Name: Bronte Kelly
Year of study: First year
College/Sixth Form subjects: Maths, physics and chemistry
Why did you pick MSci Integrated Natural Sciences?
The interdisciplinary nature of the course really interested me. I’ve always enjoyed studying science but never been able to choose my favourite discipline. This course allows me to develop my understanding of all areas and helps me to figure out which field I wish to go into.
Why did you choose Warwick?
The unique course is what drew me to Warwick. With Warwick being the first university in England to offer this course, it really stood out to me. I’m so glad I did choose Warwick as I love studying here and have met some of my closest friends.
How have you found the course so far?
I have really enjoyed the content of the course so far. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the course, there are times where it can feel overwhelming. Personally, I hadn’t studied biology at A-level and so initially, I found it intimidating that some of the other students understood stuff that that I didn’t. However, due to the small cohort and the closeness of the group, there is always help available when needed. Personal tutors and post grads have been assigned to each student meaning that no matter what you’re struggling with, there is always someone to talk to.
How have you found the change from college/sixth form to university?
When starting university, I initially found it quite difficult to adjust to the intense workload. After finishing college in March due to Covid, it was difficult to get back into routine. However, the staff were all very supportive and helped us to gently ease into uni life. I have found that the work we do is of a standard that challenges you yet does not overwhelm you. Everyone’s skills are varied and so when there’s something that you are unsure of, there is always someone that can help you.
What have you enjoyed the most about the course so far?
The small cohort provides a feeling of togetherness. Despite the start of the year being taught remotely due to self-isolation, the group are still very close and no matter what you need, there’s always someone that you can go to. You spend a lot of time with the people on your course and I think getting along with your course mates makes the inevitable stress easier to handle.
Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities?
I have joined the ladies' hockey society and I can’t recommend it enough. It provides a nice break from studying and allows me to keep active. The club host regular socials which gives you the opportunity to meet people from all sport societies. Being part of this club has allowed me to maintain a healthy state of mind, stay active and meet some of my closest friends.
Do you have an idea what you would like to do when you graduate?
Despite not knowing exactly what I would like to do once I graduate, I am hoping to complete a PhD. At the moment, in class, we are looking at different parasites and infections. This has always something that has interested me and so could potentially be something I look into for the future.
Do you have any advice for people applying for the course?
Other people will have studied different subjects at A level and so will understand stuff that you may struggle with. Don’t let this overwhelm you and trust your ability. Put more time into the stuff parts you don’t understand but remember to rest and find time for yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help, that’s what everyone is there for.
Finally, what three words would you use to describe your experience of studying at WMS?
Challenging but rewarding.