Alex from Hong Kong

Name: Alexandra Cheung

Course: BSc Psychology

Hello, my name is Alexandra and I am from Hong Kong. I am currently a third-year BSc Psychology student. I have a variety of interests – reading, volunteering, entrepreneurship, cooking, etc. and in my opinion, there is nothing better than making new friends and having great conversations with them!

In my spare time I am actively involved in a number of societies. For example, I am the President of Entrepreneurs Society and we organise different events for young entrepreneurs. Getting involved in societies has helped me to make new friends and develop various skills, and the experiences have been nothing but amazing.

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Why did you choose to study your course?

Are all Psychology students mind-readers? The simple answer is NO. However, there are many more benefits to studying Psychology.

I chose Psychology because it develops skills that are useful to almost any occupation. Whether you are a doctor, a police officer or an investment banker, you still have to interact with people. And studying Psychology will allow you to understand human motivations and behaviours. As a result, studying Psychology opens the door to almost an infinite number of career options.

Psychology can also help me to become a more well-rounded person. Since Psychology is a huge topic, there are many different fields within the subject. As a result, I am able to gain a broad range of skills and knowledge. For example, I have learned a lot about biology through Neuroscience while I have discovered the importance of social influence through Social Psychology. Also, Psychology students are trained to do statistical analysis. Therefore, this subject is really suitable for anyone who is interested in both Science and Art.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

As an international student, it is important to choose a university that is reputable in my home country. As a member of the Russell group, The University of Sheffield is well-known worldwide and is a world top 100 university. It also has exceptional teaching quality and has established groundbreaking research. It was one of the main reasons why I picked this university.

Another important consideration was the incredible Students’ Union. For 8 years in a row it has been ranked as the “Best Students’ Union in the UK”. There are more than 300 student societies so anyone with any interest could find a society that he or she likes. The union has also organised a lot of amazing events, such as a Harry Potter Studio Trip, Pop Tarts (club nights) and volunteering projects. As a result, students can achieve a good work-life balance.

Finally, the university it is constantly looking for feedback from the students and never hesitates to adjust its policies according to the students’ opinion. Each year students complete an anonymous module evaluation form that helps the university to improve its teaching quality. Personally, I believe that it is important to study at a university that actually cares about students and is constantly trying to grow.

What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?

My favourite part of the University of Sheffield is its warm and supportive culture. Everyone is so kind that you always feel like you can make friends effortlessly. It is especially important for me because I am an international student. Before I came to Sheffield, I was really worried about cultural differences and homesickness. But it turns out I settled in so quickly that I did not feel homesick at all. If you have similar concerns as I did, I would recommend that you take part in Orientation Week, which has activities to help you to make friends and understand British culture.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

There is a reason that Sheffield is known as “the largest village in England”. Although it is a big city, it is not busy or crowded at all. I always feel like I can relax and slow down in Sheffield. The crime rate is also really low so I feel quite safe even at night.

Even though it has a small city centre, you can basically buy anything you need. The cost of living is so much lower than other big cities so it is good for anyone with a small budget.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to become an Occupational Psychologist after I graduate. There are many different work opportunities in the university. For example, I did an On-Campus Placement (a paid placement with an academic department), which allowed me to gain work experience and enhance my employability. I also had appointments with a Careers Adviser who helped me to build my CV and explore my career options. Finally, I actually gained my passion for Occupational Psychology after I joined the Entrepreneurs Society. I realised that I like both Business and Psychology and that is why I decide to become an occupational psychologist.

Sidd from India

Name: Siddharth Solanki

Course: Psychology BSc

Hi! My name is Siddharth and I am a third year BSc Psychology student. I am from Mumbai, India which is the financial capital of India. It is probably more commonly known as the home of Bollywood.
 
When I am not in the library catching up on my reading or completing coursework, I report for Forge Press Sport and Forge Radio. Every Friday, I do a show on Forge Radio where I preview the weekend’s football action with a couple of my friends.
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Why did you choose to study your course?
Human behaviour has always intrigued me. Studying psychology gave me the perfect opportunity to learn more about behaviour and its several different aspects in greater depth. In addition to this, I have always wanted to work as a sports psychologist in a professional sports organisation. This course will provide me with an adequate foundation for  further studies in sports and exercise psychology. By the end of your undergraduate degree, you will have mastered several different skills that give you an opportunity to look for a job in multiple fields like HR, Marketing etc.
 

