Latest blog posts from students

A Cornish Student’s Experience at Penryn

My name is Kira and I am an undergraduate studying English on the Penryn Campus in Cornwall. In September I will be going into my second year of study, and I wanted to share my experience with the Penryn campus and why I believe it’s such an amazing place to study.

As a student who has been born and raised in Cornwall, when it came to deciding my university my first thought was to what was beyond the Tamar. I did all sorts of research for universities outside of my home county but eventually decided that the University of Exeter, not so far from home, was the perfect university that suited what I wanted to study. A research-led institute, an amazing English course with interesting modules, and an atmosphere that I loved. I visited both the Streatham campus and the Penryn campus and applied for both. I successfully received two offers and was determined to study with Exeter, so confirmed Streatham as my firm and Penryn as my insurance. (more…)

   July 22nd, 2020    Cornwall, Higher Education, Life in the South West, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate     , , ,


A Beginner’s Guide to Societies at the University of Exeter

This blog was written based on experiences prior to Covid-19.

Hi Everyone, my name is Isla and I am headed into my final year at Exeter University. I’ve been part of 4 Society Committees and attended some amazing society events in Exeter, but when I arrived as a fresher the societies process seemed quite daunting. What societies are there? How can I sign up? How can I afford to pay for society events and membership?

Well, here is my beginner’s guide to Societies at Exeter Uni… (more…)

   July 17th, 2020    Freshers Week, Health and wellbeing, International, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate     , , , , , ,


Life in Lockdown – How I Survived and Thrived

At first, I was afraid… I was petrified… then life somehow returned to a slightly updated version of ‘normal’. It’s nigh on impossible to write a blog in the ‘mid-covids’, (if that’s what we can call it?) without referring to the ‘C’ word. What an extraordinary time we live in, and for all of us, almost nothing will be as it was for the near future at least.  As I was thinking about writing this blog, I was wondering what to focus on, apart from the obvious.  But I made a quick list of achievements, even the little things, that I had got done amongst, not going to lie, many weeks of uncertainty, and sheer panic at times. It was an impressive list.

The foremost ‘problem’ I tried to solve, was – and I think I wasn’t  the only one – how on earth to keep studying and working towards a goal, when the global goalposts have shifted out of all recognition? Keep calm and carry on was NOT top of my list!

So, this blog will highlight something about my life as a (very) mature student, (!), what I have been doing to keep myself sane, and most importantly what I have learned as a student and now as a post-grad at Exeter, not only academically, but the life skills which have come in very useful indeed! (more…)

   July 16th, 2020    Health and wellbeing, Higher Education, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Studying


The algorithmic gaze and its impact on our sense of human identity

Jo Sutherst is a PhD student in the College of Humanities, based in Exeter.  Her research is self-funded and is investigating the effects of algorithms and the selfie on identity.  Her supervisors are Professor Gabriella Giannachi and Professor David Houston Jones.


My Research

Through my research I am hoping to determine the impact of our engagement with the selfie and the algorithmic filters that can be used to edit and ‘perfect’ our self-image. The selfie can be understood as a product of recent advancements in digital image-making and online image sharing platforms. It is a socially accepted global phenomenon that serves as a means of self-representation.

I will use practice elements involving lots of selfies of me (eek!), which I will then use to research the role of the process of producing, editing and sharing selfies as a method for constructing and communicating identity in a contemporary digital world. The images will be shared on social media so it would be great to have you along for the journey. (more…)

   July 8th, 2020    Distance Learning, Health and wellbeing, Higher Education, Postgraduate, Studying


My Clearing experience

I’m Poppy, studying Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, a course which I secured through Clearing. At GCSE I got 8 A*, 1 A and 1 B. I was predicted A*AA at A-level. I applied for International Relations and Arabic, and got places at Exeter, Leeds, York, Warwick and Bath. Exeter was my first choice, and Leeds was my insurance choice. Here is my experience of Clearing.

Results day

Results day was the most stressful day that I have experienced, largely due to the fact that I had not been given nearly enough information about the clearing process. I knew roughly how it worked – I would ring a number and plead for a place?! However, I did not expect that I would have to go though it myself.

