I was uncertain at first because of the length of the course but another friend of mine emphasised the massive opportunity obtaining a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world could present

After spending 21 years living in Britain away from my native country of France, I had built a rewarding professional career as a Personal Assistant, and in sales as Account Coordinator. However, my latest work experience in 2019 was not a great success even after years of practice. God took me on a different path after this.

I took some time to reflect on what I wanted to achieve for myself and for my son to have an accomplished mum. After talking to one of my best friends who was doing the same 2 + 2 course, I realised how great the opportunity was on a personal level as well as practical – raising a child by myself plus not having to travel miles, or working long hours. However, I was uncertain at first because of the length of the course but another friend of mine emphasised the massive opportunity obtaining a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world could present! Also, these modules matched my studies back in France (humanitarism field of orientation). I chose to fill in the application online the same evening and the rest is history…

The first year at the college was a refresh on academic skills. The second year, which I have personally preferred, has been a bit more intense in terms of personal work and assignments but the modules and acquired knowledge are much more relevant to the society we are living in. It covers a good balance of topics in Politics, Sociology, Health and Social and Research. Although the end of our first year and our entire second year have been challenging due to COVID, the college and University have been flexible and understanding of everyone’s personal circumstances. I have really enjoyed the second year because I have learnt a lot about our society and myself in terms of my skills and performance.

I have been a class representative for the last 2 years and recently I have been offered an internship placement working with international students! There have been great opportunities to meet new people and develop more skills. I would recommend joining the course to anyone. The University of Warwick offers many opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth. Everyone is very professional and the teaching is great. The campus is also a very nice place where you can enjoy walks, coffees and the library offers many books and space to study (and I am not paid to say this!)

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity the degree has offered me. Thanks to everyone along the way and special thanks to Anne from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College who conducted my entry interview!

About the author

This blog was written by Cecile Mevel, a second year student on the 2+2 degree pathway.

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