Tiger Wong Dazeley

Tiger is a first-year Music and Drama student.

How have you settled in during the first semester and since?

Tiger Won Dazeley

The first few days were nerve-wracking as everything was so new, but Welcome Week gives you a good chance to orient yourself, and your second-year Peer Mentors are great at helping out with learning how the department works and answering any questions.

You also meet a lot of people but as everyone is new, making friends isn’t too daunting. Everyone is welcoming and willing to help, so I found that it was easy to get settled into the city and The University.

What have been your highlights so far?

So far, my highlights have been learning about areas of both Music and Drama that I hadn’t studied before. My lectures in musicology and historical theatre have really broadened my understanding of the subjects. I have also been able to play a wide range of music with MUMS (Manchester University Music Society), including compositions by PhD students, and taking part in various shows with UMMTS (University of Manchester Musical Theatre Society), both as part of the cast and the band.

What is your main piece of advice for those applying to university?

Try to revisit the universities by attending a visit day or offer-holder day. They can really help you to get a feel for the atmosphere, as well as give you a chance to talk to as many current students who have lots of useful advice. It is also worth walking around the surrounding campus and the city if you can.

Where's your favourite place to listen to music in Manchester? 

There are some brilliant student deals available for Bridgewater Hall that are definitely worth taking advantage of: both the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic play there each week in addition to many other ensembles. As well as this, there are lots of small venues in town, such as Matt and Phred’s which is amazing for live jazz. And the Manchester Academy often has lots of cool gigs on too.