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Student Profile: Connor Neo

I have met so many people from around the world here and it's an amazing feeling to be able to talk to peers and seniors without feeling excluded in any way.

Discover Connor's journey at Warwick and what led them to apply for the LLB Law.

How did you find out about Warwick?

I heard about Warwick through my friends and family. My brother is actually currently studying at Warwick as a third and final year undergraduate student in the Accounting and Finance course. I also noticed Warwick come up as a popular university for Malaysian students due to its large Malaysian community.

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

I chose Warwick because I heard about Warwick's excellent teaching quality and welcoming community. Having a family member in Warwick gave me the opportunity to have a good idea of how university life in Warwick would be like and I really liked how Warwick sounded; stellar academics, a wide range of facilities, a conducive environment for studying, diverse community and manageable living costs compared to a bigger city, what's not to like? To add on, I have to say Warwick has met and exceeded my expectations, it truly is a pleasure to be able to study here.

How did you feel to be awarded a scholarship?

It feels fantastic! Coming from Malaysia, a country with a comparatively lower-valued currency, it is very expensive to be able to study overseas in the UK so I'm eternally grateful for the scholarship award.

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

I told my parents. They were absolutely ecstatic.

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

I applied online via the Warwick website. No one helped me with the application form. The instructions were straightforward and it was simple enough to apply. I also applied for the visa myself. In terms of the application process, there were no problems per se. However, Malaysia was in the midst of a total lockdown due to Covid-19 and like many others applying, I was very worried because the VFS Visa Centre in Kuala Lumpur was only partially operational with limited slots available. Many applicants were having very long waiting periods for their visas to be approved and their passports to be sent back to them. Luckily, VFS was able to open another centre to help with the applications and the whole process sped up. I was also happy to note that Warwick offered international students the option of arriving at later dates due to visa difficulties.

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

I thought the campus was absolutely incredible. It is the biggest campus that I've ever seen in my life and I was amazed at the beautiful landscape. Lots of greenery and lots of facilities everywhere. It really gave off a good vibe.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

I think the best thing about Warwick is its inclusivity. I have met so many people from around the world here and it's an amazing feeling to be able to talk to peers and seniors without feeling excluded in any way. The tutors and lecturers in my course have been really friendly and engaging as well.

What is the worst thing?

I don't think this is by any means Warwick's fault but the weather around here is not the greatest especially to someone from a tropical country without seasons. The high number of people walking around without masks is quite concerning but I think I'll get used to it. I'm just nitpicking here, however, basically no complaints.

How is your accommodation?

I'm staying off-campus. The accommodation has been very good, it felt like home in no time at all.

Are you a member of any societies?

I'm a member of the Warwick Law Society and the Warwick Malaysian Society. I've signed up as a mentee in the Law Society's mentorship programme and as a participant in their first-year mooting competition. For the Malaysian Society, I've attended some social events and signed up for their Family System. Both have been wonderful experiences so far.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I hope to be able to practice as a barrister specialising in corporate law.

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

Just apply! It's a chance for you to demonstrate your writing skills as the application requires you to write a few essays answering certain questions about yourself and your plans. It's also a chance for you to have a clearer picture of what you plan to do when you go into university. Plus, if you do get it, you get a fee discount which is always welcome :)

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

The overall welcoming and inclusive experience at campus.

Connor's course:

LLB Law enables you to develop an in-depth understanding of the technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, and a critical awareness of the role law can play in contemporary society. Warwick Law School is renowned for its high-quality research and draws on this expertise in its teaching. The School emphasises a contextual approach to, and international and comparative perspectives on, the study of law.

Find out more about LLB Law