Ben Dickenson Bampton

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Philosophy and Politics
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The flexibility of my course and the variety of modules available, along with the enthusiasm of my tutors – who were always friendly, supportive and encouraging – allowed me to shape my degree in a way that both matched, and expanded, my interests.

Some of the students were are profiling have in addition to their degree been awarded a departmental prize or award in recognition of their exceptional achievements. If this applies to you please can you tell us about the award you have received and what this award means to you?

Receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Performance last year has encouraged me to follow my interests, by showing me that writing about the topics I find interesting is not just personally fulfilling, but helps produce my best work.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Yes. I was an involved member and interim President of PhotoSoc, Online Sports Editor at Exepose and the Editor of Exetera Magazine. I was also a member of Creative Writing Society and The Rethinking Society.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Meeting so many people of diverse backgrounds and interests, having countless enriching conversations, and making friends and memories that will stay with me for life.

What will you miss the most about University?

Not being able to keep doing the above!

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 Don’t be afraid to get involved! While taking the jump and joining societies can seem daunting at first, the fear factor quickly dissipates and leaves you – instead – with the close friends, memories, experiences and skills that will make your university years memorable.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I plan to write freelance articles and a book, while working on several other projects and internships this year, before pursuing a Masters in 2021-22 – in either research or journalism – with the experience to better inform that decision.