Ana-Rosa Cain

Ana-Rosa Cain

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I am a third year student studying BA Childhood Studies. Prior to my studies at Leeds I studied A-Level English Language, Religious Philosophy and Ethics and Psychology. I am particularly interested in the social and psychological development of children and young people and I'm currently writing my dissertation on the socio-cultural experiences of adolescents from a mixed heritage background. After my degree I hope to complete a psychology conversion course and pursue a career in child psychology.

What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you choose Leeds?

I have always had a keen interest in working with children and have had a wide range of experience working with children from nursery to primary age.  I was also able to develop this interest further through my chosen A-level subjects.  Studying A-level psychology and English Language were particularly beneficial in preparing me for studying Childhood Studies, providing a foundation of knowledge in areas such as language acquisition and developmental psychology. This interest as well as my experience of studying these subjects and working with children motivated me to apply for BA Childhood Studies.

I was initially drawn to Leeds by its well know reputation for being a vibrant student city. I came to the open day in October and was immediately drawn in by the student community and the stunning redbrick buildings which make up the campus, and provide a great setting to study and socialise.

What do you think of your course? Have there been any particular highlights for you?

Childhood Studies offers a holistic learning experience of childhood exploring the child, family and school in society. This course provides students with knowledge and skills to prepare them for a wide range of career paths in a number of fields such as teaching, social work, and educational psychology. One highlight of my experience studying this course has been engaging in discussions with other students, and lecturers who have specialist knowledge in their field.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?

The help and guidance provided by the staff within the School of Education is excellent. Staff are friendly and approachable and provide an excellent learning experience. Lecturers have a wide range of experience in their field and have a vast amount of knowledge to offer students, providing a high level of teaching.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

The University has a great range of facilities. I have been an active member of the Edge gym which offers a great range of classes and sports activities for students. In addition, the university libraries offer a great place for both individual and group study. The Brotherton Library, located inside the iconic Parkinson building, is the university’s oldest library and is an impressive and stunning architecture. In addition the student union is a microcosm of student life including a number of places to eat and drink such as The Hidden Café, Old Bar, and Terrace. There is also a student radio station, a gift shop, a beauty salon and a ‘essentials’ shop where students can buy anything from food to stationery to toiletries. Furthermore, at night the union provides an extension of the Leeds student nightlife.

Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?

I have actively participated in the Peer Assisted Study (PASS) scheme both as a first year student and as a leader. I found both experiences highly beneficial as an opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns with other students and to develop leadership skills that benefit me in the future.