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It’ll be over before you know it, so enjoy your time at Warwick

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Luke James | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Luke

I remember being really excited for my first PAIS lecture.

Nervous. Intrigued. Unsure. But certainly excited.

My first encounter with teaching at Warwick came in the Oculus’ upstairs lecture hall, which is huge and has a lovely wooden ceiling, in case you weren’t aware. The other piece of good news from that afternoon was that Steve Kettell was behind the lectern.

(In my opinion, fun is what separates great lectures from good ones… and Steve’s Introduction to Politics class was great.)

Now, I don’t remember much of what Steve said that day – besides from a joke that he made about his own hometown. But I do remember walking out of the lecture theatre feeling inspired.

Why?

Well, it was because studying at the University of Warwick (and I always, always called it that at first!) had previously felt out of reach.

For most of my time there, my primary school was under special measures. My secondary school was not renowned for sending its students to high-ranking universities. My sixth form was, quite literally, the poor relation to the prestigious private school across the road. On top of that, I’m the first (and only) member of my family to go to university.

So, yeh… Warwick (as I now call it!) felt a million miles away.

And then it all changed.

I wasn’t listening to politics podcasts on the train anymore.

I was sat in a fancy building, somewhat starry-eyed, listening to an academic talk about how hard it is to secure a place to study Politics and International Studies at Warwick. 

That was a cool feeling, one that I still cherish.

Why, you might ask, am I telling you this? Why have I taken you on this trip down memory lane?

Well, it’s because many of you are about to experience the things that I did three years ago.

The rush of arriving at Warwick on Welcome Weekend. The thrill of meeting new people. The satisfaction of being welcomed into the ranks of a top-class department.

I’m writing this blog to encourage you to make the most of every second that you spend as a student at the University. Otherwise, you’ll be part of Warwick’s alumni network before you can say ‘I’m a first-year student at the University of Warwick studying Politics and International Studies’. And I wish that I was joking!

With that in mind, here are some top tips ahead of Freshers’ Week:

  1. Don’t worry if you forget to pack something, the chances are you’ll be able to buy it at Cannon Park anyway.
  2. Try new things… especially society taster events that have free food on the menu!
  3. Drop your parent(s)/guardian(s) the odd text. (If not, be prepared to field calls at times that don’t suit your schedule!)
  4. Learn how to cook before you arrive. (It’ll save a lot of heartache over burnt nuggets in the long run.)
  5. Learn how to wash up before you arrive. (It’ll make you more popular amongst your flatmates.)
  6. Don’t buy loads of textbooks… Warwick has a five-story library for a reason!
  7. Have fun.

Speak soon, Luke.

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Luke James | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Luke

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