Name: Hitesh Sharma
University: Leeds Trinity
Course: Business and Management, 2011
My hometown is Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan in India, so it was a big decision to come and study in another country. However, Leeds is such a friendly place that I soon felt at home.
Having been at a Catholic school in India from the age of three to the equivalent of A levels, the ethos of a faith-based institution felt familiar and welcoming to me. Staff on campus knew me well, from the catering staff to student support and the academic staff. It’s like a family.
I loved living on campus – it was so easy to get to know people and I also helped to welcome new international students. The international office provided great support for students, with an induction programme for new arrivals, on-going English language and study skills classes, and social events.
I gained lots of experience by getting involved in activities, and I was the first international student to take a post in the Students’ Union and to work as a Student Ambassador.
I was also a Welfare Officer for the Students’ Union and I was elected as General Secretary. As a Student Ambassador, I was able to do flexible part-time work on campus, from helping out on campus tours and open days to working for the IT department or wherever else I was needed.
Ultimately, my ambition is to run my own business in India and studying at Leeds Trinity University was the ideal preparation. The small class sizes mean that the teachers know you well, bring out your strengths and encourage you.