Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study?
The course content of my program is very complete, I absolutely love the variety of optional modules that the program offers. Depending on the modules chosen, it is the student who decides which aspects of the program she/he is going to focus on. Further, the university facilities are amazing! Both campuses, Streatham and St. Luke’s, are just gorgeous. Not to mention how beautiful and safe Exeter is.
Describe your typical day at Exeter
In the morning, I have one or two classes. Depending on the modules, compulsory or optional, the class size and the length of the class will vary. A compulsory class, for example, is three hours long, and this year we are about 60 students, an optional module, on the other hand, is two hours long, and in the modules that I’ve chosen, we are about 20 students. Once the classes are over, I sometimes have lunch with friends at the University, and then I go to the library to work on some of my assignments. In the afternoon, I usually go for a run by the quay. At night, depending on the day, I stay home and do some reading or writing for my upcoming assignments, or if it is the end of the week, I meet some friends, we go out for dinner or a drink.
What are the best aspects of studying within your department?
The lectures at my department are great, all of the professors are very experienced. The classrooms at St. Luke’s are very well equipped. Further, both my tutor and dissertation supervisor, are very easy to talk to and are always willing to help.
How would you describe the vibe on campus?
I love the campus, it has all you need! From big and well-equipped libraries, comfortable classrooms, and huge lecture rooms, to restaurants, gyms, swimming pools, and even a small cinema! There is always something nice going on.
What activities are you taking part in? Which clubs/societies or facilities/activities do you enjoy the most?
I took some French lessons at the language department, and I also joined some dance classes, people are always very nice. However, what I enjoyed the most, was running with a couple of friends, Exeter’s landscape is exceptional, it feels like a city meant for sports.
What particular skills are you gaining from this experience, will this help you in your choice of career?
Living in the UK has not only given me the chance to study and learn from my master’s degree program, but it has also given me the chance to learn about British culture, about the UK’s history, education system, literature, and so many things that have significantly contributed to my personal and professional life.
How did you deal with any challenges/ difficulties during your time at the University of Exeter?
I have been very lucky because I have made great friends while living in Exeter, so when I had to deal with any difficulties, especially related to the pandemic, I could always rely on them. I think it is very important to share what you are going through with other people, so that they can help you to overcome any difficulties.
What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?
One of the best things about living in Exeter is how diverse the city can be, I have met people from many countries, and it has just been really nice learning from them. Also, Exeter’s landscapes are amazing, being surrounded by nature is great!
Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?
I would definitely recommend Exeter to my friends, even though Exeter is a small city, it has a lot to offer.
Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter that surprised you?
I was not expecting Exeter to be so diverse, I feel that I have met people from all over the world, which is really nice because you get to always learn something from someone.
What advice would you give students planning on coming to the University of Exeter?
Travel as much as you can, join one or two societies, make friends from different countries, and last but most importantly, make the most of your studies; ask your professors if you do not understand something, do not wait until the last minute to complete you assignments, the earlier the better, so that you will have time to travel and enjoy without worries.
Has the University been supportive during your time at Exeter?
The staff from the university has been more than supportive, they are easy to talk to, they are understanding, and always willing to help. They have advised me even before arriving to the University, and throughout the whole year.
Find out more about Vanessa's time at the University by watching her video profile.