Starting life at Warwick
Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management
I remember stepping out of an Uber (because I couldn’t find the bus stop!) on University of Warwick grounds for the first time on the 24th of September 2018. I was a little confused about where to head towards. I knew I was going to the Rootes building for my compulsory immigration check, but I couldn’t quite find it (I’m generally not great at finding new places). The map wasn’t being very helpful either and I could feel my eyes starting to redden and tear up from the cold wind.
I decided to ask someone and she gladly pointed the building out to me (it was right across where I had been standing for 5 minutes!). Immigration check was quick, so I decided to get a Campus Tour, which was part of the Welcome Week program because I clearly needed it. I found this quite helpful as it gave me a general idea where most buildings are located. It however takes going around by yourself to know everywhere. I also couldn’t help but wonder how my guide was wearing only a T-shirt in the “freezing weather’’, apparently 15C isn’t terribly cold for UK residents!
I found Welcome Week very useful as it gave me a chance to get a feel of the University grounds. The WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) Departmental programs were particularly great because it helped me get a clear vision of what the year ahead would involve and how to get ahead with ease. One of the most amazing things I noticed is how truly multicultural and diverse WMG and the University are. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people from very many different places in one place. It helped me feel better to know that I wasn’t the only one getting accustomed to a new environment.
In the coming weeks, I came to enjoy how truly amazing the University of Warwick and the WMG, are. I found that everyone was willing to help with any problems we might have. During the welcome Week it was made clear to us that we could contact them if we had any problems. We were also assigned personal tutors who emphasized that they are available to help if any problems arose.
I can hardly believe it’s been only a little over a month here at Warwick and I am happy to report that I now know where the closest bus stops to my accommodation are and that I don’t get lost as often. Also, my eyes no longer redden and this is 40 weather I’m speaking of. These are definite signs that I’m beginning to feel at home. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.