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Ana Lucia

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

As a PhD student, my supervisors were the main reason to come to study at the University of Exeter. Both of them have a lot of experience in my research topic. My principal supervisor has been really supportive during the application process to University and while I am starting my PhD.

Describe your typical day at Exeter

My typical day at Exeter involves going to my study space to work on my research, going to workshops to improve my research and academic skills, as well as writing clubs to work on my research project. I usually meet with friends at the campus to have lunch. At night, I go to the gym or to a club.

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

The best aspects of studying at my department is the support given by the staff, particularly my supervisor. 

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

The Streatham campus has amazing views full of nature. There are comfortable facilities where you can study, eat and hang out with your friends. The campus is an interesting combination between antique and new buildings full of history with many places to explore while you pass your days at Uni.

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

I really enjoy going to the Sports Park Gym. It is convenient to have a gym on campus where you can exercise after studying during the day. There are many group classes to try and have fun by yourself or with your friends.

What particular skills are you gaining from this experience? Will this help you in your choice of career?

This experience is beneficial for me. First, I will improve my cultural competence while having the opportunity to share and learn from people from all over the world. Second, I am gaining more confidence in speaking a second language. Third, I am cultivating my research skills.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

Exeter is a small city full of nature with a lot of cycling and pedestrian routes, which is convenient in terms of mobility. In and outside the University campus you can enjoy trees, animals and beautiful landscapes. Being a small city, Exeter gives you the feeling of life at a slower pace without worrying about your safety.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

I would strongly recommended Exeter to my friends. There are many researchers conducting interesting research, supportive staff and well-equipped facilities.

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

I recommend joining Freshers Week so they have time to know the campus, the facilities and all the exciting opportunities you can find here. Freshers Week is an excellent opportunity to make friends, socialise and get to know many societies on campus.

Was the University supportive during your time here?

One of the most interesting things about the University is how much they concern and care about their students. There is always someone or an online resource you can use in order to understand or figure out what you need.

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