Five very different student experiences this month but all used the skills at knowledge gained at university as the foundation for fulfilling careers that encompass sport, teaching, communications, green politics and music.
Netball international Claire Brownie has represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships; success that she attributes to the support provided by the University.
Without the support of the University I would never have managed to get to the World Youth Championships as they supported me as a bursary athlete and I will always be thankful for that support.
Professor Fred Freeman piped for the Crown Princess of Japan during her visit to the University and has a soft spot for the graffiti that used to exist at the University library.
I chose Edinburgh to work with several noted scholars at the School of Scottish Studies including John MacQueen, the director, Hamish Henderson, poet and songwriter and David Murison, father of the Scottish National Dictionary.
Beth Giudicessi talks about how Edinburgh became home, running hill repeats up Arthur’s Seat and her wide and varied career after graduation.
What’s more, we’re building a community of Edinburgh alums in the states, and it is great fun to work with fellow graduates and with the University to strengthen its ties to North America, in the context of all that we learned during our time in Scotland.
Mora Main used her geography degree to make a difference in green politics and volunteers with environmental organisations in New South Wales, where she now lives.
Along with subsequent qualifications in landscape architecture I was equipped to understand climate change and environmental threats at a very early stage and have continued to build on that knowledge – geography was such a great place to start.
Although Peter Neil found his time at Edinburgh challenge, it was still certainly an enjoyable experience and was a stepping stone towards two equally interesting and complementary careers.
I was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University in May 2013; this is a Church of England foundation institution so that this post will enable me to bring my two areas of expertise together – theology and education.
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