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DRAFT2019 Divya Vishwanathan

MA International Relations (2019)

A postgraduate degree at the University of Warwick, and especially in the department of Politics and International Studies, seemed like a logical progression for me. Prior to coming to Warwick, I was a graduate of commerce and international business and had been working as a journalist in India for around 24 months.

While I was weighing my options on which UK university to choose, the University of Warwick emerged as the only option for me for three reasons. Firstly, its immensely diverse, multicultural student and staff community. Secondly, the opportunities that are offered or available across campus in societies, clubs and departments. And thirdly, the fact that, as a politics student, you are taught by some of the most celebrated political scientists in the world.

Warwick has given me all that I expected and more. While pursuing my course, I learnt two languages (Mandarin and Korean) from the Language Centre, I was selected to the Speakers’ Team at the Warwick ASEAN Conference and even had my own music show on Radio Warwick! For someone who comes from a very diverse country, I was able to experience diversity at a global level. But it was not just growing into a global culture with all my engagements that made it the best experience. I enjoyed the conversations and seminars with the professors and fellow students, especially the ones on international security, migration, terrorism, extremism, the new world order, and border and conflict studies. At every level, help and support was always available from my professors, the administrative members and my personal tutor.

I have learnt the arts of multi-tasking, public speaking, critical writing and networking here at Warwick - all the skills required to be a good journalist. And most importantly, Warwick is where I met some of my best friends with whom I shared those unforgettable memories. Warwick is my home abroad. I’m proud to have been a student of Warwick.

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