Holly Raffe

Holly Raffe

BA History 2015

Tell us about the award you have received today. What does this award mean to you?

The Bertie Black Prize is awarded for the most outstanding academic performance in History. It feels amazing to have received this recognition. I am really proud of the pieces of work I produced in my degree and it is great that the History department also found them interesting – all the hours in the library paid off!

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Getting involved in a wide range of activities. I mixed studying with dancing, playing music, part time jobs, journalism and socialising. It is the best way to make the most of your time at University.

What will you miss the most about University?

The friends I have made from halls, my course and my hobbies – I will really miss not being able to live, study and socialise with them!

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Always seek out one-to-one sessions with tutors. All tutors have hours dedicated to giving students one-to-one support yet students rarely make the most of it. For every piece of work I produced, I always arranged a time to meet my tutor to talk in depth about it. It is this very specific tutoring that enables you to understand the exact nuances of your subject that may not be completely obvious from scholarship, and it also helps you to understand where your own thoughts might be off-target, before you submit your essay!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am starting Danone’s 2015 Sales and Marketing Graduate Scheme in September. This year I will working within their Waters division in London, responsible for brands such as Evian and Volvic.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I would love to be the Senior brand manager for Cow & Gate, in Danone’s Early Life Nutrition division.