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A finalist’s reflection Comment 

A finalist’s reflection

Sitting here writing my dissertation, the final piece of coursework I will hand in during my time at university, I can’t help but reminisce over the past three years I’ve spent at Warwick. To say it’s been a rollercoaster would be an understatement; whilst I’ve definitely made some of my best memories I have also experienced such disillusion with the system that at times I wondered what even was the point in it all (this wasn’t helped by my 6.5 contact hours in final year, where all I felt like…

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#FreshersReflection: “I chose to stick it out at Warwick a bit longer which is one of the best decisions I’ve made” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “I chose to stick it out at Warwick a bit longer which is one of the best decisions I’ve made”

To put it frankly, I hated my first term at Warwick. That is quite a bold statement to make and hate may be a bit of a strong word, it’s not to say that those first ten weeks were an absolute disaster from start to finish, university just wasn’t what I had anticipated it to be. A few weeks into term, I began to seriously question whether going to university was the right move for me or whether going straight into full-time work would have been the better option. Along…

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#FreshersReflection: “Looking back on Freshers two years ago, I realise just how little I knew at the time” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “Looking back on Freshers two years ago, I realise just how little I knew at the time”

Looking back on Freshers two years ago, I realise just how little I knew at the time. University seemed like this magical place where I would somehow grow up, complete my degree, make some great friends and partake in a variety of opportunities. And while that’s all true, there are definitely some things I definitely got wrong. Before I first stepped foot in Warwick, I was under the illusion that a lot of the people there would be into the same things. They’d be from a similar background, listen to…

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#FreshersReflection: “Two weeks of daily drinking, constant pressure to socialise and minimal sleep had left us decimated” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “Two weeks of daily drinking, constant pressure to socialise and minimal sleep had left us decimated”

Smaller than almost any other accommodation, with narrow corridors designed such that two people couldn’t stand shoulder to shoulder in them and walls that allowed any and all sound to travel through them, I could barely fit everything into my stuffy Cryfield room. Scared out of my skin about going out into the corridor and chatting to the people who I would be living with for the next year, I found myself going through the unusual process of actually tidying my room and organising my clothes. Three cups of tea…

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#FreshersReflection: “Eat fresh food, join a sports club and don’t go overboard with alcohol” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “Eat fresh food, join a sports club and don’t go overboard with alcohol”

It’s that time of year again – numerous nights out, alcohol, drunken food binges, hangovers, colder and darker days so no need for a bikini! I’m talking about the start of the university term. Endless fresher nights out finished off with a portion of cheesy chips and a very painful hangover the morning after. Almost everyone can relate to this scenario and is it really worth it after many people work endlessly in the months running up to summer to get their perfect ‘beach body’? For me, there is no perfect…

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#FreshersReflection: “How I found, and lost, myself at University” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “How I found, and lost, myself at University”

“You’ll really find yourself at university!” was probably the most spoken phrase when discussing my future at Warwick. Everyone seemed truly convinced that a personality epiphany was awaiting me. In all honesty, I guess I was hoping some sort of transformation was just on the horizon, that I would suddenly become unapologetically comfortable in my own skin, and would mimic the statically laughing girls I had always seen on Instagram, donning my university hoodie and a pair of converse. At school, I always struggled with feeling a little invisible, and…

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#FreshersReflection: “My first few days at university were a whirlwind of emotions” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “My first few days at university were a whirlwind of emotions”

It was 7:45. I didn’t have to be up for at least another 2 hours but I was way too excited to sleep. I loaded my bags into the car (obviously forgetting a fair few essentials I was sure I had packed) and we set off. My first few days at university were a whirlwind of emotions, as I think is the same for most people. I was excited and ready to start the new chapter of my life but I was also absolutely terrified and had no idea what…

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