Expect the Unexpected – OurWarwick

Expect the Unexpected

Bethany Goodman | Language, Culture, and Communication Contact Bethany

The title of this week’s post may seem a bit strange to those of you thinking about joining university, or those of you hoping to come to Warwick in October, but for students already here I think it’s safe to say that university life isn’t all what it seems!

Your course…

The first thing I realised about university was that it was taught in a COMPLETELY different way to school, and while I definitely enjoyed this for my lectures and seminars, the language classes in my first year were harder than I expected them to be. Although I stuck them out for a year, I found it difficult to enjoy them all fully and so had to change my course title to adapt to this choice! I definitely didn’t expect to be dropping any Spanish module at university – Spanish was what I wanted to study for a very long time – but I embraced the change and felt so much happier later on. With this in mind, don’t be scared to change your modules (or even your course) if it’s not quite right for you, the university is so helpful with this and my decision was sorted out within a matter of days!


The first thing I expected from university was to make one special girl best friend and be really good friends with everyone in my flat and that was it. I think this is a lot of people’s first assumptions about university – especially if your friends are already leaving in September and you think your experience will be exactly the same of that on your friends’ snapchat stories. Things are very often different to this though! I knew that I had made a best friend in my flat shortly after arriving – but only because it was a girl who went to my school but who I never really spoke to before, so it definitely seemed like a whole new friendship to us! But after a few weeks it was clear that not everyone in my flat wanted to be involved in our nights out or trips to the pub. But that’s okay! It might not be what I expected, but neither was the fact that even more people from the neighouring flats decided to join us instead and we became really close with girls we had never even met in the first week!

Your degree plans…

When applying for UCAS I chose a course with a year abroad and was so excited about it, but weeks before university I had a change of heart due to a family reason and decided that a year abroad definitely wasn’t for me. I expected to continue into my third year instead and maybe do a masters afterward – I even started researching this very early on into my first year! What I didn’t expect was to be given the choice of carrying out a year in industry during my third year in the UK – so I went for it! After some interviews and rejections though I knew that I would probably be staying on into third year and that was okay for me – I’d been planning it for a while. So you can imagine my shock when I was told that if I still wanted to apply for a year abroad the applications hadn’t closed yet and I could send a form in within a few days. I never expected anything like this to happen and it certainly wasn’t in my ‘university plan’ but my gut feeling told me I had to go for it: you always regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did do! After a few phonecalls with my parents and a hectic application form processing, a few weeks down the line I’m happy to say I’ve been offered a place to study in Monash, Australia!

So the ‘moral’ of this post is to expect the unexpected, and be happy about it! University life isn’t what I expected but that’s definitely a good thing! I’ve made more friends than I thought, change my course more timmes than I can count to make sure I enjoy every second, and even changed my plans to fit in a year in Australia! I hope you all get these same experiences too!

Bethany Goodman | Language, Culture, and Communication Contact Bethany

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