Hello, I'm Niamh O'Riordan-Mitchell I am studying History and Visual Culture My name's Lara, and I'm studying Business and Management Being able as a Humanities student to not have, necessarily, a lot of contact time.

But you still have a lot of reading to do, and a lot of work and meetings I did find that really hard When I'm not in lectures I'm either doing cheerleading, studying or just hanging out with my friends It's hard to juggle all of them sometimes, but I do it anyway As a second year I can look back in hindsight and say that I feel good with the routine that I've established I do different types of things to take up my time so I took up cricket, for the women's cricket team I volunteer at a local charity shop on certain days I've also been able to start Art Society I do really enjoy going, and I've met some really nice friends It's really easy not to have a routine at university.

So you kind of have to get into the swing of things and work out what fits you So for me I have a bullet journal, which is where I have my whole life I write down my assignments, my work I have to do, any tasks, if I have any meetings Without it I would get nothing done On this particular day I had cheerleading at seven o'clock in the morning.

Which meant that I had to get up at 5:30.

And it was so painful when I started doing this but I got used to it The real life of a cheerleader at 7AM! Cheering was something I wanted to do before I came to university but never got the chance I'm so involved in the club this year, I'm on five different squads.

So it does take up a lot of my time but I really enjoy it We have weekly socials, we go to competitions together, and we also do performances So it's just really fun getting to know different people and I'm really glad I'm doing it I also have a part time job with the university It's something I really enjoy, connecting with the public, going into schools.

Helping them think about if university is something that they might want to explore in the future.

Or different career paths That has really helped me be more confident in my surroundings, being able to explore Exeter.

And explore my new home really Every day at university is different and that's what makes it so fun.

And I'm enjoying myself so much and can't wait to continue my journey I definitely recommend finding something you're interested in It could be something you've already done, or something completely new like me.

And just really get involved because it helps make the whole university experience I think for me, university has given me a sense of greater independence.

And really being allowed to choose what I want to study, and what I want to do.

And having autonomy over what I want to go and see, or who I want to hang out with I feel really independent, and also quite lucky that I have this opportunity.