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Maxwell

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

I play hockey for the US, despite it being a relatively unknown sport in the states. I was introduced to the sport by my dad who grew up in England and I decided I wanted to come to England to further my hockey whilst getting a world-class education. Exeter was the best place to do that because it has the best university hockey club in the country and is a Russell Group university. They have loads of support for their international athletes and have amazing facilities.

Describe your typical day at Exeter

A typical day for me would be waking up around 8am and getting ready to go to campus for lectures. Once on campus, I’ll stop at Pret when I have a break to get breakfast/lunch and get some work done in the Career Zone. After my lectures are finished, I’ll return home for an early dinner and then back up to the sports park for gym and hockey training. After all that’s finished, I’ll go home, have a light snack and watch some Netflix before going to bed.

What are the best aspects of studying within your department? 

The best aspect of being in the Business School I would say are the facilities. Building One has loads of study spaces and modern lecture theatres as well as some great food. Also, I love being able to choose any module in the Business School. I could be doing the exact same course as someone, but we could choose entirely different modules!

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

The vibe on campus is definitely very friendly. Every time I’m walking through campus I end up stopping for chats with people I know.

What activities are you taking part in?  Which clubs/societies or facilities/activities do you enjoy the most?

I’m an avid hockey player so I’ve pretty much revolved my entire university life around the Hockey Club. Last year, I found myself up at the pitch every day of the week whether that was to play, train, coach, or spectate and this year I am the Vice Club Captain.

What particular skills are you gaining from this experience?

One of the main skills I’ve gained is learning to really prioritise the things that are meaningful to me. Before university, my parents would help me manage my time or would choose my priorities for me, but when I am here I have the freedom to choose between Netflix and coursework. It’s definitely made me more disciplined.

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

Obviously coming from an English-speaking country has made the transition easier, but you’d be surprised how much slang is different, as well as the vast amount of cultural differences. Since living in England, I’ve completely fallen in love with the English ‘work-hard play-hard’ culture and can see myself staying here much longer.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

I’ve found Exeter to be a nice mix of being in a city while still also feeling like the countryside. It’s normally a lot warmer/sunnier than the rest of the UK and is very close to the beautiful Dartmoor National Park and sandy beaches. 

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

Join a club/society! There is no better way to make so many lasting friendships and have a nice escape from coursework.

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

Very much so. Especially when I have had to miss exams to play in international tournaments, I have always been supported by the AU and my tutor.

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