I can’t believe my first year is already over. At some point, it felt like this year was never going to come to an end but here we are! When I look back to who I was at the beginning of the year, so much has changed! I have learnt so much and in general, I have grown as a person. I’m still not good at adulting but simple things like buying my own groceries and planning my weekly budget makes me feel like I can actually make it as an adult. Aside from that, here are a couple of things I’ve learnt from my first year in Sheffield.
Over the year, I have learnt to enjoy my own company. I come from a place where I am constantly surrounded with people so settling into university life was a bit depressing at first because I found myself alone many times. This is because I was in a new environment with different people and in a different culture. So making genuine friends was not an easy task and I had to learn how to be comfortable with being alone a lot. To some extent, it is a good thing because you get to learn a lot more about yourself and, in my case, I unconsciously started a journey of self-discovery.
Another thing I’ve learnt is that there is always something you can learn from everybody. As long as you are open-minded, there’s definitely something new you can learn from everyone you meet and interact with. Since realising this, I try my best to approach every interaction with an open mind and very little judgement and it actually works.
Having just completed the first year of Chemical Engineering, I can attest to it not being an easy course. If this the course you’re considering, expect to come across many challenges, both academically and mentally.
Time management is essential. If you manage your time well, all will go well.
As an international student, I’ve learnt that constantly keeping in touch with the caring friends and family from back home is super beneficial. A simple phone call can actually just lift your mood and make your day better.
So my first year has had its ups and downs but it’s been a good year none-the-less. I can’t wait to see what next year will have in store for me.