We have a fine spread of graduates this month. Ranging from a crime writer who graduated from law in 1970 to a distance surgical science alumnus who left in 2010. Our five alumni share memories of their time at Edinburgh through the decades.
After completing his medical studies, Paul Dhillon was looking for a chance to continue his medical training.
.my positive experience of the University of Edinburgh course has given me rose-tinted glasses and I look forward to having more excuses to come back to Edinburgh, even if it is for more examinations!
Kim Chamberlain came to Edinburgh to study French but after taking linguistics as an outside object enjoyed it enough to change her degree, years later she still uses the concepts learnt in her professional life.
On my first morning in Baird House, Pollock Halls, Jean the cleaner breezed in saying “It’s gey dreich the day, hen” and I was suddenly filled with a fear that I was living in a country where I might not be able to understand anyone.
Lee Madden arrived in Edinburgh from Belfast looking for new experiences and independence, he talks to us about being able to study fascinating outside subjects, making the most of what the University has to offer and embracing the peaks and troughs of life.
There is no shortage of such opportunities at Edinburgh but the onus is on you to take advantage of them.
Evangelia Sembou talks about living in a cultural city and her pursuit of an academic career and despite finding Edinburgh cold, she hopes to come back one day.
Enjoy both your studies and your time in such a cultural city
Ian C Simpson
Former lawyer and current crime fiction writer Ian C Simpson experienced wide and varied activities during his time at Edinburgh and talks to us about how having the ‘gift of the gab’ benefited his career.
I learned my strengths and weaknesses, made friends and met some interesting people, some of whom have gone on to most distinguished careers and understanding people – an essential for my job.
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