Tom Whittell

Sociological Studies student Tom Whittell in the Students' Union.
Tom Whittell
Graduate
Sociology BA
2019
"I recommend you take any opportunity you're given to engage more with the department because it makes the university experience much more fun and enjoyable."
Sociological Studies student Tom Whittell in the Students' Union.

Why did you choose to study Sociology BA?

I decided to study Sociology at Sheffield because I liked the versatility of the course, the different modules and the varied career paths it could lead to. I would like to work in PR or marketing in the future, and this course provided me with skills such as public speaking and also the understanding of everyday institutions that will prove important in this line of work.

How have you found studying in the Department of Sociological Studies?

I enjoyed interacting with the staff and my peers in the department - I think that they play a crucial role in my enjoyment of my university experience. I also received excellent help from staff in the department - at one point I missed some seminars due to personal issues, but they helped me catch up on my work and helped me put a plan in place for any future issues I might have.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?

The facilities at the University of Sheffield are excellent and the staff are friendly and approachable, creating a very inclusive atmosphere. I also love the city; there is always something to do, whether that be an event or just walking around and seeing the sights.

Sheffield City Centre
Sheffield City centre

Do you have any advice for students thinking about doing Sociology at Sheffield?

My advice would be to pick modules that you know you’ll enjoy. This is important because if you find yourself doing a module that you find both interesting and enjoyable, then you are more likely to achieve better grades and get more out of the experience.

What have been your highlights so far from your time at university?

I have been engaged with SocSoc for three years during my time at university. The first year as a member and the second and third years as the male sports officer. It is a brilliant experience that any possible student should undoubtedly get involved in and has been a main highlight for me during my time here. Another highlight has been my involvement with the department ambassador programme - I recommend you take any opportunity you're given to engage more with the department because it makes the university experience much more fun and enjoyable.