Sharifa Hamdan, MEng Chemical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Leeds

Sharifah Irryanti Syd Hamdan

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

Since elementary school, maths and science have been my favourite subjects. During my high school time, I enjoyed learning maths, physics and chemistry so much. Fascinated by how those theories learnt in class can be applied in the daily life has lead me to discover engineering. With the knowledge that I learned, I hoped I would be able to contribute to the community by trying to improve on our daily life. Studying in the UK is one of my childhood dreams. Keen of treasuring more about chemical engineering, I found the University of Leeds serves the best place for me to pursue my study.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

Throughout my time in the University of Leeds, I've realised that the learning system in this university is very systematic and well organised. In the first year, the students would have more learning hours in class. When we go to a higher level, the number of lectures reduces and we are encouraged to have more time for self-study. This approach prepares the student for the real situation after they graduate. Personally, I am so thankful to be able to seek knowledge from the lecturers in the University of Leeds. They are very professional andexperienced in their own field. Another aspect that I consider to be very good is that there is a large community of international students on my course, which I can make friends with and learn something new from each of them.

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

During my third year, I have completed a mini design project about detergent processing. It was a group project, where we had to work on designing a small plant producing detergent through a process called spray drying. Working in a group can be quite challenging at times, but you will be fine and all your hard work will be paid off. During my final year, I am doing a research project on agglomeration and scission process modelling. I didn’t realise that the project was very interesting until I found out how close does this process relates to the world I’m living in.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

For me, Leeds is the best place to study. With its calm and peaceful environment, Leeds can be considered as one of the safest places to live. The living cost in Leeds is quite cheap as compared to any other places in the UK, and this gives an advantage for the students. I am so in love with Leeds city, it is so lovely. Leeds city have lots of things to offer to the students, and I guess studying in Leeds was a perfect decision I have made.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Seeing myself in another few years, I am hoping that I would be able to use the knowledge and experience that I have in University of Leeds to be a better person, for myself, my family and my country. I want to be an engineer that can help others in improving their life, in any way that is possible.

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

Congratulations guys. You have come to this phase of your life; appreciate it and make full use of this chance. Study smart, play hard. If you don’t understand anything in class, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Clarify things as fast as possible, and don’t procrastinate in understanding the things you learned. Don’t be too stressed, you must learn to relax. Build as many friendships and connections as possible; it will help you in the future.