A breath of fresh air in the Steel City

Having lived here for nearly two months now, the Sheffield lifestyle is definitely a fresh breathe of air from the loud, hectic and boisterous lifestyle of Nairobi. With incredible architecture all over the city, it’s definitely a place I love getting lost in during my lazy Sundays. Walking down cobblestone foot paths with a Costa cup, bundled up in my parka and possibly looking like an Eskimo, I enjoy the quirky streets splashed with graffiti and lots of weird and historic structures strewn all over the place.

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Top 5 tips for international postgraduate students: make the most out of your time at university

I came to Sheffield from Malaysia in 2012 as an international student, studying LLB Law. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2015. I then decided after three years of employment (also here in Sheffield), that Sheffield is the city I would like to do my Masters too (that proves to you how much I love Sheffield!) In comparison to most international postgraduate students who only just started their first year in Sheffield, I’m in a better position as I have already known the city inside-out as well as university life.

A lot of international postgraduate students found it difficult to make the most out of their time at university as postgraduate course could be really intense, and usually by the time they start to get a grip on everything, it’s time for them to say goodbye. So as someone who has been here long enough, here are my top 5 tips to make the most out of your time at university:

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A week of Residence Life

Residence Life. It’s a concept every University of Sheffield student is familiar with. And if you’re not? Then shame on you for neglecting the brochure you were given the day you moved into halls. Residence Life allows university students to attend sport sessions and activities for free. This privilege, however, is only valid for your first year of uni of which I realised until it was almost too late.

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Welcome to burlesque

Since I was 10 years old, I have wanted to be a rock star. Specifically, I want to be Billie Joe Armstrong, the frontman of my all-time favourite band, Green Day. His stage presence is unrivalled, and he uses his platform for good; singing about corrupt politicians, the state of the world today, and good old-fashioned teenage angst. I even started wearing my eye-liner like him and honestly, I still think of him every morning when I coat my eyes in smoky black. I desperately wanted to perform on a stage like he did and get lost in the music that made me feel so much emotion, but for years I was hampered by my own anxiety and lack of any sort of musical talent.

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Give it a go: why you should try improv comedy!

It’s Freshers week! That exciting time of year where you sign up to a billion societies and then go to precisely two of them! What fun. Well if you’re looking for a new society to join that you might actually stick with, have I got the offer for you: improv comedy. “What on earth is improv comedy?” I hear you cry, confused but intrigued. Well, if you’ve ever watched an episode of Who’s Line Is It Anyway or Mock the Week (or as I like to call it, six white men and the token minority) you will already have an idea of what improv involves. Closer to sketches than stand-up, improv involves creating short funny scenes based on audience suggestions. The comedy in these scenes can come from silly characters, clever jokes or even the audience suggestions themselves. At its most enjoyable, improv is basically playing make-believe. Continue reading

The Bummit Experience

If you don’t know what Bummit is, and you’re in Sheffield next year, or if you’ve heard of it but don’t know if it’s something you’d be interested in, please read on!

Bummit is a biannual sponsored hitchhike organised by the Uni’s Bummit society to raise money for local charities. The challenge is to reach a set destination by the time limit without spending any money at all on transport, instead relying on the kindness of strangers. Each year the society plan a small day trip to a city in the UK and a 9 day trip to a European city. This Easter, we went to Split in Croatia. Continue reading

Being a runner in Sheffield – or trying to be!

So you come to Sheffield as a new student and think ‘Oooh, maybe I’ll just pop out for a run’, and that’s when you see it… a hill.

Sheffield is famous for its hills, resulting in glorious views and the fabulous Peak District. But to most runners, including me, the sight of a hill in front of you is one of the worst things. Unfortunately for me, I live at the top of one of those hills. You may think that this is great news. It is. Until you realise whichever direction you run down in, at some point you will need to turn around and come back up again! Continue reading

24 Hour Inspire

When I’ve told my family that I’m going to stay awake and volunteer for 24 hours for an event, they told me that I’m crazy. And you know what? Maybe I was. After all the energy drinks and sweets, my body still gave up at hour 23 and I had to go home and rest, missing the grand finale. But those 23 hours were totally worth it. Continue reading