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I’ve been having an amazing time with my part-time job at the University. Unfortunately, I will be leaving this post for now, as I am taking up a new full-time internship over summer. On the bright side, my new job is with an amazing team doing really interesting stuff here at the University. Edinburgh University likes to take initiative to offer employment and work experience opportunities to its students. An initiative which I’ve already been benefitting from, and loving, in… Read moreSummer Internship (and bye for now)
In just a few days exams are over! Before you rush home for summer enjoy some of the fun things Edinburgh has to offer you to celebrate! 1) Treat yourself with Brunch Or dinner, or whatever meal you prefer, but we all know that brunch has the best food. As a brunch connoisseur (I can’t get enough of mimosas) here are some delicious brunch recommendations for you: Brunch – It’s in the name, this new place on George IV Bridge… Read more5 things to do in Edinburgh now that exams are (nearly) done
On a recent break I squeezed in a couple of trips. As a Kiwi, anywhere in the UK or Europe is exciting to me. when I got back I wanted to share some cheap travel experiences I’ve had this year. Being a student and having a budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel! Over Christmas I mostly stayed in Edinburgh as I had a little hamster to take care of at the time (Rest in Peace Yams) but I managed to… Read moreTravelling as a student
“Tips From The Other Side” is my blog series where I talk about the boring-but-necessary specifics of writing long essays – turns out, there’s a lot of stuff besides just writing to think about. I last talked about citation and some things you can do to make it less painful, and a few months ago I mentioned a few tips on making the process of writing and revision as comfortable as possible. This week I’m focusing on where you write… Read moreTips From The Other Side: Word Processors
So I just finished my dissertation in Psychology – I designed a psychological experiment, tested it on volunteers, analysed and interpreted the data, and wrote 7,100 words about it. It was really hard, definitely the most difficult academic assignment I’ve ever done. If I had tried to do something like this in first year, I would have failed miserably. But I’ve had a lot of practice writing research essays for Psychology, and I don’t think it went to badly. I’m… Read moreCitation: Tips From the Other Side, Part 1
The world of academia can feel like a somewhat inaccessible one. When you enter as an undergraduate student it can take a while to wrap your head around it all. The world of research is undoubtedly important. Knowledge is fascinating, and changes how we think and act in our world. It’s important to make this knowledge interesting and accessible to all if it’s ever going to make a difference. We’re all aware of clickbait titles and wild articles that don’t… Read moreThe importance of communicating research
Once the hype of freshers weeks has died down, it can be difficult to adjust to what your new life is going to be like. Doing your own food shopping, budgeting, organising your time… all whilst experiencing a new city, making new friends, and trying not to get homesick. It can be tough! Here is my honest opinion about what works and what doesn’t for a few key issues I faced during first year, and how to make the most… Read moreSurviving AND thriving in your first semester
When you live in a city, it is often all too easy to turn a blind eye to the big tourist attractions, taking them for granted. So, sometimes it can be nice to take some time to appreciate what the city has to offer outside of your daily routine. Whenever my pals come to visit, I make sure to take the time to show them as much of the city as possible, and this means I have an excuse to… Read morePretending to be a tourist in Edinburgh for a week!
Student representation is an incredibly important part of the university experience. This week voting is taking place to elect new sabbatical officers, liberation officers, society representation, and school representatives. I highly encourage you to vote if you’re an existing student – these positions do make a difference! Some of these positions are really important to certain groups within the university. I want to talk about some of the communities we have, which support all students at Edinburgh. Liberation Groups Liberation… Read moreStudent Representation: Finding your community
Revision… I hate it. I’m not particularly good at it. I’m a huge procrastinator and generally a pretty lazy person. But there comes a time when I need to actually do my intellectual duties as a student. Here’s some tips to make your studying more efficient and effective. Add structure to your day. We’ve all been there. You sit down to start writing an essay, check your phone just once, and suddenly it’s four hours later and Buzzfeed is telling… Read moreRevision Tips