Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tiffany's Final Blog Part 2: My three years in University of Sheffield

Hi everyone! I am Tiffany, International Office Ambassador from Hong Kong!

This is going to be my ultimate final post as I am graduating from University of Sheffield this summer. I am going to tell you what I love most about University of Sheffield and what I have learnt here at a place I proudly called home for three years.

1. People are the reason why Sheffield is the BEST! 

I am so grateful to meet so many AMAZING people in Sheffield. People that I know from Sheffield is a big reason why I fall in love with this place. I have met many friends and people who have the best quality & character; friendly, smart, courageous etc. I can always learn from people around me because in University of Sheffield you will be constantly surrounded by role models. I have also met many people that bring out the good in me and taught me how to be more caring and attentive by their action.

2. How I changed the way I study 

Academically, I have develop a whole new study habit. I was never the type of person who would raise their hands to answer questions during any lessons. Three years later, it has became an usual thing for me to join in discussions in class. I also find myself always going to office hour. The open door office hour sessions is very valuable resources, it helped me to keep up with school work and motivated me to start doing all my coursework early.

Now I would even find readings or articles to learn from outside of my course! I am very glad that I am even more keen to learn and study with a very different but positive attitude.

3. What I have learnt and some personal tips 

Living and studying in a foreign country for three years, I have matured a lot. I have learnt how to live a life on my own on top of all my sports team training and seminar readings. I am proud to say I can do all the cooking and washing up after an exhausted training session as well as finish all readings before my seminar. With the advantage of a city based student city, you will be living with your friends and have the best memories while skilled with household knowledge!

Another important lesson I have learnt is that it is always important to be yourself. During my time in university I have been trying to improve myself (not only academically) but I always make sure I am still being myself. Bare in mind you don't have to try to change yourself to fit in! There is a different between wanting to learn and be better as a person and forcing yourself to be someone else. University of Sheffield is very international with recognition of its diversity, there is always a place here in uni for everyone. All of you is unique and fabulous in their own way so keep being yourself!

Also, trust me there is no such thing as a comfort zone. Go and try out everything you want to try and you will surprise yourself.
*Don't just say it but take actual action*

It is a privilege to be able to study in Sheffield, take up every opportunities that you have in your university years as those are the moments that you learn and try out what you like and who you really want to be!

4. Being an International Office Ambassador 

I am so lucky to be able to become one of the international office ambassador. I loved every moment of it; from talking to applicants at work to having a chance to write this blog. Writing this last post ever has make me feeling emotional, it has been my pleasure to be able to share my stories and experiences to every single one of you!

Looking back at my three years at University of Sheffield, I can't help but smile because there have been too many great memories. I hope that all of you will look forward to university life in Sheffield reading this, as very soon you are going to create your very own Sheffield story. Sheffield has prepared me and made me better, now I am ready to take on my next adventure. Thank you very much University of Sheffield, I am already missing you!

By Tiffany Hiu Lam Kwong
Hong Kong Ambassador

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