The flexibility in the course has enabled me to pursue new interests

Lawrence Kelton
Kelton Lawrence
Final year undergraduate student
BA History
Kelton, a final year student, shares how he chose Sheffield for its academic reputation, but has also come to love the city itself.
Lawrence Kelton

I've appreciated the chance to explore elements of the past in depth, particularly in regions which are not traditionally taught at a lower level, appeals to me in particular. I have been given a high degree of flexibility in the courses I study which has enabled me to pursue these interests.

Kelton Lawrence

BA History


Why did you choose to study at Sheffield?

From the outset of my application process, I knew I wanted to study at an institution that encouraged its students to explore a wider geographical focus.

The single honours History course alone has allowed me to do that, but I was further drawn in by the unrestricted module program and the chances that offered to personalise my academic experience.

Has your experience so far been what you expected?

It has, and more. While my decision to come to Sheffield was mostly academic, I have become very attached to the city itself. Between these two things, I can safely say that my time at UoS has exceeded my expectations.

What do you particularly enjoy about your degree?

The chance to explore elements of the past in depth, particularly in regions which are not traditionally taught at a lower level, appeals to me in particular. I have been given a high degree of flexibility in the courses I study which has enabled me to pursue these interests.

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

Given that this is my final year, much of my focus is on my dissertation and special subject, both of which relate to America's war in Vietnam.

Those aside, however, I have undertaken several modules in the East Asian Studies department in the last few years - studying Modern Japanese History was particularly enjoyable.

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

I've been taking the opportunity to join the Walking Club on their hikes in the Peaks. It's a fun way to both get to know some new people outside of my course and to explore the beautiful scenery just outside the city with a group that know what they're doing!

I have also taken up bouldering since being at university, in what is probably the best city in the country for it.

How would you sum up your overall experience of studying at Sheffield?

I have really enjoyed myself. The support available both through the department and through other university structures gives a sense of security if you ever need help, and the course material has been more fulfilling than I could have hoped for.

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

I think among the most important skills I'll be coming away with are my ability to undertake detailed research, critically analyse data, and fluently present findings both in written and verbal form.

Do you have any plans for after graduation?

I am currently searching for jobs in the private sector, with a view to work in a role with a research element - this is the part I have enjoyed most at uni!

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

The atmosphere in the city is very friendly, and there always seems to be something going on - either in the uni or out in town. The Union is always buzzing; I feel like I'm at home here.

Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?

Absolutely! A friend of mine actually ended up here over his first choice uni on my recommendation, and he has said it was the best decision he could have made.

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