I love lectures because I feel like I am learning so much every week. Also, exploring the city has been a blast!

Maria Zuniga Alva
Maria Zuniga Alva
MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies
International Postgraduate Merit Taught Scholarship
The University and the city are as amazing as they show in the videos. And, if it seems like a great effort to come here, be sure that it will definitely be worth it. 

How does it feel to have been awarded a scholarship?

First of all, I felt happiness and relief because I was worried about how will I afford the tuition fee and all the other expenses of my master's degree. But at the same time, I was determined to come to Sheffield. Therefore, I also feel grateful to have been able to fulfil my dream.  

What made you choose to study at Sheffield and your course?

The first thing that I was looking for, was to study in a prestigious university amongst the hights rankings in the world for architecture. Then I analysed the course modules and loved the approach that The University of Sheffield has towards sustainable architecture. It is the perfect balance between technical knowledge, design, and social awareness. Finally, I did some research on the city, its location, and safety, and I knew that I had found the right place for me.

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

Mostly through the university web page, I have watched all the videos and joined several webinars about life in Sheffield and architecture masters. I read reviews in The Guardian and the QS World ranking as well. Finally, I watched Youtube videos from former students to have an impartial point of view.   

What are you enjoying about your first semester? 

I love lectures because I feel like I am learning so much every week. Also, exploring the city has been a blast, as I have gone to peak District, Botanical Gardens, The City Centre, and Victoria Quays. Besides, I have been able to go to some events of the Latin American society and photo society where I have made friends from different departments.   


How has (or will) the scholarship benefit your studies?

First of all, it gave me more economic stability, I didn’t have to get a large loan. Therefore, I can study with peace in my mind. I am also looking for a job, but with patience; One that would require a few hours a week and would not affect my academic development.  I have also been able to visit Manchester, join societies, and have an active social life which I believe is a significant part of doing a master's in a foreign country, to get to know the country and its culture.

What advice would you give to a student considering studying at the University of Sheffield?

I would advise them to take a good look at the university webpage, the university and the city are as amazing as they show in the videos. And if it seems like a great effort to come here, be sure that it will definitely be worth it. 

 What do you hope to do in the future?

I am hoping to be able to work in the UK for about a year or two to get more experience as a sustainability consultant. And then, I would really love to go back to Peru to apply all my knowledge to generate policies that will take Peru towards zero Carbon as the UK is already aiming, also bring awareness about the impact of construction in our environment to young architects, by teaching undergrad. Finally, I would also like to support the reconstruction of the north of Peru due to the floods.  


 

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