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Undecided on which university is for you?

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Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
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Stuck in a situation not knowing which university to pick or which one is for you? Not sure whether to select a campus university or city university? Not sure which course is for you? Scared of choosing the correct path for you? I spoke and took part in one of the Warwick offer holder days yesterday for my department and these are the tips I gave to the prospective students with an offer for Warwick university.

Your main priority should be whether the course you are willing to do is for you. I would advise going to open days or if you are given an offer, to join the offer holder day sessions for your course, to take part in a taster session and listen to the lecturers talk about your course. Ask yourself, can you see yourself here in this department? Does this sound like a community you want to be part of? Offer holder days are a great way to decide if this is the university and course for you. This was the deciding factor for me when I was looking at universities three years ago. Even if you like the university, the course has to be right for you and what you want to do as it will be about what you study for the next three or four years of your life and eventually something you graduate with. Essentially you are paying for this course so it should be something you see yourself doing and something you are interested in. 

Be intrigued. Ask questions on the offer holder days and open days. Talk to the lecturers and current students. Email the lecturers if you have any questions. The only way you will realise what you want and what is right for you is to ask those questions about the course and university life. Ask about the assignment types, the weighting of each academic year, the workload between year 13 and first year of university, what studying in times of COVID is like, how many contact hours you will have and the type of support the department have for students.

Do you want to live on a campus university or city university? For me personally, I visited Warwick for the first time on an open day and instantly fell in love with my course and then loved the idea of a campus university. Warwick was the only campus university I looked at and I instantly knew when comparing a campus and city university, that a campus felt more like home for me. Now being in my final year of university, I look back and picking Warwick as my first choice was the best decision I made. Especially in my first year where the transition from living at home to living on your own is such a massive life change, I found living on a campus felt safe and a big enough space near to two major cities, Coventry and Birmingham, to know where things were and meet friends and people I knew. Warwick is a lovely campus full of such greenery and wildlife where I personally feel at home. The beauty of being on a campus university is having all the academic buildings, learning spaces, the student’s union building and sports hub all in one area which is very convenient as a university student. 

Find out about the student experience. Speaking to current Warwick students really helped me to understand the vast spectrum of job opportunities on campus, from working in the student’s union to being a student ambassador, I was able to find out how to get a job whilst studying and the opportunity to meet others on campus. Academia should be your priority, but it is also equally important to be involved with extracurricular activities and meet others. Ask about how many societies there are on campus and contact the societies that interest you to find out more!

My overall tip would be to stay curious and ask as many questions as you need to on open days and offer holder days. They are designed for you and there for you to talk to lecturers and current students. Good luck with making your decision!  

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Annick Jenkin | English Language and Linguistics Contact Annick
Feel free to ask my anything from student life to…
Find out more about me Contact Annick

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