Post-Results: 5 Things You Can Now Do
Congratulations to everyone that have now secured a place at Warwick! I remember the joy, just 2 years ago, when I refreshed Track and was given confirmation of my place.
Before I share some things that you can do next, I wanted to reach out to those affected by the downgrades. There are many individuals that have unfortunately been affected by the downgrades and probably missed out on a place either at Warwick or other universities. As a Warwick Scholar myself, I totally relate and connect with the group of students that have been the most affected- state school educated ‘outliers’. These students are those that are exceptionally high-performers, amid the school’s average grade being lower. I was thinking that if I had finished my A-Levels this year, I would have been affected too given my school’s background. I really hope that the appeals process works out.
This blog outlines a few (out of many) things that you can begin to do now, following your results.
1) Student Bank Account
Consider opening a student bank account, if you want to, as you now have your confirmed place. If you have received confirmation of your university place, a letter should be attached on UCAS Track (or emailed/posted to yourself by the university). This is a key piece of evidence that confirms your place at university, which you may need to use when applying for student bank accounts. Student bank accounts are a bit different from conventional current accounts. They offer certain perks and incentives to joiners. For example, a student account tends to have a higher overdraft limit than normal current accounts. This varies between banks. Similarly, the perks that banks use to entice students – from free railcards (1/3 off train travel for 4 years) to gift cards- are unique. Compare different accounts and identify which works best for you. Will you need a high overdraft limit because your maintenance loan is quite low? Will you be looking to travel a lot and benefit from a railcard?
A student bank account can help with money management at University, where you can separate your current savings account from your student account. For example, my savings were used for spending on extra-curricular activities and I used my student account to pay for accommodation, textbooks etc.
2) Sort out the University admin
There can be a lot of university admin. This ranges from course enrolment (registering for your course) and services to providing other information and details. Whether that be uploading an image of yourself for your student ID to registering for health services and voting in your new area of residence. Some admin can have deadlines. Be aware of this and complete everything as early as possible.
3) Accommodation confirmation
If you have secured a place via clearing, this will be important. Similarly, if you have got accommodation via normal means, you need to complete your induction and review contracts etc.
This will all be explained to you in emails that you get, so keep an eye out for them.
Begin preparing and creating checklists of items you will need to pack to take to university. It’s worth mentioning that you need to ensure that you are extra aware of certain university policies, restrictions and expectations e.g. mask-wearing, sanitisation etc, due to the pandemic.
5) Joining Fresher Groups
There will be a lot of invite links across social media. It can get confusing. The best pages to check out are your course’s department’s official pages, university pages, student union page and societies. Consider following them on social media for updated information. With regards to societies, they begin to connect with you and may share groupchat links. These can be great forums to connect with your new course/university mates. Just be wary that many people can infiltrate such chats with fresher scams, so be extra careful with links.
These are a few things you could do after your results. As always, this is not a full or exhaustive list- there’s so much more that you can do. In my next blog, I will begin to go a bit more in-depth about preparing for university and checklists.