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Hungary - Virág Bélavári

Course:Virag

BA Liberal Arts

How did you find out about Warwick?

Online, when I was looking for good UK universities that offered my course.

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

UCL, Birmingham, Amsterdam University College, ELTE (in Hungary). Two of my friends are studying here, many stayed in Hungary, and some went to Denmark, Germany and the US. I chose Warwick because I liked the way the Liberal Arts course is structured here, I liked that it is close to nature and is a campus university, I liked that there are a lot of international students at Warwick, and also because it was in the top 10 in the UK.

Did you contact the department prior to applying?

Yes, I had a phone call with a student whose contact number I got from an email after my offer letter, if I remember well. I think I also also contacted my department (School for Cross-faculty studies) through email.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

I have been the Fundraising officer of Warwick UNICEF on Campus, I have organised several events, e.g. open mic night and a 24 hours charity fast. I think we were a quite effective team and a nice community. I also play in the Wind Orchestra, dance in Classical and Modern dances, and for next year, I will be the Careers Director for Warwick International Development Society.

What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?

I really appreciate the enthusiasm of the staff on my course, they require quality work which is of course hard, but they also make sure we're confident and they're there to help.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I don't have my plans set in stone, but working for a human rights organisation, or a larger NGO like UNICEF would be nice. I can also imagine myself in a think thank related to education policy or sustainability.

What makes you the happiest about being a student at Warwick?

Challenge. I'm still curious where my degree will take me intellectually, in a career sense and as a person.

What advice would you give to someone considering Warwick?

Prepare for the fact that in the first year you'll spend a lot of your time on campus. It's nice to see familiar faces anywhere you go, but maybe also plan some trips with friends. Be open for opportunities: maybe there's a talk somewhere in the afternoon that sounds slightly interesting and later turns out to be an experience that determined your career!