I think one of the most valuable skills I have learnt from my degree is communication skills.
In my first year of study I thoroughly enjoyed the Paths from Antiquity to Modernity module which gave an insight into a variety of histories I had not studied before.
BA History Student
Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?
I chose to study at Sheffield after feeling the most welcome here out of any other universities I visited at my open day. Not only this, I liked the look of the modules that were on offer and the fact that there was an ability to choose some modules even in first year. The city of Sheffield itself had an impact too. The fact that the city is not too big was a big welcoming factor.
Has your experience so far been what you expected?
Due to starting university in September 2020 Covid was a big factor of my first year. Although the online aspect was not what I expected when applying, I still had the best learning and social experience that was possible in the circumstances. However, my second year has definitely lived up to the expectations I had of uni. Such as attending lectures and seminars, and having a lot more flexibility in my learning which differed greatly and positively from school and sixth form.
What do you particularly enjoy about your degree programme?
There are a number of aspects I enjoy about my degree. Although the lectures are incredibly useful and enjoyable, it is the seminars that I enjoy most. These give you an opportunity to discuss your views and perspectives with your friends and seminar tutor who is an expert in the module.
What modules are you studying this year? Are there any modules that you have particularly enjoyed during your degree so far and why?
The modules I am studying in my third year include a thematic study on the family, a module on making history public, and my specialist subject is on the holocaust. In my first year of study I thoroughly enjoyed the Paths from Antiquity to Modernity module which gave an insight into a variety of histories I had not studied before. Along with a module that looked at rights within the USA from 1776 to 2016.
If you’ve undertaken any extra-curricular activities, what do you feel these have added to your time here?
I have taken part in the history society netball team. This meets every week and plays matches alongside other subject teams. Furthermore, the history society is great at organising socials. These have been integral to helping me make more friends on my course.
How would you sum up your overall experience of studying at Sheffield?
Although some aspects of my degree have been unexpected, such as the pandemic, I have had a great overall experience of studying at Sheffield. From the degree itself, to the social side I feel as though I have really grown as a person. The experience has made me much more confident and has allowed me to have experiences I certainly would not have had if I didn't study here.
What skills have you learnt that you’ll be able to take away from your degree?
I think one of the most valuable skills I have learnt from my degree is communication skills. Whether this is communication within an essay, within a presentation or within working in a group, this skill is one I will certainly take away and apply in the future.
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