Kristina Paraschiv studied BSc Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Leeds

Kristina Paraschiv

Where are you from?

I was born in Sweden, grew up in Romania and spent my teen years in Canada. I usually consider myself Canadian although I am fluent in Romanian as well.

What made you want to study in the UK?

The UK is an attractive country to study in because of its rich history, beautiful cities and close proximity to other European countries.

I wanted to be able to visit places like Stratford-Upon-Avon for its historic significance and be able to go to the epicentre of culture, London.

When else would I have been able to have such an experience over three years of my youth? I can’t tell you how happy I am for having decided to study in the UK.

Why did you decide to study chemistry at Leeds?

My main reason for choosing the University of Leeds was its high standing in chemistry research. I fell in love with the University and the city right away as well. It is the most friendly, upbeat and overall striking city I have lived in so far. 

Are you enjoying your course?

I am enjoying every second of my course. From lecturers to undergraduate staff I feel everyone is the best at what they do and they strive to give me the tools to succeed. I really feel like I belong at the University of Leeds. 

What do you think of the facilities here at Leeds?

The facilities here are fantastic. The chemistry laboratory is top notch and the extra-curricular activities at the Union and gym allow for the most efficient and fun way to spend my time.

I try to go to the gym three to four times a week and love the state-of-the-art machinery and rock-climbing wall. 

What have you enjoyed most about your time at Leeds so far?

I have enjoyed being involved within the School of Chemistry as School Representative this year. I have gotten to know the staff though my presence at various committee meetings and feedback the student perspective and ideas. 

What has been the most difficult thing to get used to whilst living in a different country?

The most difficult thing for me was getting accustomed to the different accents here in the UK. A close friend of mine has the scouse accent and even today I can barely understand him. 

Are you enjoying being surrounded in a different culture?

I truly love the UK culture and in general it is thrilling to experience a different culture. I was nervous at first but realised there is no need to be. There are people all over the world that can connect as we ultimately all experience similar feelings. 

Do you have any advice for an international student looking to study here?

To all the international students looking to study at the University of Leeds I say this - you will enjoy your time here and will make friends easily.

The city is superb, the shopping is amazing and nothing beats a cup of tea on a rainy day at the Union surrounded by students.

The University offers so many opportunities to get involved and apply to different things. Experience as much as you can!