Andres and Jeehyun are current University of Warwick undergraduates who have joined Elite IB as summer interns. As high achieving IB graduates and current first year students they have lots to say about the university experience…
Andres – Law & Business Student, Warwick
Being a first year student at Warwick means that you are more likely to be woken up by the quack of geese than by your own alarm. It does not feel right – you are in one of the best universities in the country, but you feel like you live on a farm. I guess that’s the cost of living on campus. If it’s a weekday, chances are you haven’t slept much after a fun night out. You still don’t understand why everybody goes out to Kasbah on a Monday or Smack on a Tuesday… What’s wrong with Saturday nights out? You pull yourself out of bed and go to your lecture or seminar.
Walking around campus is a nice stroll, but you are late and don’t have time for that. You run to your lecture hall, either just in time or five minutes late, and try to keep up with the fast-talking lecturer. If you are in a business module, you start considering learning French so you can understand your coursemates. If you are in a law module, you get surprised by the number of students taking handwritten notes in the age of technology.
Now, your timetable varies every day. Some days you will have back-to-back lectures, other days you will just have one seminar. If you have an hour or so between lectures, you either go back to your room or hang out with your friends at one of the several pubs and cafés on campus… or the library, where many people enjoy hanging out and making sure those who need to study can’t concentrate.
That’s pretty much the whole routine, though you might endure through the occasional laundry day or the walking trip to Tesco. As night falls, you will either have a quiet night of Netflix or go out with your friends… and before you realise, the geese are waking you up to start a new day.
Jee – a Law student, Warwick
As a first year, I had most of my lectures in the morning which forced me to wake up early. I would shower (if I wake up early enough), get ready, and head to the lecture theatre or seminar room with my flatmate who also studies law. Some days I just don’t have enough sleep because I went to bed way too late the night before, and I take a short nap once I’m back.
Lunch can be dreadful if you didn’t do your grocery shopping properly, but I’m usually able to pull it off with pasta and some vegetables. If you have nothing whatsoever, there’s a sandwich shop with prices from £2.70 that makes great lunches. If you’re lucky you might also catch the food market with a diverse range of meals.
Afternoons are filled with preparations for seminars and readings for lectures. Warwick offers study spaces from the library and the Oculus building to the Learning Grids, which are all a bit different. A large amount of my day is also filled with chatting with my friends and hanging out, going to cafes or just chilling in our bedrooms. This usually happens in the evening when everyone’s back from lectures and have finished their work.
Once the sun properly sets, we grab a couple drinks. It’s only smart to do this when you don’t have early morning classes the next day, as you’ll definitely regret it in the morning. Nights out aren’t for everyone, but they certainly can be a fun way to release stress and spend time with your friends.
Every student will have different experiences, even if we all go to the same university or study the same subject. There’s nothing you have to do (other than doing your work), so find what you like and fill your day with it. You’ll be able to enjoy university no matter what type of person you are.