May: “I want to apply for British citizenship.”

By Lucy Wilson

ub0U3NpMThree years ago, May Béranger, 22, moved from Nice, France to study International Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University.

“Before my studies, I lived here for a year but one year just wasn’t enough,” she says, “so I decided to stay longer.”

During her time in Sheffield, May talks about how Sheffield won her over, “I remember having a map when I first moved here, people stopped and asked if I was lost or if I needed any help,” she says, “It was really lovely.”

“Sometimes I see girls in their pyjamas,” she says, “Everyone is open minded here, which makes me feel comfortable.

In France, this is uncommon. May says that people are more likely to judge, “I wouldn’t be able to do that in France, they’d probably look at me as if I was crazy.

May met her boyfriend and Rasasvada band member Ryan Smith from Rotherham. After university, she hopes to travel and eventually live in another country,  “Now I have him in my life and I love him, I want to share these experiences with him.”

Her love for Ryan has made her determined to become a permanent resident in the UK, “Eventually, I will apply for British Citizenship,” she says, “No matter where I go, I will always come back to England.”

 

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May and Ryan

To apply for British citizenship visit GOV.UK

 

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