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Falmouth student

Why Falmouth?

Not many places offer something as specific as Performance Sportswear Design. I spoke to two alumni who share the same passion as me in football kits. They have great things to say about the course. I also exchanged emails with Patrick Gottelier and it was great to see that he was personally interested in my story. The International Team was very helpful in answering all my questions and made it a much easier decision.

 

The most difficult thing about being an International Student?

The cost of the course as well as the living cost. I wish there were more scholarships and bursaries available for international students.

 

How have you found the course?

I love it. They are doing a great job in convincing us to be brave and to try new things in our 90 weeks here. I like the fact that in the first year, we are working with Fashion Design students as we can learn a lot from each other.

 

The Academic School...

Everyone is so friendly here. Both campuses are great. Falmouth/Woodlane is very charming. I only wished it was opened till later like Tremough/Penryn. Tremough/Penryn has very modern facilities. The library and IT suite are pretty good too!

 

Involved with any clubs and societies?

I play on two FXU teams, badminton and tennis. I am also an avid participant in many of the International Society Events.

 

What social activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy conversations over dinner or quiet drinks. Playing sports is a big deal for me too. On top of the FXU societies, I also play volleyball for the Cornish Saracens in a local league.

 

What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?

Falmouth is a great little town. Even though I don’t do any water sports, I enjoy being close to the water. I think being far away from a big city allows students to really focus on learning.

 

What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?

I will miss the daily uphill walks everywhere. I am not joking!

 

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

I haven’t really needed the support from any of the support groups available. Though the tutors/staff have been extremely supportive, the same goes for the staff in the academic office and the International office.

 

What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?

I’d tell them to come! But if they are in doubt, join one of the Facebook groups of the courses they want to get into and speak to students who are currently doing the course. Reach out to alumni via various forms of social media. And if it’s possible, come visit the campus. I didn’t see the school before I came, but via the website and other channels, I was already able to make my decision to come down here. Also, I’d advise students to find out which campus they will be studying at.

 

The future?

I want to design football kits and all types of sportswear. I would like to work in the UK or Europe. I am confident my Falmouth education and experience will take me places!

 

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Falmouth Is My Home from Home

Falmouth student

Why Falmouth?

While on my hunt in finding the most suitable foundation course for me, I carried a mental checklist of must-haves for the university I would end up attending. The student work had to be really good, as it’s a reflection of not only the students but of the teachers educating them. The location had to be nowhere close to home! My wanderlust forbade that so my search led me to solely attend schools overseas. Most importantly, I had to be able to imagine myself taking away the experience I desired in my first year, academically, socially, environmentally, and Falmouth was it.
 

The most difficult thing about being an International Student?

I would probably have to say the currency exchange! I’m used to it now, but it is a bit annoying every now and then. Also, not being able to just hop on a train home for the weekend like some of my friends who actually live in this country. It's not as if I can just take a day's worth of travel to go back home for less than three days anytime I wanted!
 

How have you found the course?

It’s VERY challenging. At first, like any other student, you are like, "I can handle whatever they throw at me?" But once procrastination kicks in and your first assessment is right around the corner, you realize how much work and time you have left before then! For me, though, I like a good challenge.
 

The Academic School

I absolutely love the library! The resources are very useful. I’m not entirely into books, but I’ve gotten into the habit of going to the library and not leaving without one or several!  Also, the lectures are informative when it comes to the many layers of art history and how it has influenced modern and past artists.
 

Involved with any clubs and societies?

When it comes to clubs and societies, I’m very indecisive because there are so many interesting ones that I want to join, but it’s difficult to pick.
 

What social activities do you enjoy?

I’ve been exploring the many nooks and crannies of Falmouth and other nearby areas with my friends. That's not enough for me though.  I plan on hopping on the train soon to see as much as I can before the year is over. At the same time, I have to balance out my work schedule so I can go as I please.
 

What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?

It would definitely have to be the fact that I live right by the ocean and just the array of people you find here.
 

What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?

I will definitely miss the people I’ve met, from seeing them every day to not at all will be very unusual for me because I’m already so adjusted to life here. The scene as a whole I will miss dearly because I’m in a mindset at the moment where I feel that Falmouth is my home from home.
 

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

Very supportive, especially as an international student coming into a new country and trying my best to adjust to the culture. Any problems or concerns I’ve had have been resolved and figured out with help from the international office, tutors and the list goes on!
 

What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?

Make sure this is what you want! When you start your journey into higher education, you're investing so much time and money into it, so don’t let such an experience go to waste. Especially when it comes to actually being on the course, don’t procrastinate too much because it will come back to haunt you in the end if you don’t obtain the results you want.
 

