As soon as I visited I knew I felt comfortable and safe in the city and now I never want to leave!

Alice Price BA ECC student profile
Alice Price
Alice Price
Education, Culture and Childhood BA
2020
After experiencing the best three years of her life, Education, Culture and Childhood student, Alice Price, has gained confidence to prepare her for life after university.

I chose Sheffield as it was one of the few places offering Education, Culture and Childhood in a combined degree with a placement and I am so glad I did. As soon as I visited I knew I felt comfortable and safe in the city and now I never want to leave! There is so much available in Sheffield, a bustling green city with a small town feel with the peaks ten minutes away. I have enjoyed numerous sunny days in the parks and SU. 

I was apprehensive about the small cohort size but now I know everyone on my course, it is a completed friendship group as soon as you join, which many larger courses don't offer. I am friendly with everyone whereas friends on other courses only have a couple of coursemates they know. I joined without studying sociology or psychology before but each module built on each other. I have learnt sociology, psychology, philosophy, human geography all centring on education and childhood. I do not think there is a module i haven't enjoyed. Module tutors, my personal tutor and the DDSS were always available when i needed support, all I had to do was ask. 

I couldn't pinpoint the biggest highlight of university because I have thoroughly enjoyed each year, from living in halls to my own student houses with my friends. Some of the hardest modules I found myself getting the best grades, and I am graduating proud of my achievements and full of lovely memories of the best three years. Everyone says university is the best three years of your life, and I found this statement put pressure on me in first year but I think everyone must remember that is a reflective statement.

I am leaving knowing I am interested in working with special educational needs, but with a transferable skill set and knowledge of schools, higher education, children and policies I can use anywhere.

Alice Price

First year is different and new, and I found the course really supported me during this time. I joined the Education Society and was Social Secretary in the committee third year. I joined sports teams, including Lacrosse which i never played before and found many friends through that. 

When I chose this degree I did not really know what I wanted to do afterwards. The option to choose my placement in an environment I was interested in helped. I am leaving knowing I am interested in working with special educational needs, but with a transferable skill set and knowledge of schools, higher education, children and policies I can use anywhere. At Sheffield, the university and city, I have grown my confidence and this is the biggest preparation for my life after university.

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