The Year of Graduation: Final Reflections, Future Visions

The Year of Graduation: Final Reflections, Future Visions

Image found here.  Hello, your future calling… What’s that? A month left? Soon I can call myself a graduate. Alumnus. Professional. Adult. July 2nd marks the last day of my undergraduate career and the first day of… well, I’ll get to that eventually. Maybe it’s a huge coincidence, but I’ve been feeling a tad existential in recent weeks. They say graduation does that to you. Something about a welcoming to the real world. I don’t think the future has to be… Read moreThe Year of Graduation: Final Reflections, Future Visions

Celebrating Women and Gender Equality

Celebrating Women and Gender Equality

March is off to an incredible start for the celebration of women worldwide. On the 1st of the month, we had the commencement of Women’s History Month, closely followed by International Women’s Day on March 8th. Gender inequality has put a red mark on higher education for a long time. The ‘Edinburgh Seven’ were the first group of women to fully matriculate as undergraduate students at any British university. That was back in 1869! These inspiring women studied medicine right here at The… Read moreCelebrating Women and Gender Equality

Strikes. Why and When?

Strikes. Why and When?

Image source: https://glasgowguardian.co.uk/2018/03/22/university-pension-row-14-days-of-strike-action-across-the-uk/   A breakdown in talks between the University College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) has resulted in confirmed strikes over the next few weeks. This can be a confusing time for many students left wondering what impact the strikes will have on them directly. Before casting evil glances towards our lecturers as we exit class let’s give a little thought to why the strikes are necessary. First of all, teachers and tutors do actually want to teach their… Read moreStrikes. Why and When?

Planning for your future

Edinburgh University Psychology Building

You’ve made it to university…now what? There are so many options for life after university, like going further in your education with a graduate scheme or degree, beginning your professional career or travelling. It’s difficult to make a decision or even know where to start. Thankfully, the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) has an event to help you! Life beyond your degree PPLS is holding an event with alumni this Thursday, 01 February at the Psychology Building from 5pm – 7.30pm… Read morePlanning for your future

Preparing for your Year Abroad

Preparing for your Year Abroad

So you have accepted an offer to study abroad and are wondering what’s next. Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide on how to best prepare for your exchange, complete with a visual checklist – fancy! Preparing to go abroad may leave you feeling overwhelmed. It is, after all, a big adjustment. As an exchange alumni, I can tell you that it is extremely worth it. Just before I left for Auckland (almost one year on!!) a family member handed me a letter filled with… Read morePreparing for your Year Abroad

Niche optional courses: from Gaelic to witchcraft

One of the coolest things about being a humanities student at the University of Edinburgh is that you can choose from an amazing range of niche optional courses in your first and second year. It allows us to explore so many options that would not have been available to us otherwise. As Queen of Quirky Courses, I have spent hours traversing the University’s programme building tool ‘Path’ in order to find niche optional courses that rebel against the “strong recommendation” to choose… Read moreNiche optional courses: from Gaelic to witchcraft

Making second semester better

Making second semester better

In little over a week, the winter semester will draw to a close. You might be feeling pretty accomplished or in real need of a festive break. In either case it’s good to prepare for what’s ahead. With these tips, you will be sure to make your second semester this year the best one yet!  Review your progress   1. Reflect This might seem obvious but we often forget to do it. Take a pen and paper and jot down on one… Read moreMaking second semester better

A week in the life of a cognitive science student

A week in the life of a cognitive science student

Wondering what the typical week in the life of a Cognitive Science student is like at the University of Edinburgh? In this post, I set out my day to day during term time to give you an insight into my student experience here in Edinburgh. Monday I just have one lecture on Monday at 9am this semester, which either makes it my most or the least productive day. If I am feeling productive, I go to the library after class to read and do tutorial… Read moreA week in the life of a cognitive science student

International experiences that boost your CV

Cape Reinga Cape Reinga

As I near the end of my undergraduate years I must think carefully about my next steps. What will I do? Where will I go? Oh, and how? The elusive real world no longer feels so abstract. I have to think about how I fare against a qualified and competitive workforce. Well, for me this is a little different. I am applying for postgraduate study and I feel comfortably nestled in the world of academia. Still, graduate admissions don’t come easy. I strongly… Read moreInternational experiences that boost your CV

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