Student Insight: Starting at University
24 June 2019
As you embark on a new adventure, set to meet people from all over the globe, starting University is a truly exciting time. We asked our current students to recall why they chose to go to university and what their experience was like.
I can still vividly remember how excited I was two years ago when I knew I was coming to Warwick Business School (WBS). However, at the same time I was a bit worried about coping with living on my own and feeling homesick. If you’re feeling the same, trust me you’re not alone! Many people who are about to go off to university will be feeling just like you.
Living away from home for the first time means that nobody tells you what to do or when to do it. You can eat whenever you want. No bed time. No wake up time. No chores. You have a say over everything, making this a really good opportunity to experience real independence!
When you begin your life at WBS, you’ll meet people from all over the world, we’re a very diverse community. You’ll make some of your best friends and these friendships will last a lifetime. You'll be living with new people and you’ll be looking after yourself and your finances. It’s an incredible experience that prepares you for life after university!
BSc International Management
After looking around five or six universities in the UK, I was certain that WBS was the place where I wanted to spend the next four years. Having been here for a while now I can confidently say that choosing WBS was the right choice for me and I can’t imagine studying anywhere else!
One of the reasons that led me to my decision is that my course, International Management, covers a wide range of business related areas. This is what I was looking for since I’m not sure what I want to do when I graduate. Even though we don’t have choice over which modules we study in our first year, there are so many modules to choose from in second year and I am certain I will find some that I find interesting. I am also studying French alongside my course, which I love, and I will be able to do it for credits next year.
Another thing that attracted me to Warwick is the campus. I love being within walking distance of all my lectures as well as two minutes away from the SU - it means I can sleep more in the mornings!
If I were to give a WBS fresher advice for next year, it would be to take any opportunities they get given - go to any events, whether they’re social or academic, because WBS has so much to offer. There’s something out there for everyone, and this way you’ll get to meet so many people with similar interests to you! Personally, I have made some amazing friends since I arrived, and I know they will be a part of my life for many, many years.
I would be lying if I said the rankings weren’t the first thing that attracted me to Warwick Business School (WBS). Beyond league tables, I also have two siblings who graduated from here; one 14 years ago, and the other around 5 years ago. With its prestige and my family members’ recommendations, I knew WBS would be a great pick.
Additionally, I didn’t want to study in London. While it is a great city, I felt that going to a more campus-based university would allow me to integrate better. Looking back, the only thing I was apprehensive about was fitting in because I knew that there wouldn’t be flocks of Chileans around me! The same goes for my international friends; seeing that only a handful of kids from my school applied to the UK, my fear of not finding like-minded people was definitely present.
Luckily, these fears were put to rest on arrival as everyone was welcoming, no matter their course, year at university or nationality. Since then, I have made some amazing friends and cannot help but smile when thinking back to my initial anxiety. I know many applicants share this sentiment, but take it from an international kid far from home - you’re going to be alright.
What attracted me to Warwick Business School was the mix between academic excellence and an inclusive and caring community. Not only is WBS one of the best business schools in the UK but it also has a very open-minded and international background which I thought was the best fit for me - I met people from around the globe.
As I have studied in both the French and American system I was worried that the English system was going to be very different to what I’m used to, but WBS resources have made it very easy to adapt to the new learning style. My advice to freshers? Work at the Rootes Learning Grid and party with the Warwick Business School Society!
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