Looking back on lockdown

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. 

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Coming back to my roots – how life in Sheffield is different as a postgrad

In 2016 I put on my graduation cap and gown and waved goodbye to the University of Sheffield. I assumed at the time that this was forever – but, just three years later, I’ve found myself returning as a postgraduate student. Having experienced student life here as a nervous fresher, an undergraduate student and now as a postgrad, this got me thinking about the bits of student life that are different the second time around.

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