Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
I chose to study at the University of Sheffield due to the sheer range of the modules available within the department. I attended the offer-holders open day which was my first visit to Sheffield. From the welcome meeting in St George's Church I could see that this was the place where I could fulfil my potential and get the most out of my university experience. Outside of the course, it is helpful that Sheffield is a varied city with many things to do off-campus, and on-campus the University boasts amazing accommodation services and an award winning Students' Union.
Has your experience so far been what you expected?
Yes it has been absolutely fantastic. The small group weekly sessions (seminars) are a perfect chance to join with interesting discussions and learn from some of the best academics in the country. It is also a great opportunity to meet people on your course and make new friends. I have also been lucky enough to have scholarships for a masters degree, a summer school trip to Estonia and funding to help with my studies.
What modules have you particularly enjoyed?
A module I particularly enjoyed was the module of Paths from Antiquity to Modernity, a module taken by all students in first year. This is a great opportunity to decide which time period or particular type of history excites you. I learnt about the most various topics through the module from Ancient Rome to the Cold War. It is a great way of introducing you to the course.
If you’ve undertaken any extra-curricular activities, what do you feel these have added to your time here?
A recent club I have joined is the Pool and Snooker club. In which I am able to play with friends and socialise twice a week. There are many social events included within the society such as competitions, league tables and other events. It is obviously great to be near the Crucible, the home of snooker.
I was also a member of a Residence Life football team with 5-aside. Residence Life is the perfect opportunity to get involved in sports socially or competitively which you are new to or want to pursue further.
I am also a Student Mentor which is a paid work opportunity within the University of Sheffield's Outreach team which involves working with local students in high schools helping them reach their potential.
What do you like about the University and/or living in Sheffield?
I love the University of Sheffield because I feel it values every student who comes to study here. The Students' Union for one has everything you need which includes a bar, a nightclub, various food outlets, study spaces and even a Santander bank branch. It really has everything.
Also the services such as IT, Accommodation and History Department services are quick and always eager to help, which helps combat any work-related stress and support for you, which is vital when settling in to living away from home.
Sheffield is the greenest city in the UK, with the beautiful Peak District a short bus ride away from Endcliffe. The nightlife is vibrant with plenty of clubs, bars and pubs to suit all types of occasion. The city centre has undergone much redevelopment in recent years and Meadowhall Shopping Centre is also close by, known for their famed student lock in!
Other things in Sheffield include two famous football teams (Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday) with discounted student tickets available. Also the Crucible (snooker) and two big concert venues.