BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (2019)
I think one of the things that really make PAIS stand out is how sociable the department is. I remember in the first couple weeks at Warwick, there was a time after the welcome meeting where we could chat to other PAIS students in the Dirty Duck (a Student Union bar) – it was a great way to meet some of my course-mates. There are also events that the Politics Society do, such as going to POP (if you like a good night out), or they put on amazing academic events.
Another reason I love the department is the support provided. As well as your personal tutor, your seminar tutors, and lecturers, the Politics Society even do a mentor scheme where you are given a mentor who is in the year above and you can chat about things that might be confusing in first year or just give you a few tips on navigating your first year. Having this support can be so helpful - I always use the advice and feedback hours of my seminar tutors to discuss about my essay plans if I’m feeling a bit lost.
One aspect of the department that is loved by all the PAIS students is our beloved PAIS common room. This is basically a room in the Politics Building that is just for PAIS students to hang out and do some work. It can be so handy when it comes to meetings with your seminar tutors or for group work. Though, I think that the best feature of the common room, by far, is the drinks machine. The common room holds a hot drinks’ vending machine with free coffees, tea and hot chocolate – perfect to help you start out on those essays.