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

A Tour Around Edinburgh Central Campus

A Tour Around Edinburgh Central Campus

Some of you may have spotted clusters of tourists, shepherded by students sporting red hoodies. These are called Campus Tours, led by an awesome team of student ambassadors. So where do we take the visitors? Here’s a quick guide to where to go if you only have an hour to show off the uni to friends and family…   Visitors Centre This is where you can check out the gift merchandise, and it makes for a good base and information… Read moreA Tour Around Edinburgh Central Campus

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?

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

What you’ll realise during your first break from university

What you'll realise during your first break from university

For anyone, the holiday break after exams is a breath of fresh air… but none of us expected to miss university life so much. Of course, the holiday break is full of time well-spent with family and friends, which is especially valuable to those of us who don’t have the luxury of a quick 2-hour drive (try 11 hours on a plane!). No one, however, prepared me for the realization that I missed my university family more than anything. After… Read moreWhat you’ll realise during your first break from university

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

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

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

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