We asked our followers on Instagram what they wanted to know about our team – last but not least, it’s Leana!
Dear Leana, if you were hosting a dinner party and you could have five dinner guests, dead or alive, who would you invite?
My first two guests are getting drafted in for two purposes – to supply us all with a banging meal and to provide some A* entertainment. *DRUM ROLL PLEASE* Enter: Gino D’Acampo and Gordon Ramsey. They are just the most hilarious duo (Sorry Fred, I could only pick five people). Plus, me and Gino “Sheffield” D’Acampo share the same roots… up the steel city!!
My next guest would of course have to be the biggest legend of the 21st Century, Sir David Attenborough. Much like the rest of the nation, I am completely in awe of this man – his morals, his influence and his personality. His voice is like a lullaby and I could sit and listen to him talk about his travels forever. Someone else that would have had a lot of questions for David would have been My Dad.
My Dad was completely obsessed with nature and wildlife, drilling facts into me as soon as I was old enough to understand. He was absolutely fascinated and Sir David was one of his idols in life. Plus, I would do anything for the opportunity to see my dad again and imagine bringing him back to see all these amazing people – it would be a dream come true for both of us!
Last but not least, I need some girl power! She brings entertainment, beauty, an amazing life story… it’s Beyonce. The Queen of the world in many people’s eyes! Her achievements are just ridiculous and the story’s that she would be able to share with us all – on a next level!
Leana… What is your biggest fear?
SNAKES. Human kind, ‘Pet’ kind, Ones that will kill you kind. They absolutely petrify me. I think the irrational fear developed from two occurrences in my childhood: 1. Watching ‘snakes on a plane’ with my grandad at probably 8/9 years old – traumatic! 2. Watching my dad’s friend’s snake destroy a poor little mouse – equally as traumatic.
Hi Leana… What motivates you?
I feel that I’m largely self-motivated, I feel a huge sense of pride in achievement and success. I’d say that one of the biggest curveballs came for my motivation in 2018 when my dad passed away, the following year was difficult and the motivation, none existent. I learnt to take happiness from smaller successes like getting out of bed and making breakfast. Life will often hand out obstacles to everyone and hurdling over can be such a monumental task but taking each day as it comes is the best method. Naturally, I have bad days but I have ambition now more than ever, to achieve my goals and become the best version of myself.
Leana! What was your highest moment since starting The Student Aspect?
Publishing the magazine. I know that might sound a little anti-climatic but I would definitely say that was my proudest moment. Two months of work had paid off and there it was, live! We could finally share it with friends and family – hearing compliments on the design, content and writing styles was just such a blessing.