Four reasons why I chose PAIS at Warwick
Scarily, this is my final year at the University of Warwick.
I, a 21-year-old Politics and International Studies student, am in the final months of my time here… and it feels remarkably strange to say.
I remember my first day at Warwick incredibly vividly. My parents just wouldn’t leave! It was as though my mum thought she could move in and help me with my homework. I never asked for help with homework, which made her attitude slightly more peculiar.
Since then, a lot has happened. Some of it wonderful… some of it a pandemic.
However, as I sit here now, tapping away at my keyboard drinking chocolate milk, I feel compelled to take this blog right back to the start. I picked Warwick for four reasons, here’s why.
1) League Tables
When I say I geek-ed out with this, I really, really mean it.
When I was looking at universities back in 2017/18, I made a 100-row spreadsheet that included a ridiculous range of metrics.
- Distance from home (I didn’t want to be within 90 minutes)
- Price of accommodation (I wanted somewhere cheap)
- Things to do in town (sports, please)
- League tables (I was swooned by reputation)
The PAIS department at Warwick is really-highly rated. Though league table positions fluctuate from year-to-year, PAIS tends to find itself among a group of the UK’s top universities for Politics.
You shouldn’t treat league tables as a panacea… but they helped me identify different targets dependent on how well I did in my A-Levels.
I’m very pleased to have picked Warwick.
Being from the outer edge of London, I wanted to attend university in a place where there are things to do.
Before I elaborate, I should stress this. I’m about as far away from the “typical” student stereotype that I could possibly be. I live in a two-bed flat, am usually in bed by 10:30, and have never circled.
In other words, I wasn’t looking for buzzing nightlife – although I have found the best spots to watch football and eat chicken strips in Coventry.
Warwick is located right in the middle of the country. The Universities’ closest train station, Coventry, is an hour from London and about 20 minutes from Birmingham.
There’s plenty to do in Coventry and Leamington – I’ve considered moving here permanently!
I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to study before arriving at Warwick.
My academic interests include comparative politics, Brexit, and U.S. foreign policy. As a result, I wanted to attend university at a department that was well-equipped to teach me more about those things.
Warwick fits the bill. From my experience, I’ve been lucky to study under academics who are interested in the things I want to learn about.
PAIS is an exceptionally broad degree (and you might have the opportunity to take modules from other departments) – so there’s something for everyone.
My personal highlight was studying UK Politics in my second year. It made my studies feel much more relevant and brought the subject to life – I also found that people had more to say in seminars!
Although I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I would have liked to recently, we’re lucky to have such a cool campus at Warwick.
In my freshers’ year – when I was still living on campus – I found a million different ways to run around the place. For the record, my favourite run was along the path from the Sports’ Pavilion to Kenilworth – sometimes it’s nice to swap your studies with a run along the side of some fields.
Warwick has the bonus of being relatively remote (hence the fields to run in), while also being a 20-minute walk from the local supermarket.
Conveniently, your takeaway options are strong, too!
My first impression of Warwick’s campus has endured: it’s got the perfect mix of outdoor and indoor spaces. The exciting thing is that campus is forever changing, the Warwick you graduate from will have very different buildings to the ones I experiences.
The new faculty of arts building, which is going up right in the middle of campus, will look amazing once it is finished!
So, that’s four reasons why I chose Warwick. I’ve discovered a lot of things about the University since joining, but those were the reasons I was drawn here in the first place.
There is no definitive list that will help you decide where to study/live next; my only advice is to pick a place you can imagine spending three years.
For me, that was Warwick.
If you have any questions about my time at here, let me know – I’m new to the blog 🙂