Dalip Bhadare studied BSc Mathematics with Finance (International) at the University of Leeds

Dalip Bhadare

Why did you choose to study mathematics?

At school, maths was one of my strongest subjects. I had no idea where I wanted my future career to be and maths was a subject that I thought would leave me with a lot of opportunities. 

What attracted you to the University of Leeds?

I had heard lots of good things about the University of Leeds, so I came to visit.

Leeds had everything I was looking for - vibrant city life, its own campus within walking distance of the city, not too far from home, great facilities and a top level reputation. 

Did you visit us on an Open Day? Did you find the Open Day helpful in making your decision?

Yes I actually visited twice because I wanted to see what my parents thought after I came with my friends.

The Open Days were helpful for getting a feel of the School of Mathematics and campus life. I would say try to speak to as many people as you can and ask them what their experience has been like whilst you are at an Open Day.

What do you enjoy the most about your course?

I have made some fantastic relationships with my coursemates. It has been fun working together with my friends - my life has been made much easier by everyone helping each other. 

How would you describe student life at Leeds?

Busy - there is always something going on, something to get involved in, you just have to put yourself out there and learn to effectively manage your time.

I am glad I have got involved during my time here. 

Are you involved in any clubs or societies?

I'm involved in the Maths Society, Trading and Investments Society, and Leeds Sikh Society.

What is Leeds as a city like?

Leeds is great fun. I knew I wanted to be at a university with a buzzing city life and Leeds is definitely that.

It has everything. It's great for shopping, there are lots of nice restaurants and the nightlife regularly offers something different.

Headingley is also a busy area with a strong student population and Leeds is very close to Harrogate and York which are lovely places to visit. 

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to the School of Mathematics?

I would say research your choice of subject and be as sure as you can.

I have no regrets studying mathematics but it has been challenging at times, as I imagine all degrees are. You do not want to be in a position where you feel you have chosen the wrong subject after a year.

Be confident in choosing a course you feel you will be happy to study for at least 3 years, so ask all the questions and do all the research you need to make the best decision. 

What are your plans for the future?

I have been fortunate enough to accept a graduate position at an accountancy firm starting in September.

I spent much of this year researching what I wanted to do as a career and I feel like this is a strong next step for me. I will be assisting clients on a day-to-day basis alongside studying for my ACA accountancy qualification.