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Student Profile: Giacomo Bottoli

Course: GB

BSc Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Study Dates:

2018 - 2021

How did you find out about Warwick?

During my gap year I have been working as aupair in Oxford. It is here, where I met two teachers who advised me to apply to Warwick because of its reputation and the quality of teaching.

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

I never wanted to do university in Italy because my desire was to have abroad experiences and discover new cultures since the beginning of my University journey. Most of my friends are studying at the Polytechnic of Turin right now. While applying through the UCAS system I chose Oxford University, LSE, Bath University, Edinburgh University and of course Warwick University.

The course itself has been very appealing since the beginning. Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship was a niche course which captured my attention the very first time I visited the university's website. Then I came to know about the incredibly strong collaboration between the university and some of the most known industries; I knew this would have been very helpful in order to get a job, once graduated.

Did you contact the department prior to application?

Yes! I contacted the Warwick Business School department because it was there where I wanted to go and do my Bachelor; I was pretty sure about this. Needless to say, they have been professional and very helpful in answering me.

How did you find the application process?

I applied through the UCAS system as I mentioned before. I remember filling the application quite easily because helped by one of my friend who enrolled a UK university the year before. I have to thanks her for this.

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

It was wonderful! I loved the campus since the very first day. Furthermore, this year was the first time the university had a welcome week where there was no lectures and no seminars. This has definitely helped me to feel less stressed and allowed me to relate with flatmates and course mates form the very beginning. I remember thinking: "this campus is huge and so modern!".

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The campus and people working there (course mates and flatmates included), and of course all the societies and sports clubs.

What is the worst thing about Warwick?

The weather.

How have you found your accommodation?

I luckily ended up in Bluebell. It is an on campus accommodation. I am very satisfied with it and cleaners are always very kind.

Have you joined any clubs/societies?

Yes! I am currently member of the Warwick Trading Society. During the first term, the society launched a trading competition on Exante Trading Platform where each member could have elaborated his/her own strategies of buying and selling stocks to make the biggest profit possible. It was exciting and educational at the same time.

Have you managed to travel at all during your studies?

I am from Italy, and this is my first time near Coventry (last year I was in Oxford). During Christmas Holidays I flew back to Italy to have a family reunion. Otherwise, since the beginning of this academic year I have not travelled yet (except for a day trip in London with my course mates). I definitely want to travel more in the next few months.

What makes you happiest about studying at Warwick?

The campus itself and the nature all around it. It is lovely going walking with your friends during sunny days.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

My aspiration is to start my own business however, I am open to start working for a company during the first year after my graduation. This would allow me to gain work experience and at the same time it would give me a bit of financial stability.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying to Warwick?

Apply now! It could probably result very helpful participate at one of the open days organised by the university. During this occasion you would have the opportunity to visit the campus and ask directly to course directors and students anything you might be interested in.