Hello and happy move-in to all the Scranton students! Good luck with your first day of classes on Monday! 🙂
This week I want to focus on one thing specifically, because it has been largely responsible for making my first three weeks in Edinburgh incredible… The International Student Centre!
The International Student Centre (ISC) is a completely student-run organization; it branches off of the International Office at the University. All the students running the ISC are volunteers, and they put on social activities for other students.
Every weekday from 12 until 4, the lounge is open for free tea, coffee, and biscuits (cookies) for anyone who wants to come in! They also have board games, but most importantly, kind volunteers for nice conversation!
Tuesday nights from 4 to 6 is their weekly Coffee Evening, where they (as usual) have free coffee, tea, and biscuits, as well as other delicious snacks like carrots & hummus and french bread & brie cheese! Typically, we play a game at Coffee Evening – the first two weeks we played Articulate! which is very similar to Catch Phrase, and this past week we played Dominoes.
They also host movie nights and pub nights! The first week, they hosted a pub quiz in the ISC lounge. I went, and my team came in second! (I cannot take any of the credit, though… I’m great at Taylor Swift trivia and that’s about it.) Here is my team 😀
The International Student Centre is also responsible for hosting weekly trips for students. In my previous post, I shared pictures from St. Andrews – that was an ISC trip! There are day trips every Saturday, with the exception of the weekends where they host weekend trips (Friday evening to Sunday evening). This Saturday I am going to Durham, England (parts of Harry Potter were filmed here!) with the ISC. Next Saturday I am going to Dumfries and the Caerlaverock Castle!
These two trips (Durham and Dumfries/Caerlaverock Castle) are especially exciting for me because I am actually going on the trip as a volunteer. I helped plan each trip along with two or three other volunteers; we generated publicity and created a poster, constructed an itinerary, worked out the details, and created an information sheet to be handed out on the day of the trip. Our job tomorrow and next week will be to make sure everyone is accounted for and that everything runs smoothly!
I have had a lot of fun being a trip volunteer! Each trip volunteer chooses a couple of trips to help plan, so these were the two I chose. If another volunteer ends up backing out of a future trip, I could help plan that, but as of now I will just be attending future trips as a participant! 🙂
I am also a lounge volunteer for the ISC. Being a lounge volunteer is very simple – I just have to be in the lounge during the times I signed up for, refill the coffee, and clean up any mugs or dishes. I always end up staying much longer than my designated volunteer hours, though, because it is so fun to hang out with the people there.
I cannot say enough good about the International Student Centre! I have made some really wonderful friends there already, and everyone I have met is incredibly kind and interesting. I love learning about everyone’s different cultures – I have met people from Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Zambia, Mexico, as well as other people from the USA!
Check in next week to hear all about Durham! I am so excited – this will be my first time in England! 😀