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Freshers Top Tips

That’s right! We’re on the official count down to the start of the new academic year where we welcome all our students, both returning and new, back to our campus on Production Park! It’s just two weeks until our Freshers and welcome activities for all our new students and we can’t wait to meet each and every one of you!

To get you feeling prepped, ready to go and excited to start your Backstage journey, our knowledgeable students have put together their Freshers top tips! From what to pack if you’re yet to move into your new student digs, to things to do when you arrive, our students have got you covered. 

I recommend that you don't overpack as you can always buy things you've forgotten and you'll definitely acquire things through your first year. I’d definitely recommend that you bring your favourite food with you as this will help throughout your first week. If you're unsure of what you need, write a list then tick the items off as you pack!

Gee, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Management

My Freshers tip is to go on a tour of the city - either by walking, cycling or getting public transport. It's always useful to know where things are, including restaurants, other accommodations and of course supermarkets - finding the best deals can be a lifesaver as a student!

Amy, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Management

Make sure you budget! Freshers can be a drain on your student loan when you’re going out with your new course-mates and housemates! Make sure you keep an eye on where that money is going and set yourself some limits to make sure the fun can last.

But above all, enjoy yourself! You only get to be a fresher once!

Eden, BA (Hons) Live Events Production

Wakefield Cathedral © Be Wakefield, 2021
Wakefield Cathedral © Be Wakefield, 2021
Trinity Walk © Be Wakefield, 2021
Trinity Walk © Be Wakefield, 2021

When you first move in you’ll want to spend some time setting your room up! I’d recommend going out with everyone, you’ll get the chance to meet people from different years and different accommodations. I definitely recommend having a wander around town, learn where all the shops are and you’ll be fine! I’d also recommend a trip to Leeds, it’s only 15 minutes on the train and has lots of great shops and bars!

Becky, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Management 

My tip is to get involved in everything you can during the first week and beyond. It’ll be the best time to meet new people and make lifelong friendships. Everyone is in the same boat and definitely feels the same nerves, so remember that there is always someone to speak to - whether that’s a fellow student or staff member, they’d be more than happy to help you out!

Michael, BA (Hons) Live Events Production 

Xscape © Be Wakefield, 2021
Xscape © Be Wakefield, 2021
The Hepworth © Be Wakefield, 2021
The Hepworth © Be Wakefield, 2021

Ask questions! Everyone at Backstage has different levels of industry experience! Always ask questions if you don’t understand something and never be afraid to learn something new! There will be subjects you know loads about and some you know nothing about, just always be open-minded!

Hollie-Mai, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Management

My top tip for being a Fresher would be to take time and make sure that everything is right for you, and don’t let anybody persuade you to do anything that you don’t want to do or think - be yourself!

Always remember to stay safe, be aware of your surrounding and stay ‘switched on’. And the most important thing… have fun!

James, BA (Hons) Live Events Production 

Want to tap into even more student expertise and Backstage know-how? You can chat with our second and third-year students online! Ask all those questions only a true Backstage student will know the answer to. And for everything and anything else, the staff team are here to help and support you! 

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