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

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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

My Edinburgh story – how did I get to where I am now?

My Edinburgh story – how did I get to where I am now?

Hi! My name is Ajda, I am from a beautiful country in central Europe, Slovenia. I’m in my second year of studying Cognitive Science (MA) at University of Edinburgh and enjoying it very much. Let me tell you my story of getting here and hopefully inspire you to be brave in achieving your dreams! The idea of studying abroad came to mind at the end of primary school: in Slovenia that’s when you are about 14 years old. Starting the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme,… Read moreMy Edinburgh story – how did I get to where I am now?

The importance of communicating research

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The world of academia can feel like a somewhat inaccessible one. When you enter as an undergraduate student it can take a while to wrap your head around it all. The world of research is undoubtedly important. Knowledge is fascinating, and changes how we think and act in our world. It’s important to make this knowledge interesting and accessible to all if it’s ever going to make a difference. We’re all aware of clickbait titles and wild articles that don’t… Read moreThe importance of communicating research

Surviving AND thriving in your first semester

Surviving AND thriving in your first semester

Once the hype of freshers weeks has died down, it can be difficult to adjust to what your new life is going to be like. Doing your own food shopping, budgeting, organising your time… all whilst experiencing a new city, making new friends, and trying not to get homesick. It can be tough! Here is my honest opinion about what works and what doesn’t for a few key issues I faced during first year, and how to make the most… Read moreSurviving AND thriving in your first semester

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

Getting back into the swing of university

Getting back into the swing of university

1 week down, 11 to go… Having a massive essay due my first week back this semester really threw me in the deep end. It’s nice to be able to ease into it a little, but by Thursday last week, I’d already had more than one late night in the library. Getting excited and motivated about another semester can be pretty tricky when you’ve just had a luxurious break cuddling up with hot chocolate and mince pies, so I thought I’d… Read moreGetting back into the swing of university