Youn Ju Cho (Frankie) studied the Advanced Level Foundation at Kings and is now at the University of Leeds studying Economics and Politics. She talked to us about how Kings helped her get there.
Hi Youn Ju. What are some of the highlights of your time here so far?
There has been a lot of chance for me to socialise with other people from different countries because there is a lot of international students here and global fairs and stuff. I was also in an international dorm so I got to socialise with a lot of different people from different countries.
Are you pleased that you chose this university?
Yes, definitely. It’s a member of the Russell Group and I thought it was a good idea.
Why did you decide to do your degree at a UK university?
I thought by studying in England there would be a much greater chance for me to gain a broad experience, rather than just staying in Korea. Also in Korea it would be more focused on American modules in Economics and Politics, rather than Europe and the western world.
"Most of the courses were in really small classes so I wasn't afraid to ask questions."
What did you enjoy most about your course Kings?
Most of the courses were in really small classes so I wasn’t afraid to ask questions during the course. In big classes you are afraid that you would interrupt other people. The teachers were really enthusiastic teaching students so I got a lot of help from Kings.
How is university most different to Kings?
In uni you have to figure out everything by yourself which could be frustrating but there is always staff that will help you out. If you have a problem with your studies you just go to the department and there’s always staff who can give you helpful advice.
How do you like Leeds and how does it differ to Oxford?
Leeds is a much bigger city compared to oxford. It has lots of entertainment, shopping, socialising going on. There are also lots of young uni students who can understand you more.
Being honest, it’s also quite a lot colder up here than in Oxford!
What do you hope to do after you graduate?
Since I’m studying Economics and Politics, I’m trying to figure out which area I’m more interested in. Currently I’ve applied for financial banking areas for 10-week internships, but looking further ahead I might join the government statistics research areas or areas more about social policy. I’m still figuring it out with the careers fairs held in our university.