Making Sure Warwick is the Right University for You (in lockdown)
Well if you’re reading this post right now it means that you received an offer from Warwick, well done! It is an achievement that you should be proud of. Hopefully, it is an offer amongst many others as universities recognise what a great addition you would be to their community. I remember I, this time last year, was riddled with queries and doubts of which university to firm. Even though I was really fortunate to be able to attend open days and offer holder days at Warwick pre-lockdown, I know that incoming Freshers will not get that golden opportunity. And so, I thought of some different, COVID-safe ways to ensure Warwick is the place for you!
- Talk to current students!
Now, if you’re reading this it means that you have already recognised the importance of speaking to current students. Great! Please do not underestimate how helpful it is to speak to students already at the university. This is a tip that is vital, COVID or not! So make use of OurWarwick as much as you want – browse to your heart’s desire! The bloggers are here to help, it is what we are here for! Do not be afraid to message us about anything.
I would also suggest LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a brilliant, (professional) networking platform to get involved in just as you’re starting university. When I was deciding between universities, I connected with second and third years who did my course at the universities. From that, I asked them important questions about the course content and structure. One of, if not the biggest, the big factors in selecting the university for you is how much the course is suited to you. It was from conversing with these students that I got a proper feel for what I would be studying for the next three years. A lot of them were able to give me resources that they had studied so that I would be able to get an accurate grasp of the degree.
- Surf the Web
While directly speaking to students is definitely the best recommendation I could give, I would also recommend surfing the web for any Warwick-related content. While these should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt (because everyone’s experiences are different), I found watching ‘vlogs’ on YouTube by Warwick students and reading about the university on student forums very informative. Especially learning the university’s ambience during ‘normal times’. Warwick also have a large range of virtual campus tours and videos for offer holders to watch which are incredibly utile too!
- Go with your gut feeling
I appreciate this probably is not the most practical piece of advice I could give however, it is one which I also strongly recommend. I was really torn between Warwick and another university. I did a bunch of pros and cons list to weigh up the various factors – while the other university actually had the pro of me saving more money (as I would commute), my heart was set on Warwick. I kept on delaying having to firm the other university and it was because I knew that it wasn’t really the university I wanted deep down. I actually only firmed Warwick a week before the UCAS deadline because I was trying to convince my brain of one thing when in reality, my heart wanted another. And (not too sound biased) I am super glad I went with my heart’s desire!
Choosing your university is already difficult and confusing enough as it is and the pandemic just makes it even harder. But I really hope that all of you feel confident enough to make the right choice for YOU and if it is Warwick, see you next year!