Almost three years ago, I set foot on Warwick’s campus for the first time. Since then, I’ve been to more lectures and tutorials and supervisions and labs and support classes than I can count. I’ve met so many amazing people from my course and societies and my work as a student ambassador. I’ve tried lots of new things and travelled to lots of new places. I’ve worked for hours upon hours in the library and the workroom and in my own bedroom. I’ve seen the Koan (and thoroughly missed its presence outside Senate House this year). I’ve got really stuck in with the UK quizzing circuit, and I’ve achieved my sixth form dream of one day being on University Challenge. It’s been an amazing three years and I’m really happy that I made the choice to come to Warwick.
A couple of weeks ago, I graduated – I got to put on the cap and gown and managed to walk across the stage without falling over (I was strangely proud of the not falling over!). Even though my time as a Warwick student is now over, I’ve still made a lot of friends who I’ll come back to visit. As a Warwick alumna, I’ll also have access to the careers services, among other perks of having been to Warwick, so I might end up coming back years down the line.
So, what’s next? I found myself a graduate job through the Warwick myAdvantage website in March, and I’ll be starting that in a couple of weeks. I’ll be a Java developer – I’ve used Java a little bit in my degree and I’m looking forward to exploring it more. I’ve just moved into my first “proper” flat in preparation – as fun as having flatmates can be, I really wanted a place of my own for a while. I’m learning the local area and getting used to my new home town. The idea of home is pretty portable to me now – three years ago, home was my parents’ house in mid-Norfolk, but now it’s wherever I choose. I’ve got the world at my feet and a maths degree in my hands, and I’m really excited to see where life takes me.
Thank you all for reading over the past few years, and thanks to all of the staff at Warwick who made it possible for me to write and share this with you!