Graduate Profiles

  • Annika Vale
  • BA French & Hispanic Studies

Annika ValeWhy did you chose to study your course at Sheffield?

It was one of the few top universities offering the chance to study Spanish as a dual honours without having gained A Level Spanish. When I visited Sheffield for the open day, I loved the atmosphere and preferred the city location as opposed to the campus universities I had previously visited.

What did you like about your course and / or the city?

I certainly enjoyed the wide selection of modules available both for French and Hispanic studies particularly the option to take up Portuguese at beginners level in my first year. The course was very flexible and varied. I never struggled to find modules I knew I would enjoy – rather I was disappointed I didn’t have time to take them all! My Erasmus year was also a fantastic opportunity to experience life in another country. As for Sheffield, it’s a great combination of small town friendliness and big city possibilities. So much so that myself and many of my course mates have returned to live there since graduating.

What top tips would you give to someone thinking about coming here to study?

Get out and get involved as much as you can – don’t just stick within the boundaries of your halls of residence. Clubs, societies, tourist destinations, the Peak District – there’s so much to see and do (and much of it for free) that you’ll never have time to get bored.

Were you a member of any student societies?

I was a member of both the French and Hispanic Societies. I was involved in organising and participated in a number of events including a Spanish play and the French cabaret.

Where did you go and what did you do during your study abroad year?

I spent the year split between the universities of Valencia and Bordeaux. I also found part-time work in a bar in Spain and as a tutor in France which gave me the opportunity to use my languages in a more formal environment.

What have you done since you graduated?

After graduation, I worked as a British Council teaching assistant in Mexico, before returning to Sheffield to a Masters in Translation Studies. I wanted to gain some industry experience at the same time, so I worked full time at a local translation agency while I completed my Masters over two years part time.