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Thinking about doing a work placement?

Studying a four-year degree with Work Abroad or Industrial Placement? Planning to move onto this programme? Keep reading, this post may be your lifebelt.

Work placements are a great way to kick-start your career, realise your potential and find the path that is right for you. I’m currently on a ‘Sustainability with French with Work Abroad’ programme, though I’ve recently become more interested in work placements in the UK simply because I think it’s quicker and easier to find opportunities in my field in the UK. (more…)

   December 4th, 2017    Careers, Undergraduate


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


A day in the life of an international student

It’s International Students’ Day, so I thought it would be fun to show you what one of my typical days is like so you can get a sense of what to expect as an international student in Exeter.

About me

In case you haven’t read my profile, let me dedicate a few lines to introduce myself. I’m Niki, 21, from Hungary, a second-year undergraduate at the beautiful Streatham Campus. After having changed my course 1… 2… 3 times (that’s right!), I’m now on track to get a degree title of something like ’Sustainability with French with Work Experience Abroad’. I feel that I really did find my passion in this course and I absolutely love my modules. I’m the Social Secretary of the Hungarian Society and I was part of the International Welcome Team this year, so you might have bumped into me in my bright pink T-shirt throughout Freshers’ Week. I’ve recently got the role of International Social Media Assistant at the University, which I’m incredibly excited about. (more…)

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


From high school in Malibu to Business School in Cornwall

Growing up in Southern California, five mins from the sunny beaches of Malibu, people often question why anyone would ever want to leave, but I did.

Picture this: it’s a Wednesday afternoon in October. You have just finished your lectures for the day. As you walk out of the Exchange Building on the Penryn Campus, a gentle gust of soft, crisp air brushes across your cheeks. The sun is out, the weather is beautiful, so naturally what do you do? You get your friends together and head to Falmouth’s Gylly Beach, just a few miles from good old campus. (more…)

   November 17th, 2017    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate


Studying at the University of Exeter

Have you ever dreamed of going to a beach after a lecture? Have you ever thought it could be possible to have a group meeting with a sea view? That is what life at the University of Exeter can be like!

Studying at the University of Exeter will give you a chance to experience a lot of new opportunities. One of the advantages of being a student on the Penryn Campus is being only several minutes away from the sea. A big variety of clubs and societies, that can only be found here, helps students to broaden their horizons as well as gives an opportunity to meet people form different parts of the world. (more…)

   November 17th, 2017    Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Studying, Undergraduate


300 sunny days, 12 states, 1 amazing year: studying in Colorado, USA

During my second year here in Exeter I was given the opportunity to apply to study abroad for a year. This was something I’d always wanted to do and eventually decided that I wanted to go to Colorado, USA and study at Colorado State University. I can honestly say this turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made! (more…)

   October 12th, 2017    International, Undergraduate, Year Abroad     , ,


Aqua-demia: The Life of a Student Rower

Joining the boat club when I got to University was an easy decision. Rowing since I was in Year 9, my main two questions attending University open days were “how good is the boat club” and “how good is Sports Science”. It goes without saying that Exeter came out number one.

Rowing in my first year was a great way to make friends. The girls you row with become your social circle and cheesy though it is, will be your friends all through university and way beyond graduation. It’s not uncommon for rowers that graduated two years ago to come back and pay the squad a visit, with the same being said for those that quit rowing at some point throughout university life holding onto the social ties they’ve made during their time at EUBC (Exeter University Boat Club). (more…)

   October 11th, 2017    Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Undergraduate     , , , ,


My Freshers’ Week

If you’re a Fresher, you’re probably taking part in a taster session, doing some shopping in the city or getting stopped in the Forum by every other person that wants you to join their societies. You’ve already been to loads of socials and taster sessions but can’t decide which ones to join, though the Activities Fair is around the corner? Wilko has run out of everything and you still don’t have forks and knives? You think you bought all the essentials and then realise you don’t have a peeler when you’re about to make some sweet potato fries? Even though you might think you’re the only one having concerns or struggling with eating a proper meal that doesn’t cost you a fortune, believe me, YOU ARE NOT!

