Posted in student life, Written by Arinola

Get to Know Our New Interns: Arinola

Hiya. I am Arinola Lawal, and I am one of the incoming 2018/19 301 interns! In this blogpost, I will tell you a little bit about myself and some of my reasons for applying to be a 301 intern.

volkan-olmez-73767-unsplash - CopyArinola, pronounced ahrin-uh-lah, probably does not seem like an English name because it is not. I am an international student from the South Western part of Nigeria. I grew up in Lagos, pronounced lay-gos not lah-gos as Hollywood sometimes assumes. I am currently on my year in industry with IBM in Manchester and will return to university in September for my final year.
Having lived in Manchester for the past year, I realised how much I took for granted about Sheffield and how much it has become my home away from home – however cliché that sounds. I miss walking from one end of campus to the other and then to the city centre. Dare I say I even miss the hilly nature of Sheffield.
I enjoy reading crime and creative non-fiction, watching copious amounts of TV and imagining the many places I will travel to even though I can’t really afford to yet. I also enjoy sharing my experiences as a student with other students and look forward to blogging about how the services 301 offers can help you in your student journey. So, keep your eyes peeled!
Apart from the very decent hours of work that the 301 internship offers (4 or 6 per week), I also applied because interacting more with students and staff sounds great and I would love to assist with the 301 workshops that take place throughout term time. I am very excited to start welcoming you all in September so please drop by even if you just want to ask questions. We are very happy to help!

Posted in Intern advice, student life, Written by Jun

Get to Know Our New Interns: Jun

I am glad to have this opportunity to provide students services in 301 Skills and Development Centre. This is a fantastic job where I can throw myself to student services, interacting, communicating and sharing interests with each other. I am now highly motivated to use my skills and enthusiasm to make a great contribution to 301.


I have met my future colleagues today who are all very nice people. We have different academic background from different departments of this university. It will be nice to share our insights between each other in terms of how to better deal with the tasks we will be encountering, how to more effectively delivering services to students who will be coming here, and how to expand our eyesight to the future career.

In less than two years I will submit my PhD thesis. Sooner I will be facing with my PhD Viva. Probably this will be the most horrible moment throughout my 4-year PhD. Different to the questions and answers part after delivering a presentation, a Viva needs you to fully throw yourself into your thesis, thoroughly familiarising with your thesis. My colleagues who are preparing their Viva usually make an appointment with the tutors in 301. They all said afterwards how nice the tutors were, how useful advice they got in the 1:1 tutorial and how much confidence they gained, etc. I believe I will do the same when I reach that stage. I would like to say, being a “customer”, I am really happy with the services here, while being a “service provider”, I will do my best to bring as more value as I can to our students.

Apart from the curricular knowledge that students gain from the class, extra-curricular skills and abilities are also absolutely necessary for them to acquire. Nowhere in the University of Sheffield except here, 301, is the right place that can have you reach these. The training sessions and courses in 301 enable students to enhance their study skills and academic techniques outside of their work. They can go to workshops which probably is the most popular service to get themselves focus on a particular point of academic skills. Online materials are also available anytime they need. We have the Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) program that allow students to create their own project or learning course, through which they will reach a higher level of academic skills. Anyway, just come to 301.

I am yearning to starting this job! It is nice to have the training today. Everything seems to be on track, just waiting for the new academic year coming.

Posted in Intern advice, student life, Written by James

Get to Know Our New Interns: James

Hello World!

I’m delighted to say that I’ll be joining the 301 team as an intern, performing administrative and secretarial duties every Wednesday from the start of term. I’m extremely happy to be joining the team and to be able to work with fellow students and staff members.

First, a little about myself. I’m currently a master’s student studying philosophy here at the university. I love the subject, and plan to do a PhD next year in the same subject. I love philosophy for the sheer volume of different topics and ideas a student has to cover and discuss, as well as the fantastic tutors at Sheffield.

I originally hail from Hucknall, a modest town just within reach of Nottingham. I much prefer Sheffield if I’m honest, hence why I’m choosing to throw more money at the university to stay on and study! My long term goal is to work in academia, whether as a researcher or lecturer, preferably both.

In my experience at the university, I’ve been involved in many student tutoring groups, whether it be the philosophy society or Philosophy in the City, a university outreach program which focuses on spreading philosophical study to the wider community. One thing these experiences have taught me is that the majority of skills people use in study, work and beyond, are not at all innate. It’s an assumption often made that receiving a poor mark on an essay or exam means the student just isn’t good enough or gifted enough to make the grade. This is a mistaken assumption. Rather, I believe firmly that all academic skills are developed. Even the most difficult skills can be mastered with enough time, effort and practise.

I am in good company with 301, who believe much the same. The myriad of schemes available to students are all of top notch quality, covering various subjects from revision techniques to speed reading. Do enough of them, and it’s even recognised on your HEAR, meaning you have evidence of your skills to provide future employers or institutions. I’ve used them a few times myself and incorporated the things I used into my future work. I first participated in the SURE scheme, where I was paid to complete my own research project over the summer. This not only gave me the experience of performing fully independent research, but also gave me an opportunity to share my passion with like-minded students. Speed-reading courses have been invaluable to me, allowing me to get through more papers than ever before. It’s one of those skills you don’t realise how useful it is until you have it. Getting through a pile of papers in an hour is an extremely satisfying feeling. As a member of a student committee, I signed up for multiple committee skills courses during my post. It can be quite a daunting feeling knowing you’re responsible for organising events for your peers, but with the brief sessions in organisation and group management offered by 301, I found it much less so.

My previous experiences with 301 have helped me invaluably. During this position, I want to make it as easy as possible for students to gain access to the various workshops, tutorials and resources they need to further their academic skills and overcome obstacles, just like I did. I hope to see many of you during my Wednesday afternoon shifts!


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