My decision as an international Offer holder: Why I chose PPE at Warwick – OurWarwick

My decision as an international Offer holder: Why I chose PPE at Warwick

Valentina Calvi | Philosophy, Politics and Economics Contact Valentina

After the results of my IB diploma came out, I had two choices of University: either stay in my home country, Italy, or emigrate to the UK and attend Warwick University. I’ve obviously ended up choosing the latter (duh) but the reasons behind them are numerous, some are very personal while others might apply to some of you offer holders out there. So today’s blog is going to be a reflection centred around why exactly I chose to come here, and in the process hopefully I’ll help any undecided offer holders understand if Warwick is the best choice for them as well.


Moving to a new country 

As an international student, my university experience has had the added complexity of moving to another country to study and live in. Therefore, if you are not an international student feel free to skip to the next one. If instead the mere thought of moving to another country is anxiety inducing then you might wish to continue. Moving away from your home country is not going to be easy, and it wasn’t for me. It was perhaps one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, leaving my family and home country to spend 30 weeks of the year far away from a world I knew and loved. I struggled (and still struggle) to insert myself in cultural practices that don’t feel mine yet, and dearly miss the traditions from home I haven’t been able to reproduce by myself here.  


However, moving away from home was part of the reason I decided to come to Warwick. I wanted to experience my own autonomy at the fullest level, test my independence and come to know myself a lot better. Its been an exhilarating two years and I love living alone, but coming back to authentic pizza is still the best feeling. As an international offer holder you must take into consideration that your choice of university will come with a choice of lifestyle. You have to try and understand if you think you’re ready to take on a lot more responsibilities, and if you’ll fit into the local life. Sometimes you never know until you try, and even though dropping out of uni is never a desirable outcome, if you come to understand you’ve made an unsustainable decision for your well-being you still can. I guess the main take-away from this section is to really reflect on this decision with maturity and a good sense of who you are.    


Why PPE 

The second big factor in my decision was the actual degree course I was going to take: my alternative choice of university back in Italy did not offer PPE, and I was enrolled to pursue a degree in ‘International Governance and Politics’. Mind you I was really interested by the degree and its contents, but I found that it was too narrow for my scope of studies. As a very indecisive person I wanted to keep open as many doors as possible, and PPE offers one of the biggest variety of study directions possible. Furthermore I truly love all three subjects and have always been convinced, now in my second year more than ever, of how nicely they complement each other. When making your final decision about your uni choice (if you face the choice of different degrees), reflect on how sure you are of your possible career path, what opportunities said degree will open and how suited these studies are for you and your vision.


I still don’t have a good plan of what I’ll do once I graduate next year, and emerging with a degree in ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ grants me enough liberty of choice never to feel as if I have to embark in a specific career path. If I were to have chosen to take the ‘International Governance and Politics’ in Italy I would not have had the opportunity to take stimulating philosophy modules, nor have a solid economics background to understand policy implications. In the end though I chose PPE because I liked it best over the alternative, not because it made me a better candidate for certain jobs or masters degrees.


All I seem to be doing on my blog is post about decisions, but it’s essentially because your time at uni will be mostly spent doing just that: making choices. It’s a normal part of “adulting” and one we should talk about as often as possible so as to facilitate those who come after us. I have never regretted coming to Warwick to study PPE, and even though it’s been tough at times I’d reconfirm my choice in a second.

Valentina Calvi | Philosophy, Politics and Economics Contact Valentina

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