Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
I chose to study at Sheffield after attending one of the open days and realising what a friendly city it is, and how fantastic the University is as well. I was drawn in by the range of modules available, and how the history course offers students a breadth of historical knowledge across all major periods. The best Student's Union in the UK was naturally a selling point, and the sheer number of societies available helped me to make my decision to come here, as I saw that I could study at a Russell Group university whilst being able to partake in all the extra activities that make university really fulfilling.
Has your experience so far been what you expected?
My experience has been better than expected. I have loved every minute of being at Sheffield, as I've been able to join and be active in a fantastic society, to do well in my studies, and to get to know a city that has more to offer than I realised when making my university choice.
What are you particularly enjoying about your degree?
I really enjoy the independent study that is so important to a history degree. It requires self motivation, and I find that managing my own time and being able to work at my own pace outside of lectures and seminars has been beneficial for my organisational skills. I have also really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to lead seminars, to organise the session and guide the group through the content, and to be able to come up with interesting and engaging ways to get the other students involved.
What have you been studying this year?
This year I am studying The Age of the Vikings, The Celtic West (both of which are with the Archaeology department), Historians and History, The Myth of Venice, and Media and Popular Culture in Twentieth Century Britain. The Myth of Venice module has been incredibly enjoyable. Venice is an area of study that I have never looked at before, and the opportunity to study topics such as opera, courtesans, travellers, and architecture has been thoroughly enjoyable. The seminars were always engaging and fun, and the focus on contemporary sources has been a refreshing change from secondary articles.
What else have you enjoyed outside of your studies?
I am a member of the Sheffield University Performing Arts Society, which is separate from my degree. It is an amazing, friendly, fun, and inclusive society. We put on two big shows every year, with smaller projects running alongside. I've been in two productions, and they've been some of the best experiences I've had whilst being in Sheffield. I've made really good friends through being part of the society, and it's a wonderful way to relax and take your mind off work.
What do you like about living in Sheffield?
I think the University is fantastic. I like the fact that we have an independent council of ex-Students who run the Student's Union, and who are voted in by the student body. The Union has a friendly atmosphere, and I think that the amount of support on offer from the University, whether it be through the Jobshop or the Careers Advisers, or through the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service, is excellent. Sheffield as a city is vibrant and exciting. I love the little coffee shops and vintage stores that you can find in the city, and how close it is to the Peak District. Whilst Sheffield is a major city, it never feels overwhelming, and has become like home.
Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?
I would absolutely recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend. It is a fantastic university, with a brilliant reputation, and it is a wonderful city to live in. I've made some life long friends at Sheffield, and had some unforgettable experiences through the societies I'm part of. It really is a fantastic place to be.