Moving to another city can be both challenging and exciting. As an incoming MSc student who hasn’t been abroad often, I tried to do as much research as I could before starting my postgraduate life in Edinburgh. When I got off the plane, everything seemed a little bit familiar, but also a little bit unexpected.
The cold air
I come from northern China where the temperature ranges from 30℃ to 40℃ during the summer, which absolutely won’t happen in Edinburgh. I knew that Edinburgh could get very chilly due its geographical location, but it was a totally different story to experience the cold for myself. As I got off the plane, I was aware of it instantly. Actually, I was wearing a dress so it was partly my fault. Another interesting thing that I have noticed is that although the weather is a little cold, you will find people in the city wearing all kinds of clothes, from short sleeves to warm jackets.
The historical streets
Edinburgh is a city with a long history, which you will experience from the moment you set foot here. I got up very early the next morning in order to pick up my student card and BRP (Biometric Residence Permit). When I arrived in the city centre by bus, what I saw was not like other city centres I have visited before. Many of the streets are covered with small stones (cobbles) as if telling stories of years of ups and downs. It can be a little tiring to walk up and down the hilly streets, but what awaits you is breath-taking scenery. The shops with traditional or modern decorations make the streets even more enchanting.
The helpful people
Being new to the city, it was inevitable that I would need to ask for help from both staff of the university and people in the local community. To be honest, I was a little nervous when I approached people at first. I had no idea if I would be welcomed or not, but I kept telling myself that I needed to get out of my comfort zone. However, I received nothing but kindness. There was a gentleman who showed me where the career service is. There was also a kind lady who offered to activate my access to computers when I merely asked for a case. The list goes on and on and I can’t remember how many things like that have occurred in just twenty four hours. People here are amazingly helpful and I have a hunch that I will receive much more support here than I expected.
The very first twenty four hours in Edinburgh passed quickly, but many more days in Edinburgh lie ahead of me. It is an adventure and I want to remember as many moments as I possibly can.