Some questions about university life
Recently, me and some of my old schoolmates were invited back to the sixth form where we took our A levels in order to talk to the current year 12s about what life after sixth form is like. As someone who took the university route, I was in a position to answer some of their questions about higher education and share some of my experiences. Each student in the audience wrote a question on a post-it note, and I’m going to briefly share my answers to some of them below, so that other aspiring university students might have some of their questions answered too.
What is Fresher’s Week like?
For those who don’t know, Fresher’s Week (it’s officially called ‘Welcome Week’ at Warwick) is the first week of uni before term starts. You’ll have induction events for your academic department, and it’s the time to get to know the campus, check out societies and sports clubs and start to meet people. Other than that it is a time to explore and have fun. Ultimately your experience is whatever you want it to be. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding Freshers Week saying that you go out every night etc. If that’s what you want to do then you can, but there’s absolutely no pressure to do so though. If you don’t want to drink then there are always other types of socials you can go to, and there will be a timetable with which you can plan your week. I don’t drink alcohol and didn’t go out clubbing once in Fresher’s Week, and still had a great time. I also know people that went out every night and had a great time. There’s so much going on across campus that you can always find something to do. The most important thing is to just be yourself and do what you like to do. You’ll make the right type of friends for you that way. Don’t freak out if you don’t make many friends during this time though. Half the people you meet during Freshers Week are people that you will never meet again, and there’s the whole year ahead of you to meet people and make friends. At the end of Term 2 I was still meeting new people. There are many of thousands of people enrolled at Warwick after all.
What is it like living in halls of residence?
Great fun, even if your flatmates sometimes forget to wash their dishes…
Seriously though it’s not that bad. My flatmates and I are pretty good at keeping the communal spaces clean, and failing that the cleaners come in regularly (just don’t think of them as a replacement for keeping the communal spaces tidy). Depending on which accommodation you choose, there will be a different number of people sharing a kitchen, which are sized accordingly so that there is space for everyone. Bigger kitchens provide you an opportunity to meet more people, whereas smaller flats tend to have a calmer vibe, although that is only a generalisation. It depends on the type of people you are. Your flatmates are probably the first people you’ll meet when you arrive at university, and living together is a great opportunity to bond. I have many friends who are living with their flatmates again in second year. Some of you are probably worried about who you’ll end up living with, but don’t let that bother you. When you apply to Warwick Accommodation there should be a space where they ask you about your personality and living habits, so that they can place you with likeminded people. Make the best of it and be positive. It’s a great life experience.
How do you manage your money?
BUDGETING! Life is stressful enough without having to worry about going into your overdraft. Everyone’s expenditure will be different, just be smart about how you spend it. I’ve written a blog post going into more detail here: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/budgeting/
Do you regret going to university?
Absolutely not! Going to university has been the best change in my life and I love it so much. Not only does it mean I get to continue to fuel my passion for learning, but I’ve also been able to engage with so many new passions and meet a variety of people from all across the world. Everyone is super friendly and supportive, and the campus is buzzing with positive energy. Being in an environment away from home where I have to look after and do everything for myself has been a massive boost to my confidence, and going back to my old school the other day emphasised just how much I’ve grown in the months since I left.
As always, if you have any questions about Warwick University life or about the English Literature degree, you’re welcome to message me.