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   September 25th, 2017    Freshers Week, International, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


It’s never too early to think about your career

Many of you may consider working alongside your studies. Whether you aim to get a part-time job during term time or look for a summer internship, the University is there to support you in your career goals. At Exeter, The Career Zone is located in the Forum and the staff is always happy to help you find employment, advise you on how to improve your CV or give you guidance on how to nail an interview.

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   July 5th, 2017    Careers, Undergraduate


Stunning landscape, flaming barrels, scones to die for – what makes Devon a must-visit destination?

When I applied for university last year, I couldn’t make it to an Open Day in Exeter. quay I tried to ask around and get as much information as I could about the campus and the area. One thing I was constantly said by friends and that was emphasised on all the websites I looked at was how beautiful the South West was and how great the weather could be here compared to other parts of the UK. As I arrived on a rather sunny weekend in September, I faced the greenest campus I could have imagined and the most amazing view I could wake up to. Even though I was yet to explore all the beauties and treasures the area had to offer, I knew instantly that I chose the right place. One year was hardly enough to discover everything I wanted and there are still dozens of places I long to go to. For now, here are some of the locations I visited and things I did during my first year, all of which I would highly recommend to anyone coming to Devon.

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   June 20th, 2017    Exploring Devon and Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Postgraduate, Undergraduate


Road tripper’s guide to Cornwall: My 12 favourite destinations

Though student life has kept me very busy, I have had a few chances to branch out and explore what Cornwall has to offer. Travelling around can be tricky if you don’t have a car, although most popular destinations are reachable by bus. Luckily, through a mix of friends and visiting family members, I have been able to hitch a ride to some of Cornwall’s most beautiful destinations. Going by category, here are a few of the places that I recommend most highly…

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   June 15th, 2017    Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, International, Life in the South West, Miscellaneous, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate


My third year at University of Exeter Medical School

It’s been a while since I’ve written for this blog, but I thought I’d share a few words about what third year at Exeter medical school is like. This year our cohort has been split, so half of our year went down to Truro for 3rd and 4th years and the other half stayed here in Exeter. It was a bit of a shame because a lot of friendship groups got split up, but people seem to be happy studying where they are. For 5th year we swap around, so those in Truro come back to do 5th year in Exeter and those in Exeter head down to Truro for 5th year.

I’m really not sure if the Medical School gave us enough warning about what a massive step third year is from second year. Last year we were spending everyday on campus with a few contact hours a day and just one day a month on placement, and now suddenly we’re spending 4 days a week on busy wards with hardly any structure or supervision. I’m not complaining at all, it’s so interesting and exciting and I feel more like an apprentice rather than a student, but it is hard work. I feel like last year if you didn’t know something, it was ‘alright because you’re just a second year’. But this year, I’ve heard of quite a few of my peers being reprimanded by doctors and consultants because ‘You’re a third year, you really should know that by now’. I’m not sure what they thought was going to happen over the summer, but suddenly a lot more is expected of us. It’s motivational though, the fear of being embarrassed drives you to work hard and make sure there are no gaps in our knowledge!

So, to elaborate on what the structure of the week is like this year: Monday is Academic day, where we have 2 hours of lectures and then either clinical skills session or professional practice group in the afternoon. Tuesday we begin our week of allocated placement and spend the afternoon having tutorials (1-4 hours of teaching sessions from healthcare professionals). Wednesday morning we have placement again and then the afternoon is free for self-directed study or sport (or working at Superdrug, in my case). Thursday and Friday we spend all day at placement. Our allocated placement changes every week, and often varies greatly from one week to the next. They are often specialities of medicine, such as cardiology, paediatrics, psychiatry, GP and obstetrics and we rotate so that everyone in the year spends time in each speciality. A week in each placement isn’t a long time, which is good if it’s not something you enjoy, but frustrating if you do enjoy it and don’t have time to really get stuck in. Some specialities such as cardiology, elderly care and psychiatry have more than one week allocated.

