Giving

Meet Your Callers

Your student calling team is a true representation of our student body. They represent all three Colleges, studying topics such as Art, Law, Medicine and Politics. They want to speak to you.  And they want to hear from you.

Rachel, Tiri and Ronja

Your University has a great calling team again this year: a mixture of undergraduates at the start of their studies and those close to graduation, as well as postgraduates.  They represent five continents and are a reflection of how truly global the University is today.

They are all excited to keep in touch with you.

COVID 19 has had an impact on everyone’s life in 2020.  The student calling team are no longer able to use our call room to speak to you and share those stories and experiences that we all have in common. Those shared stories and experiences are still important to us and we will try to offer an insight on what it means to students when they speak to you, as well as offering a glimpse of what life is like for students at Edinburgh in 2020. 

Please join our new social media channels on Facebook, Instagram or follow our Student Caller Diaries blog as we explore the impact that COVID 19 has had on higher education at the institution in which you studied. I’d like to encourage you to engage with our team as you would do in your conversations, share your stories and advice, and continue to act as an inspiration to the next generation of Edinburgh alumni.

Jasmine

Name

Jasmine Reay                                                                                                                                                               

Year

Fourth

Course

MA German and Linguistics

How long have you been a caller? Since February 2020

Why did you choose the University of Edinburgh?

I loved how it was near the highlands and the sea for sailing, hiking and access to nature. It was also prestigious and I liked the linguistics course and the flexibility and variety of the elective course system.

Why did you choose your course and what do you like about it the most?

I loved languages at school and the grammar analysis part of English Literature. I then did an EPQ at A-level and read some really interesting books about Linguistics which is when I found that this is where my interest lay. I did not have German A-level and regretted dropping it and Edinburgh gave me the chance to take it up again from beginners’ level as part of my main degree programme. I also loved that Linguistics was taught alongside English language and had many course options from both its more scientific side as well as historical or grammar based. I found that the option of doing 3 subjects in my first 2 years flexible, reassuring and that it would add interest and breadth to my studies. What I like most about my course is the amount of choice with courses and that I am able to specialize particularly in 3rd and 4th year plus the community feel and rapport within the German department.

What’s your fondest memory of life in Edinburgh so far?

The torchlit procession as part of Hogmany.

Why did you choose to become a student caller?

I wanted to be part of helping to fundraise and felt I would be challenged and learn a lot of skills.

What do you like most about being a caller?

Hearing about alumni experiences which inspire me and are really interesting plus being able to help raise money for great causes.

What did you miss most (from the cancelled campaigns last year)?

Being in the office and the atmosphere of different conversations plus feeling like I had purpose and was adding to something valuable.

What are you looking forward to in this year’s telethon campaign?

Learning new skills and finding out how to call outside of the office plus about how many funds we can raise as well as hearing interesting stories from the alumni which may also help me to better define my own path and provide wisdom.

What has been your experience talking to alumni of the university?

That they are really willing to help overall and want to hear about how things are now as well as comparing their own experiences.

Any advice/quote/story from alumni that you found meaningful to you in any way?

I can’t think of something specific sorry!

What question do you wish you could ask alumni but are too scared to ask?

I think I tend to just ask and haven’t felt scared really.

What questions do you wish alumni ask you that never gets asked?

More about exactly where the funds will help or more about being a student caller or tips for my future sometimes.

 

Rachel

Name

Rachel Foulsham                                                                                                                                                                     

Year

Third

Course

Biochemistry

How long have you been a caller? 1.5 years

Favourite thing about your course?

I chose to study Biochemistry because I was unsure of a career path and I liked the diversity of the topics included.

What inspired you to take part in this virtual campaign?

Even though we can’t meet in person to call, students need the support now more than ever.

What will you miss most about the calling campaign?

Hearing alumni reminisce about their time at Uni, which for many was a very formative and enjoyable time.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve had from an alum?

An alum gave me a piece of advice about courses and career progression that ended up making me change some quite big plans I had!

Tiri

Name

Tirivashe Chidzwondo                                                                                                                                                  

Year

Fourth

Course

Chemical Engineering with Management

How long have you been a caller? 2 years

Favourite thing about your course?

It is very diverse and has lots of transferable skills. I chose it because it opens me up to different opportunities.

What inspired you to take part in this virtual campaign?

It gives me another opportunity to engage with Edinburgh University alumni.

What will you miss most about the calling campaign?

I will miss the opportunity to meet fellow callers. I’ll also miss getting to speak to alumni, get their advice, and hear about their journeys.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve had from an alum?

An alum gave me some really useful tips on the industry and how to prepare for interviews and life in the workplace.

Ronja

Name

Ronja Borgmästars                                                                                                                                                         

Year

Third

Course

Politics with Quantitative Methods

How long have you been a caller? 1.5 years

Favourite thing about your course?

The feeling of community within the course, my degree is new and quite small, and the staff and students know each other well.

What inspired you to take part in this virtual campaign?

Now, more than ever, it is important for people to stay connected to each other. I miss being able to interact within a wider community.

What will you miss most about the calling campaign?

I enjoy getting to talk to people of all ages, from different academic backgrounds, both student callers and alumni. I will miss writing postcards to alumni at the end of every phone call, as I find it enjoyable to say one last greeting to the person on the other end of the phone!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve had from an alum?

You really can take any path you like after University, there’s a chance your degree choice won’t be what you’ll be doing in your career. That was very comforting to me as a student who still isn’t sure what they want to do after graduating.

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