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My top 15 best memories at Warwick
As my time at Warwick University has sadly come to an end, I thought I would use one of my final posts to reflect upon some of my favourite times and moments over the past 3 years. So, in no particular order…
1. First year Christmas dinner
Gathering together (as a massive flat of 23) for a festive Christmas dinner was undoubtedly a night that I’ll remember forever. It was a beautiful night of food, drinks, games, secret santa and decorations, and I think it was then that I realised how truly lucky I was to be living with all of these people.
2. Receiving a First in BA Politics and International Studies and having weeks of celebrations
I was over the moon to find out last month that I would be graduating with a First Class degree, it truly was the icing on the cake. Having studied something I loved, and that had completely altered my world-view, it was the most incredible feeling to know that I had achieved this. Our at-home “graduate ball” really topped it all off, and was a lovely way to celebrate with those who I had shared my University experience with, and who I know I will always be friends with.
3. Having the opportunity to travel in my summers
During my time at University, I worked part-time all the way through from First to Third year. This was partly because I was consistently on the brink of maxing out my overdraft, and partly because I wanted to save up money to make the most of the lengthy University summer breaks and travel.
From long-term teaching placements in Morocco and Thailand, to trips to Berlin, Paris and Krakow and many more, I am so glad I put so much time and effort into being able to travel alongside my studies. Without a doubt, a lot of my best memories, and those which I will keep always keep with me, have been those made travelling during the University breaks.
4. Freshers week
Naturally, Freshers week would have to come into the top 10. Those first couple of weeks are like no other. You’re thrown into this flat full of people you’ve never met and suddenly you’re spending every waking hour together and you can no longer imagine life without them. From going out every night, to getting to know each-other over takeaways and spending hours on end all bundled together in someones tiny bedroom, those first few weeks are by far the most exciting.
5. The Birmingham Christmas market
Every year (I think) we headed over to the Birmingham Christmas market near the end of first term. Coming from a slightly smaller city, I’d never experienced a Christmas market quite so big and quite so magical. With festive music filling your ears, Christmas lights everywhere you look and countless bars at every turn, this was, as a lover of the festive period, heaven on earth. Plus, from hot fresh donuts, waffles and crepes, to hot dogs the length of your arm, there was just SO much to eat.
6. Watching Eurovision on the Piazza
An event sadly missed this year due to Coronavirus, one of my favourite times of the year was gathering with crowds of students to watch the Eurovision song contest on the big screen. It was always such a great atmosphere, with people from all over the world all in one place cheering on their countries and just having a good drink and a laugh.
7. Pre drinks in Rootes
As you may have gathered from some of my previous blog posts, I was in Rootes in my first year and it was the absolute highlight of time at Warwick. The best part was, being in a flat of 23, no matter the day or time, there was always someone down for a night out, and you could always rely on there being a big turnout at pres.
8. Lockdown house parties (house members only, don’t worry)
Despite the abrupt and rather strange end to our University experience, we still managed to make the most of it. All 8 of us turned our room into a club, bar or some sort of theme (think Dirty Duck, Copper rooms, Love Island and Peaky Blinders), and did a crawl around the house. Though we did on one occasion get burgled during this, it remains one of my favourite memories.
9. Circling and & SU nights
SU nights are simply not one you want to miss.
10. The opportunity to blog and produce vlogs in my final year
When an email was sent to all PAIS students inviting them to apply to be a PAIS blogger, I jumped at the opportunity. Since, I’ve been able to write blogs for my department, as well as creating blogs and vlogs for marketing purposes (including for the website & prospectus). As someone who loves writing and content creating as it is, there’s not much better than being paid to do it.
11. Speaking at the Women for Women International #sheinspiresme conference
In my second year, I had the opportunity to discuss my website that I had created (after applying for and being awarded funding from 02 to create a social impact project – look at 02 GoThingBig website for opportunities). Though a little (a lot) nerve-racking, it was so exciting to be able to discuss my platform that was established for discussing issues surrounding inequalities through literature and art at such a great conference.
12. Finishing and submitting my dissertation
After months of work, it was a fantastic feeling to finally submit my dissertation. Writing such a lengthy piece on something a topic I cared so much about (migration and media representation) was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had academically at University, and it was even better to be awarded a First for it. It was the perfect way to bring together everything I’d learnt over my years in PAIS, and it really made me realise how far I’d come and the in-depth knowledge I’d gained since I had started.
13. Kasbah. Kasbah. Kasbah.
By a mile, my favourite night out at University was Kasbah in Coventry. Honestly, nothing compares to the trips to Kasbah on a Friday night, returning home to campus rather dishevelled at 6am the next morning. The nights out there were eventful, and strange, to say the least. Every memory at Kasbah is a top 15 memory.
14. Every single day at Rootes
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Rootes was the best part of my time at University and the memories made there are ones I’ll remember for years to come.
15. Meeting my best friends along the way
Of course, a highlight of these past few years has got to be the people that I’ve met along the way, many of whom I am sure will be friends for life. I couldn’t have met a better bunch.