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Nur Venessa

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

I decided to study at the University of Exeter as I was immediately drawn to the varying modules within the LLB Law programme that fit my interests such as ‘Artificial Intelligence and the Law’. Exeter also has a strong reputation for law, with not only profound lecturers and modules but with accessibility for students when it comes to work or social life at the University, allowing students and myself to feel safe and find comfort within the campus.

Describe your typical day at Exeter 

My days vary as I only have lectures 3 out of 5 days of the week, with the occasional seminar filling up a slot in my blank days. Usually, I start my day by attending my 9.00am and afterwards I like to go back home and make a nutritious breakfast. Afterwards, I usually meet with a friend to walk to the Forum Library to overview what we have taken note of at our lecture and discuss what we’ve found together. At the end of our study sessions, we would go on a walk together to try and find Napoleon the University cat! 

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

I highly appreciate the drop-in hours that are provided for students who need extra reassurance in their progress towards understanding concepts within the lectures. It really helps with articulating my thoughts and allows me to build a friendly relationship with my lecturers, showcasing the supportive nature that the University of Exeter has to offer.

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

I would describe it as warm and welcoming.  

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

I am an avid participant in the Law Society, Malaysian Society, and the Body Society.  

The Law Society provides opportunities for me to strengthen my skills and awareness in the legal field with the assistance of the varying workshops and opportunities they have to offer. Alongside this, I also get the chance to be well acquainted with Law students in Exeter! 

The Malaysian Society has provided me with comfort and a place to cure my homesickness whenever I am in need of it. I have been able to bond with other Malaysians through holiday festivities as well as make friends with familiar faces from home.  

The Body Society provides me with a space of calm. It allows me to destress and unwind from work.  

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

I have been educated on what legal jobs are available in Legal Foundations and CYF (Create Your Future) Workshops. It has enlightened me regarding the varying choices I have and how I can apply my strengths towards my chosen career path.  

How have you dealt with any difficulties during your time at the University?

At first, I struggled to find comfort in a new environment. From finding friends to learning new things in my degree, it was a lot to take in for the first three months. Luckily, I was able to reach out to my friends from the Malaysian Society among other friends I have made along the way which made my loneliness dissipate over time.  

I have never found more comfort in a University town like I have found comfort in Exeter.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

I always look forward to walking to class. The overview of the hills and the natural greenery gives me comfort and is a good break from looking at the screen for too long.  

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?


Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter that surprised you? 

I was surprised at how forthcoming the accessibility team is to everyone on campus. I feel extremely supported not only in my studies but my emotional wellbeing as well!  

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

Definitely sign up for the gym if you're living on campus! It’s one of the best ways to start your morning.  

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

Extremely supportive. The accessibility team has been very helpful.

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