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How I started studying at the University of Edinburgh.

I've not been on here in ages and an update on what's happening with me has been long overdue. If you are new, welcome!

I'll get into all the juicy details of my short-lived gap year, moving to Scotland and my finishing my first year at Edinburgh University studying Cognitive Science. I'll make multiple posts about my journey, but for now, I'll start at the beginning.


From the beginning

Soooo... last time we spoke the plan was to have a gap year and start at Stellenbosch University in 2020. Well, the plan most definitely changed. It all started with my mum urging me to do a bit of research into universities and courses overseas. I was very against the idea at first. I didn't want to even think about it because it terrified me. In what world would I get into a university overseas? How could I just give up studying with all my friends in a place I have dreamt of going since I started thinking about life after school? How could I move to a new country, with no familiar faces, that was more than a day of flights away?

I finally caved and looked into it. The first university I looked at was the University of Edinburgh and I just browsed through their courses and one immediately caught my eye. Cognitive Science, a mysterious field I have never heard of and with a tagline like: "the interdisciplinary attempt to understand the human mind." I was sold.

Still, I was sceptical, but I continued researching courses at other universities.

I settled on applying for Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh and Sociology at the University of Birmingham, the University of Bath, Warwick University, Durham University. While all of this was happening my mom and I had the amazing opportunity to go to the UK on holiday and we also traveled around and see all the universities I applied to. We had such a great time and it was so nice to be able to envision myself studying at all these prestigious universities. We were still in the UK when I started getting my UCAS notifications. The first decision back was from Warwick two days after I sent out my application. It was a rejection and it completely shattered my hopes. I was convinced that after this very speedy NO! that all the others would reject me too. A few weeks later I got acceptance letters from all the other university and suddenly I was planning to move to Scotland to study my dream degree.

This was a big thing for me, but I took a leap of faith and continued to do so throughout 2019. I am so grateful that my life took this turn and that I had this opportunity. I thought that since we are all stuck at home with the uncertainty of the future looming over our heads we could have a light-hearted chat.

I will definitely be posting more snippets of my life, like this one. Please let me know if you enjoyed it. If your interested in what I'm up to feel free to follow. me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ann_vos_

Till next time



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