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Student Profile: Isabella Jeong

The best thing about Warwick is that it is academia-focused and competitive enough to keep you motivated.

Discover Isabella's journey at Warwick and what led her to apply for the BA English Literature.

How did you find out about Warwick?

I first heard about Warwick when I was looking at league tables. This was when I had just started researching which universities I would apply to.

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

It was quite a difficult decision to make, since all the UK universities I had applied to held pretty much equal levels of academic prestige. Warwick's immensely diverse student body in comparison to the other four universities was the deciding factor.

How did you feel to be awarded a scholarship?

I was shocked initially, because I had not expected it at all. I was ecstatic to have my academic potential recognized by one of the most prestigious universities in the UK.

Who was the first person you told when you received the news about your scholarship and how did they react?

My mother was the first person I told. She seemed even more excited than I was.

How did you apply and did anyone help you with your application form and visa application?

I applied when I was contacted by Warwick via email. I prepared for the application on my own. This was because I had already graduated from high school by this point, and so I did not have any college counselors who would actively supervise my scholarship essays. I did have a counselor who generously supervised my UCAS application even after graduation.

I experienced some difficulties with my visa application when some visa centres were shut down due to COVID.

What was your first impression of Warwick when you first walked around the campus?

I noticed that Warwick seemed very modern and diverse. I was quite pleased with this, as the university seemed to align with what I envisioned my ideal academic environment to be like.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The best thing about Warwick is that it is academia-focused and competitive enough to keep you motivated.

What is the worst thing about Warwick?

The worst thing about Warwick is that it is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Even though I personally do not mind, I can understand why one may be hesitant to choose Warwick as it means that some things (like Halal food) are limited or barely accessible.

What are you first impressions of your accommodation?

I am staying at Tocil, an on-campus accommodation, for my first year of university. It's decent. One thing I really like about it is that it is in central campus, so it is quite easy to access the university buildings without having to walk far.

Are you a member of any societies?

I have signed up to a couple of societies - the literature society, the writing society, the cocktail society and the coding society. I have attended some of the events, but I have not been actively involved in any of them yet.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I hope to continue studying literature by pursuing a postgraduate degree.

What would you say to someone considering applying for an Undergraduate Global Excellence scholarship at Warwick, what would it be?

I would probably advise them to express themselves as much as possible when writing up their responses for the scholarship questionnaire. It would be best to make each response personal and unique.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

I was very lucky to have met my flatmates. They all hold a special place in my heart, and I am grateful to be a part of their university lives.

Isabella's course:

BA English Literature will spark your passion for reading and writing, and develop your intellectual, political, and creative responses to literature and the world. As your understanding of literature and yourself is transformed, you will be prepared for an array of careers that value strong communication skills and critical thinking.

Find out more about BA English Literature