A year on from my year abroad – tips to those heading out and those coming back

A little over a year ago, I was just heading home from St John’s, Nova Scotia, my last stop of a month travelling coast-to-coast across Canada after finishing my year abroad. Now I’ve just received my results from my third year, I have time to reflect again on my year abroad and the following year. Here are a few bits of advice to anyone heading out on a year abroad this year, and those now returning. Continue reading

Is it possible to shop plastic-free as a Sheffield Student?

Even if you didn’t watch Blue Planet 2, you almost certainly know we have a ‘Plastic Problem’: all the packaging we throw away is literally chocking the world to death. The realisation of the environmental costs of our throw-away culture has prompted leaders across the globe to make bold pledges to reduce the use of disposable plastics, but these are so engrained in our society that it seems a very far-off reality. Practically every time we shop we inevitably contribute to the problem. Imagine if all the plastic packaging you used in a year was piled up in one big heap…I’m embarrassed to even imagine how much it would be for me. But I’m not here to make you feel guilty. As students we have tremendous power to drive social change. Currently it is simply much more convenient and easier to buy things wrapped in plastic – and that won’t change unless we demand it. Competition between big businesses is fierce so they have to be attentive to our wants if they hope to benefit from our purchasing power. The way you shop sends them a message and can help to make real change happen. Continue reading

Highlights of the opportunities during my time at Uni

Firstly, I cannot believe how fast the last four years have gone and today I found out my degree classification… It feels like yesterday that I arrived in Sheffield and whilst I am excited to graduate, I will be sad to leave. As cliché as it may sound, I have absolutely loved my time at Sheffield studying LLB Law (with Spanish Law) and the opportunities that I’ve had have really shaped who I am today.

Whilst I’ve had too many great experiences to list, these are my top 10 experiences through the form of opportunities offered by the University, in no particular order are: Continue reading

My first conference

Towards the end of June I set off to my first ever conference as a PhD student. I am a 2nd year PhD student in Biomedical Sciences and have spent the last (nearly) 2 years researching all about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Motor Neuron Disease. Therefore when I saw that the European Network to Cure ALS (ENCALS) conference was happening in June I thought I would sign up. Continue reading

Staying in Sheffield over summer? Don’t despair…

As a PhD Research Student, summer is the time when the office and labs suddenly empty as all my colleagues depart for exciting international conferences or the holiday they have been dreaming of all through the long dark winter. Sadly, I won’t be joining them this year. With only a few months left to finish all my lab work before my funding ends, I simply can’t afford to take any extended time away from the department. If I was a computational scientist and could take my work with me, things might be different but as a plant scientist, I have to be around to look after my ‘babies’. Continue reading

From couch potato to 5km… and then a half marathon?

Running at university has been my escape. When I’ve been stressed with revision or event organising, I’ve always resorted to running in order to have a bit of time to myself. When I’m running, my phone is on airplane mode and I can forget about everything else except from the beautiful views around Sheffield (and not falling over my own feet or some leaves).

Whether you’re signed up for a race to fundraise for charity, you’re preparing for your summer body or you just want to start running… These are just my top 10 tips for getting into running, and even running longer distances! Continue reading

5 acts you should see at Tramlines this year

Described as Sheffield’s biggest ever party, Tramlines Festival will take place next month at its new 40,000-capacity home of Hillsborough Park.

With a strong line up across three days, both at the park and Fringe venues across the city, there is no shortage of choice.

To help you narrow it down and plan your weekend, here are our picks of who you should see between 20 and 22 July. Continue reading

World happiness report

Following on from telling you about what I think are just a few of the key influences to happiness, I thought I’d share some more of the radio programme experience I had recently. In the second week of the programme the presenter wanted to talk about The World Happiness Report which is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels. It often has a particular view point depending on what’s topical at the time and this year the main focus was on migration within and between countries. Continue reading

3 things to do in Sheffield before you graduate

The year is swiftly drawing to a close in a haze of revision, deadlines and exams, and for sad third years, the final weeks of Sheffield life are passing them by. To help you squeeze every last drop of life out of the city before returning to your drab home town, here’s a bucket list to tick off, to do the things you’ve been talking about doing for the past three years, all before you step on the train to true adulthood. Continue reading