Final Year Time…
It’s still very strange that in a couple of weeks I’ll be starting my final year of uni. Feels like no time at all, so tip number one for newcomers – enjoy it!
All of my mates and I are frantically trying to get our lives together and prepare for life after university. Some have been lucky already and secured good graduate jobs off the back of their internships, so they’re annoyingly happy and relaxed at this stage.
For the rest of us, it’s a frantic rush to decide what we want to do, where we want to do it, where we’re going to live, who we’re going to live with, how we’re going to finance that, how to optimise applications for various places and get a good degree. It’s a lot of work. For me, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to work full time on my own projects after university. Usually if I’m not at university I’ll be working on my own bits and bobs, be that WinchPharma or Barnsley Card (check it out: barnsleycard.com). If all goes well, I’ll hopefully be able to work on these full time by the middle of next year!
For those of you just about to start your first year – lucky people – make the most of all the opportunities you get at University! There are all sorts of things to try and I’d urge you to give as many things as possible a try. Even if they sound ridiculous.
One of the best things about Warwick is the support network, whatever problem you’re having, no matter how large or small, there’s always someone to help. If it’s a personal issue there’s the on site doctors and nightline if you need to talk. If it’s an academic issue, you’ve got one of the best business schools in the world on your doorstep to ask. If it’s just something your curious about, you’ve got world leading academics in all kinds of fields you can just drop an email to (some might even pop out for a coffee if you ask nicely). My point here is, don’t suffer or wonder in silence – ask the question and 9 times out of 10 there’ll be someone who can help! I’ve had a coffee with a professor to get some advice on funding, I’ve had help from others on legal matters and all sorts of other bits.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time at Warwick – I’ll see you there soon.
All the best, and enjoy freshers!