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School of Geography

GeogSoc President 2017-18, Maria Christodoulou

Hi my name is Maria Christodoulou, BA Geography (INT), 4th year

My role as GeogSoc President is... to be responsible for leading the rest of the committee, setting goals and objectives, and managing and overseeing all activities to ensure we meet and exceed our targets. It’s my job to ensure the smooth operation of the society in order for people to get the most out of their membership; this includes providing support to all GeogSoc members.

I’m looking forward to... making GeogSoc the best it has ever been! We as a committee have loads of fresh new ideas and I’m confident that we can execute them successfully. 

I am interested in... a career in Government and Public Policy, so ideally a job relating to this field. I would also like to complete a Masters at some point and do loads more travelling!

My main memory of Induction Week is... the GeogSoc Freshers’ BBQ. I remember being super nervous to attend it as I didn’t know anyone and I was quite shy as a fresher compared to now. It turns out I had nothing to worry about as everyone was super friendly and I met some of my closest course friends now at the BBQ!

My number one tip for new students starting in September is... just say YES! Take advantage of everything on offer and any opportunity that comes your way, even if you don’t carry it on in the long run. Have a good look around the Freshers’ fairs and say yes to anything that takes your fancy.

To get involved... attend any event on offer during induction week, especially those held by the department/GeogSoc. All students receive regular SoG newsletters by email, which advertise lots of opportunities (both departmental and external) e.g. School Rep and Student Ambassador roles.

The best place for lunch on campus is... Bakery 164 (technically not on campus but it is opposite the Parkinson Building) for the best sandwiches in Leeds!

The best thing about the School of Geography is... the support, both academic and pastoral. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and there is a great sense of community in the department which makes the world of difference. It’s easy to form good relationships with staff; your lecturers will become friends by the time you graduate!

The best thing about studying Geography is... the wide range of things you will study, meaning you will develop a breadth of transferable skills that can be utilized in any job. Geography is one of the most employable degrees due to the high level of diversity it offers. Great for those interested in a range of things, but also for those who are certain on what they like as it’s easy to specialize early on. 

The best decision I have made so far at University is... doing a Year Abroad in Singapore. The greatest year of my life so far.