No one can deny that learning a new language is useful. Languages can give you an employable edge, be a bridge between cultures, and give access to a broader view of the world. Oh, and they can be lifesaving on a holiday.
Uhm, I don’t mean to alarm anyone but… I’ve actually finished University! The past four years in Sheffield have both felt like an eternity and no time at all. Despite what I may have said during stressful periods throughout my degree, I’ve honestly had the best time in Sheffield. There have been many more highs (and I’m not just talking about the hills) than lows. I’m sure we can all relate to having learnt something from University (whether that be related to our course or not) so I thought I’d share some of my personal lessons.
Exams are over, what now?
Exam season has come to an end so the outstanding question facing Sheffield’s student body is what to do now that exams are over. Perhaps you are keen to return home after a long semester or better yet you might have exotic travel plans awaiting you. However, Sheffield is a fun place to explore, so it might be worth sticking around for a while before heading back home for the summer. Keep reading for my recommendations on where to go and what to do in Sheffield before calling it a wrap. At any rate at least, it is time to wash the pigsty you call a house in preparation for moving day (you know who you are) and get ready to have some ‘fun in the sun now that all the hard work, work is done’…yes I went there. This Wildcat is still going strong.
So, it’s the end of the academic year and I can’t quite believe just how quickly the last eight months have gone by.
What I’m going to share here ranges from some practical pointers (if you want more of these, particularly about saving money, have a look at my last post) to some more personal advice from one student to another.
As a third-year language student working in the Peruvian Andes, my year has been full of the unpredictable. As I continually push myself out of my comfort zone: roaming the mountains, and delving into life’s deep questions, I find my worldview transforming. This is an account of a day that changed who I am. This is a day that taught shattered my fear of strangers and my fear of “otherness.” This is a day that helped me discover that some of the biggest life lessons happen when you least expect them.Continue reading
While heading towards my few final exams of my final year as an undergraduate student is making me happy and excited, it never fails to remind me how close I am to finishing such a long journey that I began three years ago. It honestly feels like it was yesterday, when I accepted my offer to study at the University of Sheffield and was gearing to get my visa and paperwork done to get to the UK, packing my bags, sorting accommodation and so on. But, the truth is that it’s been three long years, yet it still feels like it went by in a blink of an eye.
Well we are back in that time of the year, the final spring semester exam season! And while everyone is revising and preparing hard for their exams (or some of us are already having exams!), I am sure that everyone is also parallelly planning the celebrations for the end of exam season (I know I am). So just to help you all in that planning here are a list of events you can consider to go to, in order to kickstart the most awaited and well deserved end of exam season and end of term celebration!
After a year of assignments, essays, coursework and exams, the concept of a summer holiday is both welcomed and feared. With all that free time, what on earth do you do? The answer…absolutely anything! I remember my first summer holiday after a year at university and whilst enjoying the lack of stress and need to study, I felt a little like I was floating through life with not a lot to do. During the year I would be adding things to a mental list of everything I would do when the summer holidays came around and yet when they did arrive, everything on the list just seemed to be forgotten. So lucky for you, and maybe also lucky for me, I have compiled a non-exhaustive collection of things to do to really make the most of this summer holiday!
Are you starting uni in September and worrying about how to manage your finances? Or are you a returning student wanting to avoid spending most of your student loan in the first fortnight and living on beans for the rest of the term?
It’s summer soon, and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to being done with university for now, forgetting about exams (is it too soon to be thinking about this already?), long summer days, and lastly, travelling! I want to share my travel experiences and thoughts I have had over the years..