Andrea Speak - BMedSci Health and Human Sciences

When did you graduate?Andrea Speak

July 2014

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

Because it has a fantastic reputation and is in my local area.

What do you think of Sheffield?

I love Sheffield there is so much to do on and off campus...always something going on around the city centre. The people here are very friendly and down to earth, I have had some fantastic nights out and made some amazing friends here.

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

Don’t worry if you are unsure of what you want to do after your degree, the course covers so many different aspects of healthcare you are bound to find something which sparks your interest. Also don’t worry about travel, childcare or money they were my main concerns on starting the course and in reality I had no problems with any of them. Just go for it, it can be difficult at times but well worth it in the end.

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

I found almost all aspects of the course enjoyable and rewarding... The staff are amazing – really friendly, caring and supportive. I met some fantastic people from all over the world many of whom I am still in touch with. The diversity of the course content and the freedom to choose modules from other disciplines meant the course never got boring and I could direct my learning towards my future goals. Going on placement really helped to build my confidence in my ability to work alongside professionals from a range of health and social care backgrounds. Graduating with first class degree made me very proud to be a student of the University of Sheffield and especially of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery.

What are you doing now?

I am currently doing an MA degree in Social Work, still at the University of Sheffield and about to start my first placement which I am really excited about.

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

My degree is without a doubt helping me to further my career, without this degree I would not be doing the MA and would probably still be struggling to find work as I was before I joined the BMed Sci course.

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