Exeter University is a place with strict stereotypes. Ones that I never ﬁtted into. A disproportionately high number of the student population attended public school; I went to state school. Sporting ﬂair abound in many students at The Times’ Sport University of the Year; I manage to be both lean and slow, a poor combination for getting involved in BUCS sport.
Other students appear to prize the skill of consuming pints at dizzying speeds; I, well, don’t. In ﬁrst year I kept an open mind. I had a go at football and tennis, and went along to a couple of socials. I even decided in my ﬁrst term that I would take
a conversion course in Law the moment I triumphantly bound my undergraduate dissertation at the end of my ﬁnal year. Now, I know what those of you who know me might be thinking. “That doesn’t sound even remotely like the paragon of human excellence I’m lucky enough to know today”. And you’d be right; I wanted to be the Exeter University deﬁnition of what a student should be. But that didn’t last long, as towards the end of my ﬁrst term as a fresher, I joined Exeposé’s mailing list and received my ﬁrst content call from the Games section. Having been a gamer since I can remember, the opportunity to review and comment on the latest games ﬁlled me with more excitement than anything else up to that point.
Reneging on my Exeter student obligations to Wednesday night Timepiece in favour of playing a free press copy, this was the ﬁrst of many ways in which I bucked the Exonian trend. If I was bucking the trend in ﬁrst year, now I’m a fully-ﬂ edged rebel. I’ve been Online Games Editor and Online Editor of Exeposé at a time when it was despised by many students. I took to XpressionFM to air a gaming radio show. The more I stopped attempting to conform, the happier I became. Trying new things is important, but far more important is doing the things that you want to do. Being the person you want to be. The skill I prize more than anything else isn’t a fast bolt. Put simply, it’s not caring about what other people think.