Preparing for university
For a lot of you, exams will be over, and you will be enjoying the nice weather. However, you’re in the phase where you are starting a new chapter in your life, and you have some spare time before you start. I thought it would be helpful to list a few things you could/should do before you start.
1. Apply for student finance
If you don’t already know, a lot of people use student funding to pay for the degree cost and the maintenance loan for day-to-day expenditures. Although you can apply up to 9 months after the start of the academic year, it is extremely useful to start earlier and have one of the biggest admin tasks completed. This gives you peace of mind.
2. Apply for accommodation
Most of you will want to live away from home and it will be the first time you are doing so. Therefore, it is helpful if you apply early to get it out of the way. At Warwick you can go onto the Warwick accommodation website to view all the different types of accommodation. You can then rank them in order of preference.
3. Think, think, think
I know the weathers nice, and you want to enjoy yourself but now is a really good time for self-reflection. You have some time to sit and think about what you want to achieve over the next three to four years. It’s obvious that you want to graduate and enjoy yourself but what about your career or your hobbies?
University is a time to explore what you want to do in the future. First year is the year where you can dabble in a variety of different activities; insight days, spring weeks or career fairs. You can speak to people from different industries and see what interests you. Spring weeks are helpful because they take up around one to two weeks and give you an insight into the firm. These can lead to further opportunities such as summer internships which are much longer. They usually last around two to three months. These provide more in depth understandings of the business. You get time to shadow professionals and carry out work to present to your team. Some people do summer internships and realise the specific business/team is not for them. Others, realise they love the work the company does and want to pursue in further into a grad job. Both of these experiences are extremely helpful.
If you know what you are interested in from before university, it provides a streamlined process for when you actually start university.
This can also be a time to consider if you want to start something new. You might want to start a new sport, learn a new language or develop other skills. You could have a look at the different societies available at Warwick and consider which ones you might want to join.
These are just a few of the practical things you could do in preparation for university which should put you in good stead for the start of univeristy.