It’s Welcome Week at the University of Edinburgh and the events are abundant! In addition to the many student association and official university events, the School of Health in Social Science Masters in Nursing programme organised several welcoming activities for our new cohort!
Our first day of orientation was GREAT — very educational and equally as fun! The day began with a welcome reception. It was SO nice to meet my fellow MSc colleagues in person after interacting with them on Facebook during the summer. Our class is extremely diverse, oozing with nursing knowledge from Mongolia to Montreal. It is such a privilege to be pursuing my postgraduate education among such an ambitious, adventurous, and global group.
After a few seminars regarding the practicalities of the programme and online resources, we began the GREAT NURSING TREASURE HUNT!
First, we were divided into teams. I was delighted to be paired with Ning, a nurse from China and Andrew, a nurse from Canada! We spent about three hours together on the hunt and were able to get to know each others’ interests and personalities.
The treasure hunt (or scavenger hunt as we call it in the states) was HARD- and I have SEVEN miles, 15,000 steps, sore calves, and worn shoes (I wore heels) to prove it!
Our team name was called the “Healthy Haggis Hunters!” Other fun team names included the Daughters of Florence Nightengale and the Daring Bolts!
We set off on our mission, scouring the streets of Old Town in pursuit of answering a wide array of questions and taking photos with unique Edinburgh landmarks. Our first question: Where would you park your boat at Potterrow? After some searching, we stumbled upon Potterrow Port.
The Hungry Haggis Hunters at Potterrow Port!
Another mission was to take a picture with a golden mailbox! Traditionally, UK mailboxes are painted red. However, we learned that for every gold medal the UK wins at the Olympics (or Paralympics), they paint a mailbox GOLD!
A team at the golden post box!
Other questions had us gallivanting around the campus and taking pictures! Below are pictures of Hume’s lucky toes, a team at the Old College, a view of the ocean from Calton Hill, and a team with the famous camera obscura sign!
Overall, a few teams came out on TOP! Three prizes (Scottish shortbread, of course) were awarded. Below you can see pictures of the award-winning team representatives with their prizes!
From the top: Best Team Name, Most Points Awarded, and Best Picture
All in all, it was a great day of team building and adventuring our new university and home! Thank you to the course instructors who planned the day! I can’t wait for more adventures in the future!
Emily Sarah Taylor BSN, RN (MSc Advancing Nursing Practice)