I am not someone who would take pride in listing out the number of hours I have put into volunteering. Before arriving in Sheffield, I would have been able to count them on my fingers. While I still can, the experience I’ve had working with the volunteering team in the Students’ Union has flipped my perspective of working in the community. And why’s that? Because few of us realize it’s more about helping ourselves than helping others.
With an extraordinary Easter break now coming to an end, the second leg of the Spring semester will soon go live; on Blackboard. From being a last resort to the only option, attending lectures and meeting online over the next couple of months will be intimidating for many, particularly international students who have returned home. A good starting place to get answers to common questions is the FAQ page, an addendum to the page listing the latest updates.
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.
“There goes another week to nothingness,” is what I thought at the beginning of this engineering challenge designed for first-year students. “How did we accomplish so much in just one week?,” is what each of us wondered, holding awards in front of a packed lecture theatre, at the closing ceremony.
What makes a fresher’s freshening during freshers exciting? Friends, societies, professors, and free Domino’s pizza. Probably. Preparing for surgery on the first weekend. Probably not.Continue reading