No one can deny that learning a new language is useful. Languages can give you an employable edge, be a bridge between cultures, and give access to a broader view of the world. Oh, and they can be lifesaving on a holiday.
We will soon be approaching the time of year where hordes of returning students descend on Sheﬃeld to move a year’s worth of drunk-purchases, vintage fair buys, and things you got with your student discount across the city, into new accommodation. I handily avoided this last year by staying in the same house for two years, but now I’m getting ready to move out and into a new ﬂat. I know from experience that moving out of your accommodation can be stressful, so here are my top tips for having a (relatively) stress-free moving day!
Kelham Island is quickly becoming one of the busiest hubs for food, drinks and entertainment in Sheffield and you do not want to be the last to hear about it! Already home to the fantastic Peddler Night Market (a blog post I recently complied for you all), Kelham Island is quickly getting a reputation for hosting some great food and drink events.
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.
If anyone asks me what the best way is to make the most of your time at the university, one of my top suggestions would be engage in as many part-time jobs as you can along with other activities like joining various societies or undertaking sports etc. The reason part-time jobs are one of my top suggestions is because having worked in a range of multiple departments at the university such as the University Accommodation Services, Central Welfare Guidance Centre, International Office and Global Engagement Division, Sheffield Mentors, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Sciences and Corporate Communications and Marketing Team at the University, I have come to realise that these part-time employment opportunities helped me develop into a better student as I exercised time-management skills and getting that work-life balance. Not only that, but they also helped me gain the much required employability skills that I would have not been able to gain if I did not engage in any of these part-time work opportunities!
Do you ever wake up in the morning checking your phone, laptop or computer for notifications, emails, messages etc? Or do you find yourself spending pretty much every single day surrounded by screens – spending the majority of your day in front of them? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are like me and most students at the University! Well, we are students and a lot of our work be it presentations, coursework or lecture and revision notes require and involve computers, laptops, access to internet etc. Plus staying on the top of emails and messages to cater to the work and study and also being engaged in social media platforms for maintaining a social life is a major priority. There is no denying any of that at all. But let’s just pause for a while and think, how can this never ending cycle of screen and digital engagement impact us? Does it have any negative impacts on our overall well-being? And if yes what should or can we do about it?
You’ve found the house, signed the contract, and you think you’re ready to make the move from halls to student housing. Think again. Assuming you’ve sorted the big things like paying your deposit and arranging how you’ll split the bills, here are 8 other things you need to think about.
Prior to attending university myself, I was always curious to take a glimpse into the lives of the students studying the course I was interested in, but not having any university contacts made this pretty much impossible. So whether you’re a prospective Biomedical Science student, interested in what Biomedical Science is like specifically at Sheffield or just interested for the sake of interest, read on for walk through of one of my typical weeks.
It’s no secret that university involves a lot of reading. My human geography course requires me to read seemingly endless articles on a massive range of subjects, including but not limited to war memorials, the 2008 financial crisis and voting patterns. When I applied for university, I wasn’t put off by the amount of reading that would be required of me – I had heard people complaining about it and thought they were just being dramatic. Surely it couldn’t be that hard? I certainly didn’t think so, I used to devour entire books in a single sitting; I would stay up all night reading because I couldn’t put a book down. I love reading so much that my first tattoo was inspired by one of my favourite books (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – it’s magical, read it after your deadlines). Reading was my treat after doing all my schoolwork; it was my escape from a depressing reality and books gave me more joy than any film ever could. The problem comes when this escape is taken away and academia becomes my life.