As an alumni and now senior academic at Coventry University I have never lost the thrill of the start of new academic year, I can literally smell, taste and feel the excitement that is building within the University as we prepare to welcome our new and, of course, our returning students.
This is a time of new beginnings and new possibilities. Looking back, what would I tell my fresher self? Immerse yourself in university life, not just your studies. You are going to meet some of the best friends you will ever have (for me that included my husband) and also the worst so choose your new friendship network around you wisely. There are many highs but also lows and you must never be afraid to ask for help, from the student’s centre, from your personal tutor, from your family and from any lecturer that you particularly connect with. Everyone wants to support you on your success path. Be proud that you are a Coventry University student and share the love.
Patricia Ashman, Associate Head of School, Coventry University