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What's it like at Warwick Uni? BA History

Shaquille Basar, History

Published August 2014

What’s it like to study history at the University of Warwick? History student Shaquille Basar shares his thoughts on independent learning, increased responsibility, meeting friends and building contacts.

Shaquille BasarName: Shaquille Basar
Degree: BA (Hons) History
Home town: London
A-levels studied: Biology, Chemistry, History

Where were you before you came to Warwick?

Ilford County High School; a grammar school.

How long have you been at Warwick?

Just finished first year.

How did you apply?

I applied through UCAS. Warwick was initially my second choice university but in the end it was the university I firmed.

What’s it like to study here?

There’s a large emphasis on independent learning, especially with my degree, but there is also a very good support system available through seminar tutors and personal tutors.

After the open day I could see Warwick as a place where I could happily live...

What was it like going from studying at A-level to studying at Warwick?

There’s a large jump in expectations with regards to independent learning e.g. the quantity of seminar reading we had to do each week.

Why Warwick?

The course content and Warwick’s reputation were the main initial factors, and after the open day I could see Warwick as a place where I could happily live.

What have you found most challenging?

Balancing the workload with the increased independence and responsibility of day-to-day life. During school we could fall back on our parents but at uni we have to do more for ourselves.

What were your favourite memories of the past year?

Meeting lots of new people, especially the people in my accommodation who became my closest friends.


Shaquille BasarWhat’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this year?

I can’t drink Tesco’s value vodka! Seriously though, I’ve learnt a lot about my ability to deal with problems independently, something I wasn’t as sure about before I started. Uni has also made me more independent and I can look after myself a lot better!

Any low points?

At the start of term 3 I lost a couple of exec elections. This wasn’t an issue to be resolved directly, but I kept on trying to get involved with extra-curricular societies like The Boar.

I’d advise anyone coming to Warwick to study History to get involved with HistSoc as quickly as possible and also other societies in general.

Will you be studying overseas?

Hopefully I will be studying in Melbourne for a year between the second and final years of my degree.

What do you plan to do once you’ve completed your degree?

I currently don’t know what I want to do once I’ve completed my degree.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I enjoy playing and watching football, and I also write articles for a sports website in my spare time. I plan on getting involved with The Boar and HistSoc next year and expanding my interest in writing. I’d advise anyone coming to Warwick to study History to get involved with HistSoc as quickly as possible and also other societies in general.

Who have you met whilst you’re here?

I’ve met a lot of friends, some of whom I knew before Warwick. I’ve also managed to build some contacts for academic journals. Through seminars, I also have contacts with academics who I can contact in the future.

What’s your favourite spot on campus?

I have enjoyed spending time in the Terrace Bar, whilst the piazza is also great when there’s an event on.