Emily Craner

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: English Literature
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The best aspect of my three years studying English Literature was certainly the critical theory. Each year allowed me to become engrossed within a constellation of writing that covered philosophy, sociology, politics and cultural commentary. These modules allowed me to expand my knowledge of concepts that go beyond the study of literature, which excited me greatly.

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?

Whilst I was thrilled to receive First Class Honours overall, I was even more excited to have received the Gamini Salgado Prize for my dissertation. This award means so much to me as I really put my heart and soul into it. Alongside having the writing process disrupted due to Coronavirus, I felt like basing my thesis on critical theory was out of my comfort zone. However, I was overjoyed to find out that my passion for the topic shone through and that others enjoyed reading my work as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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

I was a member of the Exeter University Cheerleading and Gymnastics team. I participated in two competitions and was a part of varsity 2020.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at university was definitely the people I met. Although not every road was easy, I feel like I have experienced so much and have created such amazing memories. 

What will you miss the most about University?

I will definitely miss the feeling of being a part of such an amazing community.

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?)

 I’d say, use first year as your trial run; it doesn’t count so have fun, but learn from your mistakes. Also, put yourself out there! Say yes to things you wouldn’t normally and take advantage of every opportunity. Time flies so fast- so make the most of it!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

My plan is to return to my job at home, make some money and then go travelling!


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