I thought I was just coming to Edge Hill to get a degree. Sometimes I wake up and I can’t believe it hasn’t all been a dream!

It was performing in a local production of Mary Poppins as a child that made my mind up. I knew that was what I wanted to do as a career, but I had no idea I could study Musical Theatre at university. I’ve loved everything about musicals from a young age but studying the academic side of musical theatre, understanding the history and theory, has really opened my eyes. Through my course, I’ve also discovered different career paths and new areas of theatre that I hadn’t known about before.

The best thing about studying at Edge Hill is the amazing opportunities you get to broaden your learning or try something different or new. At the beginning of my third year, I was chosen to perform as part of an international Arts in Healthcare conference at the Pratt Institute in New York. I’d never considered areas like theatre therapy or psychology before the conference – it really made me think. I also got to see a Broadway show, which was something I’ve always wanted to do. The night before I went, I just lay in bed thinking, “how is this happening?”

Before I came to Edge Hill, I hadn’t even had a sleepover at a friend’s house because I didn’t want to be away from home. I honestly thought I’d be so homesick I’d be going home every weekend, but I haven’t felt like that at all. I’ve really grown in confidence since I came here. Getting involved in student life and taking every opportunity open to me has helped me understand myself better. I’ve learned not to be afraid of trying things. When I first applied to university, I thought I would just be studying my subject. I had no idea it would be so much more than that. I feel like I can do anything now.