Beyond the academics
The past four weeks of industrial strikes at the University resulted in almost all of my classes to be cancelled and presentations to be postponed. Being left with a lot of unexpected free time, I ensured to make good use of all the non-academic opportunities Warwick offers to their students. I have been meaning to write a post about this for quite some time as I strongly believe that, although the academic side of attending university is very important, it is also about so much more than that. So here are just a few of the things I have gotten involved in at Warwick besides my studies and have really enjoyed so far.
Getting involved in sports is really easy at Warwick as there are loads of clubs to choose from. Personally, I can tell you a little more about the Athletics Club and Warwick Floorball, as I am an active member of both. Athletics has always been my main sport and I have trained and competed since I was very young, back home. I suffered from a bad hamstring tear, however, this summer so getting back into regular training, especially in a new environment and without my coach from back actually proved to be harder than anticipated. But, by becoming a member of the Warwick gym, I can keep up my fitness and work on strength and endurance until I am ready to properly pick up training again. As we are on the topic of the Warwick gym, a quick tip, try to avoid going to the gym between 16.00 and 19.00. These are the busiest times and it can be difficult to find a free treadmill and almost impossible to secure an exercise matt. I personally quite like going around lunch time, take all my stuff with me so I can shower and change at the gym and then have a nice and healthy rejuvenating lunch. As for Floorball finally, also known as Unihockey, is a sport I had played at school for fun and thought would be a nice idea to continue playing at uni. The team is truly welcoming and refreshingly caring and open! As a matter of fact, I have just been elected as their Club Secretary. But…more to come about Warwick Floorball in an upcoming post.
- Careers & Skills
I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that I truly believe it is never too early to start thinking about and planning your future career. The Warwick Careers & Skills department is a great place to start and their daily drop-in sessions are really helpful to perfect your CV, practice for an interview etc. Of course, you can schedule longer and more structured appointments with a counsellor and these are equally beneficial. I myself recently had a meeting with a counsellor and went away feeling much wiser and with a more precise plan of action, so to speak. I would highly recommend having a thorough look at their website as it contains a lot of useful information, including job openings at and nearby the university. Again, even though studying will take up a significant part of your time whilst at university, it is nonetheless possible to have a part-time job on the side. It is a way to meet new people, develop important transferable skills and add to the fun, holistic university experience.
- Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme
As a History and Sociology student is have always been concerned with the fact that I may not be gaining sufficient commercial awareness through my degree alone and have therefore always been conscious of the fact that I should go out by myself and search for other ways to gain it. The Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme is a fantastic way to do so. Although I do not necessarily have a concrete idea for a start-up business the course delivers great material that I could use in the future or apply to other commercial aspects. It is a free, online course that you can work through at your own pace which is great as some weeks are busier than others. The programme running for the first time this year so I really hope they continue giving it in the years to come as I truly enjoyed it and think I learned a lot from it.
Of course, going out and partying is part of the non-academic university experience. However, having a good time with your friends does not necessarily have to be at a club, drinking and staying up until the crack of dawn. On the contrary, I have some of the best memories with my friends making pizza in our kitchen, signing alone to Taylor Swift, or watching a scary movie altogether, eating popcorn. Don’t get me wrong, clubbing is great and you should definitely make the most of it! But, remember that there are other ways to have equal amounts of fun.
That’s it for this post! Of course, this list is not exhaustive and there are so many more things to do at Warwick that I haven’t mentioned here or things that.I personally have yet to try! Hope you enjoyed reading about these ones and as always, feel free to ask me any questions you might have.