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Natasha

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study?

Not only is the University highly regarded internationally, but it is also one of the top universities in the U.K. for both Economics and Politics. I was also attracted to the fact that it was a campus university. I had only heard good things about the university from friends and family members who have visited the city or have studied here. 

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

I would say the lecturers are the best aspects of studying within my department as they are truly knowledgeable and really do specialise in the module that they teach. I find them very helpful when I need clarification or seek further information in a particular aspect of the course. 

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

Vibrant and lively, with students everywhere! I totally love the feeling of a campus university. 

What activities are you taking part in?  

I am part of the Thai Society which helped me become a little less homesick as I get to meet other people from Thailand as well. Exeter has a very strong Thai community here and I am so glad to be able to connect with people from my own hometown. The society organises lots of social and sporting events regularly. I recently went to their Sports Day and had tons of fun!

What particular skills are you gaining from this experience (personal and professional), will this help you in your choice of career?

I think time management is one particular skill that I am gaining from studying here at the university. Not only do I have to balance between school life and social life, I also have to manage my time to include independent studying. I think this skill will definitely help me in my future career, whatever it may be, as it is quite crucial for success in the workplace. 

How have you dealt with any difficulties during your time at the University of Exeter?  

Having grown up speaking English, I did not face as many linguistic challenges as I did with cultural differences. Although there are definitely certain phrases and English slang that people here use which I do not recognise and which have led to a few awkward moments. Regarding cultural differences, I think it is only natural for that to happen and so I try to see it as a learning experience instead of a barrier.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

I love how compact the city is! It is only about a 15 minute walk from the campus to the city and this has all the main grocery shops, clothing stores, and a huge selection of restaurants. There’s also quite a few Thai restaurants that I go to when I miss the taste of home.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

Yes, I will definitely recommend Exeter to my friends. However, I think it also depends on whether they prefer a smaller city or a bigger city. 

Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter that surprised you?  

As my flatmates are mostly from the U.K., I was able to learn a few British words/slang like ‘cheers’ and ‘knackered’. 

What advice would you give students planning on coming to the University of Exeter?

It is completely normal to feel nervous since going to university is a big step in your life, but don’t spend too much time worrying and instead consider all the fun and exciting things you’ll get to do here. Furthermore, the university provide lots of support for international students, in case anything comes up. So just look forward to all the new things you’ll get to experience during your time here at Exeter.  

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

Yes! I was supported right from the very beginning when I first arrived at Heathrow Airport with the airport collection service. I am very grateful for the friendly international student team who have helped me settle in, answered my questions, and just made me feel welcomed in general. 

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