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 a Psychology and Counselling graduate. They identified themselves as a mature, international postgraduate research student who was a parent during this time. They are also the first member of their family to go to university.

Dear student,

I can imagine the excitement and the anxiety you feel now, when you embark on one of the biggest adventures in your life!

I just would like to say that, as a mature student, I felt super excited but scared at the same time, as I wasn’t sure how I would be able to juggle studies with being a parent and also working part time (at least in the last couple of years). If you’re facing similar challenges, I would like to reassure you that the University has an extensive support system for students including a parent network where you can meet and mix with other students who are parents themselves.

For me, the best experience at Salford was the involvement with the Student Union (which I was not sure I could join as a mature student in my 30s). I took a chance and became a student rep for my course which led to many wonderful experiences at the University and beyond.

I would encourage you to get involved in university life wherever you can if it is something you are able to do – you can gain so much more than your degree! The community of Salford is supportive, inspiring and so much more; which you can experience if you give it a chance and get involved in activities and societies. I hope you enjoy your time here at Salford and find the uni as wonderful as I have during my studies.

Cheering you on,

– Anonymous, Postgraduate Psychology and Counselling 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.