Mathematics MSc student Rosalia Varela-Portas

Rosalía Varela-Portas

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

I did my year abroad at the University of Leeds and I loved it, so I decided to come back for my Masters.

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

I liked the fact that you could choose the subjects you wanted to do. I wanted to do a mix of applied and pure mathematics courses, so MSc Mathematics at the University of Leeds was perfect. Leeds is also a great city, I come from Madrid, so Leeds felt smaller but still had loads of choices and activities to do in your free time. I think that’s why I like it.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have been involved with.

Probably the most interesting one is the one I am doing now (MSc dissertation) which it has to do with mathematics applied to biology. I am finding it hard, but I feel like I am learning which is my first goal.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

I would say the student life at Leeds is amazing. It doesn’t matter what your hobbies are or what type of person you are, you will always find your place and enjoy your time. I have made loads of friends and found most of the activities I like to do so I never get bored.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I have always wanted to be a teacher and before doing my Masters I felt it was early to go into teaching but this year has made me realise that it is what I love and I don’t want to wait anymore so I am doing a teaching training next year.

What have you learned on your course that you think will help you in your future career?

It has definitely given me confidence for the future and made me realised that anything can be enjoyable if you have the right attitude. Who knows if maybe someday I will use my master’s to get into a PhD or find a job in a company.

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

Enjoy it, it is hard and it feels like a lot sometimes so work hard but make your first goal enjoying the course.