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-1 week to Graduation: What’s next?

One week to go. ONE WEEK TO GO! This does not even sound real! My friends and family are gonna join me from Italy, Scotland and US and I truly can’t believe this moment is almost here. Everything is ready: my gown, photography and evening buffet for my guests. I feel excited just thinking about next week, but at the same time I have that bittersweet feeling that makes me realise that I’m gonna have to leave both Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier. This makes me so sad I can’t even explain! However, I’m sure I’ll always keep in touch through the Alumni community, which kind of makes me feel better 🙂

As many of you are (or will be) in my same situation very soon, I reckon you are going through my same concerns: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Best tours for students: in Edinburgh and around Scotland

It can be very frustrating feeling like travelling and not being able to afford it. However, there are many free tours out there. It is important to be aware that many tours that are advertised as ‘free’ actually mean that at the end you’re gonna be asked to leave a donation. So technically you could just leave and not pay, however it is not nice custom to do so…so make sure you’ve got at least a fiver (or whatever you think the tour was worth it) not to be surprised at the end!

As you may want to visit specific places around Scotland e.g.

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Sport in Edinburgh: to do and to watch

Scottish football fanScotland is not just a land of great nature, history and traditions..it’s also a great place for sports! But what I have on mind is not the usual soccer game, or American football.. Today what I’d like to explore is:

 

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Edinburgh Napier Campuses: Where and what?

napier_university_edinburgh_rmjm220208_1If you are getting ready to move to Edinburgh to begin your studies at Edinburgh Napier, you should be aware of the campuses that the University has for all the different faculties. The easiest way to get around is with Lothian Buses, and I’ll list the most common bus numbers right after every campus. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Looking for (private) accommodation in Edinburgh?

homeIf you have been accepted by Edinburgh Napier, it’s probably time to start thinking about accommodation! Either if you want to apply to the student halls or look for private accommodations, I suggest to start planning your budget and preferred areas.

This link takes you directly to Edinburgh Napier’s accommodation page, if you would like to check it out.

I’ve never personally experienced Edinburgh Napier students accommodations, but I’ve had many friends living there. Locations are very good, though hygiene may be challenging at times based on your flatmates. In students accommodation you’re gonna have your own room, which is usually very nice and cute, and your own key to the room. You’re gonna be sharing kitchen and bathroom and the flat itself is reasonably Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Best Free Attractions in Edinburgh

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Since it’s getting warmer here in the burgh I thought it was a good idea to write a blog post about some good free attractions that can make your staying in Edinburgh even more enjoyable!

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New Edinburgh Napier Prospectus: Have you Seen It?

Edinburgh Napier 2013 - 2014 Undergrad Prospectus

Edinburgh Napier 2013 – 2014 Undergrad Prospectus

Hi there peeps!

I bet you’re all super nervous/excited as in about one month you’ll all know if you’re admitted to study at Napier. Try not to freak out too much and be positive: if you’ve done your best and you really hope to get in, you will:) I still remember when I was waiting for the results, four years ago..hard to sleep, hard to wait! But then the results day arrived and
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Weather: Hectic Topic

734101_10200824051064974_1302160069_nHi there everyone! I know, I know..it has been a while! The dissertation is taking my time away – and time is running out, too! Submission is less than a month and now I’m about to finish my first draft. Just enough time to start proofreading, editing and printing 🙂

However, today I really wanted to tell you a little more about the weather here in Edinburgh, as lately it has been one of the main Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Study Abroad – Part 2

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My friend Ka Wing & I with Phil, our communication lecturer.

As last week I briefly talked about my exchange experience, I thought that it was not enough! This week I’d like to give you some more insights about what exchange can offer. Given that, what I’m gonna talk about is the difference in academics and the opportunity to travel.

First of all, the the UK system is really different to what I found in the US. When you start studying at Edinburgh Napier, you must get used to tight deadlines and high-value assessment (e.g. 60% and 40%, or 70% and 30%). Despite there are usually fewer assignments (including exams), research needs to be really deep and thought through. On the other hand, what I found in the US was more frequent coursework and more opportunities to get extra credits (and so to raise your overall grade) – although research did not need to be as detailed as it needs to be at Napier. Grades are another main difference: my average in the US was A – which definitely 46249_1576069923048_1003849_nhelped my self esteem! 🙂 Here in the UK, you pass with 40%, get a merit with 65% and you’re a genius if you take 70% or more (and even genius grades don’t usually get to over 85%). Now, it may sound scary – but the fact is that if your average is 70% you still can get a degree that is worth it 1:1 (First). So this is a warming for both students who are planning on studying in the US, as well as US students who are coming to study here….just, don’t freak out, you’re fine 😉 In both cases, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Exchange, Student Life, Travels, US

 

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Edinburgh and Friends from all over the World!

469663_3974019710294_1465454498_oWhen I first moved to Edinburgh I did not know anyone. But that was the engine of my enthusiasm to start with uni and meet all my new friends. If you are about to move to Edinburgh and  don’t really know what’s gonna happen, please keep reading:)

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