Life at UWC
Daily life at a UWC school or college can be joyful, stressful, stimulating and busy - often all at the same time. Whether it’s the first time a student lives away from home or they have years of boarding school experience under their belt, they will find living at a UWC is unique.
Affiliations are formed in every way imaginable: in addition to having roommates and country mates, students will have wall mates (classmates who live in the room next door), region mates, and dorm mates. There are hundreds of ways to form a family! Days will be filled with stimulating classes, eye-opening community engagement projects, adventurous activities and trips, and rich dialogues centered on politics, identity, cultural perspectives (which might go until the later hours of the night), and much more. Please read the 'Day in the Life' at UWC Mahindra College by a current student below.
UWC Mahindra College, India
Morning: I get up at 7:30am in my residence, called Wada, and head downstairs to the shared kitchen common room to fill my water bottle. I go back to my house’s courtyard and find my house-mate from Peru who has been on the phone to her family (different time zones mean that students will be on the phone at all hours!). Together we go down the main road to the cafeteria.
Classes: Academics have also been an elemental part of my UWC journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed the student-led discussions in the classrooms, and the non-conventional experiential teaching and learning methods that I hadn't been exposed to in the past. Whether it's Global Politics or Mathematics, there is always an environment of openness and support in the classrooms. I often find myself caught up in meaningful conversations with students and faculty, with topics ranging from the importance of gender equality in modern democracies to the role of language in our perception of knowledge.
Afternoon: In the afternoon I usually go to my co-curricular activities called Trivenis which are a significant part of my life here at college. In MUWCI Frogs, I'm learning how to swim with the help of my peers. In Rhetorics, I'm polishing my oratory while learning how to structure arguments and the role of intonations in speech. In Global Affairs, I work on my public speaking and facilitation skills while delivering information about my current affairs to my peers, giving them food for thought to lead discussions. Finally, in Amnesty International, I work with the Sadhana Self Help Group led by women activists in the villages of Kolvan and Mulshi for destitute women. The experience helps me understand the basics of a human-centered project.
Evening: In the evening, I find myself in the middle of a stimulating discussion or spending a peaceful evening on top of the Internet Hill, being grateful for my time here. I usually go to around US sessions where we have conversations about Islam, with my peers from the Middle East or explore South American culture and learn Spanish from my Latino peers. Or even learn about African History from my roommate, who hails from Burkina Faso. UWC has taught me that diversity" is not limited to each other's differences, along the lines of race, gender, sexuality, financial backgrounds, ethnicity, and religion. Diversity also means different perspectives, contrasting opinions, various ideas, solutions, and approaches for a single issue. I'm eagerly absorbing all the increased knowledge, seeking to get to grasp everyone’s story here on campus.