Filipa Torres

Country: Portugal
Subject of study: International Relations with Proficiency in French
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

Being challenged. Every single module I took has not only taught me a lot about international relations and politics but has also broadened my horizons and made me question my opinions and ideas. Some of those modules have also shaped who I am as a person today and for that I am extremely grateful.

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 was awarded the Goldsmith Prize for contribution to the Department of Politics because of my work as SSLC Chair. Serving as Politics and International Relations Chair this year and fighting for my classmates’ interests was an incredible honor and it means so much to have my work recognized by the department in this way.

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

ESV, Recognise RED.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Despite doing so while in lockdown and during a global pandemic, writing and submitting my dissertation will always have a special place in my heart. It was something that I had been thinking about since first year as well as my last ever undergraduate assignment and it was probably the hardest yet most rewarding thing I did during my time at Exeter. 

What will you miss the most about University?

Amory’s Camper Coffee Vanilla Lattes.

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?)

 Everyone else is struggling as much (if not more) as you are, they’re just not talking about it.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I’m off to Durham to do a masters.