I've been able to learn about things I didn't think I'd have the opportunity to

Alice Taylor
Alice Taylor
Final year undergraduate student
BA History
In her final year, Alice reflects on the modules and activities she has most enjoyed during her BA in History.
Alice Taylor

Through volunteering on the History in the City committee, I feel like I have a much greater understanding of life in Sheffield (as the projects are all widening participation), while I have really enjoyed talking with the wider community.

Alice Taylor

BA History


Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?

I chose to study at Sheffield because of how much I enjoyed the post-applicant open day I attended. It gave me great insight into how the course worked (in terms of module choices and modes of examination), and the sample lecture really engaged me by showing the benefits of research-led study.

Has your experience so far been what you expected?

My experience has been better than I'd expected, as not only have I made amazing friends, but I’ve also been able to learn about things I didn’t think I’d get the opportunity to (such as contemporary issues of colonisation). Also, through the university I have obtained work and a committee role, which I did not think I would do when I first applied.

What do you particularly enjoy about your degree?

I really enjoy how my degree programme has prepared me for my dissertation. At level two the Writing History module allowed me to gain experience in writing a research-focused essay of significant length (5,000 words), while my level three special subject gives me the opportunity to have in-depth knowledge of themes that my dissertation will build on.

What are you studying this year? Are there any modules that you've particularly enjoyed?

This year I am currently studying Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain, and Cultures, Conflict and Decolonisation. During my degree I probably enjoyed my module The Battle for China’s Future the most, as it meant I could study, in depth, an area which wasn’t Eurocentric and one that I had never learned about before.

If you’ve undertaken any extra-curricular activities, what do you feel these have added to your time here?

Through volunteering on the History in the City committee, I feel like I have a much greater understanding of life in Sheffield (as the projects are all widening participation), while I have really enjoyed talking with the wider community. Being on a committee has enriched my communication skills, while it has also given me the opportunity to work with individuals I normally wouldn’t have (such as academics in the history department).

What skills have you learnt that you'll be able to take away from your degree?

I have learnt how to effectively manage my time to balance my course commitments with extracurriculars, part-time work, and also socialising. I have also learnt how to properly research and use this information to write in an academic manner.

Do you have any plans for after graduation?

I hope to do a Masters degree, likely within the history department.

What do you like about the University and/or living in Sheffield?

The best thing about living in Sheffield and coming to university here is that there is always something to do or somewhere to see. Being on the edge of the Peak District, it is easy to access green spaces and explore the outdoors. There are also big parks and spaces near the university, while places like West Street and Kelham Island have loads of areas to socialise with friends.

Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?

I would recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend as I have had such a good experience here, from both my study (in terms of my department and the modules I’ve taken) and due to the amazing friends I’ve made through my halls of residence and course.

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