Last Few Months in Edinburgh…

So we finished semester 1 in December. Semester 2, the last one in Edinburgh for me, started in January.  And now Semester 2 is about to end… I can hardly believe that only a few months from now I have to be back to Japan.  I have such a mixed feelings about going home —…

Reflecting on the Last Few Months: Realities of Study Abroad

The fall term has almost come and gone. I really cannot believe it is almost time to go home for the holidays. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to return to Edinburgh to study abroad for the spring term as well but many friends I have made have to say goodbye to this wonderful…

Creative Learning Week

Although it might be very tempting to go on holidays during Flexible Learning Week (no lectures are delivered for a week in February) I strongly recommend you to stay in Edinburgh so that you can participate in the University’s Creative Learning Week. This week is fully dedicated to a wide variety of free events and…

After Four Months in Edinburgh…

Since I arrived in Edinburgh with a 30kg suitcase on September 9, 2017, it has been exactly four months now. It feels like only four days as there are still so many things I have  not yet tried and so many places I haven’t got time to visit. It also, however, feels like four full…

I’m On Exchange in Edinburgh Part II

“There’s nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman” – Groundskeeper Willie in Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadassss Song, The Simpsons (1994). I’ve always been hindered by some mass crippling doubt. It started when I was seven. I had just graduated from Stingrays to Dolphins at State Swim and it was time for us…

Ten things you need to know about studying at the UoE

While there is a lot of information about places to visit and things to do in Edinburgh and Scotland on the internet, I would like to share something one can experience only when actually going to the University of Edinburgh. I am talking about the teaching style: lectures, tutorials, professors and homework. Some aspects I…

Better and Better

Time flies, a month has passed since I first came to Edinburgh. As I explore more about this amazing city and expand my social circle, I’m obtaining more about the sense of identity and belonging. My life in Edinburgh is getting better and better and I’m willing to share some important moments with you. Pleasant…

New country, new Academia

A few weeks of the semester have now passed. I found all my classrooms, joined a few societies, got myself a ridacard, saw a rugby match, saw Prince Charles (not kidding), adapted to Scottish dialects (sort of) – I have even discovered how to not only connect to the wifi but also operate the printing…

I’m On Exchange in Scotland: Part I

“Patience, Highlander. You have done well. But it will take time. There are generations being born and dying. You’re at one with all living things. Each man’s thoughts and dreams are yours to know. You have power beyond imagination. Use it well my friend. Don’t lose your head.” (Highlander, 1986) I knew nothing about Scotland,…

From the very south to northernmost point.

Back to the old routine, now. Essays, tutorials, lectures, library times. The holidays are over now. However that does not mean we cannot enjoy the wonders of the island. I spent my holidays not going back to my country (as most visiting students do) but staying here and enjoying the places of England. I went…