Ignas from Lithuania

Name: Ignas Vaidogas

Course: BSc Physics with Medical Physics

Hey! I am Ignas. I am from Vilnius, Lithuania, once a great kingdom with rich historical heritage.  I am in my second year of BSc Physics with Medical Physics. I mainly speak English and Lithuanian but online I can also communicate basic Russian.

While most of my attention is directed towards studies I like to relax by playing guitar and my pedal board. I spend a lot of time listening to music with hi-fi headphones, cooking and playing a few computer games.

Since I was 12, I have been dreaming about working as a physicist, particularly as an astronomer. Over the next few years I started shaping my future plans and decided to find a more challenging, less known and equally interesting course. At first the Medical Physics course title seemed too plain but after some time I realised that mastering and applying it can help people, including my own family and friends. Inventing, improving, fixing medical equipment – I saw a new side of physics application in the world. I personally feel a bit exceptional and proud of what and with what cause I am studying.

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Why did you choose to study your course?

What can sound wrong about studying at a world-class university? It is really hard to find a suitable course if you don’t want to repeat after others and seek for something atypical. I was lucky to find a Physics and Medicine combination and at a constantly rising University. The 1st internet-type impression was the geographical area where Sheffield University is based and city it is in. The 2nd most attractive thing was the student feedback. University of Sheffield is among Top 20 universities in the United Kingdom and has one of the best student satisfaction rating. Living in the most suitable surrounding and learning diverse course were my criteria that University of Sheffield aced.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

Being an individual! “Student” might have sounded better but learning something as Medical Physics and being proud of it makes me adore the University of Sheffield for its variety of courses and achievements.

I love friendliness of the people in Sheffield and particularly Uni campus. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the support and feedback I am receiving from the lecturers, tutors and even course comrades.

I also enjoy the fact that Sheffield is one of the best cities in UK for students with low living costs and student satisfaction ratings.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

I sincerely enjoy living in Sheffield. It has some of the best nature scenery in the United Kingdom. If you take bus 53 to Stockbridge, your eyes will thank you for the view! The famous Peak District is right around the corner as well.

Shopping and travelling in Sheffield city centre is really convenient. Buses and trams take you anywhere you want and The Moor, Meadowhall has everything you want.

I have been to other cities in UK and it is clear that Sheffield is the best at prices for accommodation, bills and food. I couldn’t be more satisfied with picking Sheffield as a place to live.

What do you hope to do in the future? 

I wish to work in a hospital as a medical equipment technician or as an individual engineer. I know that University is working on various projects to help graduates find a perfect job. However, I’d also like to have a mini side career as a musician or hi-fi critic.

Sheffield has already provided me with barista experience and it was a blast. Thanks to “Career Connect” I have earned for my summer living costs and learned about high-class coffees, cocktails and bar etiquette.


Ana from Romania

Name: Ana Amariutei
Course: Biomedical Science
My name is Ana and I am a second year Biomedical Science student at the University of Sheffield. I am from Romania and I love volunteering in activities that have a positive impact on people’s lives. I like walking, travelling and spending my time reading about new science discoveries. During my first year at the university, I invested my free time in hanging out with my new friends, exploring the city and taking part in activities organised by the university and the Students’ Union.
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Why did you choose to study your course?

Since I was little and I was playing the doctor-patient game I always wanted to be able to find the best treatments for my patients and treat them without pain. In turn, whenever I went to the doctor I would pay attention to my treatment and medication and always asked many questions. The more answers I got, the more questions it raised, and I wanted to know and understand more about human biology, its perfection and flaws. For several years I offered support to children suffering from cancer. They are my source of inspiration in choosing this course, hoping that one day a cure will be found or at least ways to improve the treatments practised now.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

My sister is an alumni of University of Sheffield and she always talked about the high educational services and facilities the university provides for its students. I read about the Biomedical Science Department and I learned it was the UK’s number one for medical research and top five for biological research. BioMed at the University of Sheffield is one of the few undergraduate courses in the UK that involves anatomy modules where you have the opportunity to be involved in the dissection of human cadavers, providing a deeper understanding of the subject. The level of teaching, the facilities and the top research are just a few of the things that made the decision to come here very easy.

