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Sentoash Naidu

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

Exeter was one of the top universities for student satisfaction in the Russell Group and I have had friends speak highly of Exeter. Additionally Exeter was the only British university to properly consider my previous learning experiences and allow me to advance into a degree course without repetition of modules.

Describe your typical day at Exeter 

My typical day at Exeter starts with a hike through Duryard and Belvedere Valley (if the weather permits). Then I start the day by catching up with the news back home and in the UK. I have a good balance of classes, roughly about two to three hours of class about four days in a week. This allows me to work on my own projects outside of University and also rest. In the evenings I try and attend socials but I’m probably walking around the beautiful city of Exeter and just admiring the clear starry skies.

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

The Computer Science department is full of very competent and knowledgeable lecturers. Many of whom have extensive experience in the field they teach which helps make lessons relatable and useful in the real world. 

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

The vibe of the campus is green, modern, friendly and inclusive.

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

I’m part of the Queer and BAME society, the Malaysian Society, the Volunteer Society  and the Computer Science Society. My favourite thing of the week is the Intercultural Cafes that the integration team holds every Friday. It’s one of the things I look forward to all week and never disappoints. 

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

I think my time at Exeter has taught me to be resilient, and brave. University is not always an easy experience, but Exeter has made 

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

I absolutely love the greenery and small city vibe of Exeter. It has everything you’d want from a city and at the same time it provides just the right about of peace, and tranquility one would want for a university. My favourite part is the abundance of amazing hiking trails around Exeter.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

Definitely! It changes my life for the better and I bet it will do the same for my friends as well.

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

One thing that surprised me in my time here is that I didn’t experience much (if any) of a culture shock. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, I quickly made friends and built myself a little family of friends from all over the world and they help me keep balanced and not miss home so much. 

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

Don’t be afraid to start a conversation. One conversation can lead to the best friendships so be bold and take the first step! You got this! Remember everyone is human after all, and keep family close to you. Whether that’s through food or video calls, do it. It helps.

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

The University has provided so many services that have played a vital part in keeping me happy and healthy. Mainly the transition teams events and the wellbeing center. Mostly though, the University has provided me with an environment where my differences were celebrated and welcomed. That acceptance and warmness really touched me.

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