Looking back on university life

Having sat for my final exam of my university degree, I thought to myself, ‘This is it. I’ve done all I could do. It’s the end of the undergraduate chapter of my life. This… is it.’ As excited as I am to move on to graduate life, I can’t help but to think I will miss all of the things I’ve done in university. I’ve met some amazing people, all very different and I’ve done things I’m proud of, looking back. Continue reading

Post-exam unwinding

So exams are over, and most of us will pretty much have all the time in the world to have some fun and unwind from any pent up stress. I myself am quite an indoor-sy person, but still love the outdoors. Towards the end of the examination period, I was desperate to spend some relaxing and fun time outside. As a student in Sheffield, I’m pretty spoiled for choice in terms of outdoor activities and locations. Close to the university, there’s Western Park, Crookes Valley Park, Devonshire Green, Ponderosa Park and the Peace Gardens in the city to name a few. Further away, of course, there’s the Peak District perfect for walks, hikes, mountain biking and rock climbing amongst other things. After completing my final exam, that very afternoon I went into the city to get myself some water guns and played in a park for a couple of hours. The weather has been really good, with lots of sunshine so it was perfect for what I had planned. I come from a country of endless sun so I will admit that I missed it quite a lot. On the flip side however, I don’t always like being in its harsh rays so I often seek the coolness of the shade. That gives me the benefits of being outdoors and being in close enough proximity of sunshine to feel some of its warmth whilst not being directly battered by the sun’s rays. Continue reading

Universities Business Challenge

So here’s something I never expected to do, being an engineering student: Enter a business challenge competition. I must admit, curiosity got the better of me when I received an email all the way back in October (Wow, that was way further in the past than I thought it was. They aren’t kidding when they say time flies!). The email was advertising a selection event held by University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) for participants to enter IBM’s Universities Business Challenge, and said it was open to students from all disciplines, from all years. Since it was the start of my last year at university, I thought, ‘It’s my last opportunity to take part in all of the random things the university is part of’ and so I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

Graduate job hunting

Well, you’re in your final year now and unless you want to take a gap year, further your studies, or already have a job waiting for you, chances are, you’re going to be looking for a job. Graduate job vacancies start popping up as early as September the year before you’re expected to start – which is basically the moment you start your final year, really. Also, many (but note: not all!) deadlines for the applications are around November-December time; usually the same time as your coursework deadlines. It is really quite a stressful time, but worry not (too much), there is help about! Continue reading

An Introduction to the Sheffield Archery Federation Team

Did you know that the University of Sheffield Archery Club runs their sessions alongside Sheffield Hallam University Archery Club? We compete together as a team during most of the competitions we take part in. We practice together in the same range, and having two clubs in one means more coaches, more new people to meet, and of course, more friendly rivalry! The two clubs combined make up the Sheffield Archery Federation Team, abbreviated as SHAFT. Continue reading