Cosette moved from America to the festival city of Edinburgh to study MFA Acting for Stage and Screen.
Why did you choose to study your course here at Edinburgh Napier University?
When it came down to making a decision about where I would attend graduate school, Napier checked off all the boxes for me. Although new, the program is compromised of valuable courses taught by active members in the preforming arts industry. Being a part of the first cohort means learning and growing alongside the professors while collaborating to create a worthwhile program that meets the needs of every student.
How do you find the overall university experience here in Edinburgh?
The university experience is different from my undergraduate experience in the states. The teaching style here places much more importance on individual development and ownership of creative and academic works. As a graduate student the professors are more collaborative as peers in the industry. My cohort members have formed a tight knit group stronger than any class I've had before.
What do you like most about the city?
Even on my worst day here, I live in a city with castles. It may sound silly, but being surrounded by such great history and intense connection to nature is lovely. I adore Edinburgh, there is always something going on. The city is accessible with great public transportation, and I have yet to go into a cafe or pub that did not offer a wide array of vegetarian foods.
What is your favourite thing about living in Scotland?
I feel connected here. There are many opportunities for young people, artists, and performers. It has both a big city and small town feel no matter where you go. Scotland is like no other place I have ever been; its quirky, and fun, and home to the loveliest people you will ever meet.
Where you shocked by anything when you moved to Scotland?
There is a learning curve to moving abroad. Things move a little slower here than in the States. It's the little differences that can lead to moments of homesickness. There's been nothing that has caused outright culture shock since I have moved here except watching pedestrians cross the street wherever they please.
What do you think the biggest difference is between Edinburgh/Scotland and your home country?
I think the biggest difference I have noticed here is kindness. People are quicker to forgiveness and grace for one another and themselves; at least, that is my experience and I may have just been fortunate to meet the best Scotland has to offer. However, that does not mean that you will not be teased every once in a while, Scotts love to joke. Its how they show they like you.
What advice would you give to international students thinking of studying abroad at Edinburgh Napier?
Go for it. The stress of the Visa process, preparation, application, and everything else is worth it to learn and live here. You will make friends. You will succeed if you put in the work. You will walk away from every experience better. And you may even gain a new family. Take a chance for your own sake.