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

There are lots of things that I like at the University of Sheffield. First of all, one of my favourite things about it is the relationship between the student and lecturer and the way that no matter what question you have, you will be given an answer. Secondly, there are lots of societies where you can meet people from your course or other departments. As part of my studies I have had the chance to take part in interdisciplinary courses such as Breaking Boundaries which contributes to your development as a future scientist and increases the educational level of the course. Students at the University of Sheffield have limitless opportunities, resources and experiences, and I felt welcomed and free to choose what peaks my interest.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

I love living in Sheffield, students here are very fortunate to have some of the greatest places to walk such as in the Peak District and it is a wonderful area to observe and connect to the nature. Sheffield is a very green and friendly city and most of the accommodation buildings are placed around lovely areas surrounded by parks and are quite close to the city centre, shops and places where you can go out with your friends.

I think every student choosing their future university tries to find a compromise between what the heart wants and what the mind needs. I look back and I know that when I chose University of Sheffield, I chose for both.

What do you hope to do in the future?
With an interest in cancer diagnosis and treatments, in the future I would like to work as a medical researcher. The University of Sheffield provides updated information regarding new discoveries during the lectures and we often have free discussions based on new scientific papers or lab techniques. Students here have the opportunity to acquire experience in the lab as part of the practical classes, knowledge through courses and access to scientific journals and are constantly challenged to think and expand their horizon. We are encouraged to do internships during our course in order to gain as much experience and skills as possible.

Aleksandra from Poland

Name: Aleksandra Nikoniuk

Course: Biochemistry & Genetics

Why did you choose to study your course?

I chose my course at the University of Sheffield because it offered me a lot of flexibility. During first year all lectures are common for all courses in the department. So even after you’ve started if you decide to change your degree, you can easily do that. I also liked the fact that many students at Sheffield are satisfied with the course. There is also an emphasis on laboratory experience which convinced me to study here as it gives advantage when looking for laboratory-based jobs after university.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

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When choosing university I considered how well each university performs in the rankings and how student friendly a given place is. Sheffield seemed perfect: great university for studying life sciences, situated in the centre of a medium-sized and green city, it is no more than a 20 minute walk from the accommodation to the campus. Sheffield also has the best Students’ Union in the UK, which offers a great variety of events that suit everyone. I enjoy living in the city, but I also see the advantages of a campus-based uni. Sheffield has the best of both worlds – a compact campus in the centre of the city.

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

My favourite thing about the University of Sheffield is the Students’ Union. Before coming to Sheffield I didn’t really care about it. It is only once I came to Sheffield and started to enjoy uni life that I began to appreciate how great the Union is. It’s not only a place where you can eat, drink, wait for your lectures or party at night. It is also where you can seek help when it comes to accommodation, student finance or housing. It also organises great events, trips, language courses and other events, which you can participate in.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

Living in Sheffield is a great experience. Student accommodation, university and the city centre are all within walking distance from each other, so I don’t lose time commuting. I especially enjoy the nightlife and music scene in Sheffield. It is also a great place for outdoors activities – the Peak District National Park is somewhere where I’ll be on a sunny weekend. Everyone’s incredibly friendly, both the locals and the international community. Sheffield is a relatively cheap place to live, especially when compared to other parts of Britain.

What job do you hope to do after university?I’m hoping to get a job in either the pharmaceutical industry or the NHS. It would be great to do something with clinical genetics. Straight after university I’m hoping to get accepted on to a graduate scheme and then I will also consider studying for a Masters degree. At the university I had a chance to get some work experience through the ‘Taste of Work’ scheme, which gives students a chance to work for a day somewhere at the university. I worked in the Students’ Advice Centre which gave me a useful insight into how the place works and what everyday life in an office looks like.

What do you hope to do in the future?

In the future I would like to work in pharmaceutical industry, to be involved in drug design and production. I am also considering working in the health service, where  I hope to implement modern diagnostic techniques, hopefully in the field of genetics. I would like to work alongside other health professionals and to be involved in the future of health service.

Iqra from Pakistan

Name: Iqra Jilani

Course: Biomedical Science

Hi! My name is Iqra and I am a third year BSc Biomedical Science student. I am from Pakistan, but I was born and raised in Dubai which is part of UAE. I can speak Urdu and English but I am also learning to speak French.

In my spare time I am part of VolCom – the University’s volunteering committee. We organise different volunteering opportunities all over Sheffield throughout the year which is lots of fun, especially ’24 Hour Volunteering’ which involved different projects taking place during a single 24 hour period. I always enjoy astronomy – staring at the stars trying to grasp the vastness of the universe.


