Michela Riccardi

Country: Italy
Subject of study: Drama
Year of graduation: 2023
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

My degree programme was exceptional: I most enjoyed the variety of modules and how intellectually stimulating they were, allowing me to confidently delve into topics I had no prior knowledge of. I also especially appreciated the industry links I was able to develop through participating in optional opportunities offered both within modules and by the wider department.

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?

During my second year I received two awards: the Dean’s Commendation for exceptional performance and a Commendation for Marked Improvement. Both of these were very significant as I felt I was recognised and appreciated for my hard work, especially after the challenges of the pandemic which affected my first year. I also received a Department Commendation acknowledging students who made a contribution to the department in my third year, which was encouraging and strengthened my connection to the department community.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at Exeter has been the opportunity to develop and grow from a personal and academic perspective. It would be difficult to pinpoint a specific time, as I felt a gradual sense of growth throughout my time at Exeter, which was thoroughly supported by the academic staff and personal tutors. 

What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss the opportunities that the university allowed me to take advantage of as well as a community of people who are all passionate and engaged about their subject and are eager to share their passion with students.

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 would encourage current and future students to take their time at university as an opportunity to grow, in whatever way feels best for them. There are many opportunities available both within modules as well as extracurricular, which at times can feel overwhelming. Taking the time to find what will make the most sense to you is essential to truly benefit from whatever activity you engage with. And don’t be afraid to stray away from the crowd.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

While studying, I was able to foster some of the interests I have outside of my subject, which I feel will serve me well now that I am starting out my career. In particular, I am going to look for work in graphic design as a freelancer. I was able to take part in the IKEEP program and grow my business confidence, which I am already finding extremely helpful as I take the first steps after graduation.


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Katie Richards

I loved the involvement of the programme and the students and lecturers relationship. The drama department ensure the best in every student and it has made my experience so memorable!

Thomas Glover

I really enjoyed the variety of modules covering many areas of theatrical creativity I hadn’t learned before – my favourite module was Activism & Performance during second year, where we discovered viewing the art of protest as a performance and developed our own “activist performance” presentation in groups on a chosen topic.