I knew that Leeds University had a fantastic reputation and I admired its ‘red-brick’ status which influenced my decision to apply here. I also knew of some people from my hometown that seemed to be having a great life in Leeds. Having done some more research I then discovered that the faculty of biological sciences (FBS) department at Leeds University was one of the best in the country and that they offered modules that I felt I would be interested in. Also, having grown up in rural Cumbria I was so ready for a change and to experience city life but I did not want to go somewhere as large and as daunting as London. Therefore, the northern city of Leeds seemed like the perfect fit and when visiting the campus, particularly the union, I felt at home. I love the city centre, it is the perfect size and there is so much to do there including mini-golf, shopping, eating out; the list is endless. I also love that there is loads of student housing for second and third years within short walking distance of the university. All of my friends live in Hyde park and I love that I can get to pretty much every one of my friends’ houses in less than 5 mins. Additionally, the research that my lectures present to us is cutting edge. For example, I learn the newest advances regarding cancer research and how to treat it which is beyond interesting – especially because pretty much everyone is affected by cancer in some way. One interesting aspect is about metastasis, this is basically learning how a cancer is able to spread in the body and colonise new sites to form a secondary tumour.