The Clearing process

On the morning of results day, I logged into UCAS and it showed that I had not got into my first place university, nor my insurance place. When I went into school, I collected my grade sheet and I had not nearly achieved my predictions. This was a huge surprise to myself and my teachers and I did not know what to do.  I was given some advice by my head of sixth form, but ultimately the rest was left up to me.

I went onto the Complete University Guide website and typed in the course I wanted to do and the grades I had achieved. I rang the universities that came up and I managed to secure a few places. I had been at school for about 3 hours trying to sort something out, but it was late in the day and it was starting to close. I felt pressured into choosing a course.

I firmed a Global Studies course at another university. I went back home and told my Dad, but I was so upset as it was not what I had hoped for. I still had my heart set on going to Exeter.

I went to ‘celebrate’ with some friends that evening, but I could not avoid the fact that I was not comfortable with my rash decision to firm this other university. I came home and tried to sleep.  My Mum woke me up at 6am the next day in excitement. She had found a course that was open for clearing at Exeter that I could get into. The course was Theology and Religion. I was dubious at first, but I had completed an EPQ in New Religious Movements, so it was a subject that interested me, and Exeter offered Arabic and more optional modules to give it flexibility.

I removed the other university as my firm choice, and instead firmed Theology and Religion at Exeter (something that I did not know was an option).

I have loved the degree course that I am now on. Of course, there are modules that I do not like as much, but that is the same for all degrees. Exeter has a great array of optional modules, and I was able to do Arabic in these as I had wished. All of my modules in second and third year are optional, so I am excited to specify into routes that interest me the most. I have made great friends, and I am so pleased with how it has worked out.

My tips for students entering clearing this year

  1. Before results day, read up about the clearing process: watch YouTube videos, read articles from those that have been through it etc. I wish I had done this as it would have reduced the stress of the unknown.
  1. Do not assume that you won’t need to consider clearing, it will always be a possibility.
  1. Do NOT get pressured into selecting a clearing place if you do not feel comfortable with it, there are more options than you think.
  1. Call your first and insurance places first, in case they can re-accept you onto the course or offer you a different course.
  1. It is easier said than done, but try to remain calm. I was so upset to start with, but a clear head will allow to you balance your other options.
  1. Everything happens for a reason!

 

   July 6th, 2020    Clearing, Higher Education, Preparing for University, Undergraduate


Tips to Enjoy the First Week of University

Arriving in a completely new city and starting a new life can be pretty scary, especially if you arrive alone. As an international postgraduate student who travelled all across the world to Exeter, I would like to share my experience of my first week of University. Hopefully, it will help you relieve the anxiety of moving into university. (more…)

   July 1st, 2020    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Preparing for University, The city of Exeter     , ,


Typical Week as a 2nd Year Medical Sciences Student

Hi, my name is Harini and I’ll be sharing my typical week as a 2nd year Medical Sciences student.

The timetable varies quite significantly in 2nd year depending on the modules you take. Some have fewer contact hours compared to others. For my second term, I chose the ‘Introduction to Neuroscience’ and the ‘Medical Genetics’ modules (I enjoyed the content of both modules to its entirety so I highly rate them). Of course, these were integrated onto my timetable alongside the core modules (Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics (DDT) and Principles of Medical Research (PMR)). (more…)

   June 26th, 2020    Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Lifestyle, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


Life as a first-year Flexible Combined Honours student – English and Economics

Hi everyone, my name is Haowei and I am from London. I have just completed my first year as a Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) student studying English and Economics.

Whenever I introduce my degree to people, I’m often faced with responses like “what’s Flexible Combined Honours?” or “I didn’t know you could do that, that’s such a cool degree!”  Hopefully this blog will clarify what Flexible Combined Honours is and give you an insight into my experience as an FCH student this year. (more…)

   June 18th, 2020    Higher Education, Lectures and Seminars, Studying, Undergraduate


A Typical Week at the University of Exeter as a 2nd Year BA English Student

Hi, my name is Isla and if you haven’t read any of my blog posts before, lovely to virtually meet you, otherwise, welcome back. I’m going to break down my usual week at Exeter uni as a 2nd year English student… (more…)

   June 12th, 2020    Freshers Week, Health and wellbeing, Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Lifestyle, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


How to make your personal statement stand out

Are you struggling with your personal statement at the moment? Want to stand out of the crowd?