Why did you choose to study your course?

Choosing a course to study is always a daunting process. I’ve had my fair share of doubts but the reason for choosing biomedical science is due to the vastness of the subject. It allows me to explore all aspects of the human body and the diseases that may befall it and I have the opportunity to explore different areas of biology in order to not only understand the abnormality but also research towards a possible cure.

Why did you choose the University of Sheffield?

Being a science nerd, Sheffield attracted me due to its ground breaking research programs and a hands on approach to teaching. For example, second year students get to explore the anatomy of the human body independently. As well as the academic aspects your university experience is about learning different skills and having the UK’s No. 1 Students’ Union which enables us to not only try out different sports but also to enjoy cultural activities which explore the traditions of the world from the comfort of what we call our home, the University of Sheffield!

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

The people! Sheffield houses some of the world’s most inspirational and talented lecturers that not only educate you but entice your curiosity, make you question and find the answers. The lecturers make learning interactive and thought provoking.

Do you like living in Sheffield?

Sheffield is a green city from the parks to the Peaks. Its pure beauty and the ability to see the sky erupt into millions of glimmering stars every night, allowing us to appreciate the beauty of the universe is perhaps one of my favourite thing about living in Sheffield. I also like having access to amazing affordable accommodation which is only minutes away from campus. Sheffield is a safe student city bustling with life and the university is centrally located so you can go from studying in the library to relaxing in town within minutes at any time.

What do you hope to do in the future?

After university I plan on working in drug development – researching diseases and trying to find the best drug to contain and hopefully cure it. The university provides opportunities to explore the world of research through the ‘Sheffield Undergraduate Research Scheme’ (SURE). I have had the opportunity to go through this 6 week research scheme by working in labs and looking into cell-to-cell communication and heterogeneity through calcium dynamics. This has provided me with extensive lab skills which are needed for research in the working world

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.
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.

Pop from Thailand

Name: Jidapha Fa-arun
Course: Medical Biochemistry

Hi! My name is Jidapha but you can call me Pop. I am a Level 3 student, currently studying Medical Biochemistry in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department. I am from Thailand, but I spent my secondary education in Penang, Malaysia.

I like reading and watching movies in my own time. I also enjoy the occasional road trip and unexpected journey.

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Why did you choose to study your course? 
I chose to study Medical Biochemistry because I enjoy learning both Biology and Chemistry. I am always fascinated by the relationship between human body and medicine. Medical Biochemistry allows me to explore my interest, understand how the cell behave in sickness and health, and hence apply the knowledge to develop the treatment and medicine for the disease.
Why did you choose the University of Sheffield? 
One of the main reason why I chose University of Sheffield is because it is one of the highly respected universities within the UK. It ranks in the top 100 universities in the world with the best Students’ Union in the UK. The research facilities in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology are great, the staff in the department are experts in their field and the students here get to learn the current trend within biological science regarding what research is going on at the moment. The University of Sheffield offers world-class education with excellent learning experience and I believe that University of Sheffield is the right place for me to prepare myself for my future career.
What is your favourite thing about being at the University of Sheffield?
My favourite thing about the University of Sheffield is how much the university can offer to its students. This ranges from all the facilities to the wide variety of societies. There is a lot of help provided by the university and there are a lot of societies that students can get involved in. Whatever your interest may be, you will always find a society for it.
Moreover, all the staffs in the department are really helpful and friendly. They listen to any concerns students may have in the Staff-Student Meeting. Your personal tutor can also help you with academic-related concerns such as CV.
Do you like living in Sheffield? 
Sheffield is one of the best places that I have ever lived in. I am not a fan of very big cities so Sheffield is just the right size for me. Everything is within walking distance and everyone here is really friendly. The community is also really diverse, there are people from different continents, different countries and different backgrounds expressing their cultures and interacting with each other. The Living costs in Sheffield are relatively lower than other cities and there are lots of green spaces here as well.
What do you hope to do in the future? 
I hope to do a PhD after I graduate. I personally feel that the University of Sheffield has really develop me in various ways. I had a chance to do a research internship as part of the ThinkAhead SURE scheme which has motivated me to want to do a PhD. I realised how much I like working in the laboratory and this is something I really want to pursue in the future. I have also gained a lot of experience through different assignments ranging from essay to group work. I believe that the university would try to prepare you for the future regardless of whichever path you may choose to take.