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Thais

Hi! My name is Thaïs Cardon and I'm in second year of English literature at the university of Exeter's Penryn campus. My current interests include knitting, crocheting, travelling, reading, cooking, sailing and badminton! I'm working hard to go on a year abroad and would love to travel the world after I earn my degree. I'm also very passionate about mental health and the importance of self-care and kindness. Having moved around a lot, I'd like to be able to share the ways that I've dealt with this and how you, too, can feel at home on the Cornish campus.

Global Chums mentoring scheme: interview with Amelia

I signed up to be a Global Chums mentor in Spring of 2017, at the same time as I signed up to be an academic mentor. I wanted to be an academic mentor because I’d had one myself, who was extremely supportive and helpful whenever I needed it. As for Global Chums, it was the first year of the scheme and the organizer sent everyone e-mails asking for prospective mentors, and it sounded like a great way to share the things I’d learned about being a foreigner on this particular campus, but also of meeting new people from all sorts of places. So I know what my experience has been like, but since I was never a Global Chums mentee, I can’t really recommend it on my own behalf. So I sat down for hot chocolate with one of my mentees, Amelia from New Zealand, to ask her about her experience and whether she’d recommend the scheme to incoming international students. (more…)

   September 13th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University


My guide to Clearing

If you’ve applied through UCAS and are very worried, or even absolutely certain that your exams did not go well at all, you might be looking into Clearing right now. It seems extremely uncertain and daunting, but what you can always do is call the universities you’re interested in attending and ask if you could talk to someone to discuss options with you. After you’ve received your results and are either unhappy with your options or haven’t received the grades needed for them, you’ll be going through Clearing. (more…)

   June 13th, 2018    Clearing, Cornwall, Exams and Assessment, Higher Education, International, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Undergraduate


10 Things We Wish We Had Known About English Literature

Hi! We’re Mikki and Thais, second year students on the English Literature course at the Penryn Campus.

When we began researching for this article, we came up with a few ideas but wanted to reach ten points, so we also polled some of our classmates and moved things around so the points weren’t too repetitive. This is our final list, elaborated on to clarify and give you ideas of our personal experiences.

Disclaimer: we won’t be telling you information about the course that you can read on UCAS or the course research. We think it’s important to do your own research and find out the givens of this specific course, including the reading, modularity, etc.

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   April 14th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Lectures and Seminars, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Studying, Undergraduate


Penryn Campus Stitching Society

The Stitching Society was born two years ago, built by two Exeter humanities students who crocheted, knitted, and wanted a place to do it with other people. As the society was created mid-year, it took a while for it to take off, and the few members met in the Stannary on Wednesday evenings to casually knit together.

The freshers’ taster sessions in my first year, September 2017, saw a huge turnout. Many were there to figure out what the society was about and maybe learn some skills, and the rest, like me, were there to knit with kindred minds. Attendance eventually died down enough for us to all sit down together and have quiet sessions. We made great friends and laugh to tears almost every session – it’s really more of a social society than anything else.

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   February 27th, 2018    Cornwall, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus


Truro City of Lights

I went to Truro City of Lights on the 31st January with my friend Sophie. For anyone who goes to Penryn or Truro Campus, this is quite a good idea for a weekday evening out (trains don’t run back to Falmouth after 10.30pm). We caught the train at Penryn Station at around 6pm before walking down to the main street in search of a bite to eat before the parade started.

We started our evening at the café above Waterstone’s, which is a lovely place to relax and has, if you’re lucky enough to grab one, window seats. We had their handmade sandwiches and smoothies, but they also sell desserts and hot drinks. Their special advantage is that they offer books to read while you eat.

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   February 26th, 2018    Cornwall, Life in the South West, Penryn Campus


Friendships at university

One of the things I was told multiple times before going to university is that “it’s what you make it”. Which seems kind of obvious, to be honest, and I was a bit bemused by it at first. Of course it’s what you make it, I thought. Everything is. (more…)

   January 8th, 2018    Cornwall, Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University


Dear UCAS applicants

Dear UCAS applicants,

How’s it going? I have to admit that I’ve erased most of my UCAS time from my mind. It was NOT FUN. Ultimately, it just becomes a short period of time in your memories. All you can really do is your best, submit and then drop it all out of your mind. There is a point where it’s out of your hands and that’s the point where (for most of you) this is your final year, and you need to focus on your work.

However, there is a bit of advice I’d like to give you.

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   December 19th, 2017    Careers, Cornwall, Exams and Assessment, Higher Education, International, Lectures and Seminars, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


How I ended up in Cornwall, and why I love it

I didn’t really decide to come to Cornwall – I originally applied for Streatham campus. I received an alternative offer between trips to visit family in Europe and a holiday in Scotland.

I did, luckily, find the time to come spend a night during the few days reserved for clearing students to come have a look. My brother and I grabbed a late train to the South West (by the skin of our teeth) and watched the countryside speed by with a mix of anticipation and anxiety. We landed in this strange land of rolling hills that dip into the ocean and bright yellow dairy only slightly ambivalent anymore about whether I should accept this offer or not. I know I made the right decision: Cornwall grows on you. (more…)

   December 8th, 2017    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


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