It has come to that time of year where you’re probably deciding where you are going to spend the next three (or four) years of your life studying. It sounds scary and it is probably one of the hardest decisions you will make to date. However, this decision will shape who you become while you’re at university and once you leave. (its not all that bad – I promise!)
Originally, I am from London, so I grew up in a city and was used to all the rustling and bustling of the streets. While I was at school, I just assumed that going to a city university was in my destiny because I was so used to living in a city (boy, was I wrong).
However, while I was on the pathways to law programme, I came to a summer school at Warwick and stayed on campus for a few days. While I was here, I took part in educational activities during the day such as lectures and seminars to help me understand what a law degree would be like. I also took part in skills developing workshops including debating. In the evenings, we had time to socialise and get to know each other. Activities included karaoke, pool and sports. These few days really helped me understand what it would be like to study at a campus university. It was the first time I had been to a campus university and was completely different to what I was expecting. Before coming to Warwick, I had this made up concept of what a campus university looked like and I quickly learn that I was wrong.
What I am trying to get from my experience is that you should keep yourself open to new things from now. Don’t discard any opportunities without trying them and realising that it might be something that you enjoy. You never know, you might surprise yourself. I certainly did.
One thing I would also recommend is visit as many universities as you can. You will quickly realise that all universities have different vibes to them. It might be that the university you had your mind set on is not one that is well suited to you once you visit them. It’s probably best to realise this before you enrol rather than afterwards.
A lot of people might think going to a campus university puts you into a little ‘bubble’ and it may be the case for some universities. However, I feel that at Warwick this bubble is easy to get out of. We are based in a great location so it’s very easy to get into Coventry city centre and even Birmingham/London. So, if at anytime you do feel that you need to venture out and try something new, all you need to do is get on a bus/train.
It is understandable that you may have some reservations when coming to Warwick whether you’re moving away from home for the first time or just unsure of what university is going to be like. I can assure you that everyone is in the same boat and feels like that once they start but once you start you will make some great friends which will make your whole university experience a lot better.