Emily Harries

BA History (Penryn Campus)

Why did you choose to study at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus?

I chose to study at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus for many reasons. It is a Russell Group university and I thought it would be a good experience to work with academics that are actively carrying out research. I liked the idea of being at a smaller university that has more of a community feeling.  The location definitely played a big part in my decision; I loved the idea of living in Falmouth and being a short walk away from the beach. I also preferred the idea of living in a relaxed campus university environment rather than in the middle of a city.

What do you think of your course so far?

I love my course so far. I found the amount of reading overwhelming at first, but once you have a routine and learn some useful reading habits it is easy to find a good balance between workload and social life. The lectures and seminars have always been engaging, they have covered many new concepts and methods of studying history, which have challenged a lot of the assumptions that I had before coming to this university. The module I have enjoyed most was my second year source portfolio project, where I was able to pick an area of history I was interested in and do in depth research based around a selection of primary sources. These skills have been helpful in preparing for my dissertation!

How has your experience of being a student here at Penryn been to date?

My experience as a student at Penryn has been really good so far. I haven’t made use of any of the support services yet, but I have heard great things about them. Several of my friends have benefitted from services such as the Wellbeing Centre and I’m sure I will make use of Career Zone in my third year when deciding what to do after university.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to go outside and explore Falmouth. The beach is only 10 minutes away from my house, so I like to go for walks along the coast (if the weather allows it!) I also enjoy going out into town with friends, there are lots of nice independent shops and cafes.

How easy has it been to support yourself financially?

I have been able to support myself without any trouble, I am lucky that I have some financial support from my family and I work whilst at home at a holiday club for children with special needs. There is also the student maintenance loan that helps to cover rent and other expenses.

What would you say to other students thinking of applying to Penryn?

My advice would be to make sure that you look into the modules available for your course. As it is a smaller university, there are fewer options for module choices, so it is important to make sure these would be interesting for you. However, being a smaller university there is more opportunity to meet with lecturers in office hours, so it has its benefits.