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Student Profile: Munyarazi Mashaya

Course: MM

MSc International Technology Management

How did you find out about Warwick?

I heard about Warwick through colleagues that had attended the university before.

Did you consider applying anywhere else? What made you choose Warwick?

I considered staying on at the University of Leeds and also received offers from the University of Exeter, Lancaster University and Loughborough University. My siblings attended the University of Exeter and the London School of Economics. The main reason I chose Warwick, for me, being an international student, was the University's global ranking and reputation.

Did you contact the University at all prior to applying?

No. I looked extensively through my network on LinkedIn and Facebook to find people who had attended in order to gain a student perspective.

How did you find the application process?

I applied through the University's online portal. The visa application process was slightly easier as I applied from the UK for a Tier 4 VISA extension from Undergraduate to Postgraduate. However, I would recommend applying early so you can begin processing your VISA application early in case there are any unforeseen circumstances out of your control (e.g. Economic situation in Zimbabwe)

What were your first impressions of campus?

My first impressions were really good, it is a real community at Warwick and the students and staff are always on hand to advise on accommodation, day-to-day living and any other tips.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

I am not a member of any society as I am often really busy with studies. However, Warwick is brilliant in that they offer "Rock Up" sessions for all sports which mean you are able to attend sessions at flexible times without having to really commit to a society as such.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

I hope to gain some relevant work experience in the UK for 3 to 5 years, before returning home to Zimbabwe.

What makes you happiest about being a student at Warwick?

The sense of community created by having a beautiful campus that is separated from the day-to-day activities of the city centre.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying at Warwick?

I would tell them to, if possible, visit the campus and the potential accommodation they are considering to stay in. However, I know this is not always feasible if you are applying from Zimbabwe so I would suggest finding someone within your network that has attended the University in order to gain a real student's perspective on what to expect.