Living in Sheffield allows you to enjoy both city life and the countryside

Student Emma standing in the Diamond
Emma Schlauder
Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology
Winner of a Fulbright Scholarship
“Living in Sheffield allows you to enjoy city life whilst also having easy access to the countryside as well as the rest of the country.”

How did you first hear about your scholarship?

Fulbright was a programme that I was always aware of due to its prestige. Regarding my decision to apply however, I was invited to do so by my undergraduate institution Boston University. Up until that point, I had looked into various Masters, but had not yet considered which scholarship programme I would apply to. 

How did you research the University to find out about studying in Sheffield?

Once I had decided that I wished to pursue an Archaeology Master’s that focussed on burial contexts, I searched for schools that had related programmes. This is how I found Sheffield, though I was already aware of its department’s excellent reputation. After researching the programme online, Sheffield became my first choice. It was shortly before my Fulbright application was due that I reached out to the department and began a conversation with the head of my programme. It was only after I had been accepted that I looked into what the school had to offer elsewhere.

What was your initial impression of Sheffield and the University when you first arrived?

Sheffield actually reminded me of my undergraduate institution, Boston University. While the University and city are much smaller than Boston, it is still a city school. The fact that at one moment you feel like you're in the middle of a very urban area only to walk around the corner and feel as if you're on campus was very familiar. All of the staff have been extremely friendly and helpful and the city itself has been extremely welcoming.

What are the highlights of your experience in Sheffield so far?

My highlights have ranged from getting into the lab and beginning my modules to exploring the surrounding areas. I love to travel, so having the Peak District nearby and an active rail system promises many more excursions. On top of this, I have been able to fulfil my childhood dream of riding horses in England!

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