From Taiwan to Sheffield! In conversation with Stephen
NCUK alumnus, Stephen studied our International Foundation Year in Taiwan before progressing to the University of Sheffield in 2022 to begin studying for his BA (Hons) Business Management degree.
Following his first few months at university, Stephen has spoken about his time and experience at university since completing his NCUK qualification as he focuses on progressing through his undergraduate degree.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Sheffield?
The University of Sheffield is renowned for its global ranking among the top 100 universities. Additionally, I have been awarded a 50% NCUK merit scholarship, which not only provides financial assistance but also motivates me to maintain academic excellence.
How did you research the university to find out more about studying in Sheffield?
My NCUK Study Centre, Taipei Municipal Zhong Zheng Senior High School, offers a comprehensive university counselling service that greatly assisted me in researching my course and university options. Their guidance and support led me to attend webinars hosted by multiple universities, ultimately leading me to select the University of Sheffield as my choice of institution.
What do you like best about living and studying in Sheffield?
As one of the safest cities in the UK, living in Sheffield gave me a sense of security. I find it very easy to blend in and settle down. I experienced a diverse and inclusive environment that made me feel at home. The University of Sheffield provides exceptional student support, consistently checking in on students and offering ample opportunities for academic and personal growth.
What are the highlights of your course so far?
The field of business management is vast, covering multiple topics that have given me a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of business studies. I have gained knowledge in areas such as business management in context, business economics, accounting and finance, analysis for decision-making, behaviour at work, management themes, and future-oriented perspectives. The breadth of these topics has provided me with a well-rounded education in business management, equipping me with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the field.
Have you received any support or attended any events or workshops from the Careers Service?
I have attended future first lectures so far and I am currently planning to switch my course to a placement year.
How do you feel your degree and experience in Sheffield will support you in your future career?
I strongly believe that the principles of business apply to virtually every aspect of life. The university’s course offerings have provided me with a curriculum that directly relates to future careers, incorporating up-to-date materials that will undoubtedly prove beneficial to me. This focus on relevant and current industry practices will prepare me for success in my future endeavours and give me a competitive edge in the job market.
What would you say to a student considering studying at the University of Sheffield?
Apart from my academic work, I am also an active member of a student-led rocketry project called ‘Project SunrIde,’ where I manage the Public Relations team, leading four sub-teams: Marketing, Web Development, Fundraising, and Events. Although I am pursuing a Business Course, I have actively immersed myself in an engineering project, showcasing the University of Sheffield’s commitment to providing students with diverse learning opportunities. Through my lectures, I have developed valuable critical thinking skills as my professors encourage us to think and articulate our thoughts. And, let’s not forget, Sheffield’s vibrant nightlife is another exciting aspect that enhances my university experience.
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