As summer approaches and holiday plans to far-flung destinations populate the screens of starry-eyed students on every floor of the library, I have been reflecting on my last four years living in Edinburgh.
When I first came to visit the School of Geosciences, blue skies smiled down on the cobbled mish-mash rooftops of Auld Reekie and my heart was sold. Panoramic views from the top floor Meteorology lab of multiple volcanoes deep in the city centre only served to seal the deal. Head over heels, I knew Edinburgh was the place for me.
Four years later, I still enjoy the twisting closes and the way your eyes are drawn up, down and around as you wander through the Old Town, dodging chocolate stalls and fancy dumplings on a Saturday morning in Grassmarket.
There is much more to Scotland than the surface beauty of the capital, however. Throughout my time as a student, I have regularly managed to sneak off across the country to escape the hustle and bustle of university life.
And what awaits you when you do. To step into lands carved by glaciers during the last ice age, mountain belts formed from the collision between England and Scotland (we weren’t always a union!), otherworldly islands forged by volcanic eruptions and white sand beaches taken straight from a Caribbean postcard – it is a geoscience student’s dream!