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What's it like at Warwick Uni? Alexandra Embleton, Mathematics

Published August 2014
What’s it like to study Maths at the University of Warwick? Third year Mathematics student Alexandra Embleton shares her thoughts on invigorating work spaces, asking for help and newfound friendships.

PiazzaName: Alexandra Louise Embleton (Alex)
Blog: Alex's student blog
Degree: Master of Mathematics (MMath)
Home town: London
A-levels studied: Maths, Further Maths, Physics and AS Chemistry

Where were you before coming to Warwick?

Highgate School – a mixed private/public school

How did you apply to Warwick?

I applied through UCAS and made Warwick my first choice just before Christmas.

How long have you been here?

Three Years

What is it like to study at Warwick?

Stressful but really fun! You’ll nearly always have work to do, and I won’t deny that the material is hard, but at the same time you can have so much choice over which modules you take. There are also so many societies and events going on, as well as all the other extra-curricular stuff, that you’ll never be bored!

Learning to ask for help when you need it is one of the most important things you can learn to do when you are struggling

What was it like going from studying at A-level to studying for a degree?

The shift in workload, for the first term, was pretty intense. The work gets even harder but the quantity is less after the first term. It’s so different from studying at A-level that, initially, it all seemed kind of surreal. You’re responsible for yourself and your studies; if you don’t turn up to lectures no one will bat an eyelid but you’ll need to catch up for yourself.

Why Warwick?

My cousin went to Warwick so it was already a university I knew about. Hearing from my teachers of Warwick’s reputation for maths made me seriously consider it. When I looked around I fell in love with the place and from then on I was set on applying.

What have you found most challenging?

Coping with all the stress alongside my mental health problems; most people get stressed out by university life but when you have personal problems to deal with it can be even harder. It’s so important to find healthy methods of managing your stress!

Learning to ask for help when you need it is one of the most important things you can learn to do when you are struggling. With my health problems there have definitely been times when I felt like giving up but Warwick has so many different types of support services and people you can talk to and who are more than willing to help. There are also friends of course; I don’t know how I’d have made it through this year without all the support of my boyfriend.

What were your favourite memories of the past year?

Probably just the overall experience of being independent yet having so many friends close by to help and being part of the University community as whole.

I’ve made so many friends, despite being quite a shy and quiet person!

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

Either go onto do postgraduate research or study for a PGCE.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

Cheerleading, gaming, TCGs, Bridge and Christian Union.

Who have you met whilst you’re here?

Lots and lots of people! I’ve made so many friends, despite being quite a shy and quiet person. I met my boyfriend, who I’ve now been with for almost two and a half years. I’ve also met Ian Stewart. I’d read a few of his books before coming to University. He did a talk for one of the modules I took in second year as well as for an event run by the Warwick University Games, Roleplaying, Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.

What’s your favourite spot on campus?

This really depends what mood I’m in! I like doing work and chilling in halls as it feels a bit like home and the surroundings are really beautiful with lots of wildlife. I find being in the maths building more invigorating as there’s always things happening or someone to talk to or discuss things with. I also quite like the piazza and around by the SU as again there’s nearly always something going on and it often feels almost like the community centre (plus there’s a Costa there!).

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