Reflections and the Future
I’ve just finished my BSc in Mathematics at Warwick. The last three years were an absolute rollercoaster with thankfully more ups than downs, but challenging nonetheless. Coming from Switzerland, starting my studies in the UK was equally exciting and terrifying, but I’m so glad I took the plunge and came here. This blog post is going to be a bit rambly and a reflection on my last three years as well as a glimpse into what my future holds.
Looking back at my time at Warwick
Warwick has taught me so much. Part of the reason why I decided to study Maths was because I wanted to challenge myself and my degree certainly did that, sometimes a bit too much. But it built my frustration tolerance, made me more perseverant and showed me where the limits of my brains are. With every year and exam season that passed, I felt like I needed to do more and adjust my study methods, so I did and I fortunately left with a very successful third year. But Uni isn’t just all about the academics. I made friends, I lost some, I started new hobbies and stopped old ones. I’ve applied to over 25 different internships, gone to many interviews, but ended up travelling and volunteering over the summer instead. However, I now have a much better idea of what I want to do with my life. These three years have taught me a lot about who I am, what my strengths and weaknesses are, how to work on myself and deal with situations I feel uncomfortable in.
Plans for the future
While I learned so much during my Bachelor’s, one of the best things about knowledge is that it shows you how much you actually don’t know. So I’ve decided to do a Master’s in Financial Mathematics at the Warwick Business School. I’m excited to go into applied Maths and a more practical degree with clearer job prospectives. I can’t wait to start working and I feel like this extra year of studying is going to provide me with the necessary tools for a successful start into the work force. This summer between my degrees has also given me a lot of time to read, think and travel. I am currently working on a project with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, which would have been impossible without Warwick.
I’ve complained a lot and cried a lot, but also laughed until my eyes started tearing up. End of teens and early twenties are some of the hardest times of your life. You’re not yet an adult, but also not a child. You’re expected to take all the responsibility, but don’t know how. You should figure out what you want to do in the future, while being stressed by the present. But in the end I am so grateful for every single minute of it and I can’t wait for one more year at Warwick.