Diane Karagienakos

Country: United States of America
Subject of study: Anthrozoology
Year of graduation: 2019
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The course material was far more broad and deep than I had imagined. It satisfied my curiosity, and left me wanting more. Also, the experience / support of my fellow students in this relatively new field was extremely enriching, and the expertise / insight of instructors (Samantha Hurn, Jessica Groling, Ivan Tacey, etc.) was outstanding.

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?

I graduated with “Distinction.” As one from a business and arts background, returning to academia was not unlike entering a new field in a foreign language. Earning earn this mark despite the challenges faced at the outset and many years passed since earning my undergraduate degree is especially rewarding.

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

Not within Exeter, but of the professional group ISAZ (International Society of Anthrozoölogists).

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Graduating with Distinction. My journey back to a graduate degree has been many years in the making. It was honor enough to be accepted into the program; Distinction truly made it the most validating accomplishment of my life. 

What will you miss the most about University?

The interaction with my colleagues. And honestly, the learning, which gave me a strong sense of purpose. It was a gruelling schedule (I also work full time), but the result is the greatest achievement to date in my life.

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?)

 Seek guidance from your advisors, and from fellow students. Part of the fun is the camaraderie of learning and growing together.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

Seek a professional position where my education and skills align with my core values and passion furthering the advancement of considering and appreciating the value of all animal life, not just human.


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