Racheal Babirye, International Student

Racheal Linda Babirye

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

I looked into the student life in Leeds and I was quite impressed. The University of Leeds was ranked as one of the top universities academically and also in terms of student satisfaction. I also found out that it has got a large culturally diverse population.

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

Group projects have been one of my best aspects because they have helped me develop my team work and communication skills. For example, if the group has failed to come to terms about an idea, we have learned how to resolve such concerns in a professional manner. This is useful for the future because we are likely to come across similar issues when we start working. I also love the fact that the University is well equipped in terms of resources and has easy access to the materials needed for research. Outside of the course there is easy access to sports equipment and also a large number of societies, which allows you to meet a lot of international students.

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

In my first year, I attended a five-day surveying trip in Bircham Newton. I worked in a team of seven, practising activities such as levelling, angle measurement and setting out. It was very challenging because we had to spend all day outside and the weather was terrible but I gained a lot of surveying skills that will benefit my career.

I have also done a couple of design projects such as proposing designs for a raised walkway, a vertical barrier and a pavilion, to be located within the university.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds enables you to discover so many different cultures because of how diverse it is. To be honest, the weather isn't the best but the city is worth living in because the people are very friendly. There is always something to do in your free time because there are lots of activities on offer and you can always find some kind of entertainment.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After graduation, I plan to continue studying at a higher level of education and I hope to attain a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and Project Management. I would also like to get some work experience in any of the top engineering companies in the UK. Following this, I hope to start my own engineering company back home.  

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

The site visits organised by our personal tutors have been very helpful because they have given me more insight into what life is like once you start working. The careers fairs and talks have also widened my connections with different people.

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

Learn to manage your time well otherwise it will get very stressful. Don't hesitate to get to know the people in years above you because they can guide you when you're feeling lost. Try to also get involved in some societies /social activities because they are a great way to take a break away from work!