- Were you nervous coming to university? How did you overcome this?
Yes I was very nervous! Meeting people in my halls and realising that everyone is in the same boat helped me to overcome this. It was reassuring to know that a lot people were living in a new place and looking to make friends!
- What was your experience on moving into Halls?
Overall, I had a great experience, and although there are things I would do differently now, I found a good group of friends and had a very memorable year.
- If you were creating a university survival pack, what would your most important item be and why?
Something that reminds you of home – it’s especially comforting in your first year
- How have you found the past year living in Manchester and studying at MMU?
Manchester is a great place to be a student, there are so many opportunities to take advantage of, and there are still things I want to explore! It can be difficult to balance the social side of living in Manchester whilst studying, but MMU has been very supportive and gives me motivation to work hard towards my degree.
- If you could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to make friends at university, what would it be?
In your halls there will be so many different people that could get along well with, so don’t be afraid to explore beyond your flat or corridor, especially in the first few weeks when everything is new and exciting! Socialising with people on your course and joining societies and clubs are also fantastic ways to make new friends, as there will inevitably be people there who share your interests and hobbies.
- Where is your favourite place in Manchester?
Platt fields park in the summer and the Christmas Markets in the winter
- If you could relive the last year, would you change anything?
After four years living the student lifestyle, I feel that I have found what works best for me so wouldn’t change much from the last year! However, if I could relive my first year at university, I definitely would have worked harder and found ways to motivate myself to make the most of my time.
- What are you looking forward to in the next academic year?
Moving back into halls and having the opportunity to meet new people and try new things!