Around graduation time, a friend told me I should read Marina Keegan’s ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ and it struck a chord: ‘University… it’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When its 4am and no one goes to bed. The night we can’t remember. Yale is full of tiny circles we pull round ourselves. Sports teams, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest night when we stumble home”.
Since taking up this role, I’ve constantly been questioning whether we have this sense of people, community, and belonging in Edinburgh. We are a vast student body, with around 40,000 students making up The University of Edinburgh, and yet we can so often feel part of a void. We each have our own communities whether that be ours school, our campus, our societies or sports club and yet, very few of us feel connected as an Edinburgh student. I’d like to change that. Because if there’s one thing I know about an Edinburgh student – at the heart of us all – is that we all do so much more than just our degrees.
All too often in this crazy world, our newsfeeds are full of negative news stories which sometimes make us question our belief that we, as students, can change this world. I hate seeing this draining content, and I know that the one thing that will keep me motivated this year, as President, will be hearing about all the amazing projects you are all doing! So, I want to change up my newsfeed (and hopefully yours too). So, every Thursday I’ll be profiling students and sharing their stories, as part of our #WeAreEdinburgh campaign. In a hope that we can create a student community which is doing more to celebrate you, the students of Edinburgh, the backbone of this University.
I’ve got some incredible students lined up but I’d love to hear from you about the things you are up to or if you’ve got a friend who deserves some light shone on what they are up to! You can Tweet me, Facebook me or even an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are more than just students – We Are Edinburgh!
All my love,