Remembering why I chose Warwick
It occurred to me recently that it has been around 2 years since I submitted my first and second choice university decisions after receiving all of my UCAs offers. It feels like a lot longer ago than that…
I remember at that time I was so excited to have received my offers and couldn’t wait to attend in September. I was fortunate in that after visiting several universities for open days, I knew quite clearly that Warwick was the university for me, which made me even more scared at the prospect of potentially not meeting the grade requirements to get in. That was a stress I do not miss…
But not everyone has as clear an idea as to what university to choose. Making a decision about which university offer to accept can be a daunting task, especially if you’re torn between two. If you’re struggling to choose, I would recommend creating a table comparing the positives and negatives of each university. One of my sixth-form friends had a particularly hard time choosing between Warwick and another university that was a commutable distance from home, and she wrote down a list of positives/negatives for both that helped her make a decision. It worked out because she is very happy now.
It would also be worth doing as much research as you can. A lot of universities will be putting out more online content, so it’ll be worth checking that out. Watch YouTube videos from students who attend a particular university and see if you can get a feel for the campus and student life that way. Some universities may also be offering virtual campus tours or interactive live chats for offer holders.
I would also recommend thinking carefully about your second choice of course, but try not to stress as much about it, so long as it’s somewhere you would be okay going. There are always clearing and readjustment options available later on once results are released so that you can choose another place if you change your mind. Just make sure that your second choice has lower grade requirements – it doesn’t have to be drastically lower, maybe just one grade apart – because that’s what a second choice is there for, just in case you don’t make the grades for your first choice.
Even though many of us are not at school, university or work right now, that doesn’t mean there’s no support for making decisions like this. I’d recommend emailing your tutor or whoever gives support for stuff like university applications if you feel like you need to discuss things with someone. Sometimes an outside opinion can help you wrap your head around things.
Ultimately, regardless of what university you choose, if you go into that next stage of your life with an open mindset and a willingness to accept new or unexpected things, you will be able to thrive wherever you are 🙂