How are we all getting on? Can you believe it has been 8 weeks since Boris Johnson announced the nationwide lockdown due to the rapid spread of Covid-19? I can’t. Some days I can feel every second of the day and others, I blink and it is time for my dinner (Southern dinner, not Northern!) and then I am in bed. My social media is continually awash with people starting fitness regimes, picking up a new hobby or revisiting an old one. I still resent seeing this on my feed everyday, resulting in weekly bursts of deleted apps so I can stop the feeling of unproductive guilt from crippling my day into oblivion. Is this the same for anyone else?
Who would have thought it? The classic opener to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing finally has a true resonation within me. A song that is always saved for the cheesiest of evenings (sorry Pop Tarts) has finally struck a chord within me as I have headed back down South to my little rural village to be with my family during the global pandemic, Covid-19.
I know you’re all going to be bored by now of the jokes about Arts and Humanities students. I am. I see them on Sheffessions, I hear them in passing conversations or even whilst I’m sat in a lecture. What use is a Humanities degree? (Yawn.) I used to be offended (understandably so, as this was my passion and the route I wished to pursue) but now I’m not. Surely everyone is right? What am I going to do next? According to everyone in the world – teach. As a teenager I felt English Literature was an essential degree. Something worth studying; my voice valid, my words valid. A degree I had chosen out of pure love for the subject. Now I have people ask me, “Oh, English. Nice! What year are you going to teach?” It gets you down. I don’t want to be a teacher. I’ll probably become one. Because what else can I pursue once I leave? Apparently no-one thinks much of English (wait until they’re tearing through my bestseller). I thought English Literature was The One. Now I’m not sure.
I’ve spent this week feeling like I have come down with a case of ‘imposter syndrome’. The impending return to university that had been resting within the depths of my consciousness has suddenly arrived. The Christmas break quickly over, a return to Sheffield in order to revise or write assignments and before I know it, I have a week to myself before the chaos is to ensue. Welcome to the second semester of my second year.
On the 28th March, our Sheffield Students’ Union decided to put on the first of (what I hope) will be a recurring Street Food event on the University Concourse, starting at 6pm sailing through until 11pm. A first of its kind for the University, it is a street food event stretching for five hours with different food vendors, a DJ, live music and a bar underneath the concourse.
Kelham Island is quickly becoming one of the busiest hubs for food, drinks and entertainment in Sheffield and you do not want to be the last to hear about it! Already home to the fantastic Peddler Night Market (a blog post I recently complied for you all), Kelham Island is quickly getting a reputation for hosting some great food and drink events.
On the first weekend of every month, 92 Burton Road at Kelham Island becomes the home of the Peddler Night Market for a Friday and Saturday street food extravaganza. However, Peddler doesn’t stop at providing you with amazing street food from local vendors or those well known from further away; there is also live music and independent traders as well as an abundance of alcohol (and non-alcohol) options for you to choose from. Also every couple of months, there is the one day only Veg Out – a Peddler purely consisting of vegetarian and vegan food vendors. This is always a fantastic event.
Following on, as promised in Part One of my two-part post about mentoring at the University of Sheffield, is part two, where I have sat down with my mentees from this academic year and quizzed them about the last few months of their mentoring journey. Since September 2018 I have mentored two women at the University; Fathima, a Mature Student undertaking the Foundation Year and Laura, a third year Erasmus student from Spain. This was my first year as a Mentor and I have personally found it incredibly rewarding; not only have I been able to pass on important, pivotal knowledge about the University (giving directions, setting up the Uni app, how to print, etc.), I have also made two very valued friends over the last academic year. Read on to find out about how they’ve found their mentoring experience!
At the end of my foundation year last year, I felt a strong need to pass on my experiences of the unique twelve months at Sheffield, with the next year of students joining the Department for Lifelong Learning (The Department for Foundation Students) and others! You may be aware, or you may not be, that when applying to be an undergraduate student at the University of Sheffield, you can apply to have a ‘mentor’. Now, this is not to say that we will guide you through every aspect of life, but it is to say that we will help navigate you through your first year at university and hopefully pass on the pearls of wisdom that we learnt along the way. I hope that this may encourage some of you to consider taking this role up for the next academic year. Continue reading
You’re not a fresher, you’re not a teenager, and you’re not mature either: you’re 22, with two appalling A Levels, four years of (interesting but irrelevant) optical experience under your belt, and 250 miles from home; yet somehow studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield, having completed a Foundation Year here last summer.