Being a Good International Student: Respect and Mindfulness

This is going to be a Slightly Serious post. I’m offering some very general advice for international students coming to the University of Edinburgh. It will be mostly based of my personal experiences as an American, so I’m sorry if you feel like certain things don’t apply to you. I’m not really going to deal with things like finance, accommodation, or city life in this post (I’ve linked the University pages on those things if you’re looking for that, and… Read moreBeing a Good International Student: Respect and Mindfulness

A day in the life of a Philosophy student

A day in the life of a Philosophy student

Welcome to my life! Its week two of the semester and we’re definitely back in the swing of things, and so I thought now would be a good time to give you a little insight into what a typical day at uni is like for me… (the good, the bad and the ugly.) 8am: I’m actually in training to complete the Great Edinburgh Run (eek!) in April, so today was an early start. It wasn’t easy to get out of bed this… Read moreA day in the life of a Philosophy student

Getting back into the swing of university

Getting back into the swing of university

1 week down, 11 to go… Having a massive essay due my first week back this semester really threw me in the deep end. It’s nice to be able to ease into it a little, but by Thursday last week, I’d already had more than one late night in the library. Getting excited and motivated about another semester can be pretty tricky when you’ve just had a luxurious break cuddling up with hot chocolate and mince pies, so I thought I’d… Read moreGetting back into the swing of university

Lazy Saturdays at the Castle Terrace Farmer’s Market

Lazy Saturdays at the Castle Terrace Farmer's Market

One of my favourite places in Edinburgh is the Castle Terrace Farmer’s Market. It’s a really cute little market held every Saturday from 9-2 (if that’s a bit early for you on a Saturday, there’s also a Sunday market in Stockbridge from 10-5). The farmer’s market is great if you’re looking for fresh, local produce and meat, excellent bread and pastries, interesting street food, or just somewhere lively to stroll through on a Saturday. It is a little bit pricier than… Read moreLazy Saturdays at the Castle Terrace Farmer’s Market

What’s in your bag?

What's in your bag?

So here’s the thing — uni might seem like a big step up from secondary school, but you really don’t need that much to succeed. To prove that, here’s what I have in my bag when I go to class: See? Nothing magical, nothing super scary and scientific. Just my laptop, way too many notebooks, a pencil case, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. Everyone takes notes in different ways, but this is what I’ve found to work… Read moreWhat’s in your bag?

Interested in Philosophy at Edinburgh?

Interested in Philosophy at Edinburgh?

Hello!  Welcome to the University of Edinburgh’s Philosophy department in the school of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. If you’re seeking answers to life’s biggest questions, what better place to start than Edinburgh! In fact, the school building is actually named after former student Dugald Stewart, a philosopher and mathematician who is famous for his work in moral philosophy.   Edinburgh University also played host to David Hume, commemorated by not only his statue on the Royal Mile, (don’t forget… Read moreInterested in Philosophy at Edinburgh?

Hogmanay: NYE the Edinburgh way

Hogmanay: NYE the Edinburgh way

I’ve often found New Year’s parties to be a bit of a letdown. Bars overcharge you, clubs are packed to the brim, and house parties can get a bit too messy. So this time around, instead of waiting on someone else to make plans, I rounded up a group of pals and decided that we were going to see in the bells in my favourite city. For a bit of background, Hogmanay is the Scots name for their New Year’s Eve… Read moreHogmanay: NYE the Edinburgh way