Gerard Owen

Gerard Owen

MA Translation 2016

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time in Exeter has been the combination of lecture and seminar environment, where I had the opportunity to learn so much from academics and those studying alongside me. Another highlight has been getting involved in extra-cirricular activites outside of studying. This year just gone, I’ve served on the Student Staff Liaison Comittee, I’ve had my radio show on Xpression FM, Exeter's student radio station, and I’ve worked with the German department. So I would say the highlight has also been the way I have been able to branch out in so many ways and develop so much as a student, as a professional and as a person.

What will you miss the most about university?

All aspects of life, mainly the little things. Going to and from campus and always seeing familiar faces, and the joy it brought me every time. I would also like to mention the student discounts but it is definitely more than just that! I miss the course, the study and my course mates. But I know we formed friendships that will last for many years to come, hopefully a lifetime.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Always look out for opportunities around you and be happy with the opportunities you pursue. Be yourself because it’s by being yourself that you become your best self.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am working for the University of Exeter at the moment in Academic Development, and I am hoping in due time to branch out into Translation or Higher Education.  At the moment I am translating on a limited basis, as well as a bit of voluntary freelance work. Soon I would like to move back to Austria or Germany where I spent my third year as an undergraduate student.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

I will be ten years older but I hope to still be a student! Maybe I will do a PhD in due time.