Despite currently being halfway through the course, I felt it would be useful to reflect on my experiences since enrollment. For my very first installment I've focused on the interview. Often the most daunting part it's important to understand the reason for this stage and it value.
An interview of any kind always generates a sense of unease for most people. Often quite intense experiences, they provide an opportunity for an individual to promote themselves to meet the needs the other party seeks. However, I’ve come to realise that interviews are not a test rather something to be thankful for, not dreaded.
Often students are interviewed before the Gateway course. I've come to realise that this isn’t to catch people out, or to prove that they are what they claim to be on a paper CV, but to ascertain suitability for the course. Warwick doesn’t seem to look for a certain ‘type’ of person or focus solely on academic achievement. I feel it provides an open opportunity for ANYBODY to access resources which will enable them to develop their understanding around a chosen subject.
The interview gives an opportunity to talk more about why you want to do the course and what you hope to gain from it. It presents a chance for you to ask questions.
You are not being tested.
You are not in the spotlight.
This is a necessary process to prevent you enrolling on a pathway which doesn’t meet YOUR needs. After all, you are the person that is meant to be benefiting from the experience! Even if you are confident that you have chosen the correct route, don’t discount the value of this time. Embrace it as an opportunity to really get a sense of what the course entails and build your motivation and enthusiasm about your studies. Don’t commit yourself to something without understanding the level of input you will need to invest to achieve the end result.
You can’t avoid the nerves but you can embrace the challenge!