- Course: PhD in Institute of Applied Geosciences (IAG) and Institute of Gephysics and Tectonics (IGT)
- Nationality: Indonesian
What course are you studying?
I am starting the third year of my PhD this October. I am carrying out a geophysics-based project and working between two institutes under School of Earth and Environment: IAG and IGT.
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
Because I found a PhD project that suits my profile really well.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
The best part about studying at the University of Leeds is that it allows me to have a huge network, specifically in my area of interest. It is not hard to communicate with scientists which papers I read because there is always someone from the university who knows that person well, or actually was working in the university.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
I had a chance to carry out a really cool fieldwork in the open seas for 35 days straight! It was a scientific cruise which science party composed of international scientists from the US, UK, Russia, Poland, and Spain. We carried out marine geophysical survey and dredge mid-ocean ridge lavas to better understand the evolution of the so-called Cocos-Nazca Spreading Centre. The whole project can be seen at: https://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/cocosnazca/
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
It is a very liveable city for students with affordable housing and living costs. As a hiking enthusiast, I find out that Leeds is situated perfectly between lots of national parks: Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, even Lake District. You name it!
What are your ambitions for the future?
The plan is to become a lecturer in my home country, Indonesia. Specifically in Institut Teknologi Bandung, where I first did my undergraduate degree in Geodesy. That is why I carry out a PhD project at the first place. I love teaching, researching, and sharing knowledge to others. I would love to keep doing it.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
As a ‘student city,’ Leeds has a very diverse demography. Beside my study, I volunteered for the hiking trips of the Get Out Get Active scheme from the Sports and Physical Activities Office. I met lots of people from different background there and worked with several of them. It helped me see how diversity could be a challenge, especially in a work place, but also something to cherish. It would definitely help me to deal with different kinds of people along my future career.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
Don’t give up! PhD is like a long and winding road that seemed like it would never end – but it will! And I believe I would be more sad than satisfied by the end, because apparently no matter how difficult it has been, I really enjoy the whole process of becoming who I want to be. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun! Leeds got you covered for that :)