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Student Profile: Marlene Jacobsen


BASc Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development

Study Dates:

2018 - 2021

How did you find out about Warwick?

I just found the website on the Internet whilst searching for Universities and courses.

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

Kings College, LSE, Lancaster. Some of my friends are at Uni in Germany, but I didn’t consider this option very thoroughly. I chose Warwick because it offers the perfect degree for me: a mix of politics and Global Sustainable Development. I really fell in love with the campus and could imagine myself living and studying here so well. Also Warwick is always ranked high in national and even global rankings.

Did you contact the department prior to applying?

I think I ordered brochures and read through them. Later on, I went to an open day. I looked at PAIS and GSD.

How did you find the application process?

I applied via UCAS, and my mum helped me a lot with that. One of my teachers wrote the reference that was necessary for the application; and my English teacher helped me, as she had a look at my personal statement to check for any grammar mistakes.

How are you funding your studies?

I have got a scholarship from a German foundation called „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“.

How was your arrival? What were your first impressions of campus?

I absolutely loved Warwick from the first time I came here. I really loved the campus and speaking to enthusiastic students and staff.

What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?

Wow that is a difficult question! I love all the people I have met and being able to be involved in so many different activities and going to events. There are so many societies and there‘s always interesting talks on, which I really appreciate. I call Warwick my home now, and it is just a brilliant feeling to walk across campus and feel that I belong here.

What do you think of the accommodation?

I like that there’s a variety of accommodation, with different qualities, locations and price ranges. I appreciate the other accommodations that I have seen. I live in Tocil which I consider perfect for me.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

I am involved in the GSD Society, and I went on a fantastic trip to Copenhagen with them! I am also involved in the Skateboarding society which is important to me because skateboarding is the hobby that is most important to me, and I have found great friends in the society. I am also involved in the Street Dance Society (I am a member of the exec now). The biggest event I participated in with the society was the pizazz dance performance in February.

Have you travelled at all during your studies?

I have travelled a lot have been to most European countries, though I don’t know many Eastern European countries yet, so that’s still on my bucket list. I haven’t travelled much in the UK but I know some places from holidays.

What makes you happiest about being a student at Warwick?

It is a place where I can grow personally (and already have).

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

In the long-run I want to be a journalist. After the graduation I want to travel and do internships. I also consider applying for a traineeship in the European Union. I think I’d like to do a masters (maybe at the university for peace in Costa Rica). Then I want to go to a well-known school for journalism in Germany to start my career.

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

Do it! You’ll love it! But be patient with UCAS. Oh and be aware that people may struggle to pronounce your (German) name, so introduce yourself with the English version of it from the very beginning.