On my first year in Sheffield

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. Continue reading

On the World Food Festival

As an international student, one of the events that I looked forward to this year was the World Food Festival which was organised by the International Students’ Committee. This year, it was a two day event where various societies cooked food, typically eaten in their representative regions, to share with the rest of the university and Sheffield community. Continue reading

Lessons learnt from the first semester

The first semester was anything but easy for me. I am a first year international student so most of the first semester was spent settling in into Sheffield. Additionally, I had to study, participate in extra-curricular activities, make friends and settle into university life at the same time. It was super overwhelming and I feel like if I had known earlier that this would be the case, I would have been more prepared and would have handled the situation better. But I did not and these are the some of the lessons I learnt from the first semester as an international student. Continue reading

On the General Engineering Challenge

Gruelling exams aside, this year has been relatively busy. This is because I had to participate in the General Engineering Challenge (GEC).

As part of the chemical engineering degree I’m doing, I have to take part in GEC. This goes on for a week and involves different teams (each comprised of students from different engineering disciplines) coming up with a solution for real-life engineering problems. Apart from strengthening our problem solving skills, the challenge also helps students develop soft skills such as leadership, team work and communication. Continue reading

My first holiday in Sheffield

The end of the year is fast approaching and everyone is looking forward to the one month holiday break and the start of a new year. This is on one of my favourite times of the year and I really like Sheffield during this season. It’s cheerful, vibrant and festive. Oh and the lights! I don’t know about you but I love the lights. One of the highlights of the season this year, at least for me, is the Christmas market. I really enjoyed walking through the market and seeing what each stall had to offer; from the beautiful jewellery pieces to the delicious sweets that were on display. Continue reading

On being a first year International Student

“Have I made the right decision?” , “What exactly am I doing?”, “How will I cope?” , “What if I don’t fit in?” , “What if I don’t make any friends?”.

These were some of the questions that were running through my mind on the day I started my journey to Sheffield.

Many of us feel scared from time to time, which is normal. I just never thought that I’d be feeling this way on my way to Sheffield from Nairobi, Kenya. You see, this is my first time in England and the longest time I’ve been away from home so I did not know what to expect once I arrived. Before the day of the much anticipated flight, I had felt happy, excited, anxious and even sad. However, I was not scared so I was shocked when I was overwhelmed by this feeling as I was just about to board the plane. Continue reading