CharlotteCharlotte Vivian
BA Music and Chinese Studies

Why did you choose to study Chinese?
I lived in China as a child but didn’t learn much Chinese because I attended international school so I felt determined to learn the language further when I came back to the UK.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?
When I visited Sheffield for an open day I was attracted by the friendliness and expertise of the staff, the excellent course content and the location of the university. The course here seemed very well structured and I liked that the year abroad was in second year. I was so excited to find a course at Sheffield University that allowed me to study both Music and Chinese.

Has your course lived up to your expectations so far?

Yes, it has. The Chinese department covers so many useful topics and skills and has helped me so much with my grammar and confidence in writing, speaking and translating Chinese. I found the year abroad really helpful in pushing me to “go up a level”. We were all awarded Chinese government scholarships meaning that I could afford to travel and experience much more of China while I was there. It was a fantastic and challenging experience! I made so many good friends in my time there. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at SEAS and have had excellent personal support from staff when I’ve needed it.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoy the creative side of Music and the challenge of Chinese. I enjoy translation and interpreting classes the most because translation is like solving a problem and I find it very satisfying.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your studies? (hobbies, interests, societies)
I love singing and playing the piano and am the alto section leader of Sheffield University Chamber Choir. I also enjoy walking in the peak district and doing various sports.

Do you know what you want to do at the end of your course?
I am exploring going into teaching or Chinese interpreting.