I’m not a natural athlete and I never really have been. This is why I was reluctant to try my hand at sports when I first came to university. I knew I wasn’t good enough at any sport to join a uni team and even if I were, I was a fresher far too intimidated by the thought of attending trials anyhow. For these reasons, I bypassed sports completely. I didn’t know what Intra Mural (IM) was and it wasn’t until it was too late in the year to join, that I discovered it.
This meant that during my first year, my only exercise consisted of the walk to and from Ranmoor to uni and whilst this felt like enough of a workout, I was well aware that I should be doing more. In a bid to change my ways in my second year, I decided to try give IM a try.
Michael Flatley is a world-renowned Irish dancer who skyrocketed to fame following the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, at which he, and a troupe of talented dancers following his choreography, performed ‘Riverdance’ for the first time. Jean Butler, co-star to Flatley, also gained recognition for her remarkable talent. If you don’t know who either of these dancers are, I’d recommend that you stop reading this blog and Youtube them right now. Although there are many, Riverdance is a logical place to start before you fall down the rabbit hole of endless spectacular performances.
This is the fortnight (weeks eight and nine) where new committees are chosen and power is handed off, and so now is the time to decide if you want to run for a position. Because I know very little about sports and working committees, I am going to be talking specifically about societies.
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:
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.
Arguably one of the weirdest societies at the Uni is the Assassin’s Guild, you may have spotted them in nice weather running around in Weston Park with Nerf guns and foam swords. Or maybe there was someone waiting outside your lecture for a coursemate, weapon in hand and ready to strike.
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.
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 →
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 →