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Jake Leitch – Doorstep Saints



Place of birth:

Kirkcaldy, Fife

Location at time of conferral:

Kirkcaldy, Fife


MA (Hons) Social Anthropology (2:2)

What is your favourite memory (academic or social) of St Andrews?

In first year I found out that Social Anthropology didn't have an exam for the first semester, I took that class for that reason alone and I fell in love with anthropology. Since then I couldn't ever imagine studying anything else or being part of any other school.

Jake Leitch standing on his doorstep

What will you miss most about your time as a student at St Andrews?

The support. During my time at St Andrews, I learned that the University has a massively supportive network in place for anyone who needs it. That's what I'll miss most.

What advice would you give to new students?

Ask questions, just ask as many questions as you need to. Oh, and if a lecturer mentions anything more than once highlight it, absorb it and make sure to mention it during any essays or assignments that you can.

What are your plans after graduation?

Hopefully some sort of postgraduate course. I would love to go on and do my PhD too.

Jake Leitch standing on his doorstep

How do you think the Covid-19 pandemic and global events have shaped the Class of 2020? 

I think it has made people act in a more responsible manner. We all took the University for granted, as a place that was, is and will be there for everyone. Given the recent situation, I think we have all become more aware of the family (chosen or blood) that we have, and the support that they can offer us and we can offer them.

Have you taken any positives from the situation?

I got to spend more time with my cats.

Do you plan to come back to celebrate in person in St Andrews in 2021?  If so, what are you most looking forward to about it?

The spectacle. I loved sitting in my car on North Street, watching everyone be so happy and fulfilled. And yes, I'm coming back next year.