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Buddies Newsletter – October 2014

2 Nov

What a month it has been! After a massive welcome into October with the Frankenstein’s pub quiz, the Buddies events team pulled it off again with a trip to Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. The museum is dedicated to all things visual and photographic, with all kinds of illusions involving lights, dark tunnels, and photo machines. With 6 floors of hands-on activities, it’s a treasure trove. One October Wednesday  afternoon, Buddies stuck their heads into various boxes, got lost in a mirror maze and were almost blown away on the roof. In a place like the Camera Obscura, picture taking is obligatory, and there were tons of excellent photographs on all kinds of social media (#edbuddies).

Buddies battling the wind at Edinburgh's Camera Obscura

Buddies battling the wind at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura

Secondly, welcome to November – and week 8! Time is going so fast. With the announcement of exam dates and the ensuing revision stress, a quick coffee with your Buddies is always a sure-fire way to slow down and enjoy the rest of the semester.

November events are set to include a board games night on 12th November in Teviot – keep a look out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for information closer to the time.

Remember, remember…the 5th of November! If you’re feeling full of fireworks this Wednesday, 5th November is bonfire night, a historical evening dating back to when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up British parliament. Four hundred years on, we still commemorate this day by wrapping up warmly, eating bonfire toffee and letting off fireworks. Exchange 360, an Edinburgh University society for both international students and returners, are planning to climb up Carlton Hill to watch the fireworks. They are meeting just in front of Teviot on Wednesday at 6pm. Sparklers provided before everything kicks off! (For more info see their Facebook page).

Hope you all enjoyed a very Scottish Halloween. See you very soooooon.


Buddies Newsletter

4 Oct

Hi all!

My name is Hilary, and I’m the secretary/treasurer for this years Edinburgh Buddies! This means I will also be bringing all of the news, events and inside goss in these monthly newsletters. Detailing all the fun we’ve been having and what there is to come, we are also asking for contributions from Edinburgh and International Buddies. A different Buddy group will be asked each month for their pictures and posts. So get reading, get snapping  and get scribbling down your experiences so far. ALSO don’t miss out on our excellent Instagram account; follow @edinburghbuddies and hashtag #edbuddies to keep up to date!

September Events

Autumn is THE best time of the year and this September was no exception. It has been a super busy month, beginning with our hugely successful Meet and Greet, where almost 600 Buddies were due into Teviot Dining Room in search of their Buddy groups. And it worked! Complimentary wine in hand, I got to meet so many lovely people from Edinburgh and abroad, and it only added to the excitement buzzing around the Buddies programme for this year. Some Buddy groups even managed to find their way to a ceilidh in McEwan Hall afterwards!

Our next event was the Scavenger Hunt. With eight rhyming clues leading our Buddy groups from Greyfriars Bobby to Edinburgh Dungeons to the castle (or some kind of similar order) and tasks, such as squishing into phone boxes and proposing marriage, on the way, the pictures looked amazing (#edbuddies – you know it!) and the winning team looked very pleased with themselves and their prize!

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Buddies ceilidh-ing away in McEwan Hall

October Events

With the first of a new month came more events! This Wednesday played host to the Buddies pub quiz at Frankenstein, the fabulously themed pub on George IV Bridge. Quiz rounds included topics such as Scottish, Music, General Knowledge and there was even a Buddies round (are there more girls or boys in Buddies?). The winners, pun-tastically named ‘Buddy Brilliant’ received some rather fetching prizes. Later on this month we are planning a Flat Safari – keep your eyes peeled for more details.

Obviously aside from our fantastic events, Buddies are welcomed (positively encouraged!) to meet up, mix with other Buddies groups and explore Edinburgh and further afield together. All details of upcoming Buddies Activity can also be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdBuddies20142015/

A wee “Hello!” from your Global Assistants

21 Sep


Hi Everyone.  My name is Melissa, and I am one half of this year’s EUSA Global Assistant duo :-).  A little bit about myself– I am a second year PhD student at Moray House, from the USA and Jamaica, and enjoy traveling, art, & dancing.  So far it is very nice to call Edinburgh my current home.

I am very excited working with Jo and Mari, in helping to plan this year’s EUSA global events, coordinating with societies and meeting new people on campus!  I hope that my efforts this year as a Global Assistant will help to provide fun and engaging events for our student body.  Currently, I am helping to plan our annual Black History Month Festival coming up the end of October, hope to see you there!  I must add that Fresher’s Week was so much fun for me, and I enjoyed meeting incoming and returning students.  If you see me on campus, and remember my face, feel free to come up to me and say “hi” or have a chat!

Also, stay tuned for more updates from me on our blog site.


So here it is. My first blogpost in years. It does take some time to overcome the fear of putting things up on the internet. I mean, posts that are longer than Twitter’s 140 characters. The whole concept of putting yourself out there is a bit daunting. Then again, what is the university experience for, if it isn’t about throwing yourself into the unknown, challenge yourself and reap the benefits of new experiences? So here I am – I’ve finally bursted the blog bubble and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from me from now on!



So yes, hi, hello! My name is Mari. I’m a fourth year doing International Relations, from Norway, and I am the other half of this year’s EUSA Global Assistant- duo, as Melissa so neatly put it (I really like the ‘duo’-bit!). So far, working with our great EUSA Global-team (Jo and Melissa, and whoever else has been helping out – especially Mimi from Peer Support, Exchange 360 and the ISC!) has been nothing but fun and I’m very excited for the upcoming weeks and months. Throughout the year I’ll be working on our great Tandem- program  (come along to our Saturday Language Café this afternoon, guys!), as well as our Edinburgh Buddies-project, among other things. As Melissa has already pointed out, our Black History Month-festival is coming up and it looks fantastic – so save the dates! We’re also planning a lot of other fun events for this upcoming year, all in the name of enhancing the student experience on campus; both for international and domestic students.

As Melissa said, please feel free to contact me, add me on Facebook or simply come up to me and have a chat! I really enjoy meeting new people, so don’t be shy.

See you!(: