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Chioma Nwamaka

Hi! My name is Chioma and I am a 37 year old postgraduate student who has 4 children. I have been planning to get back into education for at least a decade and I finally did it! I was born and raised in Nigeria and am now studying for a Master’s in Public Administration at Exeter (may sound boring, but it’s really cool). If you want to know anything about being a mature postgraduate international student and mother then you’re in the right place.

Website: blogs.exeter.ac.uk/postgradmom

Christmas by the River Exe

Christmas is hailed as the “most wonderful time of the year”… and to be honest it truly is (once you ignore the fact that after all the merry-making you have exams or a 2,500 word essay to submit)!

Unlike most students who travelled to spend time with their families, I spent mine in Exeter and the rest of my family travelled to join me. To be honest they didn’t know what to expect: my older boys assumed Exeter was a tiny village and were certain we would spend the whole period cuddled by the fireplace, but they were pleasantly surprised.

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   January 14th, 2016    Life in the South West     ,


Time flies when you’re having fun!

My baby helping me out with an essay!

My baby helping me out with an essay!

I can’t believe I’ve been in Exeter for about 10 weeks already! Time sure does fly! It’s been a wonderful time filled with mostly highs and a few lows.

When I arrived I searched for a bucket in vain (at home we use buckets at lot for having baths, don’t ask me why it’s just what we do) and had to settle for a mopping bucket and take off the top. While I did find it a bit small it gets the job done.

First up I attended one of the Global café meetings and I was surprised to find that scones were not quite what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, they are quite tasty but in my head a scone felt and tasted like a hard, thick biscuit. I did quite enjoy them especially with jam and tea.

Then I met my Global Chum (Exeter does like Global stuff!) a lovely final year student called Jo. She had just come back from a year abroad (it’s a really cool thing most students can do in different countries) and was really busy but made time out to show me round Exeter and even took me to the lovely Quayside which had unbelievably gigantic seagulls.

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   November 18th, 2015    Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate     , , , ,


“Exeter is far!”

Exif_JPEG_420Year after year I would defer my admission for my postgraduate degree. I always had a very good reason, it was either I was pregnant, had just got a new job, or just couldn’t afford the fees. So when I got my offer to study at Exeter I was determined it would be the last time I would apply for a postgraduate course. Either I would go through with it, or forget about furthering my studies and focus on other things. After all, I did have a lot to focus on, a great husband, amazing children and a decent job in a top government agency; what more could a girl ask for?

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   November 4th, 2015    International, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate     ,


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