Why I chose to study at Warwick
Choosing to study at University is a massive decision and commitment, and every student will have different reasons and motivations behind their choice. I thought I’d give you an overview of the reasons why I chose to study at Warwick. Please remember that everyone has individual criteria though, so don’t worry if your reasons are completely different – that’s probably a good thing! You might not have any clear reasons, and that’s fine too.
1. The uniqueness of the course
The most important factor for me to consider when choosing a university was how engaging I thought I would find the course. Of course, you can’t know for sure whether you will enjoy the course or not, but you can give yourself the best chance possible by following your interests. For me, it is really good that the Warwick sociology degree offers the opportunity for you to claim a specialism (if you are a single honours student) to develop your knowledge of a specific area. This could be especially useful with a topic such as Sociology which tends to be very broad and wide ranging. I’m considering PhD study, and increasing my awareness of one area may help with this. At the same time, the wide range of modules on offer makes the studying really diverse and exciting, so I’m not bound by the fact that I may choose to claim a specialism. The modules provided are reflective of the expertise of staff in the department, and offer something different to the study of Sociology I’d done at A-Level, which was really important to me; I wanted to feel I was challenging myself at University.
2. The distance from home
Warwick is situated in an ideal location for me, because it is far enough away from home that I feel independent, but not so far that my family and friends can’t visit. Everyone has different things they want to gain from university, and experiencing life away from home was really important to me. Coming to University is a big commitment and you’re likely to be at Warwick for three or four years, so it’s important you feel settled.
3. The support services
I have a physical disability (cerebral palsy) and so it was important to me that the university I chose could successfully accommodate this. The Disability Services team (and wider Student Support and Wellbeing Team) are great and can assist with an array of queries relating to individual needs. The physical access around campus is generally good, with wheelchair access to most teaching and other buildings. Accessible campus maps are available from the University of Warwick website. From my experience, Disability Services should be able to assist with access related issues, and may be able to make arrangements for an alternative teaching room, for example.
4. Academic Reputation
Everyone has an individual criteria for choosing where and how they want to study. For me, the good academic reputation of Warwick was a relatively important factor. Of course, rankings are subjective. In my opinion, people should and need to be able to decide for themselves what is important to them, which I would like to be the core message of this post. I am simply trying to give you an insight into some of the factors which affected my decision.
If you are nervous about coming to university, perhaps remind yourself of why you chose to study where you did to help you to make sure you make the most of it. If you don’t get your first choice, it might help to think of any criteria you can apply to this, and the extra opportunities this may present.
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