Katie Osborne

Katie Osborne

BA Theology 2015

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

The Boundy Prize is given to the student with the best finalist dissertation in Theology. I am overjoyed to have received this award. Of all the academic work I have produced during my studies at Exeter my dissertation has been by far the most personal, meaningful and rewarding; for it to have been recognised for academic excellence is an honour.

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Whilst there are many wonderful memories that I will take away from my time at Exeter, the highlight for me was living in Mardon Hall. The hall has a distinctive character with a reputation for its family feel, which it truly lived up to. Being a part of such a friendly and supportive community of about one hundred students made for a fantastic first year and was a unique experience that I will always strongly associate with my time at Exeter. I feel blessed to have been placed there and met people who I hope will be lifelong friends.

What will you miss the most about University?

I have loved living in Exeter. It is a beautiful city and one of the only that I can think of that has a vibrant city centre whilst also having the beach and the countryside just next-door. It was a picture of the city’s stunning cathedral with the green and picturesque cafés surrounding it that drew me to visit the university initially but even within my final year there have been new amazing places to discover. It has suited me perfectly whilst being a student and I look forward to revisiting Exeter in the future.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

My advice would be to choose a dissertation topic that has real significance in your own life so that you have a genuine drive to invest your time into exploring it in depth. I promise that this will be the motivation you need to produce this substantial piece of work. It will make the entire process an enjoyable one and the highlight of your studies. Therefore, take a little longer to find your title if needs be and give ample of time to your research. You have a unique opportunity to leave your mark on academia so make the most of it.

On top of all of this, make the most of the other excellent opportunities that come with being an Exeter student. For me, University has been a great time to develop personally not just academically. Throw yourself into societies, explore the city and spend time with friends. It is the best three years and it passes by incredibly quickly.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am hoping to pursue a career in the legal sector and very much look forward to studying the Graduate Diploma in Law during the upcoming academic year.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I hope to be building a successful career in a position where I can grow personally but also make a positive impact on the place in which I work and on the lives of other people. The prospect of having a career with the opportunity to benefit others whilst also being able to develop my own skills and take on new challenges is very exciting for me.