BA History (Penryn Campus)
Why did you choose to study at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus?
I never knew about this campus until I went to an Open Day at Streatham. There was a stand advertising the Penryn Campus and I was sold on the fact that it is a Russell Group University in one of the most picturesque parts of the country. I had been to Cornwall for several holidays in the past and the chance to study in a location people often regard as a holiday destination was a chance I could not pass up. Coming from a small town, I also felt the size of Streatham Campus was a bit overwhelming and I thought that a smaller and more intimate campus was more appealing to me.
What do you think of your course so far?
I have particularly enjoyed Dr. Kristofer Allerfeldt’s American crime module which examines the history of the USA from end of the Civil War in 1865 up to the Bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941. We used the scope of crime to examine the history rather than just looking at each event in chronological order. The workload and amount of reading depends heavily on the module and the lecturer but it is all manageable if you are willing to work hard.
How has your experience of being a student here at Penryn been to date?
Up to this point, I have really enjoyed being a student down here in Penryn. As well as having a fantastic academic experience, the Students’ Union offers plenty of social activities and the services available to us student are invaluable. The library catalogue is abundant with useful resources and if they do not have the book you need, it can be ordered on request and you can ask for books to be brought down from Streatham. The library is also open 24/7 so is always there should you need to shut yourself away and power through your deadlines. Through the Careerzone, I have gained invaluable skills which employers will look for and I have also been able to add the Exeter Award to my CV.
What do you like to do in your free time?
At the Penryn Campus, the number of societies and clubs are plentiful. I was able to carry on activities I already partook in at home as well as start new things. I was also keen to get involved with the running of societies. As such, I am a serving member of the FXU History Society Committee and am a student representative on the SSLC (Student and Staff Liaison Committee). I have not just become involved in university activities. I have played brass music and bell rung since childhood but unfortunately there is no provision for either at the university. Therefore, I ring at local Cornish towers and play with Pendennis Brass Band in Falmouth. Additionally, I exercise regularly, read and have taken advantage of my surroundings by doing lots of exploration of what Cornwall has to offer.
How easy has it been to support yourself financially?
In terms of my finances, I receive a maintenance loan once a term from Student Finance and every University of Exeter student studying in Cornwall is given a £500 travel bursary. My parents also step in if I ever find myself slightly short at any point in time. I also work as a guide in a stately home over the summer so I generate my own income. However, budgeting is key. Avoid making impulse buys and ensure that you keep an eye on how your bank balance is looking.
What would you say to other students thinking of applying to Penryn?
When thinking of applying to Penryn, think about what kind of lifestyle you enjoy. As you may already know, Cornish lifestyle is very laid back and slow so if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, then Penryn is not for you. However, if you have a sense of adventure and enjoy picturesque and stunning landscapes, then Cornwall could be the place for you. When I think of the University of Exeter Penryn Campus, I think of an outstanding Russell Group University in one of the most stunning parts of the UK.