Worried about not getting the full campus experience 2020-21
I’m sure some incoming Warwick freshers are slightly worried about missing out on key aspects of university life due to the pandemic-induced restrictions. The purpose of this post is to highlight some of the positives from this situation because as I may have mentioned in a previous post (worth quoting again): Every adversity carries with it a seed of equal or greater benefit. Below are some of the concerns and more importantly, these are followed by some of the opportunities I can spot from the current situation:
1. Missing out on the sports and societies fair:I can assure you that there is a lot of information on the Warwick SU page and even more information on each society’s website or Facebook page to find out if a society is worth trying out. In fact, this year, many societies would have gone the extra mile to advertise their events with even more clarity, therefore making it easier for you to weigh up which ones to try out or tune into.
However, if you’re still unconvinced, I suggest you find people that are execs of that society and reach out to them (email, social media and even LinkedIn) as they are usually more than happy to help give you an insight that might be a game-changer in terms of seeing which society you’ll fit in best with.
On top of the information already online, there will be a virtual fair involving every society on September 30 and a virtual sports fair stall for each sports society, so you will still be able to ask exec any questions you might have (and without having to queue up or try and navigate to the societies you’re most interested in).
2. Not being able to get involved with society-related/social events:One of the biggest problems I faced as a fresher was wanting to attend multiple things but worrying I would be burnt out from running to different events all on the same day – plus wanting to be able to go to things with friends, which sometimes meant sacrificing other events I would have otherwise been interested in. Now, I am very convinced you will find it easier to pack in more because of the low switching cost of going from one event that ends at 4pm to another that begins at 5pm with the click of a button. This doesn’t even take into consideration that there are still likely to be on-campus events, especially for your subject classes, thereby ensuring there is still a balance.
3. Missing out on networking events:
I remember going to various networking events during the first few weeks of university, but there are a few reasons why the absence of these events will not be to your detriment.
Firstly, many firms are moving away from on-campus events to increase accessibility, e.g. JP Morgan that have instead hosted various virtual events which you can access on their website. Be sure to stay tuned as many companies are now following suit.
Secondly, you’re either attending these networking events to find out which career path you want to pursue, or perhaps for some freshers, because you want to get into a certain spring week or expand your network. I can assure you that one of the best ways of harnessing the power of Warwick’s alumni network does not just involve going to these networking events where asking your question with many students present can be a challenge. Instead, try searching on LinkedIn for Warwick alumni working at a company you’re interested in applying to and send them a message introducing yourself and asking if they’re willing to arrange a call. This can be a great way to boost your confidence when speaking over the phone in a formal setting and in finding out the information you would have struggled to find at the networking events.
I am 100% certain that I have missed many more seeds to be harnessed from what might initially be adversity. Apologies for the number of quotes I tend to include in these, but I couldn’t help throwing this one in to finish the blog off: It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to them.