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Even though I am heading back up to Warwick this afternoon as a group leader for the Year 12 Sutton Trust summer school, to all inents and purposes, my time at Warwick has come to an end. Last Monday, I finally made it across the Butterworth Hall stage and graduated! Although a sweltering July day was not the ideal time to be swathed in a robe and mortar board, it was a fun way to mark the end of my time at Warwick and catch up with friends from my course. Here are a few snaps from the day:



HistPol year abroad survivors graduate...

Then it was back up to Warwick on Friday to gatecrash the languages graduation of my other four flatmates:


And so, I'm no longer a student but an alumni of Warwick and it comes time for me to write my final blogpost. I've been doing these since the end of my first year and so they provide a nostalgic record of my time both here and at Monash as well as reminding me of all the amazing opportunities I've had over the last four years. Even though I'm spending my next five weeks on Warwick programmes, at the summer school and then a month at the Laksh project in India, my time as the History blogger has come to an end. So, thanks for reading and best of luck!

Last week I closed up my room in Claycroft and headed off campus for the last time as a proper Warwick student. The final week was a strange mix of catching up with friends before everyone heads off home and the universally-felt final year stress as we waited for results... Happily though, just before getting on the train I found out I'll be graduating with a first in History and Politics which is a great ending after a few months of incredibly hard work and also a great relief as it secures my funding for next year! Even though Warwick can't quite get rid of me yet, as I'm back next week to work on a summer school, the week after for graduation and the week after that for another summer school, packing up my room and having a read back over my posts from three years of blogging about my university experience has left me with more than just a tinge of nostalgia. So, as I approach the end of my Warwick journey, here's a few of the things Warwick has given me over the past four years, prepare for cliches-abound...

Academically speaking, I've had the chance to study an incredible diversity of subjects, from early American social history, to African politics, to Indian history to political philosophy, my academic horizons have been well and truly stretched and my own political views challenged on more than one occasion. As I'm (embarrassingly) quoted on the history page of the prospectus, this is far beyond anything I did at A-level. I was also lucky to end up doing a dissertation on a topic I found really interesting. So on the degree front, tick.

When I first came to uni, a year abroad wasn't something I'd ever imagined myself doing. So it's perhaps a testament to the confidence I gained during my time here that I found myself on a plane to Australia at the end of second year. As cliched as it sounds, it genuinely was an unforgettable year of new experiences and amazing memories. And it hasn't ended there in terms of my Warwick global experience - in under a month I'll be off to India as part of the Warwick Laksh programme!

And last but not least, over my four years here I have made some lifelong friends and been fortunate enough to be part of the Warwick bubble, which having spoken to friends at other unis, is pretty unique. There's always been so much to do and get involved with on campus, be that societies, jobs, volunteering opportunities or more... And whilst, as we all graduate, some of my friends may be a train-ride away, some of them are even further afield. I've been lucky enough to make friends from all over the world and even be invited to visit them - cue an incredible trip to Sri Lanka last year (thanks STA for super cheap student flights and Warwick for all those part time jobs...)

So, as cliched as it sounds, even though I'm leaving Warwick, I'll take great friends and memories with me. But it's not time for my final emotional goodbye - pop back from my last ever post when I've hopefully managed to walk across the stage in the Butterworth Hall without falling flat on my face....

The past few weeks have been pretty fun, with everyone having finished exams it's been time to fit in everything we want to do before we leave Warwick. When we were in the depths of dissertation distress back in April, a few of my flatmates and I trawled the internet and booked some super cheap flights to Corfu so with a 4.30am start we headed off for some well deserved sun at the beginning of June...

After only a few hiccups in which we were left on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere by a taxi driver, we found our flat, in a secluded spot up a hill in a tiny village - just what the doctor ordered.

Happy 22nd Emily, corfu style!



After a week of lounging by the pool, hiking around Corfu town and swimming in the most astonishingly blue water on Antipaxos and Paxos islands as well as eating our own body weights in feta cheese, we headed back to Warwick for our final week and a half. The past few days have been pretty hectic with nights out, training for the Laksh project and final farewells.

We headed into Leam yesterday and battled the drizzle on the pedalos for old time's sake...

Two year throwback

Older and wiser, apparently...

We were also shown up for our hula hoop skills by a ten year old at Leamington Peace festival....

And then it was off for dinner with some of the Monash girls - hard to believe it's almost a year since we left!

This week also looks to be hectic with a trip to Cadbury's World today for my chocolate-obsessed flatmate Elliot's birthday, followed by grad ball tomorrow and a crazy few days working UCAS fairs and open days before it's the impending doom of results day and time to head home for a bit.

But Warwick can't keep me away for long, I'll be back for two weeks of summer schools and graduation in July so I can prolong my final farewell that bit longer...

3 hours, 3 essays and 3 answer booklets later, on May 21st I officially finished my degree here at Warwick. It's hard to believe that my four years are rapidly coming to an end and soon it'll be time time to don the gown and mortar board and try not to trip across the stage in the Butterworth Hall! However, I've always really enjoyed the last few weeks of term 3 when without the pressures of work, we're free to try and fit in all the things we don't have time for the rest of the year - and this year is no different as I try and make the most of my final few weeks at Warwick. As I nervously wait for results, here's a few of the things I've been up to so far!

After 3 hours of franctically scrawling on British feminism, I stepped out of exams for the last time (hopefully!) and took the obligatory end of degree photo:

It was tipping it down but I wasn't going to let a bit of drizzle rain on my parade....

Even for a final year, I finished pretty early so a few days later, having caught up on sleep, we celebrated the rest of my flat finishing in style!

Party favours were on sale in tesco, how could we resist?

We treated ourselves to a fancy dinner at Bistrot Pierre in Leamington to celebrate which was only appropriate as minus me, everyone had just finished a French degree followed by cocktails and brunch at Coffee Architects the next day because, well, why not when you have all this free time...

From freshers to finalists, four years of chai lattes.

It was then a flying visit up to Shropshire to celebrate the engagement of my friend Chris who I lived with in first year (madness I know!) and Megan...

Congrats you guys!

...before a quick turnaround and onto a Megabus down to London for a few days of city culture and cafes!

Flat 20 does the V and A museum

I've spent the last few days working for WWS on an A2 intensive revision bootcamp and learning about all things Tudor which should hopefully come in handy when I start my PGCE next year. And earning a few pounds will certainly be welcome next week when I head off to Corfu for a well-deserved week in the sun with my flat! And then it's back to Warwick for my final few weeks with open days, grad ball and lots of people to see before we all head off into the adult world...

With exams fast-approaching (just over two weeks until they're over!), the library has become something of a second home. One of the challenges of this time of year is how to keep up being productive and efficient so I thought I'd share a few of the things that I've found help keep me on track whilst in the library!

The library has a selection of different study areas so find the one that works for you - for me, floor 3 is where it's at.

Make sure to take breaks - I find my mind starts to wander after a couple of hours so meeting some friends for lunch or a coffee is always a good bet (just don't get space hogged!) The library cafe is going to make a fortune out of me over the next few weeks...

But, there is a good money saving tip I've discovered - the cafe will sell you hot water for 40p, down to 30p if you bring your own travel mug and 25p if you pay on eating at Warwick so if you bring your own teabags, your afternoon caffeine needn't break the bank!

I try to work two blocks out of the day - so if I have something on in the morning I'll work in the afternoon and evening or if I do my 9-7 in the library, I'll make sure I take the evening off and do something to relax!

But for now, on with revision!