Natalie Cotterell

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Natural Sciences
Year of graduation: 2020
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The Natural Sciences community really gives a bonus to studying this challenging programme. It felt like a family and a lot of the lecturers were really inspiring and supportive. I also enjoyed being part of the committee and helping to organise events etc for the cohort.

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 received a Contribution to Natural Sciences award which made me feel very appreciated for organising events and being on the committee for the majority of my time at Exeter. It was really a pleasure to dedicate my time to such a great cohort and programme.

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

Natural Sciences Society, Badminton Club and intramural badminton/netball.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Getting to know so many people who have become some of my closest friends. I really enjoy the Summer and Christmas dinners that we have as part of the NatSci society as they are some of the best nights with so many people from the cohort, and the lecturers. 

What will you miss the most about University?

Meeting my course mates/friends so easily everyday and being a part of NatSci. I loved the routine and freedom that Uni gave me and it was great to have so many people close by.

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?)

 Make the most of your time at uni, go try new things and go to events with your friends because it is over so quickly!.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I have a job in Cambridge at the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Publishing Editor. I have started remotely (due to Covid) and will be moving up there soon.


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