Where Are They Now? #007 Amanda (Luxembourg)
Student Tours Scotland (STS): Welcome Amanda to our latest installment of Where Are They Now? Where we track down students who studied in Glasgow five years ago and see what they are doing now. So...what have you been doing lately? Let's find out. Firstly, introduce yourself.
Amanda: My name is Amanda Muller and I’m from Luxembourg - yup it’s country and a city. My random fact would be that I have a mild obsession with double glazed windows.
STS: Since you're still here, what has kept you in Scotland?
Amanda: Glasgow has really become home from home to me by now. I love that you get the full on city life experience and are yet so close to the outdoors. For example: you can easily cycle along the canal to Loch Lomond.
However, I think it’s the people that make it! I find folk here very outgoing, helpful and easy to chat to.
STS: What one place in Scotland do you consider your favourite?
Amanda: Tough decision. Edinburgh with it’s magnificent architecture is undebatably worth a visit , it’s not for no reason that it’s old and new town are listed as world heritage sites. However, I am most fond of the west coast; the scenery as you are heading to Fort William through Glen Coe is absolutely stunning – never fails to impress.
STS: Do you think it's important to get out and about in Glasgow and Scotland when you study here?
Amanda: Definitely! There is so much to see, not to mention all the great pubs and gigs. It also gives you the opportunity to make some great friends. While you’re studying you often feel as though you don’t have the time to go venturing off, but it’s the best time to do it; it will lift your spirits and clear your head.
STS: But enough about Scotland. What are you doing with yourself now?
Amanda: In between aimlessly floating about; I got to work on a project for a local social enterprise, Eadha Enterprises, which had just kicked off with its mission statement: “unlocking potential through planting trees to regenerate land and communities” - a very rewarding experience. This encouraged me to pursue further studies and I have since enrolled on an MSc course at Edinburgh University.
STS: If you could offer any one piece of survival advice to someone about to study in Scotland what would it be?
Amanda: Don’t be shy, talk to people, the accent can be hard to grasp at times, but you’ll get the hang of it..if not; try some Buckfast. Embrace all the facilities your university has to offer such as the various societies, pop into the pub for an acoustic jam session or go walk a hill.
In short; remember to give yourself time to relax and embrace what the country has to *offer to make this time a special memory (* this offer includes the famous four seasons in a day- waterproofs highly recommended!).
STS: Cheers for taking the time to chat with us. All the best.
Amanda: All the best to you too Student Tours Scotland, I’ll see you around!
Posted on 2nd October 2012 : permalink