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Student Profile: Anfisa Semenova

I liked the feeling of campus being a little student town where everyone is a student and therefore, similar in a way and where anyone can be your friend.

Discover Anfisa's journey at Warwick and what led them to apply for the BA Film Studies.

How did you find out about Warwick?

I've first heard about Warwick from a few friends that were studying here before me. But later and specifically for my course, I've also heard that Warwick is ranked number one in the UK for Film and saw the ratings online.

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

Firstly, I chose Warwick because of its overall good ranking in the UK and most importantly for my course, as it is number one. However, another big factor was all the good reviews I heard about this university from my friends that went here about the general atmosphere and life here at Warwick. Apart from the academics, wellbeing and social life are also very important to me and Warwick has a good combination of everything. I was sure that Warwick will provide me with a full and well-rounded university experience.

How did you feel to be awarded a scholarship?

I felt very proud of myself. I knew for sure that I had the skills and the mindset to study and be successful at Warwick.

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

The first people to find out were my parents. They were very proud of me and were really happy that I got the scholarship.

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

I applied to Warwick through UCAS and I had help from my older sister who previously went to university in the UK. She helped me make sure my application was correct and she read over my personal statement and made some suggestions. I applied for this scholarship online and I gave my application to my mother to read, but I didn't have any help. There weren't any difficulties with my visa application, only that it is a long process and quite expensive. But everything went smoothly with the application and upon my arrival in the UK.

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

It felt very lively. I was impressed by the amount of places there are for students. There are all sorts of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops all around campus and in different buildings. I liked the feeling of campus being a little student town where everyone is a student and therefore, similar in a way and where anyone can be your friend. My favourite place on campus is the Piazza and my room.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The best thing about Warwick is the encouragement from the university to do your best, which is reflected in many things. For example, there are many options for places where you can go to study apart from your department building (which I find especially helpful in COVID times when we already spend so much time in the same place at home). All the campus facilities are new and work well. Another thing is the help from staff. Everyone in the department is ready to help you with any kind of issue that you might have. Lastly, the inclusiveness of the community which supports your wellbeing. I think all of these things contribute to me taking the most out the opportunity to study at Warwick and succeeding by not only being a good student but also growing as an individual. Warwick encourages you to do both.

What is the worst thing?

I hate how cold it is here at Warwick and that the weather is often bad.

How is your accommodation?

My accommodation is on campus, Bluebell. I absolutely love it. It is better than I imagined it to be before arriving here and surprisingly it feels like home for me. I feel really relaxed and at peace in my accommodation.

Are you a member of any societies?

I am a member of the Warwick Drama, Tennis and Snowsports societies. I regularly go to socials with all of these societies. I also play tennis twice a week with the team and I am soon auditioning for the Freshers' play with the drama society.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I would love to work in the TV industry producing/managing shows or as a news anchor.

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

I'd advise them to think outside the box. Scholarships aren't just about academics and I think that Warwick is looking for student that can bring different things to the table.

What one thing about Warwick makes you happy?

It's very hard to choose one but if I had to, I'd say the campus. I feel at home here and I love the atmosphere.

Anfisa's course:

BA Film Studies at Warwick covers the foundations of film and television theory, analysis and interpretation, and history. From this foundation, you will develop your understanding of national and historic film cultures. Gain a close-up view of the diversity of film and television culture, and explore how the moving image relates to history, politics, philosophy, sociology, the visual arts, drama and literature.

Find out more about the BA Film Studies course at Warwick