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A Guide to the annual FXU Student Elections on Cornwall campuses

So, it’s a chilly day in February and you’re walking towards the Exchange with your friends to head to your next lecture but the moment you step into the building, BAM…you’re suddenly bombarded with lots of students, several dressed up in coloured shirts with catchy slogans – there’s a lot of very smiley people coming up to you with manifestos and flyers are being waved in your face. What’s up with that?

At the moment as I’m writing this, we’re at the end of elections week for the 2018/2019 FXU Student Presidents! So, I’ve decided to do a quick post about the annual elections so that you know what’s on around campus if you do decide to study at the University of Exeter on the Cornwall campuses (or maybe you’re a prospective Falmouth student who has sneakily hopped over onto our Exeter student blogs to have a look at what’s going on…) and not get overwhelmed when elections week rolls by in your time at university.

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   February 26th, 2018    Cornwall, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Postgraduate, Undergraduate


Spending Christmas in Exeter

As a Canadian exchange student longing for some warmer weather, I was delighted to spend Christmas in the city of Exeter. Although I was away from my family I was far from alone and shared the experience with many old and new friends.

Read on to find out more about some of the activities which took place during the holiday season. (more…)

   February 20th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Undergraduate, Year Abroad


University accommodation – Clydesdale Rise

Home – everyone needs one. And this applies to your time at university. For the length of your course at the University of Exeter, your accommodation will be your home.

If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ll spend quite a bit of time in your room. So it’s understandable if you’re worried about where that is going to be, who you’re going to live with, whether it will have a launderette…. the list can be pretty long!

Read on to find out more about my experience in living in Clydesdale Rise during my postgraduate degree.

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   February 16th, 2018    accommodation, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Postgraduate


Exploring Cornwall – The Lizard point

When you see all those beautiful pictures of nice beaches, turquoise water, massive rocks and sunny weather, you always imagine it’s somewhere far away in a tropical country, but here is an example of what you can see right next to you while studying at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. Incredible, right?! A year and a half ago, I would not believe that I would be able to see this in England. (more…)

   February 5th, 2018    Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Studying     , , , , , ,


Moving to the UK – what to expect

Moving to a new country can be daunting, but doing a little bit of research can help you with your expectations. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing what it’s like to live in the UK, so hopefully you will find this a useful guide of what to expect when you get here!

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   February 1st, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Preparing for University


Self-catered halls in Exeter

As an international student, it was not possible for me to fly over to Exeter just to take a look at the campus and the accommodation offered by the university. The accommodation website was a great help for me because it provides all the detailed information about each hall and includes high-quality virtual tours. (more…)

   January 31st, 2018    accommodation, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Preparing for University


Why I came to Exeter on Exchange, without Instagram

Convincing someone who loves to travel to leave the country is relatively trivial. Those who have already hit the road generally have a hunger for exploration, a desire to see the world and/or present it on their Instagram accounts.

I’m not really a pictures person.

I do love new experiences and looked forward to being a part of british culture, a place that’s always on time and incredibly polite. As much as adventure calls, embarking on this exchange was still expensive and time consuming. I couldn’t justify it as just an opportunity to see something new and share images; I justified it as an opportunity to slow down time. (more…)

   January 24th, 2018    Life on Campus, Preparing for University, Year Abroad


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


Merry #Exemas!

When the notorious Christmas adverts of John Lewis and all the major British retailers start appearing on TV, you know that CHRISTMAS IS COMING. End of term is approaching, Christmas decorations are being set up and you’re drowning in deadlines and exams. Such a magical time… Or is it? Well, even though you might feel overwhelmed, there are things to be thankful for, including Costa’s Gingerbread Latte and Pret’s Mince Pies. (more…)

   December 23rd, 2017    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


Tis’ the season for Christmas events

Staying at Exeter over Christmas? Not sure what’s out there to enjoy? We’re here to help!

Winter in the UK can be really cool (No pun intended)! Especially during Christmas, when everywhere you go, its festive and beautiful. There is music in the air, people singing carols, lovely lights blinking merrily, people all wrapped up warm and shopping at the Christmas markets and the gorgeous Christmas trees with their amazing decorations! You’ve probably already experienced this on the campuses and in town.

But its not just Exeter. All over the UK, you have marvelous celebrations going on! Here are my top 5 picks for Winter Events – (more…)

   December 23rd, 2017    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus     , , , ,


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


Why I chose the University of Exeter in Cornwall

Cornwall – I’ve said it before that people often marvel at how far away it is for me in terms of university choice – it’s even more astounding because I’ve come from a country so far away, which means added travelling and stress. Why not somewhere more central like London where there are huge stores and big events (e.g. concerts at the O2) Or just cities in general like Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, etc.? Why not in the actual Exeter itself? (more…)

   December 8th, 2017    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University, Undergraduate


Thanksgiving 2017

One of the things that I noticed when I first moved to the UK was the fact that there is no such thing as a Thanksgiving tradition. As November rolls around, shops and high streets begin their transformations into Christmas wonderlands, radios start playing Christmas tunes and it’s as if November has been skipped over and December has started a month early! As one can imagine, for an American, this is quite an unnatural phenomenon! No more fall colours?! No autumn decorations?! Where are all the pumpkin-spiced food items in shops? What about the paper turkeys hanging in shop windows?! Why are people already wearing Christmas sweaters? (Fun fact: we say sweaters instead of jumpers in the USA.)

Luckily at uni, I am not the only student coming from abroad. About a week or so into November, I was packing up my bag after a lecture while speaking to a friend (who also spent many years in the States), about how this year was going to be the first of my nineteen years not celebrating Thanksgiving. Naturally, I was disappointed that I would not be able to join my family in Los Angeles to eat Turkey and pumpkin pie this season. We both concluded that this was an absolute scandal and something needed to be done! Before leaving the lecture room, it was decided that Thanksgiving was going to become a University of Exeter tradition.

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   December 7th, 2017    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus


Nicola’s day in the life

Hi! I’m Nicola, a second year student studying Management with Marketing from Hong Kong. This is a day in my life!

I’m up bright and early at 7:30am, as I like to take my time to make breakfast and watch the news in the Morning. Today, like most days, my  breakfast of choice is Porridge because it warms me up on a cold morning. After breakfast, I’m off to attend my lecture. I actually really enjoy walking to school, I get to appreciate how beautiful the campus is. (If I’m lucky, I even get to spot a few squirrels on my way to campus!) (more…)

   November 17th, 2017    International, Life on Campus, Studying, Undergraduate


Katya’s day in the life

Hi, nice to meet you! My name is Katya and I am a 4th-year student at the University of Exeter, studying International Relations and Business management with proficiency in Italian. I know it is a long title, but I certainly enjoy my course!

Today I’ll walk you through my day at the university. It is Thursday morning now. I normally wake up quite early and try to get most of my studying done in the first half of the day (but it never happens…:). My day starts with a plate of porridge, a healthy and traditional breakfast at home.

I’ve got some reading to do for my two modules, plus preparing a report. The deadline is tomorrow and the topic is “Resistance to change at Nokia”. It’s a groupwork task in one of the Bus  iness Management modules (in Business you always do little group assignments).  (more…)

   November 17th, 2017    International, Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Studying, Undergraduate


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