Sian Taylor – Public Sociology – Level 3

Venice, Italy

The trip with QMU to Venice was for me an unbelievable treat, especially as I was asked to go along as a ‘mentor’ being a 3rd year student rather than 1st or 2nd who all had to put applications in for the process. It was one on the most enjoyable experiences I have ever been on.

Before we set off on the trip I was rather unsure of what the trip would actually entail. Would it be entirely full of just sitting in a classroom in a foreign university? Was the content going to be strictly related to Venice? Would I be able to understand what was being discussed and would I be able to take the content away with me? But as it turned out the trip went above and beyond my expectations.

Our accommodation was lovely, we were in a beautiful part of Venice, with lots of lovely little places to explore around – especially food places! (which being a part chef excited me very much!) The free time we got to explore the city was also a wonderful plus, especially a very good trip to see Damian Hurst’s new exhibition. But what I think I took from the whole trip most of all was what I learned from our study. The lectures that we took part in were fascinating, it was a real treat to be learning about the sociological elements of a foreign culture whilst actually being in that culture. I think it made it more engaging and easier to understand and take in. As well as this the day we spent exploring the historical side of sociology and psychological treatment by visiting the island where there was the old treatment centre for mental health was a great bonus. I think being able to visit places like that in person really help one to understand what actually happens in these sorts of places. But the biggest treat of all I think was the fact that this trip was entirely made up of like minded people. The conversations we all had about what we were experiencing whilst there were what made the trip in my eyes such a worth while experience. The group chats, little seminars and casual debates about the lecture content and our shared casual experiences where of great benefit both educationally and personally.

I would defiantly recommend other students to put there names down and take part in future trips like this. The benefits that come from going to a foreign country and experiencing the culture there are precious, especially when given the chance to visit a foreign university and experience what it is like to be a student there. And as a well as all the study benefit’s and culture and so on, the whole trip was a lot of fun where you get to visit beautiful new places with people like yourself and have a laugh with it.

And also Venice is a gorgeous city when you explore outside the main tourist bits, and to be able to go there through Queen Margaret University was an opportunity I could never have hoped possible. Thank you! it is an experience I will never forget, especially all the delicious food we got to eat! Yummy scrummy!

Related Blog Posts

Transport themed pattern
QMU Annual Travel Survey

Every year the university conducts a travel survey, collecting commuting habits of staff and stud... read more

A group of young people engaged in dialogue in a classroom setting.
Critical dialogue - developing confidence in young people

Critical dialogue is helping young Scots and Malawians develop confidence and gain empowerment.... read more

A small group of people talking, facing away from the camera, on a sunny day outside
Making for good

Making for good We are Amy Millar and Amy McCue - more commonly known on our course as “The Amy’s... read more

A small group of people talking, facing away from the camera, on a sunny day outside
A dyslexic student's advice for making a successful time of studies at QMU

“How to make the most of your studies?” is a question that is often asked. What are the best tech... read more

3 girls in winter jackets outside the Queen Margaret University Campus, Edinburgh
Top tips for open day

Prepare before you get to the University. Consider attending an open day event to find out what i... read more

A group of students playing jenga.
Top tips for halls

Moving away from home can be daunting whether you are undergraduate or a postgraduate. At Queen M... read more

Students queuing up to order at Maggie's Bar, the QMU student union bar and cafe
Freshers blog

My first day at QMU was a scary one, as I’m sure it was for everyone. Having only just moved from... read more

A busy street
Life as a mature student: why go to university?

For me higher education is about working towards achieving your potential to catapult you into th... read more

Students talking on the benches outside Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Queen Margaret university fresher’s week: 10 tips for student life

Top 10 Tips for student life read more

A small group of people talking, facing away from the camera, on a sunny day outside
University as a mature student

From where I started my academic journey, like many things in life, I have arrived at a very diff... read more