How to fit in at university | The University of Edinburgh

How to fit in at university | The University of Edinburgh

October 17, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


I think one of the biggest challenges was just coming from sort of a small town to a big city the transition was quite daunting, becoming independent in a big city, but I’ve felt like I’ve really settled in and it’s been an amazing experience. So, I was quite a shy person when I came to university. But I’m now a student ambassador, so I’m doing lots of different things now, and I feel like I’ve got the confidence to do that because of my experiences at Edinburgh. So, coming to uni and being able to do my own kind of learning and the thing that works for me and choosing what kind of support I wanted was beneficial and much, much better than school. Everyone that you meet is in the same boat. Every first year, everyone coming to university for the first time, they’re all having the same experiences as you, they’re all trying to find their feet, they’re all trying to see what works for them and I think if you worry that you’re the only one feeling that way you just need to speak to other
people, and recognise that you’re all trying to make friends, you’re all trying to work out how to live on your own for the first time. So, that would be
my biggest advice: that you’re not alone. Flexibility is essentially in your first two years of university you can study
three subjects, which is great because it gives you so much choice in what you want to study. Personally, I applied to the universities to do
French and German, but I ended up studying French, German and Linguistics
in my first year and decided that German wasn’t really for me but Linguistics
really was and it was something where my passion was, but I didn’t know about before, because it’s not something I’d studied before. So, I ended up changing my degree to French and Linguistics, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. You never know
where you’re gonna, go you might fail second year and change degree like I did. You don’t know what’s in store for you, so there’s no point in stressing out too much about what you’re going to think three years down the line because nobody knows. I would say that every opportunity that you’re given, take it. I’ve got involved in so many opportunities, for example I’m part of the student society at Edinburgh Global Partnerships and we
essentially send volunteers all over the world each year. It’s a student-run
society and we send volunteers to lots of different countries and it’s amazing. For me, Edinburgh allowed me to study on my university work while also developing
other skills with different societies and groups of people, meeting lots of
like-minded people in this really engaging city.