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Guild President

alex martin


Tell us a bit about yourself, your role and your time at Exeter

Hi, I’m Alex, I started studying history Exeter in 2020 and, despite starting in the middle of Covid, loved it enough to stay first for a master sand now for a year as Guild prez. While I’ve been here I have been very involved with multiple student groups and causes, including running the Debating Society and sitting on the Guild’s trustee board. I’m also a nerd for politics, sci-fi/fantasy and board games.

For the next year I’m lucky enough to be Students’ Guild President, representing Exeter students on the issues that affect them. If there is an issue you care about and want my help getting heard and making change please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Top study tip?

Figure out what kind of space works for you, where you study can have a huge effect on your productivity. Basically every exam season I find a secluded comfortable space somewhere on campus and then occupy it for the next month

Favourite spot in Exeter (or on campus)

Impy- a surprisingly lovely and surprisingly cheap Wetherspoons (that also happens to only be a 5 minute walk from my house)

If you could recommend one thing the Students’ Guild offers for students to get involved in, what would it be?

Societies- they are great for finding a community and provide everything from chill events to CV support to chances to travel and compete. I would hugely recommend exploring societies and even running for a committee role

What’s one thing at uni you couldn’t live without?

Honestly probably my phone, I spend way too much of my life on it

What’s your perfect day in Exeter?

Exeter is lovely in the summer, especially when everyone is done with exams. A perfect day for me is waking up late and heading down to Dawlish Warren with my friends. Spend the afternoon enjoying the beach and the rides and then head back for drinks in the Impy garden in the evening.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to students?

Avoid leaving deadlines until the last minute, I have spent too much time finishing essays at 3AM wondering why I didn’t start it a week earlier

Why did you decide to campaign to be an Officer?

During my time in Exeter, I’d worked with the Guild in bunch of ways and seen how much influence it can have on students’ lives. Running for Guild President seemed like a great challenge and a real opportunity to help people going through the same student journey I’ve had.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Honestly just spending time with my friends, can be going to the pub, playing board games or just chatting, its great to just chill and hang out

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