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Student Profile: August Leo Liljenberg

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BA/BSc Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

How did you find out about Warwick?

I heard about Warwick via looking at university league table rankings for politics degrees in the UK.

Did you consider applying anywhere else?

As an EU student, I was inclined to study in Scotland at first for fee purposes, applying to Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews. I also applied to Cambridge. I attended an international school in Denmark (though I am also Danish myself), where most of my friends went on to study in Denmark rather than abroad. Those of my friends that did study in the UK went to Royal Holloway, Imperial, LSE, Stirling, and Edinburgh.

What made you choose Warwick?

I chose Warwick primarily for its academic prestige; it constantly was in the league table top 10 universities for politics and had a high level of recognition abroad. Furthermore, when I visited Warwick during the Open Day I was drawn to the strong sense of community created by the university being campus-based. Having grocery stores, banks, travel agents, bookshops, and cafes/restaurants all within a ten-minute walk from accommodation was really attractive for me. I think it's important to search for a strong community feel when considering universities abroad - moving to an entirely new country on your own can be an intimidating task. Lastly, Warwick's title of the university in the UK with the most student societies was a large factor in making my decision.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

I am a member of the Politics Society, PPE society, United Nations Society, and the University of Warwick Conservative Association. I've attended talks from the likes of Peter Hitchens, Anne Soubry, Kehinde Andrews, the Deputy Ambassador of the United States, and others. Furthermore, I've attended Warwick's very own Model United Nations crisis conference - Europe's largest - where I represented Kazakhstan's Minister of War in a fictional future global crisis. Social events by societies are where Warwick shines - no matter what day it is there will always be a society having an event that you can attend.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The best thing about Warwick is the student support services. I feel like there is always a university staff member that can assist you in any problems you have, whenever needed. That and the strong sense of community creates an environment where one feels comfortable, making it easier to focus on one's academics.

Have you managed to travel at all during your studies?

I have travelled extensively in the UK and Europe.

What one thing makes you happiest about being a University of Warwick student?

The one thing that makes me happy about Warwick is the diversity of its students, not just in ethnicity, religion, and nationality, but in personality, opinions, and life experiences. This means that no matter who you are, you will always find like-minded people if you want comfort and security, and in contrast, you will always find vastly different, interesting individuals that will expand your worldview just that little bit more.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

I hope to pursue a career in journalism.

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

I would strongly advise them to attend the Open Day in October, and furthermore make the most out of the information provided there too. Whether you're the type that wants to solely focus on your academics or want a combination of societies, high academic standards, and a great social life, Warwick has it all. If you have a friend at Warwick ask to visit them at the university to get a real feel for how day-to-day life looks like. Lastly, work hard for high-school exams, developing a study method that will aid you in your first year of university, Warwick is an academically demanding university that expects a lot of its students.