Madeleine Cole, Speech and Language Sciences

Student Madeleine Cole.
Madeleine Cole
Undergraduate student
BSc Speech and Language Sciences
The idea of the course was appealing to Madeleine, as it introduces the academic fields underpinning speech and language therapy, without requiring commitment to a specific career.
Student Madeleine Cole.

“The timetable was light enough to allow me to continue to be involved in volunteering projects, to explore my interests further. It seemed perfect for enabling me to develop my academic skills and research interests, whilst giving me time to ensure that life as a speech and language therapist was for me.” explains Madeleine Cole, who studied BSc Speech and Language Sciences.

“I wanted to come to the University of Sheffield as it seemed to be full of opportunities - tons of societies, volunteering projects and fundraising activities”, she recalls. “There was a real buzz about the students’ union on my first visit and despite the torrential rain on the open day, the University accommodation looked very appealing.”

“I enjoyed the breadth of subject areas featured in the course. A range of topics were studied in compulsory modules and I was able to further explore topics of interest through my own module choices.”

Our on-site communication clinic proved to be very valuable to Madeleine during her studies. “There are several clinics run in the Human Communication Sciences department that you can be involved in”, she says. “Working directly with service users of speech and language therapy really influenced my decision to seek a career as a speech and language therapist, as I was able to learn how to communicate effectively with service users in a relaxed environment and witness the impact of therapy on improving the lives of service users.”

“I participated in the study abroad scheme and spent the second year of the course studying in Canada. This was an unforgettable experience. I was able to continue my studies at another fantastic university, made new friends from all over the world, picked up surprising hobbies and finished off the year travelling across the country.”

“If the idea of the study abroad scheme is appealing to you, make use of the information provided by the University to explore your options and talk to former study abroad students. The idea of moving abroad and adjusting to life in another university can be daunting but there is so much to learn about yourself during such experiences and you will probably make friends for life from different continents.”

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