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Accepting Your Offers

Hi guys! It’s that time of year when the UCAS deadline approaches! Usually, by now, the deadline would have passed but this year, it is the 29 of January. Hopefully you have all made your 5 choices by now and have sent off your application. If you are putting in the final touches on your application, I’ll share a few tips for writing your personal statement. More importantly, however, as you start hearing back, you will want to be thinking about which universities will be your firm and insurance choices. Today, I’ll share my experience of how I went about making these decisions and hopefully, that can help you a little bit.

Firstly, in terms of personal statement tips, let me give you a little bit of background about me. I studied the International Baccalaureate program but as my school didn’t offer economics, I couldn’t study it in high school. This was not exactly a problem, because most universities only require maths, but I think it definitely impacts your personal statement and how you can show your passion for the subject. As you might already know by now, the key to a great personal statement is being yourself and letting your enthusiasm for the subject shine through. It is about showing what you have done to pursue this interest in the subject, both within and beyond school. In my case, I wrote about how I exposed myself to economics within other subjects I studied at school, books I read but more importantly, how I engaged with what I read or studied. I believe it’s not enough to say “I did this” but rather point out what you learned through your project or what you found interesting from the books you read. Finally, it’s good to include extracurricular activities, but only include relevant ones, tie it back towards your subject and don’t spend too many words on this. As I said before, be yourself and make sure to let your voice come through! It’s okay to ask other people to look over your personal statement and provide feedback but at the end of the day, it has to come from you.

So, once you’ve sent in your application(s) and have started hearing back, how would you make your decision? Here are the things that I found most important when I went through this myself:

  • Course: This was one of the biggest factors because the courses I applied to were not all identical. I looked into all the modules offered across the three years of the course, the flexibility I would have with choosing modules and also what sort of paths might be available with each course. I was also interested in how mathematical the degree would be, which was something that attracted me to Warwick. If you want to read more about Economics at Warwick, check out my post on why you should study economics at Warwick!
  • Campus vs city: This is the classic dilemma (or not!) of city vs campus universities. I applied to mostly campus unis or those situated in university towns/cities. I did not really want to study at a London uni because as an international student, I felt that it would be a bit overwhelming to study in such a big city and to not have a community or campus bubble. Also, fortunately for me, I was able to visit most of the unis I applied to, which definitely gave me a better sense of the environment of the campus, be it a city or campus uni. Obviously, that is not possible this year, but fret not because there are other ways to find this information! One way is to chat with students at the unis you are considering (such as messaging us on OurWarwick 🙂 ).
  •  Location: This ties in nicely with my previous point because what I mean here is the actual location of the university. I personally liked that Warwick is a bit by itself but also not far away from bigger cities such as Birmingham. It’s also just a short journey to London, which was a nice compromise for me so that I could visit when I wanted to but didn’t have to live in the hustle and bustle. I also love Leamington Spa (which is where I live now, in my second year), which is one of the closest towns near Warwick.
  • Community: Through high school, I had fairly small classes and my entire grade wasn’t too big either, which made it feel like a small, tight-knit community. Obviously, this will be different at university because it is so much bigger but what I liked about Warwick (before coming here) was the number of societies I saw online. It seemed like there was something for everyone and that made me feel like there would be a community for all sorts of interests, from cultural to performance societies to sports clubs and more! This is usually a feature of most universities but what distinguished Warwick for me was the sheer number and variety of the societies!
  • International students: As an international student myself, I gravitated towards Warwick because I knew it was quite international but also because I saw that there was a large Indian student population at Warwick. This played a smaller part in my decision but it was nice to see that there were Indian societies and it felt like I would find a bit of home at uni.
  • Reputation: This is a fairly obvious one and I definitely considered the reputation of the unis I applied to. When I applied, Warwick was 3 in the UK for economics and I read a lot about the opportunities presented for future careers, the quality of teaching and the student satisfaction. Rankings are to be taken with a pinch of salt but in my opinion, they can’t be ignored either and Warwick’s standing as a highly ranked university for my subject was definitely a big factor in my decision.
  • Entry requirements: This is another very obvious one, especially if you apply with A-levels or IB.As I applied with my predicted grades, I had to consider what my final grades might be and which entry requirements I would meet. This is especially important when choosing your insurance option and I’d recommend choosing a uni with much lower requirements than your firm choice. This is because you have to consider what might happen if you don’t get your predicted grades. But don’t worry, there are always options and ways to work things out so just focus on doing your best!

Finally, I had something unique that gave me a great insight into what Warwick would be like. I attended a pre-university summer school for economics at Warwick and during this program, I actually lived on campus and kind of went through the experience of attending Warwick. I really loved the campus and even though there weren’t many students around (as it was summer), the atmosphere of the uni really appealed to me. As I’ve expressed in other blog posts, I love the sense of community at Warwick, the campus bubble and just the entire living experience.

I hope this will help you with your own university decisions in the future!

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