Studying at Edinburgh University | My Experience

Studying at Edinburgh University | My Experience

October 15, 2019 58 By Stanley Isaacs


hi guys so I am frequently asked about my experience of undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University I specifically attended and living in that city as a student so the university I attended for with my undergraduate and postgraduate as it happened was the University of Edinburgh so I’m going to take this opportunity to talk to you about my experience as a student at the University of Edinburgh studying in my course and living there as a student there other person and information you probably want to have before going into this video if you’re not familiar with my other videos is that I was a student of Classical Studies for my undergraduate and classics for my postgraduate in Edinburgh which are both degrees that were under the umbrella of the school of history classics and archaeology and specifically the classics department another little bit of background information would be that I also spend my entire childhood growing up in Edinburgh so I chose to do my undergraduate degree at University in the same cities I’d grown up and been raised in I was very familiar with Edinburgh from that perspective so I don’t have the experience of appearing in a new city at the beginning of my undergraduate like some people do but that doesn’t mean I can’t review my experience of the University and overall my experience at the University of Edinburgh was incredibly positive I loved my time there especially for my undergraduate and really happy with my decision to go to that University there was well two or three main reasons I chose to go to Edinburgh one of which was very emotional I mean two of which were more practical and a forced convenient plus point for me I guess going to the University as well so the emotional reason was that my dad had gone to the University of Edinburgh and had been a mature student also as a child and I just remember watching him as a student Edinburgh University visiting the campus with him and this falling in love with that and it kind of in greening itself in my brain as a bit of a dreamer to go there but obviously that wasn’t the final reason I chose to go there there was other things to take into consideration the second reason I chose to go there was that I was always going to go to university in Scotland because that was a much cheaper option for me as a student coming from Scotland as well as the Scottish government as it stands currently pays the tuition fees for Scottish students attending Scottish University and the third reason which is more applicable to everybody is that the University of Edinburgh is not only a very highly regarded University in general but it has a really excellent track record in the UNH department and classics specifically and classics isn’t something that is taught at every University so I already have my choices limited for me and I knew I would get a good experience of ancient history archaeology all of those things at Edinburgh because it totals them and has really good reviews for those subjects going to any university also meant that in my first year I should live at home which again saves me a lot of money until I moved out in second year that was also a major determining factor in the reason I went there for a postgraduate because I did have to pay fee for a postgraduate and they were quite expensive and there aren’t currently postgraduate loans available in Scotland for Scottish students and so I did have to pay those fees which meant I had to go home and live with my parents so that I could pay for my fees by has also drawn to the university in part because they had such a positive experience there during my undergraduate I was familiar with the campus and the teaching methods which I felt would be an easier transition and I just knew it was a good place to go because I had my own experience from there so that’s why I stayed there from a postgraduate when either you know my reasons for going to Edinburgh that we can talk about my actual experience there so in general and lived up to my expectations really wonderful my undergraduate was four years long the oldest course universities if not all the Scosche universities you can do a four-year undergraduate master degree it’s not a three-year BA and it’s not the equivalent of a postgraduate master’s it’s like this weird in-between thing that you can do so as universities that’s all I can see it variability so what I attained at the end of my undergraduate was any with honors in classical studies and I initially started off at Emory University studying for a joint honours degree in ancient history and classical archaeology I talked about this a little in past videos I ended up deciding I didn’t want to be an archaeologist and I wanted to focus my academic career on text based studies so just so that I had a little bit more flexibility with my courses and that I didn’t have mandatory archaeology classes to take in my last two years I chose to switch to Classical Studies Classical Studies was kind of the equivalent of doing a text leaning ancient history degree without requiring you to study the ancient languages and I didn’t take ancient languages as a part of an undergrad gia I did do them in summer schools and evening classes and then did them as a part of my postgraduate degree as is ancient Greek what I did take were a multitude of ancient history classical archaeology classical art classical literature courses when I was age and by my first year I definitely studied a broader spectrum and I did straight archaeology which included more scientific archaeological methods and prehistoric archaeology rather than just classical based stuff in Greece and Rome which was really fascinating experience and I loved being exposed to all that even if I did choose not to go down that route I was so happy to study that and why did find it was really easy to change my course and I know not a few other people that changed the courses within the School of classics archaeology and history there was a real ease in your first two years to change I don’t know two years pre honours that didn’t contribute to my overall final grade gave it a little bit of wiggle room to figure out what works for me when I was there the faculty in the classics department offers a really broad range of courses there is options on Greek history and Roman history a art based archaeology based text-based stuff philosophy lots of different things that I could take and get my teeth into and I felt like I got exposure to really wide range of subjects and I really enjoyed that obviously within my niche that’s for certain but it helped me I got to go all the way back to the myceneans and the Minoans I know there were medieval and Byzantine type courses I never went that far but I did study the early-to-mid Roman Empire that came as far as I chose to go but I did have that really wide range to pick from and the staff were amazing I had amazing lectures lectures who have been in their fields for decades as well as newer lecturers but that’s what some dress to me and somebody that is is new to that that academic field in terms of in their first few years as a lecture because they have some really interesting insight they can be really innovative they can really shake things up in academia and that’s certainly necessary