How to get ready for university | The University of Edinburgh
First of all you have to pick your choices, you need to get an offer, and you need to study hard me to make sure you meet your offer. Personally I’m one of these students that had a lot of barriers facing me before I came to university. First of all I was the first member of my family to go to university. I don’t have any brothers or sisters or cousins, so no one I knew had actually been to university. If you’re on the fence a bit just look at the uni website, come to the offer days, get into contact with other people that you might know that have been to university just any outlet that you have just make the most of it and make sure you get a well-rounded opinion of the university. I went to a school where not many people went to university at all and it was a thing where you have to work really hard to get to university. Not many people got very high grades, but I worked really, really hard and Edinburgh took me and they took me from my background and they saw the best in me, saw my potential, and let me in. And it was it was the most amazing experience. It’s not just about the degree it’s also about you as a person and you need to know how the university’s gonna cater to different types of people in terms of promoting diversity, in terms of promoting you being an individual and your learning
style. I was eligible for LEAPS [Lothians Equal Access Program for Schools] support. So, I came from a low-income family I was the first in my entire family to go to uni, and Dalkeith High [School] in general has quite a low uptake level of higher education. So, I was able to get my conditions lowered from LEAPS and they gave me help with UCAS and all that kind of stuff. And I feel like, because I got that help, it made me feel different to every
other student. Like I wasn’t supposed to be at Edinburgh because I didn’t
actually get the grades. (My grades were only there because I was LEAPS eligible.) So, I kind of felt like I had like this kinda like impostor syndrome type thing
and I really didn’t do well because I was totally in my own head about it. But I think that when I realised that, I mean I went to meet my personal tutor
and he had my UCAS personal statement there. He was like: “Look, this is why you’re here. “Look at your grades you’ve got two
Advanced Highers and six Highers. “Of course you’re meant to be here.” Once I kind of got out of that mindset and I realised that I was just creating the pressure for myself. I wasn’t different to any other student. We’re all in the same boat.