Ching Lo, MEng Chemical Engineering undergraduate in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Ching Yi Lo

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course?

The more I study around the topic of Chemical Engineering, the more I am attracted to this subject and I sincerely love this course. Knowing how chemical engineers utilise all available resources, materials and techniques in order to manufacture a product in order to meet a specific need is extremely fascinating. Knowing that someday I will be capable for doing the same thing excites me even more.

Tell us about some of the projects you have completed so far

I have completed a number of projects throughout my study. If I am to pick one, it will definitely be my design project. This project gave an insight of what a chemical engineer will probably be doing in the industry. Also, it provided an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge I’ve learned in solving problems. The project has helped me develop useful soft skills for instance team working, time management and much more.

What does the city of Leeds have to offer students?

Leeds provides literally anything for your needs, whether it’s a nice restaurant for eating out or a picturesque park for a walk. The city itself has a nearby airport, the Leeds Bradford Airport, which is convenient for international students like myself. Supermarkets are located everywhere therefore a quick grocery shop is not a problem. For shopping lovers, shopping malls such as Trinity Leeds and John Lewis are definitely must-go places.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

The fact that I am able to interact and communicate with students from different ethnics and beliefs really helped me a lot. It opened my eyes and gave me new perspectives on how the world works. I have grown into someone who is open-minded and willing to take on advice and suggestions from everyone without being biased.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

If you have decided that Chemical Engineering is the course you want to pursue, just go ahead with it. Don’t be scared by how people perceive engineering as an extremely tough subject. All courses are associated with some sort of complications and difficulties, which is why people are trained specifically for a role. Also, balance out your life. There is much more to explore than just studying – use this opportunity to experience something new. Don’t miss out on the chance!