Highlights of the opportunities during my time at Uni

Firstly, I cannot believe how fast the last four years have gone and today I found out my degree classification… It feels like yesterday that I arrived in Sheffield and whilst I am excited to graduate, I will be sad to leave. As cliché as it may sound, I have absolutely loved my time at Sheffield studying LLB Law (with Spanish Law) and the opportunities that I’ve had have really shaped who I am today.

Whilst I’ve had too many great experiences to list, these are my top 10 experiences through the form of opportunities offered by the University, in no particular order are: Continue reading

5 reasons I’m grateful I chose Sheffield

Having recently worked as an Open Day Ambassador for the Languages Department and talking to A-level students come to figure out what they want to do next, I realised just how big a decision going to university is. I know this sounds obvious and I’m a bit slow in realising this (after all, I am in my fourth year) but it got me thinking how different my life would be if I had chosen a different university. Because I come from Northern Ireland, I didn’t have the luxury of going to multiple different open days (one person I talked to was basically booked up every weekend with open days!) as practicality and costs got in the way of that. The only university I visited was in Scotland and I did quite like it there, so I will admit there have been a few times where I debated whether I had made the right choice in putting The University of Sheffield, which I had never visited, as my first choice. As I settled into Sheffield, those thoughts soon melted away and now I genuinely can’t imagine anywhere offering a better experience. So this is really just a little appreciation post about all the things I’ve loved about Sheffield. Well, not an exhaustive list, but a selection of highlights. Continue reading

Reflections on University: First Year

With my first year exams over in a few days, I can’t help but think of how fast this year has come and gone; I’ve met people I would consider friends for life, and made memories that will be treasured. I remember starting, being terrified yet excited about living alone for the first time, wondering how I’d get by. As with anything, it’s had its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. However, there are small bits of knowledge I’ve gained in this year about first year that I think is important for all new students going to university to consider- some advice and reassurances that I’d like to have known at the beginning of the year. With the year coming to a close, and new students soon arriving, I think this is the perfect time to share this information. Continue reading

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Some people know what job they want to do or what degree they want to study from a very early age. I did not. In fact I only really fell into Accounting and Financial Management because it seemed to play to my strengths. I was good at Maths and found Business Studies to be really interesting. I didn’t really know what my studies would entail or even if I’d enjoy doing them! So this is a short blog on my experiences of studying Accounting and Financial Management at university. Continue reading

Why did I choose Sheffield again?

It’s that time of the year, end of February, almost going onto March, when students start wondering: should I apply for a Masters or not? Or, at least, this was me last year, so time for reminiscing with a oldie goldie question: why did I choose Sheffield again?

When I was a fresher, I used to be asked all the time why I chose to study in Sheffield. And I used to invoke all the “prospectus” type reasons: Russell Group University, top league for my Department, number one Students’ Union, green city, safe city, cheap city, not too North, not too South, a friendly place, had friends here. Sometimes I would raise my shoulders and say: just had a hunch? Continue reading

The Sheffield Scholarship Celebration Event

As we approach the end of 2017, it feels timely and appropriate to pause and take stock of the year so far –  to give thanks for all the positive experiences and memories, and to show gratitude to the people who helped to make these moments possible.

A significant memory from my own year has to my attendance to the Sheffield Scholarship Celebration Event held at The Octagon on Tuesday 7th November 2017. The evening, designed to congratulate those in receipt of a scholarship award, was a truly memorable event for me. As I sat chatting to other scholarship award winners, surrounded by balloons, confetti and buffet galore, I felt a sense of awe at the welcome that had been extended to us. If I’m being honest, I’ve never really been celebrated in that way before. I’ve never had an institution invest in me so fully.

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Taught Masters vs. Undergraduate degree

I recently started my master’s degree in Translational Neuropathology (yeah the name kinda scares me too) here at the University of Sheffield! As well as all of the changes that come with moving to a new university, I have also found that doing a masters is quite different to undergrad. Sure, there are some similarities, it’s still a taught cause after all, but it definitely takes some getting used to. At four weeks in, here are the differences I’ve found so far:

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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

First day, first blog!

 So, here I am – first day of University, and as a mature student, something I’ve been waiting to experience for a very long time. I’m excited!

Mature students have a raft of things going on in their heads that students straight from A levels – hopefully – don’t have to think about. For me it was walking the dog, feeding the menagerie we live with, making breakfast for and getting youngest child off to school and that’s on top of having the right stuff, wearing not too embarrassing clothes and finding the right building.  Continue reading

Adopting Sheffield United

First things first, I am a football fanatic and as I arrived at Sheffield I began to grieve having left behind my one true love, my football team, Derby County. Now, I’m from Nottingham, home of the football team Nottingham Forest. Those who know their football will see the controversy here, those who don’t fear not, I shall explain: Nottingham Forest and Derby County are huge rivals so I’m a bit of a maverick.

I had 3 teams to choose from here – Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United or Sheffield FC. I immediately eliminated Sheffield Wednesday; they play in the same division as Derby and have the most expensive tickets – easy decision. Sheffield FC are the oldest football club in the world and play in a very low league so these were tempting as I really wanted to join a club with a smaller fan base  but alas they play near Dronfield and I’m way too lazy to get the train. So by default I was left with Sheffield United. Continue reading