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 the first year, and how to make the… 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!
What reading Philosophy can feel like sometimes! Reading Philosophy is a difficult task, especially coming to uni with little or no background in the subject. Reading lists can look long and daunting, vocabulary can be confusing and it seems to take ages to understand even the smallest part of a chapter. Even as a third year, I still find myself taking a long time to get through a reading and feel comfortable with the material. Like anything, it does… Read moreHow to read Philosophy (a step-by-step guide for confused students!)
Going on holiday with your mates is always going to be great fun, but it is important to try not to overspend too much! I recently took a trip to Barcelona, and put together some top tips for keeping within budget whilst still having a good time. 1. Book your flights early Once you’ve decided where you want to go and who you’re going with, the best thing to do is to book your flights ASAP. Not only do flights… Read moreGoing abroad on a student budget
It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.’ -Rene Descartes When I was picking my A-level options at school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I knew I was quite good at most subjects, and was yet to really find my ‘thing’. Whilst all my friends had decided they wanted to be doctors or study business, I was trying to keep my options open just in case something came… Read moreWhat my Philosophy degree has taught me (and why you shouldn’t turn your nose up at it)
Moving away from home for the first time can be quite daunting, and with so many new experiences coming your way it is always good to have a little place of comfort to escape to. Whilst a student flat may not quite match what you had under your parents’ roof, there are easy ways to make your uni pad feel like your home away from home in no time! Moving up the country from Surrey, I didn’t really have a lot… Read moreHow to make your student flat feel like home…
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
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?
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