Thursday, 27 August 2015

Reina tells us about her early Sheffield experiences!

Hi! My name is Reina Fujimoto and I am writing a guest post as a Japanese student here at the University of Sheffield. I am going to tell you a bit about my early experiences here at Sheffield.

Last September I arrived to Sheffield with a large suitcase. I was wearing a t-shirt and jeans, and I remember being surprised about how cold it was. The weather was just the first of many surprises I would find in Sheffield. 

Last year it snowed quite a lot, which I was not prepared for.

Immediately after arriving I met many people. Throughout Orientation Week and Freshers’ Week, as more people moved into the student accommodation, I made even more friends. While I was always confident in my ability to make friends, I did not expect to meet so many unique people from all over the globe.

Social Life is a large part of university culture, especially for freshers. Naturally, it became a huge part of my university life as well. There are hundreds of student societies and clubs you can join and the City is great for a night out with friends. However, the highlight of my social life was the journalism ball!  We all dressed up and went to the Hilton hotel for a nice meal - it was great to do something different.

Before I came to Sheffield I did the International Baccalaureate in high school, so I thought I was prepared for my course. However, from newswriting to learning about British politics, everything was new to me. There were some moments when the workload felt overwhelming and I doubted if journalism was really what I wanted to pursue. But I came through and was so pleased when all my hard work paid off and I passed my first year.

The most memorable moment happened out in the field when I was looking for stories. A classmate and I went to a pub called Crosspool Tavern that was honouring a local hero at their reopening ceremony. The local hero was Ian Hague, the chairman of the Crosspool Form committee. We had attended one of the committee meetings before and Mr Hague recognised us; he invited us to have dinner with him and his friends. He told us many stories about how Sheffield used to be when he was younger. This evening reminded me of why I chose to study journalism - because I love discovering stories. I must admit, the free dinner also helped motivate me.

Mr Ian Hague at Crosspool Tavern

On our last day as a fresher, my friends and I all got together for one last party. Next semester, some of us will be going abroad for a semester. I am looking forward for more adventures in this amazing city that is Sheffield.

By Reina Fujimoto
Japanese student at the University of Sheffield

Erika's Happy Family Day Out - Heading for The Heights of Abraham

It’s Erika here, the Japanese ambassador for the University of Sheffield's International Office.
You can find out more about me on my web page. 

Hiking @ The heights of Abraham

Last weekend, my flatmates and I went to a day trip to The Heights of Abraham. We were looking forward to going there.
 On the way to the place, we did a game that we added one sentence each and made a fake story. We laughed and laughed all the time.
 After we got to the station, there was a small path. We took a cable car to go up to the mountain and saw the beautiful scnery. Unfortunately, it was raining a bit. But we do not mind so much. It was really fun!
 We also visited two caves in the mountain. I was a bit scared because we walked into really dark and cold places. There were some children and they said "I'm afraid..'  The guides counted how many people we had twice, which scared me more. Hope we did not lose anyone.
I wish it could be sunny on the day when we took pictures.

This trip reminded me that there are full of green in South Yorkshire. Fom Sheffield to The Heights of Abraham, it took only one hour and half by train. It is amazing we can access these beautiful places easily.

Also I really appreciated that one of my flatmate arranged everything for us. My flatmates are all postgrad and we are from diffrent departments. Since last September, we have called ourselves "Happy Family" and talked various things. We are from five different countries and share interesting stories. Sometimes, we discussed really serious things but most of the time, we had much fun. We celebrated everyone's birthday and shared meals. Once I was really upset for everything, they knocked my door and gave me pretty flowers and sweets. Especially their smiles made me happy. I am glad to have this special family in the U.K.

By Erika Uchiyama
 International Office Ambassador for Japan