Tell us a bit about yourself, and what course you are studying?
My name is Mario Grippay, and I’m studying BSc International Management at Warwick Business School.
What attracted you to WBS?
What I found really appealing about WBS was how international the student body was, and the freedom with which students can choose their modules and create their own path in whichever degree they pursue. And of course, it has a brilliant reputation domestically and abroad which is a huge bonus.
What is the best thing about your degree so far?
The best thing about my degree so far is the community feel at WBS. Everyone is extremely committed to developing their professional careers which is highly motivating and really encourages self-development.
What has inspired you most throughout your studies?
My peers have definitely been my main source of inspiration throughout my studies. Everyone is an expert in something and discussing things with my friends teaches me a lot and inspires me to keep going and try new things and never feel discouraged. Applying to internships, exec positions at university and learning how to write a proper CV are all new things I’ve learned and invested myself into.
Are you a member of any SU clubs or societies?
I have been a part of a number of societies including TEDxWarwick and Unify Warwick and I’ve learned an incredible amount being a part of these societies, and it’s also allowed me to meet some extraordinary people. I’ve developed my leadership and collaboration skills. I’ve also learned new skills as well including how to communicate with corporate representatives and how to pitch yourself and your project to the wider public.
Do you use the sports centre, visit the Arts Centre, attend club nights on campus, or have any hobbies you enjoy?
I’ve used the Sports and Wellness Hub and visited Warwick Arts Centre on campus many times. It’s a real privilege to have so many excellent facilities on campus.
What do you aim to do once you graduate?
I want to try lots of new things and hopefully find a career I love in the business world, perhaps eventually starting my own business.
Do you feel that your degree is preparing you for your next steps?
Definitely! It’s a privilege to have one of the UK’s best universities behind your education and to be taught by wonderful teachers and professionals to inspire our career prospects. We are lucky because by studying at WBS, we are already distinguished from other students which is an important factor for companies in the hiring process. Additionally, the high standard of teaching and extensive opportunities to learn new skills either through SU or society-run events means we as students are better prepared for the next steps in our career. For instance, in my first year I attended a mock assessment centre which was organised by Warwick Risk Management Society in collaboration with CIMA as I was a Marketing Fresher Representative.
What top tip would you give to prospective undergraduate students who are deciding if WBS is the right place for them?
If international mindedness and diversity in the student body is important to you as it is to me, come to the University of Warwick. It feels like attending an International School and that’s one of my favourite aspects of WBS.
What top tip would you give to a student who is about to start at WBS?
Throw yourself into it, try new things you’ve never done before, put yourself out there and you’ll have an amazing time.