Parents Review Warwick University: Dad
Today’s post is the second and final instalment of my ‘Parents Review Warwick University’ series, and this time it was my Dad’s turn in the hot seat!
My Dad’s background differs pretty significantly from that of my Mum. After school, he went on to study for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in biomedical sciences, followed by a Fellowship in biomedical studies, and finally a Diploma in management studies. So, as you can see, we’ve pursued very different disciplines and followed different paths! Dad’s first experience at Warwick was when he visited at the end of my very first week as a fresher. Read on to see what he had to say!
Did you have any preconceived ideas about Warwick? What were your expectations?
I definitely didn’t have any preconceived ideas about Warwick since I didn’t specifically look at it until you started showing an interest.
What were you first impressions of Warwick?
I was impressed! They seemed to have a modern outlook and looked after the students , who were were clearly prioritised and were being encouraged to develop their voices and themselves as people.
What do you think of the campus as a whole?
Good, it looked good! It was almost like a miniature town or city, very self-contained. Definitely an easy, accessible, safe environment. It has everything a student could need on site, pretty much!
What were your thoughts on the accommodation, particularly Lakeside?
It was good! It was a safe environment, there were people on hand should the students need help. The rooms were well maintained, warm, and clean. They were never going to be huge rooms, but I was impressed by how spacious it was. There were distinct areas for sleep, work, and such, and the en suite was good. It was also a very bright environment, and the surrounding nature was pleasant!
What do you think of the on-campus facilities, academic and recreational?
I never went in a lecture theatre, but based on the exterior, particularly of the Occulus, they were very impressive. If the interior was anything like that, then I would guess them to be user friendly, comfortable, fit for purpose. I think they would be spaces that people would actively want to use and occupy.
In terms of recreational spaces, I was impressed. Everything from the sports facilities, the pub, convenience store, and the Costa (which has since been turned into a Pret). The transport links were also convenient!
Speaking of transport links, we spent a lot of time exploring the areas around the university. What were your thoughts on them?
As I say, they were very accessible through the transport, with buses going from central campus. You’ve got the likes of Warwick Castle, Stratford Upon Avon, and Leamington on the doorstep. Warwick seems to make the most of what is already there and blends into the surrounding areas.
What do you think of my course?
It’s not what I would have imagined a history degree to consist of, but then maybe I’m comparing it to GCSE. What surprises me is that I thought there would have been more contact time, but you’re very much left to your own devices. Assessments seem to be following a trend in moving away from exams, but coursework is still fairly and thoroughly assessed so I think it’s a good alternative.
Since I’ve been at Warwick, what have you been most impressed by?
This might not be the answer you expect, but definitely how much it has drawn you out and made you more independent, more confident. Warwick’s enabled you to become you. Since you’ve been there you’ve done things that you would never have considered beforehand, like going to Poland to teach English! You’ve grown and developed as a person.
I’m also impressed by the apparent organisation, even in times like this, which have thrown everyone! And the breadth of modules that you can choose from is great. This was a surprise, but it’s impressive that they can offer so many different modules!
If I were choosing my university again, is there anything you prioritise finding out or asking? Do you have any advice for parents of prospective students, or the students themselves?
Just ask questions! Go and find out what there is, what the university offers. Don’t be afraid of asking questions, don’t ask what you think you should ask, ask what you personally need to know! Make the most of the students available to quiz, and make use of any other resources that are provided.
And finally, would you recommend Warwick?
I hope that this little series has been of some use to parents and prospective students! Choosing a university can certainly be daunting but if I had to offer one piece of advice it would be to just go with your gut! It’s probably right.
If you want to take on my Dad’s advice and pick the brains of us students at Warwick, be sure to check out what Warwick is offering in terms of their Virtual Open Days! They’re running from the 6th to the 17th July, and are shaping up to be a positive replacement for our usual Open Days that have, of course, had to be cancelled. Find out more here: https://opendays.warwick.ac.uk/
If there’s anything you would particularly like to content on, or any questions you need answering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll do my best to help!
Until next time,