Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
I wanted to study at a great university in a great city and Sheffield ticked both of those boxes.
Has your experience so far been what you expected?
My experience has been as I expected because I was expecting to love life and studying in Sheffield but the range of choices and activities that would be available exceeded any expectation.
What do you particularly enjoy about your degree?
The freedom of choice with modules is fantastic, it really offers you the opportunity to broaden your horizons in the subject and the department is very encouraging with this. In first year, I enjoyed choosing to do a Spanish module, even coming into my third year, the breadth of choice for my special subject was a good problem to have!
What have you been studying this year? Are there any modules that you've particularly enjoyed?
This is why the choice is so great because you discover new interests. I discovered a love for British history that I never knew I had! I have done modules relating to both in first and second year and I have been able to pursue my interest as much as I am willing to. This year I am studying the USA and the Cold War module with a dissertation based upon post-war US foreign policy and I have been relishing both. The first two years are very much about discovering who you are as a historian, whilst third year becomes the year when you can really define yourself as a historian.
If you’ve undertaken any extra-curricular activities, what do you feel these have added to your time here?
I have made a habit throughout my time in Sheffield to attend talks put on by the department and the Students' Union which I feel are great ways not only of meeting the academics you read so much about but to also really engage with the topics that interest you and other like-minded people. I have also regularly taken part in intra-mural sports such as football and dodgeball and there is a great programme with SportSheffield and Residents Life designed to socially engage people. I have also previously joined in with sports clubs sessions held by the likes of American Football, Swimming, and Water Polo. This year I have joined the University football team, which is one of the greatest things I have done at University. I am also a Charity Secretary for the History Society which I have loved hosting events for causes that are important to me and others. I had previously regularly gone on the society's socials and trips and only wish that I had got involved with the committee sooner. All of these experiences have moulded me into the individual I am, being part of a sports team or society is the greatest social activity any new student can do.
How would you sum up your overall experience of studying at Sheffield?
Challenging but rewarding. I have grown as a person and an academic and am proud to have done that and hopefully will continue to do that at a University like Sheffield.
What skills have your learnt that you'll be able to take away from your degree?
I would say the biggest skill I have learnt is independence; both personally and academically. History is a course that requires you to become able to think critically and analytically to succeed and they are skills that reflect the breadth of roles History graduates progress towards after they graduate.
Do you have any plans for after graduation?
After loving my USA and the Cold War module this year I am hoping to stay in Sheffield to study for an MA in American History.
What do you like about living in Sheffield?
It's almost hard to describe in a way, I just feel like I am where I belong as a student. Being a Londoner, I love the vibe and lifestyle of a city, so I wanted to come to a city university and Sheffield is one of the best. Having a great city next to an area like the Peak District is also a unique combination. So it just feels like home, you always feel safe and are never short of something to do day or night.
Anything else you want to say...?
The best advice I can give to anybody would be to seize as many opportunities as you can at university because it may be the only time in your life you have the freedom to discover something new.
Would you recomend studying at Sheffield to a friend?
Absolutely, I already have!