First 3 weeks at Warwick…
So freshers week is now over and lectures and seminars have begun! What a better first post than to reflect on my time so far.
Throughout the summer I was extremely anxious about coming to university – more focus on independent learning, meeting new people and having to cook all seemed daunting (surprisingly, I haven’t burnt anything in the kitchen yet…). However, I quickly realised that everybody is in the same boat and there really is no need to be nervous. As most students say, freshers week has been one of the best experiences I have had!
I arrived on Saturday 3rd October, and after my family left, I unpacked all of my things (it was then that it hit me, I am now a university student!). As a flat, we then went to the freshers fair together, which was a great way to get to know one another. Freshers week (unlike most universities) is two weeks long. In my opinion, this is great as it really gives you the opportunity to get to know the people that you are living with and form long-lasting friendships. It also means that you can get the most out of your university experience – I attended a lot of society taster sessions throughout the two weeks to decide what I want to carry on. It does mean that you go straight into your lectures from the first day, however, with most being introductory it really wasn’t a problem – if anything it meant I could meet more people from my course!
Warwick have over 250 societies ranging from ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Cheese and Chocolate’ – there really is something for everyone! A full list of the societies can be found here: https://www.warwicksu.com/societies/all/ (you also have the option of creating your own one). I joined a wide range, such as debating, mixed netball, virtual trading (and of course, Politics). Societies are a great way to meet likeminded people and try new things you may otherwise never have thought about doing.
I was most worried about adjusting from a ‘classroom setting’ to weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures are normally 50 minutes long and involve a professor giving a talk on a specific topic. Seminars allow you to discuss the topic in more detail along with share opinions and ideas with the rest of the group. I am really enjoying my lectures and seminars, studying a subject which you are interested in really does help! I gave a presentation on ‘Researching Voting Behaviour’ earlier today as part of my ‘Political Research in the 21st Century’ module where I was allowed to focus my reading on my specific interests, which I wouldn’t be able to do at school where you are restricted by a syllabus.
Overall, I am having a lovely time at Warwick and looking forward to the next three years! Feel free to ask any questions in the comment box below, I will try to answer them as soon as possible! Better get on with some cooking now…
Shanita 🙂 xo