Hello! This is my first blog post so bear with me, but I hope I can give you some helpful advice. My first term at Warwick has been filled with exciting lectures, meeting new people, and adjusting to living on campus.
Making the step to university can be daunting, but Warwick has an excellent support system to help whenever you need it. As a disabled student, I communicate with disability services often. They are very friendly and offer a wide range of support for a variety of disabilities and conditions.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed in your first term, but reaching out for support always helps. The University has a counselling service who offer non-judgemental support to anyone, and have helped me to overcome my anxieties and I am quickly settling in. Students play a key role at Warwick and are at the heart of the University.
A lot of effort goes into making sure that everyone is valued here, and I have been struck by the sense of community. I’m not the most sociable person, but I have never felt alone for long, as there is always someone to help me. For me, it’s difficult not to focus on studying (I’d be lying if I said the work was easy!), but it’s this combined with the diverse and friendly atmosphere that has made my first term enjoyable.
My first term has been very fulfilling, and I would definitely encourage you to make the most of the amazing opportunities the Warwick community provides.
Ellie Craddock, First-year Undergraduate
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I arrived at the University of Warwick in the first week of October, which was Freshers’ Week, with my sister. This week could also be described as the ‘moving-in’ week because all the first years are coming in and trying to settle in their respective accommodations. I met a few of my flat mates (not all as there are 16 of them – I live in Rootes), and they were all really nice and friendly.
Freshers’ Week is exciting for freshers, mainly because of the parties! The Student Union had organised events for each Freshers’ weeknight as a way of meeting new people and making friends. There was a welcome party on the first night of the week, which I went to, and made some amazing friends at! I did not attend other SU events because I do not like partying, but there were events every single day and you could get a Freshers’ Pass to attend these.
During this week I was busy settling in and decorating my room to make it more home-like – I got some posters from the on-campus poster sale. We were all aware that our official lectures and seminars would commence from the second week, and so we were also in preparation for that. On the course I met more people and made friends with them; making friends on your courses is easier as you see them every day.
Weekends, for me, were very exciting, as there has not been a single weekend spent on campus in my first term. I have always travelled to a new city on weekends with my sister, and simultaneously managed to do all my homework for the upcoming week. Yes, sometimes it became stressful as I have assignments and essay deadlines, but I still managed to enjoy it! Travelling itself is easy once you get a hold of it; at first I was scared because I am an international student and didn’t know how everything worked, but now I would say it has become easier for me as I know where I am going!
Overall, looking back at my term 1 experience, I would say that even though I had a lot of work, I still managed to submit my assignments on time and at the same time have fun! Fun is not just partying and clubbing, I had fun by exploring new places and cities with friends and family.
Hamna Waseem Cheema, First- year Undergraduate (History and Sociology)