Why learning a new language is never a bad idea

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.

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A day without women – 9 March 2020

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.

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Helping others through volunteering

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.

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New ways to stay focused

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.

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PhD during COVID-19 pandemic

   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.

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My SURE experience

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.

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