Advice for new students | The University of Edinburgh
Before starting at Edinburgh I wish
I knew how intensive the courses would actually be. From the word go you are going at a million
miles per hour, especially in first year. You are suddenly just sat in your first lecture
and then you’re like: “Whoa, what did I just learn?” So, you need to be able to go
back and look over everything and make sure you understand it and if you don’t act on
it very early so that when it gets to the exam you’re not stressed out.
Before coming to the University of Edinburgh it would have been beneficial to know that
I could expand my knowledge through these extra modules that they encourage you to take
on in the first couple of years. It would be good to look at what you can study and
have a think about that. Understand that there is a lot of hard
work involved, there’s a lot of reading involved, and you’re not going to get spoon-fed
information. You’re not going to get your hand held and guided through the year; you’re
going to have to do a lot of work on your own. But when you start getting good results
and you start getting good marks it’s definitely worth it.
I think first of all go abroad because it’s a really rewarding experience.
It can broaden your horizons, culture and scientific horizons. Secondly, be open minded.
I think be passionate about what you’re doing and really try to find summer research
placements or apply for scholarships. I think a potential applicant has to not
mind the weather that you experience here in Edinburgh and instead of probably hating
it, love it because it does shower you with good luck sometimes.
I think the advice that I would have is to look forward to it, to be excited. Expect
to have to work hard at times and also to expect to have the opportunities to have a
lot of enjoyable experiences as well. To make the most of it, to embrace the city of Edinburgh,
to embrace the University of Edinburgh as well. It goes by in a flash. I can’t believe
I’m at the end of third year already. Come along on any day, whether it’s
an open day or not. The University is always open, there’re always staff members to talk
to. You could even meet some volunteer students who’ll show you around and you’ll see
that the University is the perfect place to study.
You’ve only got four years here at Edinburgh. It’s a wonderful University and I think
that every person that comes to University should really cherish their time here and
make the absolute most of it.