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

One thing that has made my university experience in Sheffield better is the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union is an integral part of my university experience. Our SU has hundreds of societies and there will be definitely be a society that caters to your interests.  I have had some unforgettable experiences and met some of my closest friends through events organised by societies which I have joined.
 

What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield appealed to me because of its reputation. It also ranked high in student satisfaction which convinced me. The cherry on the cake was the city itself. It is absolutely beautiful and more importantly, very safe. It is a large city but feels like a small town which is a nice change for someone coming from a hectic and overwhelmingly busy city like Mumbai. 
Do you like living in Sheffield?
I absolutely love living in the Sheffield. This is a student’s dream city. It’s safe, it’s cheaper than most of the other cities in the UK, and it has a great night life. The university buildings are located in a prime location, within walking distance from the city centre and the student accommodation areas. I love football so the presence of two massive football clubs in the city allows me to go watch a match every other week.
 
What do you hope to do in the future?
In the near future, I want to get a masters degree in Sports and Exercise psychology.
In terms of work experience, I have been unable to get a job or internship in this particular field during university. However, I have managed to get other work experience. In second year, I worked at a shop called Chinese Fireworks selling fireworks to customers. I also volunteered at ‘Computer Club’ where I have spent time with autistic kids playing computer games every fortnight. These opportunities have taught me a very different set of skills that employers will look on favourably.

Rebecca from Malaysia

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Name: Rebecca Ghar Yin Low

Course: BSc Psychology

Hello people! My name is Rebecca Low and I am from Malaysia. Western Bank Library is my favourite study spot but you might see me getting distracted by the ducks rather than working on my assignments.

I am also the Media Officer for the Malaysian and Singaporean Society (MASSOC), I manage its social media platforms as well as taking photos of the society’s events. I enjoy photos taken by the university’s photographer (@es_kwon on Instagram) and every day at Sheffield I hope to be able to see him in action.

Why did you choose to study your course?

From the study of human’s private cognitive processes, to the mechanisms of anti-depressant drugs to how people change their behaviours according to their social environment, I have always viewed psychology as the amalgamation between hard science subjects (biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry) and human’s fascination of themselves.At the same time, a good psychologist requires transferable skills such as good verbal and writing skills and the ability to gather and interpret data. In short, I chose psychology for its interesting and challenging nature, as well as honing myself to be an independent, critical and flexible thinker by studying it.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

I chose University of Sheffield for its supportive atmosphere and good quality of teaching.A centralised campus filled with buildings of various architecture style and surrounded by friendly, lively and motivated people. This was the impression that formed when I first browsed through the university’s website and Instagram account. Then, I had decided that I want to be part of this community.

Academic wise, the Department of Psychology is rated highly for its research power, with outstanding research being conducted by the department’s staff. Throughout the degree I will be able to learn and receive feedback directly from these bright researchers and academic staffs. This sets my mind on the University of Sheffield.

9 months in and I do not regret my choice.

What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?

My favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield is its environment that supports students to develop into well-rounded individuals.For instance, courses are structured such that students are able to learn subjects outside the scope of their degree. At the end of my first year, I have learnt to speak basic fluent Japanese and have a general understanding of Chinese Culture and Society, despite being a psychology student!

The university and the Students’ Union also run many positions and activities for students to take part and learn from. I was part of SSID’s Students Communication Ambassador team, writing blogs from a student’s perspective. My communication skills have improved greatly after taking up this role. The opportunities are endless and it’s up to us students as to whether we want to take advantage of these chances or not.

Do you like living in Sheffield

I spent my first year living in university accommodation, Endcliffe. At Endcliffe, I made friends and certainly enjoyed the pub bingo sessions with my flatmates, as well as cooking and visiting places with them.

Also, the size of Sheffield is quite manageable for an international student like me (and you!), everything you need is within walking distance, making life abroad less overwhelming. People of Sheffield are very friendly too! I was once advised by a kind elderly man to wear a thicker coat, he definitely warmed me up from the inside without me wearing one.

What do you hope to do in the future?

The career opportunities associated with the field of psychology are endless, ranging from positions in clinical settings to jobs within corporate companies. While completing a degree in psychology helps me to explore these options by having a better understanding of them, I have my mind set on Organisational Psychology, preferably human resource roles.Although I will not be exposed to Organisational Psychology until the third year of my course, the university provides great schemes in which I was able to reaffirm that my interest is really in that field. For example, under the Career Services’ e-mentoring scheme, I gained real life insights by having a mentor who’s already working as a Human Resource Manager.