Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study?
I chose Exeter because it’s easy to commute between the city centre and the campus. I enjoy walking through scenic routes around Exeter as well which is perfect since Devon is fully surrounded with nature.
Describe your typical day at Exeter
I usually wake up at around 8-10 AM, depending on my class timetables. I then head to the lectures and seminars on that day. After classes or in between classes I try to organise my learning schedule to ensure everything will be finished on time. During my lunch break, I usually get food from the Forum kitchen/ PRET/ Starbucks/ the £2-pound meal at the student guild. After I finished all classes, I head home and get ready for either the gym or pool. After exercising, I will be cooking dinner at home/ with friends before winding down.
What are the best aspects of studying within your department?
I would say the best thing about my department are the opportunities to connect and meet different kinds of talented people during events. The lecturers are also helpful and detailed regarding the assessments given to us. There is also sufficient resources provided, especially for market research/ industry research.
How would you describe the vibe on campus?
The vibe on campus is lively. There is always something going on on campus, either it be society events to career events.
What activities are you taking part in?
I am a part of the Swimming Club, the Indonesian Society and the Business and Finance Society. There are plenty of events and socials throughout the year.
What particular skills are you gaining from this experience?
Understanding the social culture during my university years will have prepared me for the work environment in the UK. And also, my time management skills will help me filter and prioritise for when I’m working professionally.
Have you dealt with any challenges?
As for the language barrier, it wasn’t as horrible for me, as I was already used to communicating in English growing up. However, I did have a culture shock when I first came to the UK. Find yourself a good set of friends that you feel comfortable with. They will help you get through and adjust to the differences together.
What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?
The best thing about living in Exeter right now would be the living cost and the easy access to nature. Exeter is surrounded with many natural places to visit, including, Exmouth, Dawlish, St. Ives, Cornwall, and Dartmoor National Park.
Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?
I would recommend Exeter to my friends and family.
Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter that surprised you?
I was surprised with the easy access from the University to the city centre and student accommodation.
What advice would you give students planning on coming to the University of Exeter?
My advice would be to prepare mentally and be open-minded. There will be so many people from different backgrounds, hence coming in with an open mind will help to understanding them.
Has the University been supportive during your time here?
The University has been very helpful academically and also outside academia. There is a personal tutor you can talk to, which has helped a lot. The University’s Career Zone also helps students on preparing us to enter the job market, like hosting masterclasses for building a CV and cover letter.