Eleanor Sevenoaks

Eleanor Sevenoaks

BA Philosophy 2016

What did you enjoy about your degree programme?

I loved the fact that there was such a diverse range of modules to choose from - in the morning I may be discussing the Holocaust and in the afternoon considering the existence of colour. The lecturers were so helpful and always had their door open for queries and further discussions.

Tell us about the award you have received. What does this award mean to you?

The William Kingdon Clifford Prize is awarded to the final year philosophy student who achieved the best academic performance. I am so proud to have received this recognition. I have loved debating and engaging with philosophical theories. It is also such a bonus that the philosophy department found my personal views interesting and informative.

Moreover, this prize has provided me with the confidence to consider further academic study. I am currently applying for a philosophy PHD.

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Embracing all the different opportunities Exeter has to offer. Alongside my studies, I danced, joined social badminton, participated in the philosophy society and worked at the Forum Market Place.

Exeter's Career Zone also helped me attain an internship at St James' school and following this I set up my own private tutoring business. These activities allowed me to develop my skills and meant I met some amazing people.

What will you miss the most about university?

The friends I have made on my course, through my extra-circular activities and from Holland Hall. I will miss not being constantly surrounded my peers and all the fun opportunities that Exeter made available to us.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

If you are struggling or simply want to check your train of thought always seek out one-to-one sessions with tutors. Before I submitted any essay, I always attended my lecturers' office hours to discuss my ideas in depth. This allowed me to notice when my thoughts were going off-track, where to focus my additional research and just general areas of improvement.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am currently applying for a philosophy PhD, aiming to focus on the philosophy of mind.