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From week 1 to week 200 – My UK adventure

Every student first coming to university has some apprehensions. Coming to a new place, settling in, meeting lots of new people from all over the world, the fear of being unable to make friends, feeling homesick – it all happens to everyone. My first week in the UK was the same, filled with joyful excitement and anxiety. As an international student who had never been to the UK before, except for a short visit, and never been away from my family, this was a huge step outside my comfort zone and just the beginning of a whirlwind experience. I studied my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham before I joined my current Masters degree at the University of Exeter.  (more…)

   June 9th, 2018    Miscellaneous


Reasons to choose a campus based university

When I was researching the different universities in the UK, I was certain I wanted to choose a campus based university. If you’re unsure whether you would like a campus based university or not, hopefully this blog post will help you understand what it’s like to study here at Exeter’s Streatham Campus!

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   May 25th, 2018    International, Lectures and Seminars, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Studying


Why I chose the University of Exeter – BSc Business in Cornwall

More than two years ago, I had to make one of the most important decisions in my life – choosing a university.

I was not familiar with the whole English system, how it works, what UCAS is and what factors to look at while choosing universities – I didn’t know where to start.

As I was looking at Business or Economics degrees, I found out that the University of Exeter Business School was one of the Top 10 Business schools in the UK. I also noticed that the BSc Business programme requires students to do a work placement every year while doing the degree, which I thought was a great opportunity to enhance my employability.

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   May 22nd, 2018    Cornwall, International, Lectures and Seminars, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate     , , , , , , , , , ,


Top 5 things to know about studying Biosciences in Cornwall

Here are 5 things you should know about doing Biosciences in Cornwall! 

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   May 18th, 2018    Cornwall, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate


A Guide to Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Lunar calendar. The start of Ramadan marks a month-long period of fasting. Each fast lasts from daybreak to sundown, and during the fast one abstains from food and drink – but the purpose of fasting runs much deeper. It is meant to be a symbolic reminder of the fleeting nature of material goods, an exercise in patience and empathy, and to inspire gratitude for what one has while understanding how people with less favourable circumstances may feel. The end of Ramadan brings the biggest festival in Islam, Eid (which I like to describe as the Muslim equivalent of Christmas), replete with enough feasting to make up for a month’s fasts. (more…)

   May 17th, 2018    International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Miscellaneous


Top 5 things you need to know about your humanities degree in Exeter

Here are my top 5 things you need to know about a Humanities degree at the University of Exeter.

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   April 24th, 2018    Cornwall, International, Miscellaneous, Preparing for University, Studying, Undergraduate


The best Instagram and photography spots on the Penryn Campus

1. Tremough house

Tremough house is one of the oldest buildings on the Penryn Campus. Some students have their lectures and tutorials in the house which was originally built in the 18th Century.

 

Tremough house

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   April 16th, 2018    Cornwall, Exploring Devon and Cornwall, Higher Education, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus, Studying, 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


Exe-cellent

As the end of the academic year approaches many third years find themselves panicking about the prospect of adult life. The questions ‘what on earth will I do next year?’ and ‘will my parents cry if I move back home?’ are circling through the heads of many finalists.

At Christmas I found myself in the exact same situation. I knew I wanted to continue in education and eventually complete a PhD, but where? And on what topic? Amidst panic revising for my January exams I found myself searching for postgraduate courses online. Of course Exeter University would have been a great place to continue my education, but none of the masters courses were quite right for me and what I wanted to do. Then I came across an advert for a PhD with the Centre for Integrated Research in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA), and it seemed PERFECT. The official title was ‘Whole foods as an aid to enhance recovery, muscular strength and functional performance in older adults’. Effectively, the project was looking to find foods that could help to prevent a decline in strength and muscle mass often associated with ageing. I immediately put together an application.

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   April 13th, 2018    Miscellaneous


Guide to Interviews and Assessment Centres

Hi there, I’m Nicola! I’m currently in my second year studying Management with Marketing with Industrial Experience. This summer, I will start my placement year, which is incredibly exciting! To secure a placement or internship (including summer internships), most companies have an application process that includes a job application form, CV and Cover Letters, psychometric tests, interviews, and finally an assessment centre. The aim of this blog post is to share my experiences with interviews and assessment centres, sharing some tips that I have found useful.

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   April 12th, 2018    Careers, International, Lectures and Seminars, Undergraduate     , , ,


A Very Cold Week in My Life

Super duper late but recently, I took over our Students’ Instagram account to show everyone what it was like to study English at Exeter. As the Beast from the East snowstorm came upon Cornwall just midweek and cancelled classes and meetings, it was a pretty chilled few days for me; a contrast to my usual hectic schedule! (more…)

   April 12th, 2018    Cornwall, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Penryn Campus


What is it like to work for the University?

Last week’s theme on our @exeterunilife Instagram account was WORKING FOR THE UNI. I asked students who work for the University or the Guild to talk about their experiences and shared their stories on Instagram. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the week along with some general information about working on campus. (more…)

   April 5th, 2018    Careers, Higher Education, International, Life on Campus, Postgraduate, Undergraduate


Living in Glasney

On the way to a morning lecture

As a first year, one of my biggest worries whilst applying for Exeter was student accommodation. How do I apply? Are there catered halls? How easy is it to walk to the nearest grocery store? Luckily, the page for Residences on the University of Exeter website as well as the Accommodation tab on the Falmouth Exeter Plus website answered all my questions. With the help of the images and descriptions provided, I made the decision of applying for Glasney Student Village.

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   April 5th, 2018    accommodation, Cornwall, Penryn Campus, Undergraduate


Don’t worry, be HAPPY! :)

“Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you…”

It’s that time of term… assignments piling up, deadlines approaching, exams on the corner. Days in the library seem long and daunting and you can’t even think about Spring break at the moment. Right now, take a short break (at least to read this blogpost) and allow yourself some time to relax, smile and be happy.

On the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS, we gathered our ideas of happiness and answered the question ‘what makes you happy during this period of term’.

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   March 20th, 2018    Higher Education, International, Life in the South West, Life on Campus, Undergraduate


Work abroad – all you need to know

My year in Italy

I worked in Italy, as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at an NGO. The experience wasn’t easy and I still think that studying is more enjoyable. But no one promised me that something would be easy. I’ve significantly developed myself as a professional and gained some important skills, such as flexibility, teamwork, the ability to plan and use my initiative. Also, because I was abroad, I’ve become more culturally adaptable, learnt to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds. Placement is a lot of fun as well – it gives you the opportunity to travel and to meet new people!

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   March 9th, 2018    Careers, International, Studying, Undergraduate, Year Abroad     , , , , , , , , , ,


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