Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
I chose to study at Sheffield mainly because of the university's reputation and position in the league tables. The rich culture and northern appeal was also attractive to me.
Has it lived up to expectation?
Yes, the experience at Sheffield has been ever better than I expected. (The constant rain and grey skies up north is definitely a myth!) I've met some friends for life already, explored the city, and exceeded my personal targets for first year grades.
What have you particularly enjoyed about your degree so far?
The variety of study; ranging from the Romans up to David Cameron. The variety of assessment - coursework, exam and participation marks constitute the grade; it's not all based on one examination and meeting new people in every seminar I join
What have been your favourite modules so far?
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity: I found this really challenging to start with as I knew very little at the beginning, however it has proven to be exceptionally helpful with later modules.
Also Disenchantment of Early Modern Europe; History Workshop; The Making of the Twentieth Century; American History: From Settlements to Superpower and Introduction to British Politics: Consensus, Coalition and Crisis.
And what about life in Sheffield?
Living in Sheffield is very different to living back home in Oxford; a taxi ride home in Sheffield is around £7 compared to a similar distance costing £20 (drinks are so much cheaper up north too!). University accommodation is modern and has a wide range of facilities on site, I'd definitely recommend living in Endcliffe.
What else have you enjoyed outside of your studies?
I have worked in local secondary schools around Sheffield and Chesterfield in partnership with 'Hands on History'.* This has added to my time at Sheffield University as my CV has relevant experience for the career path I wish to pursue.
*Hands on History is a widening participation scheme run in conjunction with Museums Sheffield where students ambassadors take historical objects out into local schools to work with year 7 students.
Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?
Yes: the academic reputation in addition to the culture, night-life and close proximity to the Peak District makes this an ideal university to study at.