Why I’m Grateful to be at Warwick
Thinking back to my time of going from applying to five universities, to picking my firm and insurance and then packing my bags and heading to Warwick, one thing I cannot help noticing is that I ended up here rather than starting the UCAS process with a pressing desire to be at Warwick. After having spent two years at Warwick, not only have I slowly fallen in love with the place but have been able to make sense of why I love being at Warwick.
The Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) is very effective and I have first-hand seen student feedback being used to bring about changes in the department.
We have senior tutors, a Director of Student Experience and I’ve had and am having a very positive experience with my personal tutor. Of course, chemistry is my greatest priority at Warwick and the support of the department has been pivotal in ensuring that I am never feeling lost or hopeless about any aspects of my degree.
Whenever I have had concerns, I have raised them and with regards to bad results, I have found that the feedback has always been there to help me understand what went wrong.
Emphasis on exploring
This is something I have felt in the environment. From emphasis on wider reading to academics sharing papers you can read in your own time, summer research projects like URSS to the opportunity to do IATL modules, language modules and modules with other departments are all opportunities that will enable you to explore different elements outside of your course.
In my first year, I attended a polymer symposium where many people from polymer companies came and presented their research and expertise. The chemistry didn’t entirely make sense but I was over the moon that despite being first years, we were all invited to attend because going to the event taught me so much. I even applied to Sugru (or FormFormForm) for a placement due to the symposium!
The chemistry department also runs lecture series every Thursday. I went to a few during my first year and they are great ways to learn about the research taking place not only at Warwick but other universities too.
I also attended Warwick Question Time at the start of second year and absolutely loved it. Ended up giving a quote to Warwick Economics about this for their newsletter as well which I think is cool.
Not only academic research, but also personal development in general is a massive part be it you decide to do the Sprint programme, the intercultural training programme, WSPA or attend MyAdvantage events.
It has been such a wonderful journey in the past two years to not only have made friends but have managed my friendships as well. Going from school where you see your mates every day to university where you may not and knowing the value of your bonds and investing time to make them special has been a huge learning experience.
With family, I find that I always rely on my parents to keep in touch with the rest of the family whereas at university, I am the adult (cough). This is something I may not have learnt if I hadn’t come to university and I have found my experience at Warwick very positive and rewarding.
People not only in terms of other students but also academics and the rest of the staff. It has been great learning about the passions of the different academics and what they’re interested in.
Not all universities have all the societies that Warwick has. Not all universities have a Bhangra society, for example, where at Warwick I have been able to dance (miserably) and celebrate my culture alongside pursuing my education.
My experience with The Boar has been super positive and I wouldn’t ever deny that it has hugely impacted my confidence as well. I am so grateful for all the articles I have been able to write (a huge shout-out to the team) and through The Boar I have found the confidence and the skills to be able to share my thoughts, feelings and opinions with everyone else.
I was a very active member of the Sikh society in my first year where their events were very thought-provoking. In second year, I hugely cut down on societies due to work but I am going to try and go back to Sikh society this year and hopefully engage better and learn more.
Furthermore, there are loads of random talks that take place with different societies that you can attend, especially the Think Tank society and I’m going to try and drag myself to the Public Speaking society sessions as well, if time will allow.
I was too stuck into the league tables when picking my university so much that I didn’t even care to find out what a campus university means! Nevertheless, when I discovered after joining Warwick, I was so grateful that I picked Warwick. You have a bank, a post office, grocery store with stationary stocks, restaurants, and Costa among many other places. Cannon Park Shopping Centre is a quick walk with shops including Tesco, Boots, and Peacocks.
It is very helpful during your first year when everything feels like a struggle and flashbacks of your mum looking after you cross your minds repeatedly. In such cases, having such places close by is very helpful. Of course you have many towns close to campus (like Leamington, Warwick, Coventry and London and Birmingham aren’t far either) so you can explore the surrounding area too.
Another thing I’ve found is that because everything is in one place, the place itself is huge. You may have already heard that Warwick is a bubble but it is massive. I have definitely walked a lot more on campus that I walked in my 18 years before joining university lol. I don’t usually get much exercise (not so keen which is bad, I know) other than Bhangra and literally just the walks around campus and going up the stairs in the library.
There is something cosy about the environment at Warwick that sometimes when walking down the Piazza, I picture myself as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. It is a small-town-like feeling you get on campus. A random visit to the library café to grab a mocha, followed by a lecture in the Zeeman building, and saying hello to the geese on the way. I literally do this but they always blank me for some reason. I don’t hate the geese to be honest, I like them and they have never been savage to me either. But I lived at Cryfield and so escaped the struggle that apparently people at other accommodations have to put up with.
Warwick campus is so green you’ll love it, especially if you’re a lover of nature. And the greenery only makes the experience of sunshine, the rain and the wind even more exhilarating.