Jocelyn Chee studied BSc Mathematics with Finance at the University of Leeds

Jocelyn Chee

Why did you choose to study mathematics? 

I enjoyed studying maths at school and it was the subject that I scored the best in because to me, maths is a subject which is understandable and makes sense in reality, unlike some other subjects.

When I was at college, I didn’t know what I could do after graduation with a pure mathematics degree, so I decided to study mathematics along with finance, which will provide me with a wider range of jobs options in the future.

What attracted you to the University of Leeds?

I was looking for a university with a huge campus that is situated in or fairly near to the city centre, has a lot of well-maintained facilities, an active student union and a good reputation.

I was also looking for a city that has a lot to do but is not too busy and crowded like London, good security, a lower cost of living (compared to London) and convenient transportation.

University of Leeds happens to tick off all the requirements that I have been looking for!

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

I visited the University on the offer holder’s day and I had a wonderful experience.

I was travelling from a town that is 4 hours away from Leeds. When I arrived the staff in the School of Mathematics were friendly and allowed me to put my luggage at the reception while I enjoyed the Open Day.

The admission tutors and students who were helping on that day did a fantastic job. They gave me the information I needed, and showed me around the campus. It gave me the eagerness to study my degree in University of Leeds.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy the fact that the content of the modules in this course is very much related to applications of mathematics in real life.

Because of this, I feel more intrigued to go on learning and I feel eager to attend lectures and seminars.

Which aspect of mathematics do you find the most interesting? 

So far, I find financial mathematics to be the most interesting module for me because it is about the application of mathematics to financial problems.

Generally, I am interested in time value of money and financial markets.

How would you describe your lecturers and tutors?

All the staff are very nice, friendly, helpful and efficient. The lecturers always seem to be very enthusiastic about the aspect of mathematics they are teaching.

My personal tutor is awesome. He is a good listener and a good advice giver. He gives me additional information that I need to know as well.

Can you explain a day in the life of a maths student?

Usually there are about 3-4 lectures in a day. Sometimes I have an hour break between the lectures, when I will spend my time eating at the café or at the Union, or I will go to the library to do some revision.

Sometimes the break between two lectures can be up to 4 hours. During these breaks, I will cook lunch for myself because eating out constantly is costly, and I will go to the gym to attend a yoga class.

How would you describe student life at Leeds?

It is busy yet calming at the same time if you know how to manage your time well.

Outside of contact hours, you have a choice of doing revision or to participate in clubs and societies. There is so much to do, especially in the Union.

There is always something for everyone no matter how odd your hobbies may be. As for me, I love yoga and meditation. I spend an hour every day during my free time attending yoga class at the gym. It helps me to relax, empty my mind and make me feel energized throughout the day. 

Have you joined any clubs and societies on campus? 

I am a member of the Photography Society, Archery Club and Mathematics Society. It was a great opportunity for me to make new friends from other countries, other courses as well as people of different ages.

The Photography Society is my favourite so far because they plan a lot of photography seminar and trips. It feels great to make friends with similar interests. 

Are there a lot of things to do and get involved with in the city?

Leeds is a vibrant city. There are a wide range of restaurants you can dine at, and a wide range of fashion boutiques from the high end stores to the local vintage stores.

Since Leeds is a big city, many popular musicians tend to come to the First Direct Arena or the O2 Academy as well. 

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

It is important to stay focused from the start of the course or else it will be really difficult to catch up on everything last minute right before the exams.