Tristan Coleshaw

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 being able to combine all of my linguistic and cultural interests, while at the same time having the chance to try new things. I never could have imagined studying Medieval literature throughout my degree, or ending up writing about French female soldier films for my Extended Dissertation, but because of the breadth of expertise and the encouragement of the academic staff, I have had the opportunity to follow my curiosity in many different directions.

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?

In addition to the Rob Shepherd Memorial Prize, I was also honoured to receive a Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Performance, a Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Circumstances and a Department Commendation. It’s deeply humbling to be recognized for the work I’ve done over the course of my degree and for any contribution I might have made to the life of the Modern Languages department, but I also know that what I have achieved is largely down to being consistently challenged and inspired by my lecturers, and by my fellow students.

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

Xpression FM, French Soc, LGBT Soc.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight for me, and what will stay with me forever, are the people I have met, the discussions I have participated in, and the kindness I have received. 

What will you miss the most about University?

All of the above.

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?)

 An education from the University of Exeter is about so much more than just a line on your CV. It’s an incredible opportunity to explore your interests and potential, to discover new things, and to build relationships that will last a lifetime. Luckily those are also all skills that will serve you well in your career and in your personal life thereafter.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I have been awarded a scholarship to pursue my creative practice in poetry on the University of East Anglia’s MA Creative Writing.


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