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What's it like at Warwick Uni? Bradley Glover, BSc Management

Bradley Glover, BSc Management

Published August 2014

What’s it like to study Business Management at the University of Warwick? Second year student Bradley Glover shares his tips for making it an academic and personal success.

Name: Bradley Glover, I usually go by Brad
Blog: Brad's blog
Degree: BSc Management
Home town: West Bromwich
A-levels studied: Economics, History, Maths and General Studies. I also did English Literature to AS-level.

Where were you before coming to Warwick?

Queen Mary's Grammar School, it was a public grammar school (i.e. selective entry, but no fees)

How long have you been at Warwick?

I have been here for two years

How did you apply to Warwick?

I applied through UCAS. Warwick was my first choice and I decided this in the January before I arrived at university.

What’s it like to study at Warwick?

It's hard work, for sure. I find myself switching between going to lectures and seminars, working on case studies, contributing to group projects, writing essays, reading academic articles and searching online for news stories. I do roughly 30 hours of study per week but the variety, the real-world business experience of my lecturers and the chance to study alongside like-minded students from all over the world is really something. Plus, with the study hours needed in the business school perhaps slightly lower than other areas, it gives me more opportunity to continue my studies outside the classroom by helping my best friend with his own business project and to travel abroad and experience different cultures with AIESEC Warwick.

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

For me, it was a huge jump. I wasn't really prepared for the amount of independent study it would require (and the maturity you need to sort that out!). I didn't really find the balance between my studies and my social life for the first few months. Of course, usually the first year either doesn't count towards your degree (or just a low proportion) so it gives you the opportunity to make mistakes before moving into the final two/three years of your degree. I also think that being able to do your own chores, like the cooking and cleaning, can be hugely important.

Why Warwick?

The location was perfect. It's far enough away from home to have my own independence but just close enough that I can go home whenever I wish without too much cost. Also, the Business School, WBS, is very highly thought of in terms of league tables.
I love the campus as well with its beauty, modernity and the amount of greenery. The key moments in deciding to study at Warwick were the offer holders' day for WBS and a Year 10 residential summer school where I had the chance to experience living on the campus for five days.

What have you found most challenging?

The mix of adapting to university studying as well as being away from home for the first time. I've already mentioned the difficulty I had in focussing on the studying I needed to do but I think perhaps even more difficult was, after being spoilt through my teenage years, learning how to work through all my personal chores. We hardly ever talk about this at university, but if you arrive with little to no experience in cooking, cleaning, ironing, washing-up and so on, it can actually be very stressful and time-consuming to learn and master. After all, if you're living on your own, you're going to need to eat and you're going to need clean clothes!

Warwick Business SchoolWhat were your favourite memories of the past year?

I had the honour of living in China for three months last summer. I was in the south-eastern city of Huizhou, helping to teach young children basic English using song, dance, art and technology. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience. I went through AIESEC Warwick – the Warwick branch of an international society creating youth leadership through exchange projects. AIESEC has also given me the chance to take part in international conferences and work with local committees in different countries, and I have been able to visit several countries including Austria, Finland, Malta, Greece and the USA.

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

Having wanted to take it up for several years, I finally got the chance to learn basic Japanese I'm not going to lie to you, it was ridiculously difficult – it is as far away from English as it can possibly be, with two phonetic, symbol-based alphabets and a grammar system with a completely changed word order. However, it has been incredibly rewarding. It has given me some insight into Japanese culture, I have made several new friends in the class and I adore our teacher Katsuko Nagata with her varied teaching methods and her excitable personality!

I had the honour of living in China for three months last summer, helping to teach young children basic English using song, dance, art and technology. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience!

Any low points?

Truth be told, not really. The closest I have come to a low point is the fatigue and stress towards the back-end of this year's exams. Not only did they count towards my degree this year, which ramped up their intensity, but I also had eight of them! By the last couple, I was simply running on empty both physically and mentally. A mix of support from friends, some excellent, uplifting music from video game soundtracks and simple stubbornness were what got me through in the end. I've earned my break this summer!

Will you be studying overseas as part of your degree?

No but I had the chance to go to China, and I travel a lot as part of AIESEC Warwick. That's good enough for me!

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

Firstly, I'm going to work for one of the national teams of AIESEC in order to bring the experiences I've had with the organisation to as many other people as possible! Having worked with them closely, AIESEC Malta looks like a viable option. After living abroad and working with AIESEC for one to two years, I plan to follow in my mother's footsteps and work in either HR or, potentially, a recruitment consultancy company.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

As well as working with AIESEC Warwick as the Vice President of Talent Management and AIESEC UK, as part of the national trainers’ team, I also enjoy writing short stories, songs and raps with both the Writing Soc and the newly-formed Poetry Slam Soc.

I love travelling and I love going to different countries to explore new places and cultures. When I meet up with friends, we enjoy playing video games and discussing football. I'm a West Bromwich Albion fan, much to the amusement of my friends.

Who have you met whilst you’re here?

My best friend Max Obale. He is an incredible guy. He has been a pillar of emotional support for me (and, I hope, I am to him). He is a really fun guy to be with. I've really enjoyed being involved, on an ad-hoc consultancy basis, with his business that he bought this year, Splat Card, a local student discount card for students at Warwick and Coventry University. As a relatively local lad, I love the benefits this card brings to everyone: not only does it give students the chance to save money, but it brings extra business to local clubs, restaurants and shops. I think it has the potential to give a real positive impact to the local area.

What’s your favourite spot on campus?

During exam season, with the library packed to high heaven, I took to studying and relaxing in the surprisingly quiet SU atrium. I love the vibrant colours, the relaxed atmosphere and (naturally) having a nice little tea shop, a barbers and a branch of my bank, Santander, it's a practical place to be too!