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

Student Representation: Finding your community

liberation groups

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

#BeBoldForChange – International Women’s Day

#BeBoldForChange - International Women’s Day

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. As we are all aware, women have been painfully under-represented and under-supported throughout history, and in the modern era. People will try and tell you there is no patriarchy anymore. People are wrong. The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange.  In the current climate, it’s important that we do what… Read more#BeBoldForChange – International Women’s Day

Getting Involved in Student Conferences

Getting Involved in Student Conferences

Spending time with heaps of students who share the same passions as you is a total dream. As a student you get endless opportunities to do just that! I’ve been able to travel to London with Amnesty International, to Glasgow with Sexpression, and spend a day at TEDx. Each one was rewarding and exciting so I’m going to show you how worthwhile getting involved is! Amnesty International Student Conference Last semester I headed down to London on the Megabus to spend a weekend celebrating student… Read moreGetting Involved in Student Conferences

How to read Philosophy (a step-by-step guide for confused students!)

How to read Philosophy (a step-by-step guide for confused students!)

  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 abroad on a student budget

Going abroad on a student budget

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

Catching up after illness

Catching up after illness

Today I write this from the comfort of my bed, where I have spent the last week suffering from illness. As someone with a weak immune system, an inability to absorb b12, and chronic mental health issues, missing class is a thing I have to deal with. I’d like to think I can give tips on how to catch up and stay on top of things when you’ve been ill. This is in no way going to help if you’re just… Read moreCatching up after illness

What my Philosophy degree has taught me (and why you shouldn’t turn your nose up at it)

What my Philosophy degree has taught me (and why you shouldn't turn your nose up at it)

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)

Apps to aid uni survival

Apps to aid uni survival

Us university students get a bad reputation with our use of technology. I mean, why can’t we just send letters home to our family and wait 6 weeks for a reply like in the good old days? Means so much more than a text… Anyway, I digress, the student life would be near impossible without our trusty mobile devices. I’ve named a few apps that can be absolute lifesavers below, to help you survive your university experience. (I’ve tried to… Read moreApps to aid uni survival

Mental Health and Well-being

Mental Health and Well-being

This week the university’s student association held mental health and well-being awareness week. Hopefully you took advantage of the amazing events, but looking after your mental well-being doesn’t stop there. University can be tough for a lot of people. Surveys have found that often over half of uni students experience mental health problems. A lot of them don’t seek help, or don’t know how to. In recognition of mental health and well-being week, I’m sharing advice about managing mental health and seeking… Read moreMental Health and Well-being