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Student Profile: Ashvini Wijayapala

Summer programs open to first year Life Sciences students are often difficult to find and I appreciate Warwick's initiative to provide these opportunities from year 1.

Discover Ashvini's journey at Warwick and what led them to apply for the MBio Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement.

How did you find out about Warwick?

I initially heard about Warwick through their website and was interested in applying to the course because it offered an industrial placement. My school counselor then introduced me to a university representative who gave me more information on the university, course and funding opportunities for international students.

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

One of the main reasons I chose Warwick was because of its focus on employability and life after graduation.Additionally programs like URSS and iGem also drew my attention as summer programs open to first year Life Sciences students are often difficult to find and I appreciate Warwick's initiative to provide these opportunities from year 1. I was also impressed by the diversity on campus as well as the range of sports clubs and societies on offer.

How did you feel to be awarded a scholarship?

I was so happy when I heard the news and extremely grateful as well.

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

My parents of course, they where overjoyed.

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

It took me around a week to finalize my answers to the scholarship application. I mostly tried to stick to the prompts, I had written quite a few application essays by then so I knew what kind of direction I wanted my answers to take. I had a few family members proofread the answers before I submitted them.

As with the visa application I filled out most of it myself with some help from my parents.

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

Firstly the campus was much larger than I expected. I love how open the campus is and also how green it is.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The people you meet and the range of opportunities available to you. There's always something to do.

What is the worst thing about Warwick?

The amount of online teaching, it's a bit disappointing that they insisted we be on campus for term one when majority of the course would be delivered online. I would love to have in-person lectures or seminars in term 2.

How is your accommodation?

I live on campus in Rootes and so far I've been loving my accommodation mostly because of all the wonderful people I've met.

Are you a member of any societies?

I'm part of the Classical and Modern Dance and Latin and ballroom sports clubs. So far I've been taking dance classes regularly and hope to compete and perform with them in November. I'm also part of the Sri Lankan society and Biosoc.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I hope to get involved in scientific research, possibly getting some work experience in industry before moving on to earn a PhD.

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

Make your application unique to you and essentially try to think of what you can contribute to the school and what makes you the ideal candidate.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

The diversity of the student body and the community.

Ashvini's course:

MBio Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement is focused on understanding the biological basis of human health and disease, and is one of four degree courses taught by the School of Life Sciences. This course will appeal to those who are interested in how the human body works and how it can go wrong, as well as infectious diseases and the microorganisms that cause them. Our four-year MBio gives you the opportunity to undertake an extended final-year research project in industry.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)Link opens in a new window.

Find out more about the MBio Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement course