Ana Isadora Cassidy da Silva
BA East Asian Studies

Why did you choose to study East Asia?
I've always been interested East Asian cultures, starting with Japan when I was a child, and then I developed an interest in Korea, particularly Korean history when I was doing my GCSEs.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?
The University of Sheffield was one of the few universities that had a department specialising in Korea, and when I came to an open day I felt totally at home, even though I was only there for a day.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

My favourite thing about my course is that the modules build upon one another - something that you learned about Korea in your first year could be relevant to Japan or China in your final year - East Asian countries are so intertwined with each other, similar but different, and discovering those nuances is fascinating. Plus, I really love 20th Century East Asian history and politics, and there are a plethora of modules to choose from relating to those.

Can you describe student life in Sheffield and what do you enjoy doing outside of your studies?
I spend most of my time exploring the different restaurants and cafes that Sheffield has to offer with my friends! I love discovering new food, and Sheffield has such a broad range of cuisines to try. I also spend a lot of time with East Asian Society, the departmental society for SEAS, who organise various events where I get to interact with students in other degree courses, or who just have an interest in East Asia.

Do you know what you want to do at the end of your course?
I am hoping to become a teacher - I'm going to start off teaching English as a Second Language in Japan and then hopefully come back to the UK to do a PGCE in History.