Letters from the dorm: It's tough deciding on a school

Letters from the dorm: It's tough deciding on a school

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Warwick University's student union offers social life that can affect a final decision.
Warwick University's student union offers social life that can affect a final decision.
Writing this is a cruel, cruel reminder that spring break is over, and has been for a few weeks already (cue dramatic sob).

By now, wannabe British university students have received decisions and offers based on last year's applications. It's that time of the year when we have to respond to their decisions and choose our firm and insurance universities.

To me, university isn't just a place where you get a degree, but also where you learn to be responsible for yourself. So I want to choose the university that suits me the most.

Making a choice has always been an easy task for me. But this time, it isn't. University life is so diverse, and there are many more things to consider.

When choosing a school, I mainly looked at its reputation, quality of teaching and size of class. Now for universities, I also have to consider their accommodation, hours of lecture per week, contents of the course, location and career support!

To make the decision-making process easier, I have attended open days especially for offer-holders. I spent an afternoon at Warwick University attending a sample lecture and a talk held by professors and students on the course.

Another time I stayed overnight at Durham, where I was able to try out the accommodation and socialise with people from the same college.

I also walked around the towns, so I knew what kinds of things they offer. The open days were really useful in helping me to decide where to go. I could visualise myself being there and adapting to the vibrant university life.

Of course, making my choice does not mean I am definitely getting a place. Now I have to clear the last hurdle and meet the conditional offer my first-choice university has given me.

All the best to everyone in the same boat, whether you are hoping to go to a university in Britain or somewhere else.

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