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Luisa

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

What drew me to Exeter was the balance of my course, because it catered to both my needs in the theory and practice-based fields. And seeing that it was very well ranked in my general field helped me confirm that I would be getting a good level of education. Additionally, from researching the University, I could see the University offers a good social life and extra curricular opportunities.

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

It is a very well balanced programme, I enjoy immensely that my course is very grounded in the current working field. It makes sure you know all the career paths that you have available and the necessary tools to develop yourself in whatever path you choose.

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

Friendly and free.

What activities (social, sporting or otherwise) are you taking part in? Which clubs/societies or facilities/activities do you enjoy the most?

I have been to a few socials hosted by the Feminist, Harry Potter and Tennis society and I’ve enjoyed them all immensely, especially the feminist ones.

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

I continue to practice my English which is good. Also, my time here has made me more sociable and willing to put myself out there, to take more risks.

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

Thankfully I have met wonderful people who help with the cultural differences and embrace the cultural gap that we might have between our cultures. And with the language, I embraced an “at least I’m trying” attitude because it can be very frustrating when you feel you cannot communicate as fluently as you can in your own language. Also, no one here will judge you for your level of English, on the contrary they will appreciate the effort that you are making and help you if you cannot find the word or get tongue-twisted in the most friendly and polite manner.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

It feels very safe and I am enjoying living at a more relaxed pace, as opposed to that rushed big city vibe.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

Without a doubt.

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

The amount of societies they have, literally they have a group for everything.

Was the University supportive during your time here?

Yes, through their various facilities like the Career Zone or the mentorship scheme I have never felt that I did not have a good support system for whatever might be troubling me.

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