My first year as a Stage Manager

I’m Ruth, and I’ve just come to the end of my first year on the BA (Hons) Stage Management course. I’ve loved my time at RBC so far. During the summer leading up to starting it didn’t really sink in that I was going to university, and it wasn’t until I moved into my flat in Jennens Court that it became real.

Ruth Porter
BA (Hons) Stage Management Student

From that day I was excited to see what it was going to be like but then also a little nervous as I didn’t know what to expect, and still had a little doubt about it all as I would be living away from home for the first time. The feeling of doubt didn’t last long as family are only a phone call away, and if you are struggling with how to do something, at least one person in your flat will know what to do! Living in halls was an experience that I'm glad I had because the memories made with flat mates as well as with course mates are invaluable.

The first couple of weeks go by so quickly, you have fresher’s week full of inductions and activities to help you get familiar your surroundings, and you meet the amazing course mates you will be working with for the next three years. On the stage management course you meet the other two years at a pizza party in the first week where we all just eat pizza and get to know each other, which I found so helpful as it was an opportunity to meet the second and third years before the course started and it makes the first couple of weeks a little better as they know where things are. You know at the time that next year it’ll be you meeting the new first years, and I’m looking forward to helping everyone now I’m going into second year!

I have loved my first year at uni and I am so excited to see what second year holds. As a new first year all I would say is don’t be afraid to ask questions, at the end of the day you are there to learn. Also look for a house for next year as soon as you can, because then it means less stress at the end of the year.

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