On Friday 13th March, in what seems like a distant memory, I left my last lecture of the day. My friends and I waved each other off with a casual ‘have a nice weekend!’ and went our separate ways without a backwards glance. Little did we know that just a few hours later, the university would announce it was suspending teaching until after the Easter break. In fact, we wouldn’t see each other again for months. The impact of the coronavirus, which had been in the back of everyone’s minds for weeks, meant that normal life was suspended indefinitely. Being shut away from the world has undoubtedly had its challenges. But as we begin to venture back out in to the world, it has given me chance to reflect on what I learnt during lockdown.Continue reading
The lockdown restrictions are starting to ease now, but you probably still often find yourself not knowing what to fill your time with. Since lockdown started, I’ve been really embracing my creative side and trying out loads of new creative projects! Now that craft stores are open again, it’s super easy to get everything you need to cure your lockdown boredom. I’m going to share some ideas with you to show you how fun and easy it can be. All of these are also really affordable on a student budget!Continue reading
Last weekend, I went back to Sheffield for the first time since moving out in a rush in March due to the pandemic.
I live in the Peak District and Sheffield was the nearest place to my home that was holding a demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
As an environmental science student, I learn a lot about climate change, species extinction, habitat loss, and the many other detrimental impacts humans are having on our planet. The severity of these issues is very overwhelming, and this can take its toll on your mental health. I’m finding it really depressing and mentally challenging to face the reality of the world right now.
Back in the second week of lockdown, I applied for a job as a carer for the elderly in my local community. This would involve visiting people in their homes and helping them with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and picking up prescriptions.
If, like me, you have found yourself trying to pick up old habits, or cultivate some new ones, you may have decided you want to read more during this strange time. I have already got a great big list of books that I want to read this summer once the semester is over. Most of these are books I have on my shelves already, both at home and in Sheffield. I thought it would be interesting to collate a collection of book recommendations from some of my friends for you to read. I think that not only does it seem more personal when a book comes with a review from those who recommend it, but it also makes a list of book reviews more varied, as we tend to like particular styles or genres.
Before lockdown, I loved coming home from a long day to sit on the sofa and scroll through social media. A long phone call with my mum or catching up with the group chats was a pleasant diversion from university work.Continue reading
As this unprecedented academic year draws to a close for undergraduate students, many of us are left wondering, what now? Having just submitted the last assessment for my third and final year of my course, I feel the same way. Whilst looking ahead to the future is of course important, let’s not forget to look back over the past year and everything we have accomplished, in spite of the difficult circumstances.Continue reading
There has been hardly any sport for over two months now in the UK. This period of time that we have been unable to attend football and rugby matches, get hyped for a boxing match, debate on the controversy or cheer on our favourite team has been unusual for many.
If you are a new student and you’re reading this, you will be amazed to find that after just a few months at university, you will most likely be looking at where to live for your second year at Sheffield.