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Michaela Carlzon - Swedish alumni ambassador

carlzonCourse: BA History & Politics 2010-13
City of residence: Stockholm
Interests: Books, running, music, ballet, travel, friends and family
Employer: PwC Deals
Contact details: LinkedIn

When were you at Warwick?

I did my Bachelor in History & Politics at Warwick between the years 2010-2013. I thought about studying at Warwick Business School (which is where I believe most Swedish students study) but I wanted something a bit more academic, and I am very happy that I went for History & Politics. One of the best experiences with Warwick was definitely my professors, they were so engaged in students’ work and just brilliant at what they taught. I would want to name all of them but some of my favourites were Dr Sarah Hodges (History), Professor Nicola Pratt (PAIS), Trevor McCrisken (PAIS) and the absolutely brilliant and wonderful Professor Carolyn Steedman (History).

Where did you live while you were at Warwick?

I lived in Coventry during my first year, and then two years on campus. Leamington is lovely, but I preferred being closer to campus.

Were you a member of any societies?

Warwick Women in Finance, Warwick Debating Society (which I really recommend even if you are shy in terms of public speaking, it is very easy going and fun) and Warwick Yoga Society. I founded the 180 Degrees Warwick, which is not a SU society, but a non-profit student consultancy closely knit to the University. Also, I was a SSLC Representative during my final year, which was really fun and rewarding.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working in Stockholm, Sweden, where I grew up. I miss the UK, but it is wonderful to have my family and my friends close here in Stockholm. Given that I want to continue my postgrad education and work abroad it is nice to have some time to enjoy my hometown. Right now I’m studying for the GMAT and preparing my Master and MBA applications.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?

Warwick has so much to offer, and since I have many fond memories from my time there, it was an easy choice to help promote Warwick here in Sweden. There are a great number of young Swedish students interested in studying at a top-ranking UK University, and obviously I want them to go to Warwick. Myself, I didn’t know half the things offered at Warwick when I started there in 2010, and I am really looking forward to helping prospective students get the full experience of what Warwick has to offer. Also, from a financial point of view, I believe there is greater need to market Warwick, and UK universities in general, with the 2011 rise in UK’s tuition fees. As Swedish universities have no tuition fee for Swedish citizens it becomes more important to communicate what opportunities and benefits a Warwick degree conveys.

Have you been back to Warwick recently?

I haven’t been in the UK since my exams, but I am looking forward to visiting very soon.