Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
Sheffield is a fantastic city to study in - an exciting and vibrant city with pockets of alternative culture, and close to the peak district for days out running or climbing. Also, at the open day, the lecture by James Shaw suggested that the course content covered a wider breadth of topics compared to other universities.
How has your experience been so far?
I'd say its been much better than expected - the more you get stuck into your study the more interesting it becomes.
What are you particularly enjoying about your degree?
I like that it doesn't seem to matter which era of history I study - I still end up enjoying all of it due to the enthusiastic lecturers. Flexibility within modules, as well as a wide range of options, means that I have been able to tailor it in directions that particularly interest me.
What have been your favourite modules this year?
I really wasn't looking forward to doing more Rome, having found it pretty dull in the past. How wrong I was. Simon Loseby was fantastic and I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the lively historiographical debate on the Fall of Rome.
My document option was Hiroshima I really enjoyed studying such an event so significant in forming the way the world is now. Engaging with controversies surrounding the bombing I was able to see how it had influenced both Japanese and American culture, politics, and attitudes towards international relations.
What else have you enjoyed outside of your studies?
Hands on History is a great opportunity to do something a little different with skills acquired on the course. We took objects from Sheffield's Western Park Museum into schools to run sessions with school pupils - I have enjoyed working with children and feel it has opened up more opportunities for my future. I will also be helping present an exhibition on Soviet History for 6th Form history students in October.
How you are finding life in Sheffield?
Most of all, feeling like I'm a part of a thriving, friendly, and slightly bohemian community that stretches over the university, the city centre, and around Ecclesall Road and Crookes. I thoroughly enjoy getting stuck into my study and engaging with the course. I have friends all over from both universities (there are 50,000 people living in Sheffield all in a similar position to me). And finally proximity to the Peak District means if I ever feel overwhelmed by city life I can just run or hitch-hike out for some peace and awesome scenery.