You are not alone, I have gone through the whole process as well. My name is He, a marketing student at the Streatham Campus in Exeter. I am here to share my experience in terms of personal statement when I applied for my Master degree. (more…)

   June 11th, 2020    Applying, Higher Education, Postgraduate, Preparing for University


My Penryn Experience (so far…)

Hey there everyone! My name is Matt and I’m a second year History student lucky enough to be studying at Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall. There’s a lot to say when it comes to Penryn – and what I’ve included here is really only the surface of it.

On my first visit to campus back in year 12 (4 years ago, what!?) I got completely drenched, it was quite the first impression and cost me a brand-new set of clothes! What struck me immediately though was how I could see myself running from building to building in the Cornish downpours, unfortunately I’ve since realised it’s not as romantic as it sounds – but still a great laugh. I like to think what really sold it to me was hearing about summertime when a huge inflatable waterslide is installed randomly for a day on the hill outside Tremough House, but truthfully the place just clicked with me. So, contrary to the advice of my history teacher and sixth form leader, I put Penryn as my first choice, and can say confidently that I’ve spent the two best years of my life here. (more…)

   June 9th, 2020    Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, Higher Education, Life in the South West, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate


How to study productively and efficiently at home

Hi, my name is Isla and I am currently studying for my BA English degree at Exeter University. With the current pandemic and studies disrupted, tackling that pile of coursework you’d rather avoid, combined with health concerns and a distracting home environment is daunting. It’s easy to say ‘I just study better in the library’ but there are methods and tools out there to help you create the best study space you can at home.

Managing my studies around a busy timetable (I am part of three society committees, a subject representative and have a job alongside my studies) has encouraged me to find any resources I can to help with working at home productively and efficiently. I’m going to share with you some of the tools and study methods I use to keep up with work and still have time for Netflix and a social life (well more of a Zoom/Facetime life now). (more…)

   June 9th, 2020    Distance Learning, Exams and Assessment, Health and wellbeing, Lifestyle, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


7 things lockdown makes me miss about Exeter: Thoughts from a 2nd Year

Hi, I’m Prutha! I’m a second year Economics and Finance student from Dubai, and this quarantine really got me reflecting on the many plans my friends and I had once term ended, exams were over and the good times began. Instead , I’m 7 seas away from them and the only thing on my mind is how much I miss my time at university. So whether you’re enjoying quarantine, just graduated, or a fresher looking to study here, here’s 7 things I miss about Exeter.

  1. The good times with all my pals:

Late night talks, nights out, trying to keep up with the British drinking games, 8:30 AM lectures, board games, disastrous cooking sessions and all the other everyday adventures I had with my friends and all the hours I spent laughing with them (or at them).

(more…)

   May 29th, 2020    Exploring Devon and Cornwall, Health and wellbeing, Higher Education, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Studying, The city of Exeter, Undergraduate


The Postgraduate life: Managing study and managing your routine

When I made the choice to carry on with my studies by taking on a postgraduate degree, I was left contemplating how an MA schedule would affect by routine. I also questioned how it would fit in around my current job. Funding for an MA can be covered by a government loan, but maintenance loans were scraped for postgraduate students about a year ago. I decided to work part-time and study part-time to remedy this. This way I could ensure that I would have the time to do my MA justice. However, many of my friends have managed to work part-time and study an MA full-time under more stressful time restraints. Still, I was pleased with the choice I made to go part-time while studying an MA in Creativity. An MA offers so many routes for growth and expansion that are not part of the required reading list or contact hours. In this blog, I hope to explain what life is like for a part-time MA student so that others might better be able to decide what pace they want to work at during further study. (more…)

   May 18th, 2020    Miscellaneous, Postgraduate, Studying, The city of Exeter


Staying positive and productive during COVID-19

For many of us, we have never experienced a time quite like the present. We are unable to leave our homes other than for essential shopping or one exercise per day, leaving many unable to see family and friends for long periods of time.

Despite the lockdown presenting us with many physical barriers that have to be followed to ensure everyone’s safety, we should not let the current climate create barriers to positivity and productivity in our minds. It is important to be positive and productive in order to remain on track to achieving all our hopes and dreams in a world post COVID-19, as one day we really will overcome this. (more…)

   May 15th, 2020    Health and wellbeing, Miscellaneous


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