Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study?
I decided to come to the UK because this is the country where modern geology started. I wanted to study in an English-speaking country and also learn about a completely different geological context in comparison to my country. The modules of the Masters are completely interesting and area focused in the reality of industry, with lectures about the environmental and economic issues of mining.
Describe your typical day at Exeter
My day starts with a bike trip to campus. Commonly the day is mixed between modules and self-work and varies between 1 – 8 hours per day in lectures. I enjoy going to the social space for Masters students and sharing time with classmates. Some days in the week, I have trainings with a football team called Tremough FC (also we enjoy social meetings on Fridays or weekends). Finally, at night, I cook lunch for the next day and I share with my flatmates talking about the day of each one. Before sleep, I commonly read and work on upcoming assignments.
What are the best aspects of studying within your department?
The lectures in MSc Exploration Geology are given by professors with a strong background in the industry. They are completely immersed in reality at a corporate level. Furthermore, the Camborne School of Mines is one of the best mining institutions in the world with strong equipment and laboratories for research. People in the department are nice and always ready to help.
How would you describe the vibe on campus?
I enjoy all the facilities you can find on campus. From the comfortable and well-equipped classrooms to the gym, library, and social spaces. I find it interesting to have a pub on campus. One of the best ways for discussing geology is by drinking a pint with your classmates and professors.
What activities are you taking part in? Which clubs/societies or facilities/activities do you enjoy the most?
Since I was a child, I have loved playing football. To have the opportunity of playing in an incredible team such as Tremough FC is the best social activity I found in Penryn. Furthermore, I am part of the Camborne School of Mines Society and the Hispanic Society.
What particular skills are you gaining from this experience? Will this help you in your choice of career?
Living in the UK has increased my personal skills, such as autonomy, responsibility, and independence. Furthermore, it has helped me to improve my English level and learn about different cultures (not just the British, but also Asian and African with my classmates). This experience showed me the importance of establishing a network for professional purposes. Also, in the School of Mines, I have learned how mining works around the world and the main challenges of the industry for the future.
How have you dealt with any challenges/difficulties during your time at the University of Exeter?
My major support are my friends from the Masters course and of the football team, they help me to face the cultural differences by teaching me about how to deal with it. Also, the University seeks to help the students with financial support associated with the cost-of-living crisis.
What’s the best thing about living in Penryn?
I love to live next to the beach and have a beautiful view with castles and lovely homes.
Would you recommend Exeter/Penryn to your friends?
Absolutely! This is a wonderful place to live and study.
Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter/Penryn that surprised you?
I am surprised about the food; it is completely different to the Colombian cuisine.
What advice would you give students planning on coming to the University of Exeter?
Enjoy the experience of living abroad, this is a moment to grow and know yourself. You must be focused on the academic work, but also take advantage of the academic spaces and direct questions to the professors. Find time to share with people from different countries and travel as much as you can. Finally, join a society and enjoy the beer!
Was the University supportive during your time here?
The university has been completely supportive even before arriving to the UK. The staff are really nice to talk to and are ready to help all the time.