Douglas Crawford (09-14) BSc, MSc
My years at Merchiston were brilliant, from the friendships I made to all the experiences I had - I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Merchiston is what it is because of the great people there!
Before joining Merchiston I attended St Mary’s Prep School, and after a number of fierce battles on the rugby pitch against the infamous D2s, Merchiston seemed like the obvious choice for me. My older brother Donald was also at Merchiston at the time, so I had a good feeling that it would be the best place for me.
Sport featured heavily throughout, with rugby, cricket and fives being my main activities. I was fortunate to be a part of and captain some great teams. I always felt lucky to have been coached in their final year at the school by Mr Vaughan and Mr Swan; two Merchiston legends, in my opinion. Academically, I really hit my stride in my final year, when I was Head of Rogerson House, achieving grades I never thought were possible.
Immediately after leaving Merchiston, I worked as a Gap Student in Scots College, Sydney for a year, before starting a BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath. Whilst at Bath I was Chairman of the rugby club, accompanied by fellow Merchistonian Benn Morris (09-16) as Vice-Chair. After graduating, I worked in London for a year before returning to Edinburgh to complete an MSc in Performance Psychology. I’m now looking to embark on a career within sports psychology.
The friendships and experiences I made at Merchiston have been invaluable since leaving school. The skills I developed, such as leadership and public speaking, helped me throughout university and transitioning into the workplace. Merchiston is a place where you can do everything, and enjoy yourself while doing it.
My biggest achievement to date is achieving a Distinction in my Masters degree. I’m currently working as a Mental Skills Coach with the U18s at my local rugby club, Melrose alongside being on the hunt for a job within sports psychology!