Rusul - The Start of Semester Two

Burns Supper

A few days into the second semester, we were invited to celebrate Scotland’s most famous bard Robert Burns on the 25th of January. We were joined by some of our professors and it turned out to be a night filled with food, drink and lots of fun. The evening began with a traditional meal featuring some Scottish favorites, including Scotland’s most famous cuisine haggis. Dinner was accompanied by a live poetry recital of Rabbie Burns poetry partnered with whisky to toast the haggis.

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Results Day

This supper was the calm before storm. The results day was approaching fast, the day students dread the most. There is no use brooding over something that can’t be changed, but it is important to learn from the mistakes committed so as to not repeat them again. That being said, they weren’t as bad as I thought but I know I could have done a lot better. Oh well, it’s to time to move ahead with a positive mind and do a lot better in the next exams.

Important lessons learnt from the past semester is to be better at managing time and to explore Edinburgh whenever I get time. Also, it is time that we have decided our dissertation topics met our supervisor to confirm the topic on which we would be working for the thesis. It is a busy time for me now with assignments pilling up and I also have to make enough time for the thesis project.

One of the courses I am taking, which is micro fabrication techniques seems quite interesting as the professors have scheduled a clean room visit at the Scottish microelectronics center to understand the techniques for the fabrication of various circuits better. I believe that seeing the process of fabrication will help me understand the steps a lot better than just learning it from the books.

Fun Times

Let's now talk about the fun times as it snowed in Edinburgh. Yes, I am still obsessed with snow. I went hiking to the Allermuir hill when there was a lot of snow. It had stunning views over the city and into the heart of the range. Climbing this hill was challenging but sliding down the snow covered slopes made it all worth it in the end. A word of warning to anyone who wants to go hiking in the snow, get yourself a pair of good gloves and sturdy water proof shoes.

Hike to the Allermuir Hill
Hike to the Allermuir Hill
MSc Electronics group at the Burns Supper
MSc Electronics group at the Burns Supper
Haggis at the Burns Supper
Haggis at the Burns Supper