Student profile: Turkey
I always thought myself to be a research-oriented person, it was important for me to go to a university that had an excellent reputation in research. Before making my final decision I looked at the research of the academic staff in several universities in the Russell Group and I was most inspired by the research done in here, by the people I am now very lucky to be taught by. Every lecture I attend further confirms how right I was!
Another factor was that the Students’ Union was the best in the UK, and the university seemed to deeply care about the well-being of students. After being here for months, I can confirm that it also turned out to be true.
I came to the UK all on my own, and being so distant from my family was the hardest thing I had ever done. Yet the moment I stepped my foot out of the Sheffield train station, with the sun shining on my face I had a feeling that I could call this city my home with all my heart. Everything was so beautiful, safe and everyone was so helpful that I felt glad this place will be a home to me for the next four years.
I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for my scholarship. All my life I dreamed of studying abroad and becoming a scientist, and I worked really hard for it to come true. This scholarship allows me to fulfil my dreams.
Although I was feeling positive overall I still had many concerns about living in an entirely different country knowing no one. I went to the Students’ Union as soon as I settled for Orientation Week and I sincerely mean it when I say all my doubts disappeared there. I had never been in a more welcoming, friendly and helpful environment. There were “We Are International” posters everywhere which I valued deeply as an international student. In my first days at Orientation I even managed to make friends who I am still in touch with. My department was just as friendly and warm, I felt the sense of belonging straight away. Overall, my first weeks were like a dream that I’ll always remember with a smile.
I am also very excited to be able to explore Sheffield and the United Kingdom as a whole, there is so much to do! Sheffield is in a perfect location for travel lovers as you are only a few hours away from cities like Manchester, York and Leeds. I’ve already been to some other cities, but I plan to see many more.