Stay…Fit Sheff….Fit

University can sometimes mean long lectures, long days (or nights) in library, keeping up with deadlines, working part-time and also trying to keep up with your social life. One of the most important thing that gets overlooked in the middle of all of these things is taking care of our fitness and health. If you are thinking about getting or remaining fit and in the upcoming academic year and are unsure on where to get started, read on as I share with you some of the fitness activities and facilities that the university has to offer which you can use to achieve the healthier you in this upcoming academic year!

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Your guide to applying to the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Excellence Scheme (SURE) and why you should apply !

There is no denying that one of the most crucial parts of university experience is getting internship and professional experience during your time at University! And I can say this out of my own experience as over the time after graduating I can realise how my past internships and work experience during my undergraduate degree has been useful in deciding what course I wanted to do for my masters, as well as which area of work I want to pursue further.

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How a forgotten email led me to Berlin

The plane lands, and I am beyond terrified.

Welcome to Berlin. In the arrivals zone stands a tall man kitted in cargo shorts and gripping a crumpled sign announcing ‘CityTravelReview’.

This is not where my adventure begins. Eight months ago, an email landed in my already-overflowing university inbox. For a month, said email sat gathering virtual dust as I scrolled past countless times. On a particularly slow day in Western Bank Library, I decided to open this message as a ‘productive’ break from my own work.

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Beware – the cult of presenteeism!

It’s 7pm and I’m in the office for PhD students, exhausted after a long day of writing reports, experiments over-running and a fresh truckload of email admin. Tomorrow will be more of the same so I decide to call it a day. Gathering my belongings, I slink to the door, avoiding the gaze of the other students still working away. I ask myself “When did it become normal to feel guilty at leaving the office so late?!”

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What I learned as a London intern

Until this year, living in London was an alien and slightly frightening concept to me: what limited knowledge I had came solely from television and the odd family day-trip. As a countryside-loving girl who grew up in the suburbs, I had always presumed I would never survive in the ‘concrete jungle’. But then I was awarded a 3-month internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based in Westminster and suddenly found myself living right in the political heart of the country. Having come through it – and thrived!- I can honestly say it was an incredible experience that I wouldn’t hesitate to repeat. Besides boosting my ambition to have a career related to science-policy, it was a rich source of life lessons in so many ways. Here are just some of the main things I learnt:

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Why We Need Environmental Science

When I tell people I study Environmental Science at uni, more often than not I’m met with the response “What even is that?”. Many people have never heard of the subject before, and the course is really small, with only 7 people in my year! When I was first applying for uni, I hadn’t heard of it either. But deciding to go to the open day talk at Sheffield just to see what it was all about was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since I’m a student ambassador for my course and on the Enviro soc committee, I’m in a good position to speak about the course. So I decided to write this blog post, to tell people what Environmental Science is all about, and why it’s more important than ever.

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Lessons Learnt

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.

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