Image of a male undergraduate student standing in a laboratory. He is wearing a white lab coat with a yellow collar over a purple hoody. He is also wearing blue gloves and holding a piece of equipment. He is looking directly at the camera and smiling.

Jordan Ramcharita

The name’s Jordan but everyone calls me Jordi. I come from the beautiful twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago, which is full of nice warm beaches and lots of lush green rainforests that are great to hike through.

Before coming to Leeds, I studied at an all boys college in Trinidad for 7 years called Hillview College, where I made the some of the greatest friendships, so I understand a lot of your problems might be how do I leave my friends? Trust me its hard I know but a decision you still have to make nevertheless. After graduating I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to study or where I wanted to go, so I took a gap year to ‘find myself’ and my passions. It was on this gap year I came to the UK to stay with my grandmother and heard a lot of people I met tell me that the University of Leeds is where its at. So obviously I did some research and found out just how grand the University of Leeds is and with the diverse wealth of opportunities, I said I must go here. I did some further research into their faculty of biology as this is where my interest was and found a course that sparked my interests. It was Biotechnology with Enterprise, I am a keen science student with a hunger for business so this degree seemed to combine these two fields, and I had no choice but to apply for the University of Leeds. And ever since I have not regretted it one bit.

At Leeds I have really enjoyed myself both academically and outside of academics. The tremendous support I have received from my lecturers and tutor have been second to none since starting. It really helped me a lot because I was genuinely struggling with the move from high school to university but they listened to my problems and offered workable solutions, which saw my grades improve greatly. Outside of the academics I have enjoyed many extracurricular activities such as spoken word, bhangra and hiking. In these clubs I have met a lot of very interesting people who have made the clubs even more enjoyable.

My absolute favourite thing about the university is the fantastic Leeds University Union. I really love it with a selection of bars to choose from and even a club in the union coupled with restaurants and coffee shop even a grocery and a lot of space to hang out, the union is by far my favourite thing about the university. The university has gifted me many opportunities and many potential opportunities. For instance many workshops are available to help with essay writing, which I was quite bad at…and even ones to improve critical thinking. One opportunity I really hope to make use of is the Year in Enterprise which is a year in between second and third where the university gives you an incubator in which you can develop a business idea and hopefully turn it into a business one day.

The best thing about my course must be the support I receive, as mentioned above, really is invaluable. Outside of studies I am involved in a number of clubs such as hiking, spoken word and bhangra which I thoroughly enjoy. I also go to the gym, play some sports socially and hang out with my friends and enjoy the nightlife sometimes (which by the way is great). The best thing about Leeds as a city is the fact that there’s something to peak everyone’s interest from the theatre to mini golf to a wide selection of coffee shops bars and restaurants, I do not think you should find yourself bored in Leeds and my favourite place is Leeds university union.

I live in Henry Price which is a student accommodation and I like it, I think it is really nice that there is team of hall execs which I am a part of, who put on events almost every month for members of the residence.