Hometown: Lyon (France)

Year of Course: 4

 

About You

Tell us a little about yourself such as your hobbies/interests that are related or not related to your course of study

I practice and have a strong interest in photography and film. I enjoy to develop these skills through the course at university. I also attend cultural events on a regular basis, and am quite passionate about music – I love to sing. I also need to escape the buzz of the city at times and hike and discover places in Scotland's beautiful landscapes.

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I chose the Media course because of the practical classes it provides in photography and film. The small size, more human, and the modern campus were also key aspects for me when opting for Queen Margaret University.

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

Before I settled in Edinburgh, I had visited the capital as well as some areas of Fife. I enjoyed the place, its history, its architecture and hilliness, and its student scene. I chose to study in Edinburgh for all these reasons.

Living Away from Home 

If you are living in halls what’s the best part?

I have lived in several flats throughout my time studying at QMU. These flats were shared between four to six students and/or professionals. All my flatshare experiences in Edinburgh has been great; my flatmates are really nice, open-minded people and I am still in touch with all my ex flatmates, some of them having become close friends. I have always lived in the same area, in the Old Town, near Clerk St/South Clerk St, between the Meadows and Arthur’s Seat. I recommend this area for any QMU students. It is a lively, cultural area, with a lot going on; it is very close to the city centre and there are many buses allowing easy transportation; from this area, it takes about 25-30min to get to uni by bus, which is a decent time.

If you are NOT living at home (either in halls or independent flat), what are the top three items that you packed that you wouldn’t be without?

Top three items to pack would be: my backpack, my DSLR camera, and my favourite clothes.

Life in Edinburgh – what’s the best experience you’ve had so far in Edinburgh? Are there any hidden ‘gems’ you’d like to share?

It is very hard to speak about one best experience in Edinburgh. I could mention some of the nights with big famous electro DJs in underground-like clubs, I could mention the Jazz Bar and its music scene; the ridiculous amount of coffee places; the hidden parks, Dean Village (an incredible very peaceful and picturesque little village with a river cutting through, away from touristy spots, however only 10 minutes away from city centre). I could mention the beauty of the buildings, of the parks; the Pentlands (wonderful hills looking like the Highlands; in fact it's right next to Edinburgh); the many cultural venues; etc.

"If you are motivated and proactive, university will reward you with such projects and opportunities. One of the best experiences I have had at QMU was being assigned to produce a photography portfolio for a Ted Talk that took place at the university. My photos were exhibited at the event, displayed on content material and online platforms. I also now do a part time marketing internship for the student services team at uni, coordinating QMU’s mentoring programme."
Sebastien Regnier

The Course

Did you attend an Open Day? If so was there any aspect of the University which made up your mind for you?

I did not attend an open day.

What’s been the highlight of the course so far? What have you learnt, or which particular activity has been the most interesting?

If anything, the projects that the university offers you are potentially very interesting.

Any advice for students who might be interested in this course?

My advice would be: be proactive. Don’t wait that everything comes to you. The university has a lot to offer to students. But to make the most out of it, students I think need to go further and show a bit more. Try to contribute to something at uni, be involved. Teachers and staff at university will remember, and interesting opportunities will come up. It’s a big help and a big deal.

Any future plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to find a job in media production, marketing or communications within a creative and cultural environment. I also consider starting a business through the Business Gateway at university.

Life as a Student at QMU

Are you a member of a QMU club or society? If so, what was the reason behind your choice and what do you enjoy most about it?

I am a member of the Photography Society. It's a good opportunity to practice the medium with other people. I think the most interesting aspect is the interaction with people having the same interest in photography. It is inspiring.

What’s your ‘top tip’ for making the most of being a student?

Once again, as I said above, be proactive. Talk to people. It’s easy when motivated. And keep your mind positive. Being a student, despite all the work, which might seem scary, must remain a very positive and exciting experience. It is a chance for students to be where they are. And also, I find it very important for students to keep having a life besides university. Studentlife requires an important amount of (great) work, but it is also a 'life'. So keep yourself healthy and make sure you have fun too.

 

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