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USA - Brittany Walker

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MBA

How did you find out about Warwick?

I first learned about Warwick when I attended the QS World MBA Tour in New York. I met with the recruitment team at the fair and after the event starting doing my own research into the school and MBA program.

Did you consider applying anywhere else?

Warwick was actually the first school I applied to (I applied first round) and I accepted the offer before applying to other schools based on my interactions with the recruiting and admissions team, the programme structure, and school rankings. The other schools I had anticipated on applying to were Imperial, Oxford, NYU, and Chicago Booth.

What made you choose Warwick?

The key factor that set Warwick apart for me was the warmth and support I received during the recruitment process from the entire team that I worked with. When interviewing with Angela Chapman, I felt that she not only understood what I wanted to gain from an MBA program, she also understood what I was leaving behind and the weight of the decision. She asked questions that I hadn’t yet asked myself and made me feel that Warwick truly cared that the programme was the right fit for me and that I would be gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve my future career goals. Knowing that this year was going to include a great deal of personal growth and intensive work, I really valued the feeling that I had a supportive and enthusiastic team behind me from the very beginning.

Did you contact the department directly prior to applying?

After my initial introduction to Warwick Business School at the QS MBA World Tour, I contacted the recruitment team to schedule a tour of the campus during my upcoming trip to the UK. This started the conversation of fast tracking my application to make it possible to schedule an in-person interview while I was in London.

How did you find the visa application process?

It was a straightforward process, I made sure all of the requested paperwork was organized to prevent any delays.

What is the best thing about studying at Warwick?

The people; both my cohort and the staff and professors at the business school all encompass the core values of Warwick Business School: curiosity, openness, restlessness, and excellence.

What is the worst thing?

Moving from Manhattan to Coventry, the biggest adjustment for me has been the change of pace. While it's a welcome change and allows me to focus on my studies, at times I miss the convenience and liveliness of a big city. Luckily, both London and Birmingham are just a quick train ride away if I want to spend the day in the city!

How have you found your accommodation?

I'm living off-campus, in City Village near the City Centre in Coventry. The building is new with nice amenities (game room, theater room, gym, conference rooms) and my studio is a nice size. I would like to be a little closer to the university, but there are two bus stops nearby and the train station is also extremely close which is convenient for traveling to London or Birmingham.

Have you joined any clubs or societies?

Warwick Women’s Professional Network Committee; it’s such a unique opportunity for me to act as the MBA representative on a committee of professional women of whom I can learn so much from and who have welcomed me into their network of empowered and supportive women. As part of this committee I have the opportunity to help shape our community of Warwick women and curate conversations around current matters.

Warwick Consulting Society; this society holds a number of networking events on campus that are beneficial to students that are interested in a career in consulting. Events that I've attended include Presentations, Resume/CV reviews, Coffee Chats, and Panels.

Have you managed to travel at all during your studies?

I've traveled quite a bit throughout the UK and Europe and plan to do more traveling throughout the remainder of the year. There are so many options for affordable travel that it's absolutely something I want to take advantage of during my time in the UK. In term 1, I took the train to Amsterdam, flew to Portugal, and drove to Wales!

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

After graduation I hope to begin a career in Strategy Consulting, but am unsure if that will be in the UK or the US. One of my criteria when reviewing companies is opportunities for placement abroad, so that I can have flexibility in the future.

What makes you happiest about studying at Warwick?

At Warwick, there are endless opportunities to become involved and engage in activities outside of your studies. Prior to moving here to pursue my MBA, I didn't have a healthy work/life balance. Its very refreshing during my time at Warwick to have the opportunity to reconnect with the things that make me happy outside of my studies.

What advice would you give to anyone considering applying?

1. Do your research.
2. Reach out to current students in the program that you are interested in to get firsthand views of the program.
3. Take a tour or attend an open day to get a feel of the campus.