There's no reason you can't change course; I came to the university as a geography student. But after taking a couple of Russian classes I was hooked!
How has your qualification helped you in your career?
When working in a bi-lingual workplace and working as a translator, the knowledge of both Russian language and culture I gained from my undergraduate degree, as well as translations skills from my postgraduate studies, have naturally helped me a great deal.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Some of my translations for a human rights NGO were recently included in the United States Library of Congress web archive, having been deemed historically/culturally important. This of course made me very proud.
What were your previous academic qualifications?
I have 4 A levels (A*-B) from Colchester Royal Grammar School
What were your career aspirations when you were younger?
I can't quite recall but I imagine it would have been music-related.
What impact has attending University had on you?
I was given the opportunity to study things I never would have been able to otherwise. It also allowed me to practice a bit of self-discipline with essay writing and time management.
What advice would you give to young people considering University?
Think very carefully about what you actually want to study. 3 (or even 4 or 5) years is a very long time. That being said, there's no reason you can't change course like I did! I came to the university as a geography student. But after taking a couple of Russian classes in first year I was hooked.
Why did you choose Sheffield? / What sets Sheffield apart from other Universities?
I initially chose Sheffield having been thoroughly impressed by the atmosphere of the city itself.
What did you most enjoy about your time at Sheffield?
Sheffield as a city is one of my favourite places in the world. It has everything you'd ever really want without being overwhelmingly large.
Would you recommend the University of Sheffield as a good place to study?
Absolutely, I have nothing but fond memories of my time studying in Sheffield.
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