Who would have thought it? The classic opener to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing finally has a true resonation within me. A song that is always saved for the cheesiest of evenings (sorry Pop Tarts) has finally struck a chord within me as I have headed back down South to my little rural village to be with my family during the global pandemic, Covid-19.
Living in an English-speaking country, it is quite usual for home students to contend themselves with fluency in English. A vibrant international community like Sheffield, on the other hand, offers each student a platform to speak a unique story with a unique voice. Because besides laying down an open ground to practice forms of greetings from across the globe, it houses a golden opportunity to experiment with new languages.
To everyone at home right now feeling demoralised and anxious, this is for you.Continue reading
I think it’s safe to say that everybody’s life has been turned upside down in the last week. I meant to write this blog whilst it was still fresh in my mind, but of course, events overtook us and here I am in self-isolation trying to write about a very serious and real problem and do it justice.
Trigger warning – this blog contains references to domestic abuse and violence.
I wish I had a cool picture to insert into this blog post of myself donning the Sheffield Volunteering tee, but unfortunately it has been abandoned in Sheffield along with a load of my books/possessions. This term ended abruptly and is completely unprecedented but considering the gloomy current situation, I thought I could write about my experiences volunteering to perhaps push somebody towards getting involved in the future too.Continue reading
There’s no denying that the world feels like a really bizarre place right now. I for one am coming to terms with the fact that I am now studying German out of a textbook, rather than on my year abroad in Germany. Adjusting to being back at home so abruptly has been strange, and a lot of other students I’ve chatted too are finding it tricky to remain focused on essays and revision too.Continue reading
In 2015, a biographical movie was released called “The Man who knew Infinity” based on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician who made significant contributions in the field of mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. He completed his PhD during WWI in Cambridge (a period of severe rationing and even bombardment) and personal health issues (including TB to which he succumbed in 1920 at the age of 32), while staying in England away from family in India.
Applications for the SURE scheme are open and its deadline has been extended until the 7 April. The University does its best to advertise the scheme and students will have received a mass email explaining how it works but many remain unaware of what it involves. Having partaken in the scheme, I thought sharing my experience of what SURE involved for me, could be helpful to those who are considering applying.
Some members of our society have been called to self-isolate and this could become a reality for all of us soon. Quarantine doesn’t have to be a bad thing though! Someone seems to have pushed the fast forward button in our lives so some slow time may be just what we need. Here are some ideas to ensure you get the best out of your quarantine.
“What, so Uni gave you money to go to the rain forest? Maybe I should go Uni and then visit my mates!”