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When I first arrived at the University of Edinburgh for my semester abroad, I knew I wouldn’t have time to get involved in many clubs — or “societies” as they say here — since I would be using most of my weekends for travel. But I also knew that if I was going to join anything, it would be the student newspaper. I wanted to meet local students who were also interested in reporting and...

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This past weekend, I went on a student bus tour of the Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland. Each place the bus stopped could be a desktop background, which is probably why Kanye West and Harry Styles have both shot music videos in Skye. The picturesque scenery was definitely why our tour featured so many “photo stops,” during which we would file out of the bus, look at the beautiful scenery, take some pictures and...

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OpinionEnchanted and disheveled

September 27, 2018162 min

I’m writing again from the kitchen of my flat because it has a few more windows than my bedroom and the natural light — along with a cup of aggressively mediocre instant coffee — is the only thing keeping me awake at this point. This week was my first week of class at the University of Edinburgh and though I survived, I’m exhausted. The first lesson I learned my junior year — or “third year”...

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So, I’m here! I made it! And Edinburgh, Scotland — surprise, surprise — is different from San Antonio. Here they say “sitting in or take away?” instead of “for here or to go?” Oatmeal is porridge. Bandaids are plasters. 18-year-olds can drink, so you see sights like a small freshman girl moving into her flat with cute pink bedding, fun posters and a huge box of vodka bottles. You know, the usual. When you look...

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I’m leaving for a semester abroad in Scotland this week, and I can only bring one suitcase full of clothing — no more, no less. I’ve lived out of a suitcase before but never for this long. As I prepare for the trip, I’ve found myself staring overwhelmed at the mass of clothing in my closet, wondering which pieces I absolutely have to take and which I won’t need. I’m realizing I’m not used to...

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Hey, opinion section! I’m Kara, an incoming junior getting ready to send in some distant thoughts from Edinburgh, Scotland, where I’ll be studying abroad this semester. But before that, I want to talk a little about Trinity. Though things are going much better nowadays, I was a lonely, lost kid my first year. Here are five mistakes I made as a first year so you don’t have to. 1. I didn’t join an organization I...

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Grace Cline spent three full semesters at Trinity, and she liked it here for the most part. She had great friends, she appreciated her professors and how much they cared about her as an individual, she was a member of the Jewish Student Association (JSA) and she even found a way to incorporate her passion for rock climbing into her San Antonio life. She had plans to join a sorority. She expected her psychology degree would...

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For Trinity sophomores Ian Dill and Ansh Khullar, spring break was no break at all. Instead of kicking back and watching TV or going on vacation with their families, the two students spent almost a full week on campus, waking up to breakfast tacos and working long days to prepare for the national debate tournament. The team’s primary task over the break was preparing for the final, national tournament at Kansas State University this Friday,...