Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
The reputation of the University, the warm welcome and personal feel of the open days and the opportunities that studying history at Sheffield provided. The breadth of the course also set itself out against other universities.
Has your experience so far been what you expected?
Yes, its been the best experience of my life so far. I've learnt so many life lessons as well as gaining a better insight into the past. The course has been excellent and the community feel of the university has been fantastic.
What are you particularly enjoying about your degree?
The extra curricular opportunities - studying history at the university is so much more than just a degree. It has a huge focus on gaining experience in the careers you want to follow. With teaching being a big option for me, the degree has opened up doors for me that I would not have achieved outside of university.
What have you been studying this year?
I'm currently doing a mandatory module on Historians and History that examines why historians have different views and how they structure their arguments. Its proven history is so much more than dates. My other modules represent the breadth of the course - The Fall of the Roman Empire in the West and the Appeasement of Germany in the 1930s.
If you’ve undertaken any extra-curricular activities, what do you feel these have added to your time here?
Hugh benefit - I've volunteered for the 'In the City' programme that works with local schools to provide teaching experience for people like myself. I'm also undertaking the 'Witness' programme that involves recording oral testimonies of local people who witnessed historical events. Both of these opportunities have been invaluable, helping to create memorable experiences away from the course. Both have provided me with work experience, a very valuable commodity. Out of all my offers in year 13, I did not come across a university with the huge variety of extra curricular programmes you could partake in.
What do you like about living in Sheffield?
The facilities of the University are world class, there's so many resources to help you in your work. The University itself is directly geared to students, with the academics very much being secondary concerns. Alongside huge investments, the University is incredibly modern, but Sheffield is equally a historical city. As a city, Sheffield is a very friendly place and, although its a bustling city, it doesn't feel like it. The University accommodation is surrounded in trees in a very upmarket area. The accommodation is actually cheaper than other Universities, but still provides quality. Students make up such a big part of Sheffield's community as well as its locals. Sheffield's sport, music and film constantly makes national headlines for its success. Its a place to call home!
Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?
Yes absolutely, I don't know anyone who wouldn't.
Anything else you want to say?
The experience of working alongside some of the world experts has been an unforgettable experience. Both of my tutors currently have produced work for the BBC and are experts on the topic. Engaging with them in seminars helps you to develop your own skills and historical perceptions to a level not gained in any other environment. The ability to pick your own modules as well means you have the freedom to build your own degree alongside your passions.