Amarachi from Nigeria talks about her life at Edinburgh Napier University.
Amarachi Udonsi, MSc Marketing with Festival and Event Management
"The librarians themselves are absolutely heavenly, always smiling and very helpful. They always know how to help!"
Edinburgh Napier University has proven to be an amazing place to study. It is equipped with both amazing people and amazing facilities. For instance, the library is filled with new and informative books that cover the breadth of all the courses that are studied at each campus, the laptop and book loan self-services always give me a sense of pride when I use them. The librarians themselves are absolutely heavenly, always smiling and very helpful. They always know how to help!
"I really love being part of the Edinburgh Napier student community."
When I first came to Edinburgh, I stayed at the Edinburgh Napier student accommodation and I wasn’t expecting much from it truthfully. But, when I met with my flatmates for the first time, I felt so happy because the accommodation was pristine. The kitchen which is my favourite part of any house had everything a cake baker like myself needs to survive a master’s programme. A really tall fridge freezer, microwave ovens, an electric hob and an oven with grills. As well as a toaster, smart TV, dining table and a couch...the list is endless and my flatmates were really wonderful, for most parts, we lived as a family would! Although surprisingly I had a little run with the fire alarm during an episode of ''when cooking goes badly''. It made me more responsible for my subsequent times in the kitchen to ensure I did not set off the fire alarm and force everyone in the entire building to evacuate. I really love being part of the Edinburgh Napier student community.
"Edinburgh stood out as the ideal location to bring my passion to life, a cultural heritage in itself spanning over centuries."
I studied Mass Communication for my first degree; this allowed me to gain knowledge into the different ways of communicating with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and ideologies and beliefs, as this is important to further a career in marketing and events. Due to this, I needed a place where I could get hands-on experience with practical and theoretical knowledge. And, that is how I found Edinburgh! Known as the world's famous city for arts, culture, and festivals, Edinburgh stood out as the ideal location to bring my passion to life, a cultural heritage in itself spanning over centuries. Specialising in festival and event management with marketing, I began to broaden my knowledge immensely and develop the managerial skills required to be an entrepreneur across the event, food, festival, and tourism industry as a whole.
"The lecturers on my course have been great and really helpful and my modules are very inspiring. I am happy I made the decision to study here!"
I chose to study at Edinburgh Napier because it was the one institution that offered a course with a broad variety of topics. Edinburgh, as I mentioned, is home to the largest art festival in the world, The Fringe Festival. Therefore it was the ideal way to get theoretical and practical experience to take home to Nigeria. The lecturers on my course have been great and really helpful and my lecturers are very inspiring. Modules such as international festivals and event Management and international business have proved to provide deeper and better insights into my future goals. I am happy I made the decision to study here!
"Edinburgh looks like something out of a fairy-tale."
To me, Edinburgh looks like something out of a fairy-tale. When I first googled Edinburgh I fell in love with the city almost immediately because of the old and modern buildings and the fact that a lot of festivals are held in Edinburgh. The only concern I had was if the people were friendly. Currently staying in Edinburgh, I now feel very connected to that fairy tale, I am literally a part of it, surrounded by a lot of friendly people. Amazing right!? I love the fact that no matter how stressed you feel or how cold..you can go to the city centre and just feel a sense of relief and belonging. Almost as if Mother Nature and earth herself has put her soothing arm around you. Although postgraduate life means spending long days studying in your room or the library, Edinburgh is full of different things to do. There are roller coaster rides at the Christmas markets which almost touch the heavens or you can take mountain trips to the Pentland Hills, which are beautiful and full of nature.
"It has been a friendly and fantastic experience and I am absolutely delighted that I made the decision to study at Edinburgh Napier."
I recently joined the Edinburgh Napier Events Society which as a student studying festival and event management was a wise decision. As a student, I have had to work part-time with some agencies which have been really fun because I have been able to meet amazing people and volunteered with some great charities. I wouldn't trade it for anything else! I also found the educational system, different and better, as it feels like the entire system is geared towards your success. Needless to say, it has been a friendly and fantastic experience and I am absolutely delighted that I made the decision to study at Edinburgh Napier.