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Fiona Edwards

BA Classical Studies with Study Abroad

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

It’s hard to pick just one example, but for me, the highlight was definitely my final year. I had amazing friends from my course, gotten to know the wonderful lecturers within my department and made the most of the societies available at the university. It was an incredible year and gave me the confidence I’ll need to succeed beyond Exeter.

What will you miss the most about University?

I’ll miss the incredible atmosphere and feeling of belonging that every student enjoys while studying here. You really feel like you are part of a community, that’s open and friendly to every type of person, and I always felt that I could just be myself. I made great friends and had great experiences, which I’ll keep with me for the rest of my life.

What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

As well as the opportunity to study abroad in a foreign country, the variety of modules on offer within my programme was something I really enjoyed. Ancient architecture, literature, history, and mythology, to name a few, gave me a wide breadth of subject matter absent from a lot of other courses at other universities. I always felt like there was a module that appealed to me, and it helped me achieve the best results I could.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

My first piece of advice to current and prospective students is to do both the necessary reading and further reading. We have a fantastic library on campus, and if you go above and beyond with reading for lectures and seminars, it’ll show in your work. Secondly, make sure you chat to your tutors within your department about your essays and exams, as they’re more than happy to help and will guide you on the right path to success.

My last piece of advice is to have fun. You won’t believe how quickly the time goes, and it’s important to balance work with other things you enjoy.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

In September, I’ll begin studying for my Graduate Diploma in Law with the University of Law, with the aim of moving on to the Legal Practice Course, and ultimately becoming a solicitor.