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    I’m hoping to do a taught MA (real estate planning and development) at Sheffield next year and I just wondered what to expect with regards to social life. From what I’ve gathered the nightlife in Sheffield is pretty good and I just wondered how much of it I should realistically expect to get to experience?

    My main concerns are that postgrads have too much work to go out very often - if anyone that is doing/has done a similar course could offer some insight into this it would be greatly appreciated. Also, are postgrads in general integrated into the social life of undergrads or are they very much separate? I’d like to join a few societies and maybe try out cheerleading but I’m not sure if I’d stick out like a sore thumb (although I do have a baby face…) or if postgrads are particularly welcome.

    Any advice regarding how to make friends as a postgrad e.g. where to live, groups to join, things to do etc. would be very welcome. Thank you!!

    p.s. I'll be 22 next year and straight out of undergrad if that gives some perspective?
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    I think you'll be absolutely fine, no need to worry, as long as you're a sociable person!

    MA workloads are heavier than undergrad but with appropriate time management you will still have bags of time for socializing and hobbies - I tried to do a regular 9-5, 5 days a week (didn't actually happen that often, but it's a good benchmark to aim for - find a structure that works for you and try and stick to it at least sometimes). You will have some deadline log-jams where you're working more intensely, but there's definitely no need to cloister yourself in the library 24/7. In fact, I'd advise strongly against it, as you'll need time off and social structures to get you through the MA year.

    Whether you're integrated into UG social life is up to you really; of course you will be in less forced contact with undergrads, but if you're planning on joining societies with them then that will be fine. Don't worry about sticking out, there will be tons of people in your position. You will probably find that strong bonds develop between people on your course; at PG level these kinds of friendships tend to be more important - so you'll have that to look forward to as well.

    I had the same worries as you, and my MA year turned out fine - although I'm in a tiny town and would give my right arm to be in Sheffield! Enjoy yourself, you will be fine
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    Thank you so much for your advice!! I am also currently in a tiny town (St Andrews) so I'm really hoping Sheffield will be as good as people say it is! But I'm glad you have found time to have a decent social life because some postgrads on here seem to be working 24/7, which was what made me worried.
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    (Original post by MinnieD)
    But I'm glad you have found time to have a decent social life because some postgrads on here seem to be working 24/7, which was what made me worried.
    Some courses are of course more intense than others, but it's ultimately a choice. Trying to work constantly becomes counterproductive very quickly!
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    If anyone currently studying at Sheffield could offer their insight it would be greatly appreciated!!
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    (Original post by MinnieD)
    I’m hoping to do a taught MA (real estate planning and development) at Sheffield next year and I just wondered what to expect with regards to social life. From what I’ve gathered the nightlife in Sheffield is pretty good and I just wondered how much of it I should realistically expect to get to experience?

    My main concerns are that postgrads have too much work to go out very often - if anyone that is doing/has done a similar course could offer some insight into this it would be greatly appreciated. Also, are postgrads in general integrated into the social life of undergrads or are they very much separate? I’d like to join a few societies and maybe try out cheerleading but I’m not sure if I’d stick out like a sore thumb (although I do have a baby face…) or if postgrads are particularly welcome.

    Any advice regarding how to make friends as a postgrad e.g. where to live, groups to join, things to do etc. would be very welcome. Thank you!!

    p.s. I'll be 22 next year and straight out of undergrad if that gives some perspective?
    Hi MinnieD


    Great to hear you're thinking of continuing to postgraduate study!

    I have to admit when I started my Masters this time last year, straight out of UG this was one of the things that played on my mind the most. I studied at NTU and then carried on here for PG so didn't want to miss out on seeing my friends who were still studying here as well, but I really shouldn't have been worried.

    I found the workload (strangely) much more manageable than my UG course, it was rare I missed out on a night out or meeting up with friends because of work load if I missed out at all. I think it's common that workloads seem larger with a jump in qualifications, but as you specialise material becomes less broad than it does so you really get a handle on content and get used to what lecturers are looking for, it might not be easier, but you'll improve to handle what's expected of you!

    I'd advise you definitely get involved in a society, there's no segregation between PG and UG, I think I was probably more involved in my society during my PG year than any other so get stuck in, it's the best way to make friends. You'll meet people on your course too - some of the people I met starting my Masters are now some of my closest friends.

    If you need any more advice - even with your application or anything like that I'm always here to help!

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    So far I've joined a couple societies and had the time to meet up. So long as you balance your workload then you'll still have a social life
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    I have to echo what other posters have said. If you keep up with your workload, stay on top of assignments you should have plenty of time for social activities.

    I was worried about the same things, but I just balanced my assignments, and made sure to be friendly with everyone. Because of that, I ended up with a pretty active uni social life which was great!
 
 
 
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