Firstly, I cannot believe how fast the last four years have gone and today I found out my degree classification… It feels like yesterday that I arrived in Sheffield and whilst I am excited to graduate, I will be sad to leave. As cliché as it may sound, I have absolutely loved my time at Sheffield studying LLB Law (with Spanish Law) and the opportunities that I’ve had have really shaped who I am today.
Whilst I’ve had too many great experiences to list, these are my top 10 experiences through the form of opportunities offered by the University, in no particular order are:
1. Fully funded trip to Nicaragua teaching English
Having never been outside of the EU by myself, I was over the moon in first year to be selected as team leader to take a group of students representing the university to a partner university in Nicaragua to teach English over the summer. For several weeks, we exchanged culture and taught English to Nicaraguan students. Afterwards, I went backpacking in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From translating English to Spanish at a hospital to giving speaking on Nicaraguan radio, the stories from that summer have been something that makes my CV stand out. An amazing bonus was then being awarded a Sheffield Alumni Volunteering Scholarship that covered the whole cost of the trip!
2. Mooting opportunities
Before university, I was absolutely petrified of public speaking and would have never imagined that I would become involved with mooting (oral presentation of a legal issue in a mock court). However, in first year, I applied on whim for the Bar Society’s Internal mooting competition and in fourth year I chose mooting as a module counting towards my degree and even represented the university in the prestigious University of Oxford’s International Intellectual Property Mooting competition. Whether it’s mooting or it’s a completely different activity like tightrope walking, you never know what you might end up enjoying. The “Give it a Go” programme at Sheffield is particularly great to try new things!
3. Year Abroad
Whilst I couldn’t afford a gap year […]