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Argentina - Leon Valido

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International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Subject:

Business and Economics

How did you find out about Warwick?

An organisation that supported me provided me with a list of possible universities to apply to. Warwick was among them.

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

Most of my friends and relatives studied in Rosario, close to my hometown in Argentina. However, I also considered studying in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, what I did for six months before coming to Warwick, in fact. In the UK, my other options were Oxford, Durham, Exeter, Bath and Surrey. I chose Warwick because it offers the best IFP in the UK, and the UK has one of the best education systems in the world.

How was your arrival? What were your first impressions of the University?

The first two weeks, I struggled to communicate a little bit. I could not understand people properly and I was a bit shy while speaking. However, after the first month, those difficulties were gone. The first highlights were always related to the cultural and social differences compared to Argentina. People here are more ambitious and hard-working, although more individualistic.

What is the best thing about Warwick?

The best thing about Warwick is the great range of activities and opportunities that it provides. From attending networking events with the top investment banks to playing underwater hockey, you can always find something you are passionate about.

What are your impressions of your accommodation?

My accommodation is Cryfield, on campus. It is a good accommodation for the price I am paying. I really like the fact that we share the kitchen with many people, what allows us to socialise and enjoy activities with a lot of people from different backgrounds.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

I joined the Handball Team, training every Sunday and having the possibility to play friendly matches. I am a fresher representative of the Warwick Trading Society, and I helped to plan and organise interesting events for the student community.

Have you travelled at all during your studies?

Yes, I traveled to Madrid for a weekend to watch a football match (Boca Juniors vs River Plate). After that, I went to Edinburgh to spend Christmas there with a friend. In addition, I went several times to London and Birmingham with some friends.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I want to work in different countries in Europe for some years. Later on, I would like to help my country by holding an influential position in the government or a large company.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

How quickly I am developing into a better person in every aspect: academic, physical, social and moral. I can feel how much I am growing up and that is really exciting.

If you were giving advice to a study considering studying here, what advice would you give them?

If you have the opportunity to come, do it. You wouldn't be able to imagine the positive changes and incredible moments that you can experience here.