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

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

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

Stress, Eat Your Heart Out!

Stress, Eat Your Heart Out!

Yesterday was International Stress Awareness Day and it got me thinking about all the ways I try to manage stress. I’m no stress-busting expert and I won’t throw age-old clichéd mantras at you. No, I’d rather give you something productive to do. Everyone knows a healthy body makes for a happy mind (oops, is that a cliché?), and the key to my happiness is certainly food. As student’s our relationship with food can be tricky… No time for anything but… Read moreStress, Eat Your Heart Out!

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

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