- Age: 31
- Graduated: 2020
- Winner of Best Overall Performance in MSc Africa and International Development in 2020
Studying at the School of Social and Political Science
- What made you choose to study at the University of Edinburgh?
I chose to study at the University of Edinburgh for a number of reasons: Edinburgh is a beautiful city, the course looked fascinating and the Centre of African Studies has a great reputation.
- How have you enjoyed your programme?
It's been a particularly bizarre year with both the pandemic and industrial action, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a lot from it.
My background is in the arts and not political science, so I have loved the challenge of being outside of my comfort zone and learning something new.
- What has been your favourite course?
I'm really pleased that I chose to study Swahili as one of my electives – it's a lovely language and the lecturers are fantastic.
I'd also thoroughly recommend both Humanitarianism and the Media and Digital Activism as both were topical, fascinating and the lecturer was utterly brilliant.
- Aims for after University?
In these strange times I'm not really sure what I want to do next – I'm teaching media studies for the moment and am using some of the content I learned as part of my MSc, but once things return to normal, who knows!
- What does a typical weekday look like for you as a student at SPS?
I don't think I really got to see what a 'typical' weekday looked like! Prior to lockdown and the strikes, I had lectures at the Old College, Lister and Chrystal Macmillan Building' (CMB), and often met my friends in the David Hume study spaces or CMB cafe between classes. I loved being able to walk to campus and often got coffee on my way.
During lockdown, I set up my computer in my flat in the morning, worked for a few hours and then gave myself time in the afternoon to walk and explore the city.
- What are your highlights from your time at the School of Social and Political Science?
Although I wasn’t able to travel for my dissertation, I still thoroughly enjoyed the research process. I found my topic fascinating and had an incredibly supportive dissertation supervisor – my personal tutor was brilliant too and checked in with all of my cohort weekly.
I’m thrilled (and surprised!) to have won a prize for my overall performance this year, but it is testament to the support and guidance I have had from my lecturers.
Attending the SPS Ceilidh and Burns Supper were experiences I won't forget in a hurry - I’m just sad we didn't have chance to celebrate properly at the end of the year!
- Knowing what you do now, what would you say to your past self before starting the course?
Things won't go to plan, but that's nothing to panic about!
- What has your University experience been like, in just three words?
Challenging, unexpected and fascinating.
- Where have you lived while studying at Edinburgh?
Having lived on my own for a number of years, I chose to live in my own flat in the Calton Hill area. I absolutely loved it – friendly and not too far from campus, it was ideal for me.
- If you recommend ONE thing to do in the first semester what would it be?
Go to a ceilidh – it's a great opportunity to meet people in a situation where no one knows exactly what is going on!
The City of Edinburgh
- What are your favourite things to do in Edinburgh at the weekend?
The Pentlands is great for a walk (as is the Hermitage, Arthur’s Seat, Portobello, Leith – there are so many options close to the city!) and there are some lovely beaches a short drive away.
The Hermitage was my favourite spot to go for a walk to clear my head and make sense of the essays I was writing.