Tips From The Other Side: Word Processors

Tips From The Other Side: Word Processors

“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

Citation: Tips From the Other Side, Part 1

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

Revision Tips

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

Eating Out in Edinburgh – My Top 5 Restaurants

Eating Out in Edinburgh - My Top 5 Restaurants

Listen – I LOVE to eat. Eating food is one of my absolute favourite parts of being alive. I love to cook, but I also love to eat out, and there’s hundreds of great restaurants in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, eating out is pretty expensive – I’d say you can expect to spend at least £10 for most dinners out in Edinburgh – lunch is usually cheaper. When I eat at a restaurant, I try and get things that I can’t make… Read moreEating Out in Edinburgh – My Top 5 Restaurants

Roots: Finding a Community

Roots: Finding a Community

When I arrived in Edinburgh, I was 18, very shy, and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. My mom came with me and was supposed to stay for a week, but due to a family emergency had to fly back to California the next day. Between family issues, jet lag, and being alone in a foreign country, I spent a good portion of Fresher’s week crying in my bedroom. I eventually came out of my shell a bit… Read moreRoots: Finding a Community

Making Part-Time Work Fit With Your Degree

Making Part-Time Work Fit With Your Degree

My Experience with part-time work I’ve worked at a part-time job while studying in university since the second semester of my second year. I didn’t strictly need to get a job. However, I wanted to have a guilt-free income and some real-world experience. Plus in second year I had a tonne of free time. I get antsy when I feel unproductive. I found my first job through the university job search website, MyCareerHub. It’s a great place to look for part-time work…. Read moreMaking Part-Time Work Fit With Your Degree

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

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