Yasmin Soliman

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: History with Study Abroad with proficiency in Law
Year of graduation: 2023
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

I  enjoyed the interdisciplinarity most about my degree programme – Exeter Uni does this so well. The opportunity to sit in classrooms with students from varying faculties has allowed my mind to grow in much greater ways than I ever imagined. I believe collaboration is the best form of knowledge expansion, and my degree programme definitely encouraged this.

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 won the ‘History Dissertation Prize’. Winning this award was a great honour! Writing a dissertation is an extremely vulnerable process, and I have never given so much of myself to one project. And so, to be recognised for the effort I put in is truly meaningful.

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

Netball Society; Radio Society

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

My study year abroad – this was probably the highlight of my life so far (not to be too dramatic)! I studied in Hong Kong and it was so great to immerse myself in a completely unique and diverse culture. The opportunity to study somewhere offers you a completely different experience compared to just visiting for a holiday. I learnt so much about myself and met great people. I would highly recommend! 

What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss the the constant opportunity to expand my mind. I throughly enjoyed collaborating and discussing new and complex ideas and opinions each week. Even through talking to people through societies or nights out, I was able to learn so much!

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?)

 Advice I would give to current/future students is just be open, in every sense of the word. Be open to meeting new people, to learning, to taking criticism, to saying yes to daunting opportunities, to developing new skills/hobbies, the list goes on. I genuinely believe what you give is what you get at univeristy. If you put yourself out there and welcome the great adventure that awaits you, you will have the most fulfilling and rewarding experience at univeristy. It should be fun!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am currently apply to jobs in the sustainability sector.