I was nervous about going especially after I seen the subject guide. But it has been very interesting and I am glad I got the opportunity to go. We learn when we are travelling around and going to different places, and not only study wise but in general. Travelling, especially alone for study not as a holiday also changes you as a person and makes you stronger and more mature. I think the study tours are interesting and helps you learn a lot more as you are out seeing things and learning by visiting places and not just stuck in front of a computer or in a class room. I also found that the lecturers understood how we feel and were very supportive which was nice. This was my second study tour and I learn a lot from both, and will look forward to going on the next one. It is definitely an experience worthwhile.
However I think that there could have been away to learn more about our discipline. Even though I found our topic on the group project interesting, I was the only planner so I don’t feel like I have learnt anything concerned with planning. I think it would have been better if people were put into groups depending on what their major is. Also I would have liked the projects to be similar to what we did on the US study tour, as I feel like we have benefited and learnt a lot as it is something we would do in the workforce in the future. However overall I really enjoyed my time on the study tour, and I am glad that I didn’t drop out as that would mean I would never get the opportunity to go to the places that we went to and wouldn’t have got the chance to experience what I have experienced in Sheffield.
- Mariam Al Maskari (Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning)