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Global to local

Student Jakub explains why the Global Room is one of the best places on campus for all students.

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A few words about the uni’s Global Room, and why it’s one of the coolest places on campus.

In short, the Global Room is a large social space for students and staff of all backgrounds to relax and learn about opportunities available to them.

This, however, sounds like a generic description that could be applied to every other office in any university. So in this post, I will focus on why the Global Room is a little different than your average support hub:

1) Free Fairtrade tea or coffee.

That’s right; students can stop by anytime during their opening hours and get a cup of hot beverage. Pretty handy during recent cold days, but also a chance to sit down and socialize, or just take a break. Speaking of which, they have some of the best couches on campus, and…

2) Loads of board games available for students to borrow.

Taking a break from studying is important, and playing a game is a fun way to do so.

students building a jenga tower

This informal setting creates a nice and friendly atmosphere, which is also reflected in their…

3) Events

group of people playing guitars and violins

Anything from live Scottish folk music to a social with dogs followed by a walk to a local park and back.

group of students sitting round in circle with small white dog

The dog event, “Paws for Thought,” was organized by Switch – which offers drop-in sessions to help students to find extra involvements while being at the uni.

Speaking of drop-ins, most of them are related to…

4) Go Abroad opportunities.

The Global Room has plentiful of resources to find out about university programmes abroad. If you are thinking about expanding your uni experience beyond Scotland, this is the place to come and scope details about exchange placements. They also host conversation cafes, where you can learn a new language, or make friends from all over the world.

Last but not least, there’s often..

5) Free food

students ladling out soup

You know the drill, everyone likes food, and the student budget’s tight. Naturally, this is a win.

Jakub Stepanovic

Jakub studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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