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

The University of Exeter was the best choice because I wanted to study marine ecology and gain a wide breadth of skills. The world-class research and amazing lecturers got me really excited to pursue my higher education at this University. The campus looked amazing and the proximity to the ocean didn’t hurt either!

Describe your typical day at Exeter

It depends on the day, but usually I have at least 2 lectures per day. Some days it could be a lecture for my course about marine animals and a statistics lecture, or it could be a lab about creating effective science communication videos and a lecture about how to write proper dissertation papers. After normally scheduled classes, usually I will study with my friends and sometimes there is a lecture from a visiting speaker that we will attend. On Wednesdays and Fridays, I have the opportunity to sing in two different choirs, one called Viva Voce with the Student Union and another that is in a church in Falmouth. And of course, the pub on the weekends!

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?  

I love the field work that is part of my course. Everything from boat surveys and acoustic training to a marine mammal medic course gives me relevant training that will prepare me for future studies in the marine field.

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

Studious, but relaxed. There is definitely a creative vibe that comes from having Falmouth University integrated into the Exeter campus, which really adds to the whole experience.

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

I am involved in the EcoSociety, MarineWatch society, Viva Voce (which is a student-led choral society), and the Birdwatching Society. I really enjoy the Viva Voce society. Even though I am doing a Master’s in science, I did a minor in music for my undergrad. We even perform for several Penryn and Falmouth events!

What particular skills are you gaining from this experience, will this help you in your choice if career?

Through my Master’s program, I am gaining lots of experience in a variety of online programs, such as R Studio and GIS, which are desirable skills to have when applying for a job, as it can set you apart as a candidate. Because many of the lecturers here are well connected, there are many PhD opportunities that come up as well as jobs and conferences that they offer out to us. We are also learning lots of skills such as marine vertebrate surveys and passive acoustic monitoring. The diversity in the skills that we are gaining will help us to be well-rounded as applicants for jobs and PhD programs. Personally, I find that it challenges me to be more flexible and be open to learning new skills!

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

Being an American, the grading system was definitely something to get used to. I had a lot of help from my advisor and fellow students in understanding this, so by the time assessments came around, I knew exactly what to expect. Being from an English-speaking country, it was not hard to navigate, but there are many sessions for international students that help to integrate us into the community. Another amazing program Exeter has is called Global Chums where undergraduate students are assigned an upperclassman to help get them settled into uni.

What’s the best thing about living in Penryn?

How connected the community is to the sea. For someone doing the course that I am doing, it is particularly great. There is so much to do from societies to solo ocean sports that someone who is really looking for a great academic experience tied in with the ocean can easily be happy.

Would you recommend Penryn to your friends?


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

Something that pleasantly surprised me, it was the fact that the societies are open to everyone, regardless of whether you’re a first year or a PhD student!

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

The campus has tons of resources that are provided for you. Take advantage of them and don’t be afraid to reach out!

Has the University been supportive during your time here?


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