Choosing where to apply and which offers to accept can be a difficult and confusing process at times. Here is my experience of applying to universities, and what made me choose to accept a place at the University of Edinburgh Business School.
Exploring your self awareness is a lifelong journey and I have come to realise that it is never too late to change things about yourself. After participating in the Edinburgh Award, which supports students to become more self-aware, I have experienced some magical changes and have truly benefited from my increased sense of self-awareness.
Coming from a warm climate in South Africa, I had never seen snow before but luckily in late December, I was blessed to see snow for the first time! I went up Carlton Hill to investigate and as I turned around I saw wonderful white snow on Arthur’s Seat – I was so chuffed! It was a magical experience!
I consider myself lucky to be able to continue my postgraduate study in Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After an intense period of study and exams, my family and I decided to rejuvenate ourselves with a holiday – and fortunately in the UK there are lots of fascinating and iconic places to enjoy. So, we hired a car and set off to explore some of the family-friendly attractions on offer.
Besides its beautiful architecture, Edinburgh is perhaps best-known amongst visitors and residents alike for its unpredictable weather. For example, it is not uncommon for the weather to fluctuate by more than 10°C from one day to the next! Here are some things that I’ve found useful to own during my five years in Edinburgh.
I went to Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock just outside of Oxford on the day before Christmas and for the light show on Christmas Eve. Blenheim Palace is so impressive – it is one of England’s largest houses, a World Heritage Site and was built between 1705-1722.
As a Muslim, Islam requires us to do Salat (prayer), to eat halal food and to fast. Being in new surroundings in a new country, Muslim students might struggle initially to keep up with these worships without the necessary information and insights. Here, I will try to share my experience as a Muslim adapting to life as a student in Edinburgh.
Among the excitement of starting your new life in an exciting and dynamic capital city there comes a moment of realisation that smacks you across the face and says ‘wake up! It’s exam time! That tiny little element that you conveniently put to the back of your mind during the semester because ‘it’s ages away!’
On a chilly December evening, the MSc International Business and Emerging Markets class gathered with our lecturers and course secretary (because she’s awesome) to enjoy a tasty three course meal at Howies Restaurant on Waterloo Place
So long did I dream about studying abroad that I still can’t believe it’s actually coming true right now. But, I really am here – right in the middle of a new chapter at the University of Edinburgh Business School.