Amy Francis BMedSci Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Amy Francis

July 2012

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

I chose the University of Sheffield following an open day, where I fell in love with the city itself and the university. It has a great reputation for being a friendly “student city” and certainly lived up to my expectations. As Sheffield is a Russell Group institution I also knew I would receive an outstanding level of education. Sheffield was always my first choice on UCAS.

What do you think of Sheffield?

I loved Sheffield; if I could go back, I would. One day I hope to move back there! It feels safe, has fantastic accommodation and facilities, and most of all it feels like home. It is a vibrant city with fantastic nightlife and plenty of shopping opportunities! There is always some kind of event going on. Even though it is a big city, it still feels so green – so many parks to sit in during tough revision sessions!

What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?

To enter the course with an open mind, especially if you aren’'t sure about the career path you want to follow. I started my degree thinking I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life; after undertaking the huge variety of modules Health and Human Sciences has to offer I found myself considering careers I wouldn’'t have thought of previously.

Like any degree, the course is demanding so work hard, but don'’t forget your social life! I got involved with the society activities and I also took part in volunteering whilst completing the course. I found that having this balance really ensured I made the most of my time at Sheffield.

Also, make the most of the very supportive staff at Sheffield! I gained so much from talking to the Department staff; they have so much knowledge about life, healthcare courses and their individual modules. Don’'t be afraid to ask for their help and advice, both about the modules and prospective careers.

What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?

Completing a dissertation was incredibly demanding, but the pride I felt when it was completed made it worth it. It showed me what I was capable of academically. My biggest achievement to date was graduating from Sheffield with a first class degree and celebrating this with my course mates! It was great being able to share this with my lecturers too; without their support I couldn’t have done it!

I also loved the placement aspect in third year. This allowed me to gain insight into a healthcare career I hadn’t previously considered. It convinced me that this was the career I wanted.

What are you doing now?

I am currently in my third year (again!) at the University of Leeds studying BSc Midwifery.

Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?

Without a doubt. My degree helped me to choose a career that I love and I can'’t wait to qualify (as a Midwife) in September (2015). It also gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to complete academic assignments; I have definitely needed this skill during my midwifery course. It has certainly given me an advantage when discussing evidence based practice and completing a second dissertation! My tutors also helped me with the application process for this course; their advice was invaluable.

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