Three Places Where I Found My Community at Warwick
Moving to a new university away from my friends and family was pretty stressful, especially when I was unsure about how and where to find like-minded people. That was why, after speaking to some of my course mates who had joint the PG orientation events and attending the induction events organized by societies and Warwick Welcoming Service, I felt much better when realizing that there were numerous opportunities at Warwick for me to connect and engage with other people. By joining these communities, not only can I learn from others, but also long lasting friendships were established. Therefore, I am writing this blog to share my experience on where to find your community. Hopefully, this will help you make the most out of your time at Warwick.
1. My Course
Your community can simply be found by going to the lectures and seminars every day. Enjoying the same knowledge provided by course or having to cope with similar issues might help create an instant connection between you and your course mates. From this, a mutual support in studying can be generated. Moreover, besides creating an offer-holder group on Facebook that kept me updated with different events happening and allowed me to quickly make friends with my course mates, the course management team in my department (Warwick Business School) also arranged several social events, dinners or study trips thorough the year. These are great opportunities for you to get to know your course mates a bit further, while having fun and exploring. The fact that you are all studying in the same field means that your life perspective and career aspiration are somewhat similar, leading to better mutual understanding and easier interaction. Indeed, these events and trips are my favourite because what else can you ask for when there are great people, good food, fun games and interesting trips being offered. From these networking opportunities, you can easily form your group of friends and organize your own trips or house parties afterwards.
2. My Halls
To me, this is the easiest way to find my community because being in the same hall or residential area; it is very convenient for you to meet your friends any time you want. In some halls on campus, there are weekly quiz nights, tea afternoons or day trips arranged by the tutors that you might want to participate and engage with people living around you. Through these occasions, what you and your neighbours have in common can also be discovered and this is the basis for any friendship to be developed. For off-campus accommodation, many of them have common rooms where people tend to gather for board games or pre-drink before parties. That is why, it might be worth hanging out in these areas if you wish to socialize.
3. Societies and Sport Clubs
With currently over 250 societies (link: https://www.warwicksu.com/societies/) and 65 sport clubs (link: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/sport/teamwarwick/clubs) that are managed by the Warwick Student Union, there is a wide range of activities you can join based on your interest at Warwick. This is also a chance for you to interact with people having the same interest or discover and develop a new talent. At the beginning of the year, there is a ‘Societies Fair’ in the first week of term, so make sure you don’t miss it because you can explore what societies Warwick have to offer. By signing up early, there is a greater chance for you to meet new people, many of whom may also be in the same boat, and enjoy the full experience from start to finish. Although I was a part of a few societies, the Vietnamese Society, Warwick UNICEF on Campus and the Belly Dance Society are those that I spent most of my time with because they fit perfectly with my background and interest. I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed my experience with the people in those communities. Thanks to them, I have also met a lot of good and valuable friends.
Overall, regardless your backgrounds, interests and experiences, there will always be a community where you belong. It is now your turn to open up and create long-lasting memories at Warwick.