Henry Slesser

Henry Slesser

BSc Evolutionary Biology

1. What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

My third year field course to the Yukon and Alaska was the highlight of my degree. The chance to visit some amazing biomes and tick off one of my big bucket list items, seeing grizzly bears fishing at the salmon run was a truly incredible experience.

2. What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss all of the friends I’ve made over the last three years. It’s been amazing and I couldn’t have gone through it with a nicer group of people. It’s a shame to think we’re all going our separate ways now. We’ll still keep in touch but finishing university does mark the end of an era.

3. What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

I really enjoyed the collaborative environment of Life Sciences at the Penryn Campus; both academics and students who are really passionate about the subjects they’re studying, all working together to advance understanding. Especially in the third year, it didn’t feel like I was a student anymore, more a fellow scientist working on a research topic.

4. What advice would you give to current and future students?

Time management is key to minimising stress through the university experience. Try to make sure you keep on top of assignments as they’re set, rather than leaving everything to the last minute. The whole term flows a lot nicer if you do little and often with assignments. If you’re ever unsure of something just ask, the lecturers are always willing to make time to sit down with you and go through any problem areas.

5. What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I’m going on to study a masters in Ocean Science at the University of Southampton, after that possibly a PhD, but I’m not sure yet!