Borders’, passed a motion through the ‘Better University Forum’, gained coaching qualifications and ran sport sessions to multi faith youth groups and disadvantaged kids in east Leeds.

Time well spent.

While in Leeds I also joined a local Hockey club in Adel and have made a large group of friends outside of university and feel more a part of Leeds rather than just a visitor. As it turns out, I am now captain and am really proud and happy to be part of the club.

In my summers I worked for an organisation called The Challenge running the National Citizen Service (NCS). As a Senior Mentor I looked after a group of 12 sixteen-year olds over a 3 week programme, working with people from different backgrounds and ages opens your eyes to different cultures and opinions compared to university.

I used the money from this experience to inter-rail around Europe and in the next summer travel to the Philippines with AIESEC.

And now it’s time to talk about AIESEC. In the Philippines I volunteered with students from countries across the globe on Project Unplug to help with the power crisis in Davao in the Philippines. The experience was, to say the least, incredible. I made friends from all over the world, who I still keep in touch with, wrote a research paper for the department of energy, coached the local junior football side and travelled to some incredible places.

That whole project was setup by AIESEC students at university in the Philippines and likewise we do the same here. So I came back inspired and joined the wonderful AIESEC Leeds. I have developed so much from being part of this society, been to business networking events and made some fantastic friends.

Finally now in my last year of Energy Engineering I have found myself as president of the Enterprise Society and starting my own business with the support of the careers centre SPARK service.

Taking all of this in, university is never a straight path and the variety of activities you can become involved with is outstanding and you never know where those opportunities will take you. Make the most of the hours you have available and you will surprise yourself with what you can achieve and how many other wonderful people you will meet on the way.

If you have any questions about any of the organisations I have mentioned feel free to leave a comment.

Tim

@Tim_Brazier