How did I end up choosing GSD?
Choosing your course, for some people, is really straightforward. A subject that you loved at school, a part of your course in high school or just a topic that you know you’ll enjoy. That, for me, was the hardest part about applying for universities. It wasn’t the place itself, but finding a course in the first place.
Originally planning on studying in the USA, I applied under the impression that I didn’t want to study a specific course for my undergrad, or at least didn’t want to have to choose until my third year of study. The liberal arts college life in the US attracted me, making me think that was the way forward. I enjoyed all my subjects at A-Level but didn’t think that I wanted to carry any of them on in the way a degree would make me.
However, through a chance speaker at an event I attended at Warwick, I learnt about the Global Sustainable Development degrees. With a selection of 9 to choose from, I applied for GSD and Politics – having been an avid follower of the sustainability sciences for a fair while. After submitting my UCAS form (on the deadline – rather stressful!), I attended an offer-holder day and discovered that, with the rest of the cohort, it was something I really felt fit in with what I wanted out of a degree. I didn’t think there were any like this available as an undergrad course, most being masters, but being in the first year, of the first cohort of GSD students has made me realise how lucky it was that I found it.
I now study GSD and Sociology at Warwick, having changed on results day, and have to say, I’d rather be nowhere else. In the course, we do not only look at sustainability from one perspective – we have influences from politics, sociology, business, life sciences, history and economics in just three modules. Being able to work with other students from a variety of backgrounds and also disciplines outside of GSD makes this degree so unique – I have learnt so much already about the many countries and experiences that the rest of my coursemates have had, and have been able to apply that to the course and projects outside of it. I don’t think I’d have been able to find something like this anywhere else, and cannot wait to see what the future years hold!
Please feel free to ask any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!