so I’ve had a really nice array of people and also have that educational security and use really experienced lecturers as well I didn’t like every course a day that is a given you’re going to expect that from every University if you expect to enjoy every single course that you take use you’re probably expecting a little too much I mean you might but I wouldn’t expect it are you’re trying new things out so there’s a good chance there might be something that isn’t for you I got some rubbish grades I’ve got some really great grades and I felt like I was the feedback I got from my lecturers and markers was really able to improve on my grades so I feel like my lecturers gave me everything I could possibly want from them sometimes but I had to ask for a little bit more expansion because it’s not always enough that little poorly you get with your essay but if you make the effort to then email your lecturer and ask for a meeting my lectures were always really happy to meet with me and build on the feedback that they poop on essays and I found that always really really helpful I always got the clarification I needed and the advice that I needed to improve in my experience I was always my experience in my undergraduate I definitely in my early years was lesson claimed to see type feedback and that was to my detriment and it took me a while perhaps to learn but I don’t see that as a flaw of lecturers you have to ask for that feedback they are marketing tons of students work so you have to be willing to go the extra mile and be an independent thinker and ask for feedback so do that as soon as possible wherever you are studying and I do want to do a video more discussing my experience particularly of the difference between postgraduate and undergraduate but just worth mentioning at this point as I did feel in my masters there was a little bit life selection for me because a lot of what was being taught were similar to the things that were taught my undergraduate courses because this was a same University in the same lectures with the same expertise and there was people coming in to this university from completely different backgrounds that didn’t have the exposure to the same kind of teaching methods and information so this degree was designed for people not necessarily coming from the same University so I did feel like there’s a bit of repetition although there was obviously more in-depth analysis and a postgraduate isn’t all about new information it’s about honing your skills as an academic to prepare you for research I just think that may be worth noting in terms of socializers tons of societies Ejim university I participated in a few I gradually got more and more involved in my closet Society which I’m really enjoyed being in the society I’m connected to my department because obviously got to me a lot of people and hang out with people on your course or they were generally interested in your subject I’m not a competitive sports participator asides and religion thing like that but there where comes to pick from if that’s something you’re interested in and my experience is degree related societies with 5:8 love this why we say that being on the committee in my first year I University itself is really nice because it’s right in the center of Edinburgh a lot of the student accommodation and the areas the students tend to rent flatten or quite close to the University so traveling distance is very short it is walkable if that works for you or there are tons and tons of public transport buses in Edinburgh a really great public transport and on the cheaper side of public transport there’s also lots of cafes and bars if you’re interested and lots of things to do like free museums and art galleries there’s loads of lovely outdoor green spaces like Holyrood Park and The Meadows and princess tea gardens which are gorgeous and lovely to spend your time in when Edinburgh husbands spectacular study moments raised in Edinburgh as Scotland’s cause is some of the highest and so once you’re outside of university accommodation I never saved in university accommodations I cannot comment on that but once you’re arraigned take in Edinburgh it is not cheap in terms of Scotland it is significantly cheaper than somewhere like London but London is annoying representative in terms of rent so I would generally say that a member is not particularly cheap and that is worth taking into consideration I’m not exactly sure what great places are right now so that’s worth looking into if it’s something you need to think about the stuff we did as societies was never very expensive and the Student Union and Edinburgh which territory cheap food and there’s a little friend thanks to the University so that’s cheap food for you library at any university was incredibly well-stocked it was a wonderful library and although I started to run out of materials somewhat in my postgraduate not run out but start I started to become familiar with most of what was there and perhaps won’t eat a few more things there was tons in terms of humanities and classics there is so much in our I agree and it’s a wonderful place to study I really enjoyed studying in the library there was also in the school’s history archaeology and classics a smaller library specifically aimed at those departments and had a lot of ancient texts perfectly books although you couldn’t take a part of that language I believe you could use them in that library there’s a law in divinity library if I remember it correctly which sometimes are almost be very useful for Humanity students and you can get access to that in special circumstances even if you’re not a law or divinity students there is also the National Library of Scotland which is a reference library which means that you can pretty much get anything that is written in English from that library you can order it in or they might already have it in the library I didn’t really use a side of you much until I was a postgraduate but I believe you can get access to it as an undergraduate and you just need to apply for access and you can keep computers and pens and stuff you have to use pencils but it does mean if you need a specific book there’s a good chance that you can get it from the national library there’s also the Central Library and Edinburgh which is across the world from that national library which is just a general membership library anybody living in Edinburgh can use and it has a wonderful array of just general stuff you might want to read not necessarily to your degree it’s just a great library I was also able to use interlibrary loans at the University Library which was really handy and the humanities department had access to most of the online journals and resource websites that I ever needed there are resources at the University if you are struggling with health and mental health problems whilst in attendance there is obviously a GP service there is Student Union there are multiple things that are there to support you as a student if necessary by running those things to see that I think would be helpful if you have any more specific questions about my time at the University of Edinburgh then please go meet them in the comments down below and I will try my utmost to answer them as well as possible and if you are currently applying to University or trying to decide between offers and I wish you the best of luck and I will see you again next time bye [Music]