It feels quite surreal to tell people that I have finished my second year of university – surely I can’t be halfway through my degree? It’s been over a week since I left Leeds and headed down south in a car over-stuffed with kitchenware, fancy dress and other miscellaneous items, but the fact that I’ll be on the other side of the world next year certainly hasn’t sunk in yet.
My last month in Leeds was incredible, and only
diminished by exams (how does this archaic form of assessment still exist? Accounting for no less than 70% of my final mark, although perhaps that is a debate for a separate post…)
With the excitement of the General Election still subsiding, students at Leeds once again demonstrated their political engagement and creativity in the form of a protest march against the horrific attacks against women happening around the city.
Organised by the lovely Rosie Collington, Hype the Park aimed to take back the streets, and challenge the concept that women can ever be responsible for sexual assault, through collective disco. Marked by excellent tunes, glitter and a strong sense of solidarity, several hundred students gathered outside the union before the women and non-binary only disco march proceeded to walk around the streets of Hyde Park, our local student area. One month on and the electric atmosphere of this event is still clear in my mind, from the chants to the overwhelming feeling of empowerment. #BoogieNotBlame
Other highlights included a trip to Ilkley Moor, a gorgeous part of the Yorkshire Dales, and the Leeds Student Radio Awards, where I managed to pick up ‘Special Recognition for Committee Member’ and ‘Highly Commended Best Female’.
The Leeds Ball absolutely lived up to its expectations: from dodgems to dancing, street food to stars like Ella Eyre performing, it was a night to remember.
All of these things (and so many more) confirmed just how brilliant Leeds is, and after countless emotional goodbyes, I realised how much I’m going to miss it next year. BUT fear not – Leeds, I will be back.