Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
I chose to study at Sheffield based on several factors. First I am a mature student with a family so location was key to me, secondly the University of Sheffield being part of the Russell Group is a very attractive prospect and thirdly, the website is excellent, I can't tell you how many times I would look at the modules that are available over the last 2 years as I worked my way to here, sitting at my desk pipe dreaming!
Has your experience so far been what you expected?
My experience has been so much more than I could have expected, me being an older person I had fears that I would not fit in. This is not what happens, the younger students don't care at all about fellow students age, if anything they are interested in what brought you to come to university at this time of life.
There was one moment that made the penny drop and that I had made the right choice though. While waiting to go into one of my seminars Professor Bob Shoemaker was also waiting to go in as he was evaluating the seminar tutor, the subsequent chat with him for that few minutes on an article he had written that we read on duelling was fascinating. This is why we come here, at the University of Sheffield we meet the people who write the books and journals that students have to read. If we don't understand it and if our tutor isn't sure, then we can always go straight to the researcher in person.
This encounter also removed any fears I had of fitting in due to class, no-one cares about your accent here, no-one cares about your background all that matters is the quality of your work.
What are you particularly enjoying about your degree?
I have enjoyed the broad time ranges we cover in the first year. Before coming here I was convinced that I wanted to study modern history, now after the modules this year I am moving toward medievalism. Be prepared when you study history here to meet new heroes from time periods that you have never considered.
What have been your favourite modules so far?
I enjoyed Paths from Antiquity to Modernity, this gives us a broad range of knowledge and allows you to consider studying periods you had never considered before. In semester 2 my favourite was Pagans, Christians and Heretics in Medieval Europe, don't be put off by the title as the module is just as much about politics and culture as it is about religion.
Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?
I would heartily recommend coming to the University of Sheffield, it is the best decision I have ever made in my life.