Standing on the Piazza, I see the same view I saw a year ago. The gently swaying of the trees blazing red and orange outside the Forum, the students and staff milling around, enjoying the day and the feeling of intense energy and joy in the air. But a year on, the person watching the view is different. The past year has brought some big changes in me – from my postgraduate degree, to my job and my experiences at Exeter. All have had a tremendous impact on shaping me! Today, I stand here more confident, self-assured, knowledgeable (and just a tad older!) than I was last year. How did this happen, you ask? Well… (more…)
This year is my last year at the university. Dissertation, consultancy project, graduate job, assignments, part-time work and personal life – sounds like it is going to be the busiest year. Here I’m going to explain how my day usually looks like.
Let’s start! (more…)
A blush spreads across the trees. Gremlins, ghouls and freshmen anticipate All Hallows’ Eve and pumpkin spice lattes. It is autumn in England! As a Pakistani who grew up in Multan’s desert heat, autumn was always a briefly snatched season, with the trees barely changing colour before winter arrived. In Exeter, autumn paints trees and vines red and yellow and burns them orange, in a brief little cheer before winter. Drawing on from how I spent a day recently, here’s a guide to an autumn’s day in Exeter. (more…)
For an international student, the UK is full of thrilling places to visit – one of these is Bath. Featured widely in literature and a tourist hot spot, Bath is widely known for being a wonderful, historic city. As a bonus – this lovely city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is barely a two-hour train ride from Exeter St. Davids. (Or a slightly longer but cheaper coach ride.) I’ve wanted to visit Bath for ages, ever since I read Jane Austen’s novels. Seeing its charm and wandering around its cobblestone streets while seeing all the majestic sand colored architecture was a dream come true. (more…)
One of the best things about living in Falmouth is the incredible amount of cute little independent cafés and restaurants. If you are a foodie or coffee lover, Falmouth will definitely not disappoint. There is everything from artisan coffee shops, cute bakeries, cafés of all different cuisines, restaurants with a sea view and of course the best pasties you can get your hands on!
So here’s my definitive guide to Falmouth’s Food Scene, hope you enjoy! (more…)
Starting your new life at university might be scary but here you can find a little bit of information about what to do first when you’re on campus, where to get more information about Freshers events as well as get some tips from the current students. (more…)
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…)
Freshers’ Week is the week that all students, new or returning, look forward to. It’s the week of freebies, refreshments…and the parties. But if you’re an international student coming to the UK for the first time, then chances are you are probably really excited, freaking out a little and kind of confused about what exactly you need to do in Fresher’s Week. But don’t worry. We’ve got a checklist for you! But that’s not all. Keep reading to find out how useful and fun I found the International Welcome Programme!
This blog is a guide for international students who may not be familiar with stores we have here in the UK.
Moving to a new place means…lots of shopping! Getting settled into a place requires lots of things to make it into your home. It’s a challenge trying to find everything you need in a new place while navigating the start of the academic year but we’re here to make your job easier! Here is our go-to list of shops, where you can find all essential products you may need when moving in from cooking supplies and bedding to groceries and study supplies.
– written by Jasmine, Nicola and LP
“So what do you study?”
“Oh cool… but what IS Liberal Arts?”
This is the conversation I have with everyone I meet at university and is why I am dedicating this blog post to explain what Liberal Arts really is and why I enjoy my degree so much.
For every student studying at the University of Exeter, travelling can be a blessing that can make you want to cry sometimes but you hold it in because in the end you have to travel anyway. As an international student, I tend to travel a lot and it’s become second nature to me, which is why I thought to impart some of my wise knowledge to you – even if you might already know this.
If you are an international student on a Tier 4 student visa like I am, there’s no need to panic about what to do if you get ill during your stay in the UK. Read on for my guide to healthcare in the UK and what to do if you get ill at university. (more…)
Jasmine August 28th, 2018 International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Preparing for University, Undergraduate health, healthcare, ill at uni, NHS, what to do if you're ill at university
Hi Everyone! As you may have read here, this past June, I took part in the Pathways to Marketing Scheme run by the University of Exeter’s CareerZone. After a marvellous end to a fun, exciting, and thorough training week, I was ready to dive head first into my placement as Marketing Assistant at 3WhiteHats.
British summer? Yes, you heard right. I have to admit that a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have believed that such a thing existed! I imagined, in my ignorance, that it’s always wet or cold here. But to my surprise and delight, summers in Exeter are just everything you’d want from a summer! It’s hot, sunny and the days are really long! Not to mention the greenery just thrives so Exeter looks astounding! But if you’re anything like me, the heat can be a challenge to productivity! So here are my go to ideas for beating the heat…
I grew up in Hong Kong, where summer days are insanely hot and long, while winter days are still cold but short. I am used to a warm and humid climate so I found it quite a drastic weather change when I first arrived in the UK. I adore warmer British months from April to September when the sun is shining and the days are longer. Luckily, Exeter is based in the South West which is one of the warmest places in the UK.
If you’re worried about moving to the UK here are some my top tips for keeping up with British weather!