Four recipes to get you through first year

So, you’ve been at uni for a couple of weeks now. Realistically you’ve had more than enough pot noodles, ready meals, post night out food and takeaways. Maybe you have received messages from your family asking if you’ve burnt down your kitchen yet and you think back to the blackened toast that set off the smoke alarm. You may have even tried to cook pasta, only to find boiling it in the kettle is not an option. Well do not worry, I have provided 4 tasty and cheap recipes which are easy to cook and will make you feel wholesome in between nights out and long days of lectures. Continue reading

Freshers: some thoughts on finding the balance at university

Firstly, welcome to Sheffield! I hope you’ve had a good freshers week, and that you’ll enjoy your time here as much as I have. With the risk of sounding old, and like I actually have any clue what I’m talking about, I would like to share some of my experiences from the last few years. You might have seen this video on the university media, where Sheffield graduates tell you to make the most of your time here and dive into societies, exploring the peaks, and so on. And I completely agree with them, you should! But with so many opportunities at university, it’s hard to find a balance between your course, extra-curriculars and downtime. Not to mention feeding yourself (healthily, on a budget) sleeping enough, keeping fit and household jobs. Continue reading

Top tips for preparing for Uni

A Level Results Day has come and gone, and whether it was good news or bad, 18 year olds across the country are starting to look ahead to the next stage in their lives: university. Whether you’re looking forward to university or dreading it, I think everyone can feel a little nervous about big life changes, and that’s mostly because of the fear of the unknown. As I am just finishing up my second degree (!) here at Sheffield, I thought I am more than qualified to pass down my wisdom about what should be sorted out before you hop on the crazy ride that is university. Continue reading

Sheffield 101: Top Tips for New Students

Hey, I’m Annabel – now a third-year student at the University of Sheffield, two-time mentor, and one-time incredibly nervous and uncertain fresher.

First things first: congratulations on surviving the last year! If you’re already a Sheffield student, well done on everything! If you’re coming to Sheffield for the first time in September, this post is really for you. I hope you’re super proud of yourself for the amazing results that got you a place at this university. It’s easy to get caught up in the preparation and organisation of going to university – don’t forget to give yourself the credit you deserve for the work that got you here.

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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


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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