‘So, what do you want to do after Uni?’

I think I can speak for a reasonable number of students when I say that there is one question that we all fear and will take ridiculously extreme measures to avoid answering. Such a question may well be a synonym for the plague, as nothing makes us want to make a run for it quite like being asked ‘What do you want to do after Uni?’ And yes, I know that I probably broke the ‘secret’ student code by stating that question. But, I think it is time that you faced your fears too and tackled this question head on! Continue reading

Should I study or work on my year abroad?

Planning a year abroad can be really tricky and stressful, especially if you’re studying a language. So long as you’re using the language consistently in your everyday life, you can choose how to spend it. The main dilemma for most students is between working and studying in the country of their choice – which is best? That’s up to the individual, of course, but here are three things to consider when deciding whether to study or work on your year abroad. Continue reading

Migration Matters

There are some conversations that you do not want to overhear. The bile was already rising in my throat as the train commuter opposite verbally dissected a female friend for his mates’ enjoyment. As he crescendoed into pitiful excuses over why our tiny island has “no room for immigrants”, I was ready to walk out of the carriage.

During Refugee Week, volunteering at “Migration Matters Festival” was a powerful way for me to respond to this rampant xenophobia. Celebrating how immigrants and asylum seekers enrich our society, Theatre Delicatessen came alive with stories, sounds and smells: humans from all over the world clustered together freed from labels and stereotypes and prejudice. Our common humanity united us. Continue reading

How to learn a language by yourself (successfully)

We hear so much these days about how to make ourselves more employable, which is desperately needed in these times of reduced graduate prospects. Learning a language always comes up on those lists of helpful tips – sometimes they specify which one (normally Spanish or Mandarin), sometimes it’s up to you, but either way it seems clear that it can’t exactly hurt your CV. So how are you going to do it? Continue reading

Lessons from university and departure thoughts

It is the end of 3 years for me. My course is coming to an end with a graduation ceremony in mid-July, provided that it all goes according to plan. Considering the time, I have decided to write about the things I learnt at university and what I will take with me once I depart from Sheffield. This is based purely on my experience and it is the result of all the activities I have carried out and the things I have done while being a student at the University of Sheffield. Continue reading

Deciding on whether to do a dissertation?

As an English Literature student, I didn’t have to do a dissertation. If I did do one, I wouldn’t get as much guidance while writing 10,000 words compared to someone writing a 4000 essay who was also going to lectures and seminars, only to end up with the same 20 credits they would also receive. For many doing English Lit, this was a reason to not do one. There were quite a few of us however, who decided to do a dissertation anyway. Continue reading

Taking advantage of the opportunity: language study at university

In a world in which English has become the lingua franca, knowing it is no longer an advantage. More and more, employers are looking for people who have great language skills are effective communicators in a second or third foreign language.

It is never to late to start and with the right opportunities and determination, you can master a new language. At the University of Sheffield, we are fortunate to have the Languages for All programme. Through it, you have the chance to learn a new language or polish one of the foreign languages you already know. The choice is yours if you want to opt for a clean start or apply your passion to a language you already have some knowledge of. Continue reading

National societies are the bridge between home students and international students

International cultural evening, world food festivals… These events are the showcase of different cultures by students from different countries.

Most of these events are coordinated by International Students Committee which represents the welfare of international students and organises activities that promote and celebrate international culture. Continue reading