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The international student experience at the university campus during Covid.
2021 has been a very difficult year for students around the world due to remote studying during the pandemic. As an international student at the University of Sheffield during the 2020-2021 term who lives in Sheffield, I mostly study online in my room but luckily, I have some experience for face-to-face classes in writing for media class in the 1st semester at the Hicks Building and a few sessions in the 2nd semester at the Firth Court and Department of Journalism studies. I found that face-to-face classes enhances more interactive teaching and learning even though everyone must follow the social distancing rule and wear a mask covering during the class. I made some friends that I met in the class and that helped me work through the whole year. Because each faculty and department are distant from each other and scattered around the city, therefore, I haven’t visited every department. Nonetheless, after the third lockdown was opened, I used the university’s facilities more often, such as the university's library, students’ union, and the information centre. For myself, I like to go to work and do research at the Western Bank library and Coffee Revolution Cafe. The lifestyle of each student might be different but for me who usually spends time in the library, I am impressed by the Western Bank library because there are a lot of textbooks, books, and a good environment for study. It is close to the student union and Weston Park. The study area is nice, clean, quiet, and free. There is always a high demand for study areas, especially the Western Bank library and the information centre. In my opinion, the study area is very important for a university that has many students like this because good and proper study areas will increase the feeling of wanting to study. The textbooks and the technology also must be updated and in a good condition. Not far from the Western Bank library, there is a Coffee Revolution Cafe in the student union building. The location of the cafe is great, there are many seats for group work and individual and close to the resources for study. You can have a cup of coffee, and food there with the university's free Wi-Fi and other facilities in the cafe. Furthermore, I also enjoy lunch from John’s Van in front of the Hicks Building near the student union building. My favourite menu item is the bacon, egg, and cheese bagel. You can grab one of John's Van foods and find a seat in front of the student union building to socialise with your friends or enjoy the food by yourself. I found that lunch culture here is different from the Thai cafeteria because, in Thai, most lunch is rice with Thai curry or noodles, but here lunch is a bit lighter than in Thailand. The student union also provides a lot of useful information for every student, and I feel very welcome by seeing the welcoming languages in different languages on the wall that has been decorated at the information desk. Though some of the services in the student union are still not ready to open for walk-in or face-to-face, they also provide the online service to help the students, for example, well-being service, student advice, and career connect during the pandemic. Nevertheless, I found that there is a delay and slow process of some university’s service and contacting staff which can be understandable and hopes to be improved in the future. However, I barely use the gym and sports club due to the restriction and my personality which I prefer to exercise outdoors, especially in Weston Park and The Ponderosa Park which are close to my accommodation and Sheffield university. As an international student, I am impressed by the university environment which I think is suitable for study and friendly with the international student. Despite there might not have a lot of activities to do and place in the university that opens during a lockdown or the pandemic but with the help of the university’s staff, my friends, and facilities of the university during the pandemic via online platforms especially email and social media, I feel I received a lot of updated news, rules, and cares. Finally, online learning might not be the best way to replace face-to-face teaching, but it shows that technology can help simulate the real world and benefit in the time of crisis.
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September 13th • 4 min read

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Pratchayatorn Russamee
September 13th • 4 min read
The international student experience at the university campus during Covid
2021 has been a very difficult year for students around the world due to remote studying during the pandemic. As an international student at the University of Sheffield during the 2020-2021 term who lives in Sheffield, I mostly study online in my room but luckily, I have some experience for face-to- face classes in writing for media class in the 1st semester at the Hicks Building and a few sessions in the 2nd semester at the Firth Court and Department of Journalism studies. I found that face-to-face classes enhances more interactive teaching and learning even though everyone must follow the social distancing rule and wear a mask covering during the class. I made some friends that I met in the class and that helped me work through the whole year. Because each faculty and department are distant from each other and scattered around the city, therefore, I haven’t visited every department. Nonetheless, after the third lockdown was opened, I used the university’s facilities more often, such as the university's library, students’ union, and the information centre. For myself, I like to go to work and do research at the Western Bank library and Coffee Revolution Cafe. The lifestyle of each student might be different but for me who usually spends time in the library, I am impressed by the Western Bank library because there are a lot of textbooks, books, and a good environment for study. It is close to the student union and Weston Park. The study area is nice, clean, quiet, and free. There is always a high demand for study areas, especially the Western Bank library and the information centre. In my opinion, the study area is very important for a university that has many students like this because good and proper study areas will increase the feeling of wanting to study. The textbooks and the technology also must be updated and in a good condition. Not far from the Western Bank library, there is a Coffee Revolution Cafe in the student union building. The location of the cafe is great, there are many seats for group work and individual and close to the resources for study. You can have a cup of coffee, and food there with the university's free Wi-Fi and other facilities in the cafe. Furthermore, I also enjoy lunch from John’s Van in front of the Hicks Building near the student union building. My favourite menu item is the bacon, egg, and cheese bagel. You can grab one of John's Van foods and find a seat in front of the student union building to socialise with your friends or enjoy the food by yourself. I found that lunch culture here is different from the Thai cafeteria because, in Thai, most lunch is rice with Thai curry or noodles, but here lunch is a bit lighter than in Thailand. The student union also provides a lot of useful information for every student, and I feel very welcome by seeing the welcoming languages in different languages on the wall that has been decorated at the information desk. Though some of the services in the student union are still not ready to open for walk-in or face-to-face, they also provide the online service to help the students, for example, well- being service, student advice, and career connect during the pandemic. Nevertheless, I found that there is a delay and slow process of some university’s service and contacting staff which can be understandable and hopes to be improved in the future. However, I barely use the gym and sports club due to the restriction and my personality which I prefer to exercise outdoors, especially in Weston Park and The Ponderosa Park which are close to my accommodation and Sheffield university. As an international student, I am impressed by the university environment which I think is suitable for study and friendly with the international student. Despite there might not have a lot of activities to do and place in the university that opens during a lockdown or the pandemic but with the help of the university’s staff, my friends, and facilities of the university during the pandemic via online platforms especially email and social media, I feel I received a lot of updated news, rules, and cares. Finally, online learning might not be the best way to replace face-to- face teaching, but it shows that technology can help simulate the real world and benefit in the time of crisis.
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Enactus 2021 Summer Blog