I’ve found I’ve got less free time than last year, and when we do have time off we’re usually so knackered from the week before that it’s harder to fit in activities like sports. Nevertheless, I still find time to work 20 hours a week at Superdrug and go to the gym 3-4 times per week, which I find keeps a nice balance to my life.

In terms of assessment, we have 4 Medical Knowledge progress tests and 5 SSU essays to write. We also have clinical competencies (performing examinations, taking blood, etc) both in clinical skills (a simulated environment) and whilst on placement. In addition to this, we have to write 2 reflective essays for our academic tutors to read.

I know we’ve still got so much time to decide which speciality we want to work in, but I’m keen on the idea of paediatrics. Although I haven’t actually experienced my paediatric placement rotation yet, so that may change in the future. The good thing about rotating placements every week is that by process of elimination we can decide which specialities we find interesting and which ones aren’t for us.

All in all, I’m still really enjoying my time here studying with Exeter Medical School. Although it is challenging at times, I feel so fortunate to have a place here and have also made it this far through the course. This year I’ve been given insight to what working on wards as a doctor is like and now I can’t wait to graduate and start working!

   May 5th, 2017    Studying, Undergraduate


From Reading Week up to Christmas: what to expect!

For first year students and those lucky second years (myself included), reading week is upon us. But as you hear this term ‘reading week’, you can’t help but wonder what’s it all about? Well, as most people decide to go home for a few days, reading week can be a nice break from the hustle and bustle of a packed out term. Reading week is largely about enjoying the freedom of not buying and cooking your own food, of being able to watch TV, and of course, catching up with family and friends. However, not to be forgotten is the true purpose of this week, to catch up on academic work and basically organise yourself. First term can be a little overwhelming for anybody, living independently in a completely new place, making friends and adjusting to student life. Reading week is also just a moment to breathe.

From my experience, I advise: don’t waste your week! The second part of first term can be insanely busy and can fly by with deadlines, house hunting and exams looming. Here’s a few tips on how to deal with the period from reading week up to Christmas!

1) Use your time effectively in reading week:- catching up on any missed work (we’ve all been there), or start planning/writing your essays/reports etc. Also, as silly as this sounds, take advantage of home cooked meals! This is also a chance to bring anything back to uni you may have forgot,such as a Halloween costume. A Christmas jumper also always comes in handy in December (socials, flat meals etc)

2) In November, start looking for houses for next year. Make sure you’re clear on who you’re living with and commence house hunting! A lot of them are released in November and there’s a mad rush which leads up to the Housing Fair. You won’t want to leave this issue until when you have exams, it’s just unnecessary stress!

3)Don’t leave all work until last minute! Leave yourself enough time to do the research, write out a draft, edit the draft, and also enough time left in case something goes wrong (illness, losing work etc)

4) Go to lectures. As simple as this tip is, I know it can be hard on a freezing cold Monday morning dragging yourself out of bed for an 8:30. However, it is worth it, as missed lectures can slowly add up and when the time comes to revise, you’ll realise that you don’t know half of your course!

Lastly, enjoy this festive time of year! Exeter also has a fantastic Christmas market, which is something to look forward to!

   October 25th, 2016    Exams and Assessment, Life on Campus, Studying, Undergraduate     , , , ,


A Day in the Life of a Superfood Sceptic

Every year the latest food ‘hype’ is splattered over the media whether it’s the importance of eating organic as seen in 2012, going gluten free in 2013 or the renowned ‘superfoods’ which in 2015 we were made all too aware of. The term ‘superfood’ became the popular buzzword in the food world last year, and even as students, tucked away in the south, it is something that we have been made to believe in, but what does it actually mean? And should we be getting involved?

Read the rest of Mia’s post…

   January 28th, 2016    Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Undergraduate     ,


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