The future?

At the moment, I’m doing massive research into what I want to do with my life for the next year or so.  There are so many things I’m interested in and would love to do, but I need to discover what really suits me and my passion. I do plan on continuing my travels either into other parts of Europe or just seeing more of England as a whole.

 

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Don't Let the Fear of the Unknown Get in the Way

Falmouth student

Why Falmouth?

As a kid, my dad took me traveling with him a lot. At the age of nine, he took me to visit England, France, Germany, and Switzerland. I loved Europe and knew someday I wanted to experience living here. As an undergraduate, I did a summer abroad in Florence, Italy, with the Fashion Department, although I was an Illustration major, I took the course as an elective. Now as a postgraduate student, instead of a study abroad again, I decided to immerse myself in a different culture.

I grew up next to Washington D.C. and am used to the big city. Living in Falmouth has been a completely different change but the views are absolutely breath taking. I enjoy having a class of 28 students where we are all getting to know each other very well. At first coming to England, I was a bit shy to speak freely to people because I knew I sounded different and would get asked a lot of questions. Now, I think I like it. No, I definitely love being different!
 

The most difficult thing about being an international student?

I had been working through my undergraduate studies for five years. It took me five because in the US a bachelor's is normally four years, but I got two – Communication Arts BA and Psychology BA. I saved probably 90% of my pay every week to be able to come overseas for graduate school. I have had no help from any other source and must say I am pretty proud of myself to be funding all my own expenses out of my own pocket.

Being an international student does come with many difficulties. Our tuition is much higher, and you end up paying more for things just because you don’t realize what might be easier and more affordable. For example, I decided to stay in a student residence because I don’t know the area at all and thought it was a better way to meet people, have help getting around, and familiarize myself. I found out when I got here, that there are so many nice places in Falmouth to live renting with other students. Not only are they a bit more affordable, but they also come with incredible views overlooking the sea!
 

How have you found the course?

The course is pretty interesting. I have been surprised by the amount of time I have to myself. As a master's course, this time is meant for meeting with my partners and working on our projects. Since I was so busy in my undergraduate studies, I guess busier than most, as a master's student I feel like I have more time. This course has only solidified for me that Creative Advertising is exactly what I want to do. Only three months in and I already can’t wait to be done next year and start a job in this field!
 

The Academic School

The course leaders Chris and Rob are great. One of the features that drew me to this course is that both of them have had extensive experience in the advertising field. I have great respect for them and look forward to their feedback on assignments.
 

Involved with any clubs and societies?

I love all the cool societies here at Falmouth that my undergraduate university didn’t offer. I am only here one year but have joined The Postgraduate Society, High Tea Society, Horse Back Society, and International Society. I also like to sign up on FLEXSI for cheap trips. For example, I’m going to Eden this weekend for only five pounds to do ice-skating and holiday activities with some friends on my course through FLEXSI. Also, I have become a Student Ambassador. As a master's student, we get to skip the training and interview process since we’re only here one year and supposedly we are more mature. Which of course I am! But it’s a nice way to work on campus and have a little income.
 

What social activities do you enjoy?

Something that the international students on my course have done on our own is organize international dinners. Someone will host a dinner and we all bring some item of food native to us. In the last one we did, we had food from Pakistan, Greece, Italy, Romania, Britain, Thailand, and Iran. It was delicious.
 

What's the best thing about living in Falmouth?

I love the views here. It’s spacious and lush and feels authentic.
 

What will you miss most about Falmouth when you leave?

I will definitely miss the peacefulness of the sea and the slow unrushed pace of life in this town.
 

Has the University been supportive during your time here?

As soon as I got here, I was just overwhelmed with the support I had – in a good way. On my very first night here, I was a bit disorientated and one of the Chaplin staff members, Jan, was so helpful and kind in showing me and a couple of other students our way to our residence. She even helped us get to the grocery store to have at least our essentials for the first night. The Student Support Services were very helpful to me too. I had to buy a calling card to contact my US bank in order to pay my tuition. Long story short they were very generous in letting me use a private room with a landline for over two hours to get it sorted out.
 

What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?

My advice would be to look into all your possibilities before you settle on one. Look at the housing options, look into what your course offers, and come to an open house. Also, it’s ok to come here and not know anyone! There are so many organizations and societies to help you meet new people. Don’t let the fear of the unknown get in the way of a great experience.
 

The future?

For my future, I want to move back home to the US and work in an international creative advertising agency as an Art Director. I’d like to still be able to travel in my job and have many more experiences in other countries.

 

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