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What's life like at the University of Warwick?


hispanic_and_italian_claudia_lussana_4.jpgName: Claudia Lussana
Degree: Hispanic and Italian Studies
Home town: Epsom, Surrey
A-levels studied: Spanish, English Literature, History and Fine Art (and French to AS)
Blog: Claudia Lussana

“The University’s reputation as a whole was an instrumental factor when it came to picking Warwick.” Hispanic and Italian Studies student Claudia explains how she came to study at Warwick, and her favourite moments from first year on campus.

How long have you been at Warwick?
One year

How did you apply to Warwick?
I applied to Warwick through UCAS and decided to firm it as my first choice very shortly after receiving my offer.

What’s it like to study at Warwick?
I definitely feel privileged to be studying at a university like Warwick. Not only academically do you feel like you are part of a leading and innovative institution, but we are also very spoilt here in terms of the facilities available to us on campus; everything you need is right here on your doorstep.

There is a multicultural vibe and community feel about the university as a whole, which is something I love. Being part of two relatively small departments also means that I have grown to know everyone on my course and most of the tutors too so there is a really is friendly atmosphere. Even as a first year, I now find that it is almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing someone I know!

What was it like going from studying at A-level to studying for a degree?
I think Warwick is a perfect stepping stone between school and the real world. Especially thanks to the incredible campus we have here; it really does feel like you are part of a community.

The university as a whole is equally very supportive in this transition from studying at A-level to studying for a degree here. The teaching here at Warwick is of an excellent standard. Your lecturers and tutors are experts in their fields and you really get the sense that you are being taught by the best. Every student is also assigned a personal tutor who you will have termly tutorials with and who is there to support you and help you in any way should you need it during your time here.

Why Warwick?
After attending an offer holder’s open day at Warwick, I was definitely a lot closer to making my decision to firm Warwick as my first choice. I found visiting the department itself and meeting current students hugely helpful and reassuring, during what can be quite an overwhelming and confusing period of decision making. Needless to say, the University’s reputation as a whole was also an instrumental factor when it came to picking Warwick.




What have you found most challenging?
The thing I have found most challenging about coming to university is probably learning to balance everything. University itself can be very demanding at times and when you have to also factor in cooking, washing, societies, sport and socialising, it can take a while to figure out a good routine and balance between work and play.

What were your favourite memories of the past year?
I’ve had a few favourite memories over the past year, one of them being a walk to Kenilworth with my flat and a few others from neighbouring flats on our first weekend together. The others have been more recent; now that exams are over, my friends and I have been doing various day trips to nearby places such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick itself, as well as just simple little things like picnics on campus.

Any low points?
General stress, lack of sleep and personal difficulties this year have been the source of some of the lower points of my year. However there is a great support network here at Warwick, whilst my friends and family have also been great.

I found popping home every now and then was a nice way of recharging my batteries and enjoying some home comforts, especially during more stressful periods such as exam season.

Will you be studying overseas as part of your degree?
Yes, as a language student my course is four years long. I have the opportunity to spend either my second or third year abroad and I’ve decided to do my year abroad next year and will be spending the first half of the academic year studying in Santiago, Chile at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. For the second half of my year, I have chosen to study in Siena in Italy at the Università degli Studi di Siena. I leave for Chile in July and will be coming back from Italy the following summer.

What do you plan to do once you’ve completed your degree?
To tell you the truth, at the moment, I don’t really know. I would love to teach English abroad at some point or possibly do postgraduate study. At the moment coming to Warwick has made me realise that university is not just a means to an end but an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and journey which allows you, for the first time, to really discover and develop your interests, whilst offering you the freedom to study and research exactly what it is that you are interested in.

What do you do when you’re not studying?
As a member of Art Society, I do life drawing once a week. I also started doing a bit of salsa in my first term of university and use the gym here on campus on a daily basis.

Who have you met whilst you’re here?
I have met some incredible people since coming here; I have made friends that I honestly feel as if I’ve known for years. Being such a multicultural and diverse university, I have also met a lot of international students who I hope to stay in touch with and some of whom I am planning to meet up with again and visit during my year abroad.

What’s your favourite spot on campus?
I would have to say one of my favourite spots on campus is by the lake which runs in front of Tocil woods, just behind the Bluebell halls of residence. It is very tranquil and is a perfect place to walk or run all year round. Or you could simply read a book amongst the ducks and geese who also seem to enjoy that spot.