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This new adventure July 7, 2011

Posted by Fiona in Big things, Edinburgh, Look what I did, University.

After months of agonising, worrying and trying not to think about things, I’ve finally heard today from Edinburgh University – they’re offering me a place, starting in September, to study a one-year Masters course in International Law.  I am unbelievably excited.  I’ve been not daring to hope for this for most of this year: the course, and the city, look like the best thing I could possibly have wished for and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into both of them.

The course is amazing.  It looks like I’ll have ample opportunity to get stuck into my twin loves of humanitarian law and the European Convention of Human Rights (you know I can’t get enough of it!) and I’m really hoping the seminar format is going to help me get over my main problem of the last few years’ study – that I really don’t like giving presentations or speaking in front of people.  Looks like it’s unavoidable here, though, so fingers crossed I’ll get used to it.  That aside, there’s opportunity for a lot of discussion, and a lot of independent research, and they’re two of my favourite things.

As for the city, well, it’s beautiful.  I’m going to be spending all of August there (if you’re going to the Fringe festival, come and see us!  They’re giving me a lighting desk to play with and everything!) and I gather it’s a good place for everything I love – coffee shops, a vibrant crafting community, a lot of local history and folklore, beautiful walks, it’s going to be such an adventure and I can’t wait.

I almost wonder if a year is going to be long enough.



1. Lucy - July 7, 2011

You really ought to have a natter with J about his work, y’know…

Fiona - July 7, 2011

Do you know, I don’t think I actually know what J does these days. Could have guessed it would be something of this ilk, though – well done him. I’d love a natter at some point. Perhaps if I can get to this Birmingham thing?

2. Aimee - July 7, 2011

Congratulations, lass! Sounds wonderful, challenging, and just right!

3. ukmikel - July 8, 2011

Edinburgh is a wonderful vibrant city – full of very stark contrasts (trainspotting and festival!). You will absolutely love it I spent three years there at uni (in the grassmarket, just over the other side of the castle from Princes St) although I do hail from just the other side of the river Forth.
When up there take the chance to go exploring around Scotland, north and north west and of course ex city of culture – Glasgow.

Have loads and loads of fun.

4. Roobeedoo - July 8, 2011

You will love it! An adventure indeed!

5. Fiona - July 9, 2011

I’m really looking forward to it – my parents keep asking if it was something they said because I keep going further and further away from home!

I fully intend to have a bit of a poke about, Mike – it’s never been feasible before for me to explore any of Scotland, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ll be stuck to anywhere accessible by public transport, so I don’t know how much of the northwest would be feasible, but I definitely intend to try.

Also, I… might have spent the last few days ogling the Bedlam. I’ve been totally spoiled for theatre in Durham, but this time I have to remember I have a degree to do as well. Definitely. Ahem.

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