It’s been 4 years, over 20 exams, and a year in a different continent; but I have finally finished my time at Warwick University! It’s been a long time coming but this is one of my final posts and it’s only fitting to reflect on my entire time at university: everything I loved and hated, and everything I would’ve done differently to help everyone else still working hard towards their degree.
What did I love?
There were so many things I loved about my university experience: meeting all my friends, experiencing new opportunities, and getting the chance to study my favourite thing with some of the most renowned researchers in the field.
I made some incredible friends from my first year flat, second year house and especially on my course. I know that we’ll be friends for life and I feel so lucky to have met such a big group of incredible people: it’s really true when they say you meet some of your best friends at university.
Studying at Warwick has also given me some incredible opportunities: spending a year in Australia was the biggest challenge and most satisfying reward I got out of my time at Warwick and I feel so lucky and grateful to have studied there thanks to Warwick!
Finally, my actual studying experience was definitely enhanced by the incredible lecturers that have taught me over the years. It’s only in final year that you get to realise how talented all of your lecturers are and, for Applied Linguistics, all of the lecturers are the best in the field so you really are being taught by the best of the best!
Is there anything I would change about my time?
There were so many incredible things in my time at Warwick but there are also a lot of things I would change about my experience just so I could make the very most of every second here – because it really does fly by!
If I could go back to first year I would try to get involved with more societies and sports clubs because they really do open up a whole host of new experiences and friendships. I would also tell myself to really cut some slack on myself with the workload: my first year didn’t count towards my degree so I would’ve loved to spend more time enjoying myself and less time worrying too much about my studies to begin with.
Conversely, I wish I could tell my second-year self to work a little bit harder so I could’ve started my final year with a bit less stress regarding grades! It’s very easy to get caught up in your second year with new housemates, new experiences and a whole new town to explore. But I would go back in time and tell ‘past-Beth’ to work just a little harder so I could start my final year in a better position with my grades so I could fully enjoy every second of my final year at Warwick. That being said, I loved all of the fun I had in second year and the difficulties I faced definitely changed the person I am today so I have to be grateful for that!
What would I recommend for students still at Warwick?
It really does sound like a cliche but my main piece of advice would be to just enjoy every second of your time at university and really grasp every opportunity with both hands: I promise you the time will go quicker than you can imagine and I feel very sad to be leaving behind my time at Warwick.
So work hard, play hard and enjoy every single moment!
If there’s any advice you’d give to your past-self please comment below!