#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

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

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

Class Rep: Come for the opportunity to represent your classmates, stay for the free lunch

Class Rep: Come for the opportunity to represent your classmates, stay for the free lunch

In my first year, the course organiser sent out an email: Who wants to be a class representative for Linguistics and English Language 1? As a compulsive volunteer, I immediately replied to the message; and a few weeks later I was sitting at my first SSLC, Staff-Student Liaison Committee meeting. I’ve been a class rep ever since, representing my classmates throughout pre-honours linguistics and now in honours, and boosting my CV in the process! So what does a Class Rep do?… Read moreClass Rep: Come for the opportunity to represent your classmates, stay for the free lunch

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

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