Here comes the second part of the interview, now focusing more on Effy’s free time!
Where do you live, and how do you like that?
In Nixon Court. It’s good because it’s really close to Morrisons supermarket and to the university. But… You know, it’s very noisy. There are often parties and loud music… I think next year I will move out, because next year is final year. It should be busy, right? And tiring. If I don’t have enough sleep, how will I study?
What do you do in your free time? What are your hobbies?
Swimming, definitely. I have a gym membership and I go to the gym almost every day. I sometimes take fitness classes too, mostly yoga and cardio dance. I love dancing as well, but only in class. I’m shy at dancing, for example, at parties. (laughs) I also love shopping – you know, I’m a girl… And I really love to play the piano.
Where can you play it?
There is a music room on the 10th floor of Charles Wilson building. There are other rooms, too, but for this one I don’t need booking. After classes if I’m tried or I’m under a lot of pressure, I just go there and play the piano. I really love music.
Did you join any societies at the university?
Of course. I am a member of the Chinese Society, I’m in charge of the Public Relations. That basically means that I’m dealing with the business issues. For example if we want to arrange a discount for our society with the Union Shop, then I’m in charge of that. This year -just like in every other year- we made cards for our society members and if you have that card, then you can get a discount on the Bubble Tea at the Shop. Furthermore last year I was a member of the Union Council. There was a meeting every second week or so where we discussed what’s going on in the Union. If someone had a suggestion to change or improve something, then that person had to support his or her idea with a presentation. Then we voted about the presented issues.
Can you say an example?
Sure, like, one time we wanted to reduce the use of paper because of environmental issues. Every member agreed on this matter when we voted about it, so the next step was to contact the departments and the Course Representatives to take actions.
So maybe that’s why from this year the History of Art and Film Department joined the other departments in terms of requiring only electronic copies of assignments now?
Maybe yes, I’m not quite sure, I was the member of the Council only last year. I was actually a member of the Community zone and there are two other zones: Education and Union. At any rate, being a part of the Council was certainly a new and interesting experience for me.
What do you usually do in the holiday breaks? Do you go back to China?
I sometimes just travel around Europe but for the summer, I think I will go back to China. I miss my family, but I guess it’s normal.
How do you keep in touch with them?
With FaceTime. That’s similar to Skype. And we speak on the phone, usually every second day or so. Unless my mother calls me more frequently. So it depends on my mom. (laughs)
Okay, I’ll try to ask something nice for the last question. What are the 3 best things about Leicester, for you?
Let me think… One is probably that the city -and of course the university, too- is very international, very multi-cultural. You really can find every culture here. For instance, today I learnt a bit about the culture of France and Greece due to the people around me. Secondly, I believe that this university is academically very strong, very high-quality, you know? I like how the teachers are approachable and helpful with us. Thirdly, well, the football team of Leicester. Even though I am not interested in football, I am really proud of the Leicester FC! Plus, for a fourth one, I want to mention that there is this cheese in Leicester, called ‘Red Leicester’, which I tasted today. It’s a unique handmade cheese. I absolutely love it!
Thanks a lot for the interview, Effy!:)
I hope this little interview gave you guys an insight into the university life of a fellow student and that you found it useful and enjoyable!