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Student Profile: Greg Handrianto

I feel that there is a strong sense of community at the university even though there are over 27,000 students. The fact that it is a campus university means that you run into familiar faces all the time on campus. It creates a perfect atmosphere to develop friendships that last even beyond university.

Discover Greg's journey at Warwick and what led them to apply for International Management.

How did you find out about Warwick?

I decided to apply to Warwick as it was ranked exceptionally high in the Guardian’s University League Tables in 2020, placing 5th in the Business, Management, & Marketing subject area. Furthermore, my counsellor at school also recommended the university for me as he said that the business school is very strong academically, has good facilities, and is one of the most targeted business schools by employers.

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

As a campus university rather than a city university, I was drawn into the fact that every facility and every student was in one location rather than scattered throughout a city. This means that I would be able to meet and network with students from different areas of study in one convenient location rather than just people from the same course. Furthermore, the campus at Warwick looked extremely beautiful in the promotional materials and YouTube videos that students have made in the past. I was also impressed by the fact that Warwick was able to rank so highly in the Guardian University League Tables and QS World Rankings despite the fact that the university is much younger than most other universities with similar rankings. This rapid improvement signalled to me that the university is constantly improving in its teaching quality & research instead of staying stagnant. Furthermore, it also indicated that a Warwick degree would be even more valuable in the future as Warwick continues to improve year-to-year.

How did you feel to be awarded a scholarship?

Being awarded a scholarship from one of the top universities in the UK is a feeling like no other. For me, it was a culmination of years of hard work and dedication in building my profile. To be recognized by an institution at the calibre of Warwick felt extremely amazing, and I am grateful that the scholarships team awarded me the scholarship. To be studying at Warwick in itself would be an achievement but studying at Warwick with a scholarship feels special.

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

I remember this moment very vividly; I was sitting down with my mom watching TV when I told her the news. We were undoubtedly ecstatic and celebrated profusely. I was glad that my hard work during my studies and extracurricular activities were finally paying off, and I was being recognized by an institution as prestigious as Warwick.

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

No, I did all these steps myself. I did not find any difficulties in doing any of these things at all. My school actively discourages students from using agents as they say that it is quite unnecessary and usually is in the service of the agents themselves, not the students. Through my experience, I would say that my school’s advice is broadly true, and I would not recommend using agents either.

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

For a new student walking the campus for the first time, the campus is extremely impressive as it is enormous. There are lots of spaces to hang out, meet friends, or study. Furthermore, there are many remarkable buildings on campus, such as the WBS building and the Sports & Wellness Hub. I was also impressed by the fact that a lot of these facilities are relatively new were opened only a few years ago. This also supports the fact that Warwick is constantly improving academically and in terms of the student experience.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

Other than the impressive facilities, I would say that the best thing about Warwick has been the students on campus. All the students I have interacted with so far have been pleasant and welcoming to me. I feel that there is a strong sense of community at the university even though there are over 27,000 students. The fact that it is a campus university means that you run into familiar faces all the time on campus. It creates a perfect atmosphere to develop friendships that last even beyond university.

What is the worst thing?

I would say that my experience here so far has been overwhelmingly positive. However, as I live off-campus in Coventry City Centre, the distance from campus to my accommodation is a little far. As most second and third-year students live in Leamington Spa, the distances would be even farther for the people living there. As a result of this, I would recommend making your trip to campus early.

How is your accommodation?

My accommodation is extremely impressive aesthetically and provides all the facilities I will need during my studies. I have found Coventry to be much better than I expected with many restaurants and entertainment venues, so there is plenty to do here. Furthermore, Birmingham & London is a relatively short train ride away, so there is always that option for weekend trips.

Are you a member of any societies?

I have had the pleasure of being accepted to the Warwick ASEAN conference as part of their operations team for the 2021-2022 period. I’m looking forward to ensuring that the conference runs smoothly and is beneficial for the people that will attend the conference.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I am looking forward to applying concepts that I learned during my time in university into practice and securing the future of my family’s business. So far, the content from the modules that I take is very relevant to a business' daily operations, and I am looking forward to applying those concepts to the real world.

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

When applying for the Global Excellence scholarship, I think it’s extremely important to read the scholarship details and essay prompts in order to get a better understanding of what the scholarship team is looking for when awarding scholarships. It’s crucial always to look at the Global Excellence web page when writing and editing your essay and ensure that your essay contains details about the relevant details that the scholarships team is looking to know from applicants. As this is a scholarship for international students, it is important to note that this is a scholarship for international students, meaning that this scholarship intends to increase the diversity on campus by making it financially easier for international students to study here. As a result of this, it is essential to highlight details relating to international-mindedness and experiences that relate to meeting and working with people from all over the world.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

Warwick’s existing students are very friendly and welcoming to new students. Furthermore, there are people from all over the world here, so it creates a perfect environment to network with future global leaders. Combined with the fact that Warwick is a campus-based university, it is conducive to building beneficial relationships well into the professional field.

Greg's course:

BSc International Management our four year course is designed to equip you with a broad knowledge of business and management and the knowledge and employability skills for a successful career in global business.

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