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Student Profile: Amalia Thomas


BASc Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development

Study Dates:

2018 - 2021

How did you find out about Warwick?

I first heard about Warwick via a liaison officer who came to my school to represent Warwick University and show what it had to offer. They gave us an engaging presentation about the university as a whole, before discussing specific courses. This is where I first became aware of the Global Sustainable Development course, which I am currently studying.

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

I also considered studying at Sussex as they had a really good international development course, along with Durham and Exeter. Coming from an international school system meant that my friends ended up studying all over the place, ranging from Caltech in California, to Brown university in Rhode Island, to even Monash in Melbourne along with a few in the UK.

I decided to choose Warwick University based on the uniqueness of the course and due to the overall feel of the university. Going to an open day really allowed me to get a sense of how welcoming and active Warwick university is. There are so many opportunities to immerse yourself into all the different sports and societies. Since it's a campus university, it also has everything you need within walking distance.

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

It was quite nice that they didn't have everyone move in on the same day so we were able to arrive when it was still quite quiet and there was no real rush. So we were able to settle in at our own pace and look forward to interacting with people the next day. We had a very busy schedule with plenty of opportunities to discover what the university had to offer, as well as to sign up to various societies and events.

What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?

The people, the professors' enthusiasm, how accommodating Warwick is for Freshers, and the opportunities the University offers for networking.

What is the worst thing?

The worst thing is probably the culture shock that you don't expect to have. Life in the UK is quite different to life in the US in ways you wouldn't expect. It's not a bad thing, just not a hurdle you'd expect to come across since it's not like there's a language barrier or anything like that.

How is your accommodation?

I was placed in on-campus accommodation in Sherbourne and I really like it. There are times where I'd appreciate being closer to central campus but I can't deny that the 15 minute walk to class in the morning does a lot of good. The rooms are spacious, the kitchens are never too busy even though you share with 12 people and you can really make it into a place you can call home.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

I am a member of a few societies. The Good Food Society which takes you to different restaurants, and sports such as Mixed Netball which are both great ways to socialise in a chilled environment.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

In the future I hope to be able to apply my degree in the field of International relations and foreign policy, working for the civil service or the UN.

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

One of the things that makes me happy about Warwick is the people I've been fortunate enough to meet from various backgrounds and walks of life. This contributes to Warwick's sense of diversity. Even though it is hard being so far away from home, the people I have met, have been there to support me as I've settled into life at Warwick, which has made the transition a lot easier.

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

If I were to give advice to a student considering studying at Warwick I'd tell them to get in touch with their Liaison Officer. So for me, mine was the North America Representative and they'll be able to answer all the general questions that you might have. Also it would be useful to get in touch with the department you are considering studying with. Overall, you should never be afraid to ask questions. At the end of the day you need to go to a University that best suits you and your interests, and the only way you'll discover that is to inquire.