Reflecting on my time at Warwick – OurWarwick

Reflecting on my time at Warwick

Hi everyone,

I have loved blogging. I have loved sharing my Warwick experiences with you every month and I hope that I have been able to help inform your university decision in some way. I *very* recently graduated so my time as a Warwick blogger has come to an end. This time four years ago I didn’t even know that I would be coming to Warwick, let alone be having the opportunity to blog. Life is crazy, eh?

Although I chose Politics as one of my A-level subjects, at the time I didn’t think that it would later become the subject that I dedicate four years to. I quickly realised that there is no subject I would rather spend late nights studying for, and stressing over, than Politics…

There has been some well and truly stressful moments. Leaving an important piece of work until the last minute, like seriously, the very last minute, panicking over whether I am doing enough to support my career, and even spending a lot of evenings thinking about what I actually want to be when I grow up, have all been part of my student experience and probably yours too. Moving away from home isn’t easy. Entering the real world isn’t easy. Finding the motivation to study isn’t easy either. What I have learnt though, is to fully embrace those challenges as much as I can. Ultimately, everything works out in the end.

Whilst university life can be daunting, to share the piece of advice that I give to all of my friends: if you are ever feeling overwhelmed, eat a jacket potato. I recommend the library cafe, they are delicious and the staff know what the perfect baked beans to cheese ratio is. It won’t get rid of your stress, but it will force you to go outside for a walk which in turn, will help calm your nerves. I don’t even want to check how many jacket potatoes I have paid for via my Eating@Warwick card… Seriously though, whilst this is a good tip, remember that most of your friends will be in the same boat as you. Talk to them. Talk to your tutors. Go for a swim. Make a smoothie. Watch some TV. Remember to give yourself some downtime, we all need it, and definitely, don’t feel guilty for doing so.

Something else that I have learnt throughout my time blogging is to be confident getting out of my comfort zone and embracing my creativitea. I took the risk of adding a lot of tea puns on my blogging application, and even though I was completely serious about my application, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be taken seriously. I didn’t want to regret not writing a traditional application and missing out on an opportunitea that I really wanted. I’m glad it worked out well, and I was offered a position as a blogger over a cup of tea… what I didn’t realise then though, is that this risk would later equip me with the confidence to immerse myself in the wider universitea experience; giving open day tours, talking in front of a large audience, leading societea events, trying new sports, vlogging, studying abroad, running for course rep elections, writing for the student newspaper and even just living away from home are just some of the things that have taken me out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure there are things that I would do differently if I knew then what I know now. But the point is that I didn’t know. It’s all been a learning experience and I am confident that being part of the Warwick communitea has equipped me with whatever I go onto doing next.

Shanita 🙂 xo

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