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

Exeter has such a beautiful and calm campus, and a fantastic Biological Sciences program. 

Describe your typical day at Exeter

I currently have limited mobility due to recent knee surgery, so my day starts with making breakfast, sitting at my desk and working through lectures online. Next I check my email and reply to any if needed, lunch, then later I may hang out with my flatmates or play video games with my friends from the Esports Society! 

What are the best aspects of studying within your department? 

The lecturers are fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Never hesitate to reach out to anyone as they are all extremely helpful! During my first year, I dislocated my knee and had a month-long hospital stay, my lecturers, as well as the support staff on campus, have helped me so much in making sure I could still succeed.  

How would you describe the vibe on campus? 

Very chilled, relaxing! We are surrounded by beautiful nature, and there’s always a little park or garden to reset or have a picnic in!  

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

I’m a member of the Biological Society, Pro-Choice Society, Latin American Society, and am a committee member of the Esports Society! I definitely enjoy meeting everyone during socials as well as gaming with people online when I’m not studying! 

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

Leadership skills, management, event planning, and it keeps me occupied while I’m recovering from this injury!  

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

As a Mexican-American, I was not used to not hearing Spanish around me 24/7, but the Latin American Society has been fantastic with connecting to other Latinos! My biggest challenge has been my knee injury when I slipped during the winter, but the university has been fantastic with providing support to me when I need it!  

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

The scenery and small-town feel! It’s a very calm town, but there’s still plenty to do! We are very close to the coast, and the nearby beaches are gorgeous!  

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?   


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

I didn’t know how ancient this town was, and that there are still Roman ruins located here. Just off the High St. you can find the Roman wall, as well as a castle! 

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

Bring sporty clothes! Sports are extremely popular here at the University. Also, always carry a water bottle and an umbrella! 

Has the University been supportive during your time here? 

Absolutely, they have helped me arrange a disabled accommodation for my second year due to my current disability, as well as helped me form an Individual Learning Plan. The Wellbeing and Accessibility teams are fantastic. 

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