Reflections on First Semester


As the dust settles at the end of the first semester, life admin tasks are taken and sleep has been recovered, I can finally start to reflect on what has been a crazy 14 weeks or so.

You always come to university with the best of intentions, which are made even more ambitious in freshers week, you find yourself signing yourself up to 3 societies and 5 sports clubs, you’re going to run that marathon you always wanted to run, why not? You can fit it around your studies can’t you?

And them boom,

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A brief introduction to me

Hi there,

My name is Tom, I’m English, 26 and I am studying for a taught masters in Ecological Economics – the view that the economy is contained within the ecosystem and that infinite growth is impossible!

I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2011 and have spent the last 5 years working office jobs to fuel my passion of travelling, I have been fortunate to have now seen a lot of the world; Australia, South Eastern Asia, India, China, South America, this year I took the Trans-Mongolian railway all the way from Hong Kong to Tallinn, Estonia over 2 ½ months!

The train from Ulaan-Bataar to Moscow

I have been to Edinburgh a few times before, once for the world famous Fringe Festival, once to visit a friend who was studying as an undergraduate here and once on my way to T in the Park! I’ve always been impressed with the friendliness and openness of the Scottish people, perhaps that is just a contrast from London. I hope that once I graduate I can get a job and live here permanently.
I moved to Scotland for a variety of reasons, first and foremost is the beautiful countryside, highlands, lochs and islands that are less than a couple of hours away from Edinburgh, I’ve managed to get in early and have already been to the Highland twice. I have moved to Scotland with my long term girlfriend and I hope I can show you my view of Edinburgh, a slightly older, more settled view, but one that is no less active and busy.


Members of Ecological Economics standing in Loch Voil in the Scottish highlands.

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