Eleanor Bennett

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Modern Languages
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

I loved the ability to take modules in a large variety of subjects. I took lots of different modules (films, literature, history, linguistics, etc.). It means you can really discover what interests you and pursue it.

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 have received the Modern Languages Essay Prize. This award means so much to me. After the disruption of the pandemic, I was so surprised and happy to have all the hard work I put into my dissertation be recognised. The hours in the library definitely paid off!

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

In my second year, I was joint Social Secretary of the French Society, and in my final year I was Vice President of the Erasmus Society.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

I would have to say my year abroad. It was the most amazing experience! I learnt a huge amount, not only about the languages I was studying, but about the different cultures I was living in and the personal development I experienced. I’d go back in a heartbeat. 

What will you miss the most about University?

I’ll miss all of the friends I’ve made over the past four years (although I’m sure I’ll see plenty of most of them), I’ll miss the high standard of teaching and the opportunity to explore all of my academic interests, and I’ll miss Exeter. It’s been a lovely home.

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?)

 In terms of my degree, I’d advise students to pursue the subject areas that really interest them, rather than the ones they think would look good on their CV. I don’t think you’ll get anything out of dragging yourself to seminars that don’t interest you. More generally, I would advise students to do a year abroad if they’re given the opportunity. It broadens your horizons, challenges you and forces you to become a more independent and resilient person. Cheesiness aside, it really is a life changing experience that, despite its challenges, you won’t regret.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I’m excited to be starting a Masters in European Politics and Policy at UCL this September.


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