The new academic year is here! Read a letter from a member of staff who has written a letter especially for you with their advice on how you can make the most of your time as a Salford student.

This letter was written anonymously by an Acting graduate. They identified themselves as an international and home undergraduate student who experienced living on campus in student halls. They are also part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Dear student,

Welcome to Salford!

As a new student, I had dual citizenship with England and another European country that I’d lived in for most of my life. I thought that because I was born in England I would fit in really easily and know everything about the culture but I was very wrong! I felt very much like an international person and it was awkward for me when people would reference things I’d never heard of or make fun of my accent. I wish someone had told me that being myself is the easiest and best thing to do!

I spent years trying to be English, but my strength is actually being international. It’s a gift to have grown up with many different cultures and the opportunity to learn new things, and it sets you miles ahead of people who only have one perspective on life.

I had a lot of life struggles at uni and was very insecure and anxious for most of my degree. I wish I’d taken advantage of the free counselling more and leaned on others for support rather than trying to do everything myself. It’s very hard when you come to a new country and everything is different and scary, even going to the super market felt like an enormous challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if you’re not sure how. That’s what we’re here for.

Wishing you all the best for the brand new academic year – and beyond!

– Anonymous, Acting graduate

This letter is one in a series written by Salford staff members and alumni to you and your fellow students. We hope that, by sharing our experiences and advice, we can help you settle into uni life and feel excited for all that you have to come. Want to read more? There’s plenty to choose from.