Ok, so hopefully by now you all know I am studying for a History Degree, with aspirations to be a History teacher. And I am pretty sure that most of you lot do not have much interest in history. This is a very common approach too, I recall telling people that I am studying for a history a degree and most people’s response went a little like this;
“urgh, I hated history”
“why do you want to learn about the past?!”
“and where is that going to get you?!”
Which are understandable responses, however. . . I love my degree. The modules i study are extremely interesting, my favourite is the Medieval World, looking at the Roman Empire, Charlemagne, the Anglo-Saxon invasions and I’m currently focusing on the Norman Conquest of 1066. The other modules are pretty recent, nineteenth century Europe and Twentieth Century themes movements and ideologies.
The assessment process is really good too, people have this thought that a degree is all about essay writing, well to an extent there is more written work involved especially in a degree like History, however my next assessment is a presentation, which is a 5-10min talk in pairs on a historical topic. This has been a good change to the recent essay writing I have been doing.
History fascinates me, and history is involved in so many contemporary issues, therefore the subject is extremely relevant. Also to answer the question as to where a history degree can get you, well just about anywhere, teaching is the main outcome, but there are opportunities to go into law, the government, armed forces, thanks to the great career centre at Edge Hill I have been able to discover a vast amount of jobs which are applicable to history degree students although I am thinking of going into teaching it is not the only option. Anyways that is why I love history, the topic is so diverse and interesting, I am learning about different events every week. Loving every minute of it.
Tuesday night shenanigans!
Some of you may think it is weird or strange to have a night out on a Tuesday, I also thought the same until I came to Edge hill University. So on Tuesday night, me and some of the people living in my cluster and some from the other accommodation, decided to venture into Ormskirk. We went to a little place in the town centre called Styles, It has two levels the bottom is a seating area and the top area has a DJ booth and a raised dance floor area.
To my surprise, Styles got extremely busy with students and I had a really enjoyable night! Also Tuesday nights are very cheap. Styles have many drink offers for students such as pints for £2 and if you buy a key ring for £1.50 you can get selected bottles for £1 and a reduced price on other drinks. Therefore you can have a great night for less than £10.
The music played changes every week. This week the music was quite recent chart stuff so I had the chance to have a little dance when I went. Well enough to embarrass my flat mates. Ha ha. There is another bar open on a Tuesday night in Ormskirk called Lollipop, however, I have not had chance to check it out yet. But I’m sure I will have by the end of my first year! Well this was just a quick blog to let you all know about a couple of the places to go during the week, some people have the impression that Ormskirk is a little town with not much going on but they are wrong! Completely wrong, there is something to get up to every night here! Blog soon!
Just a quick blog to let you know how things are getting on at uni, firstly, this week; the 1st till the 5th of Feb is diversity week, so many different organized events will take place throughout campus this week. The idea behind diversity week is to celebrate today’s cultures and society’s diversity. Some events include language taster sessions and different films that will be shown at the Rose Theatre, I think ill be attending a talk based on two people’s real experiences of the Holocaust, i might go and see the film ‘milk’ starring Sean Penn at the Rose Theatre and i might attend a language taster for a bit of fun.
In other news, i have secured my house for next year, as the uni cannot accommodate everyone who attends the uni, they base accommodation on those entering their first year, so me and two other girls from my cluster on campus have teamed up with another first year and two other boys, one who is going into his third year and another who has been accepted onto the PGCE (teacher training). So tonight i am off to sign the contract, give my deposit and hopefully pick the biggest bedroom! Haha. The idea of living in a house off campus is quite frightening however, it is also exciting, and the independence and freedom you get must be amazing, so I am really looking forward to it.
I remember this time last year, i had finished the UCAS application process and eagerly awaited my offers. I recall having to wait quite a while for one offer to come through so if your worried about losing places or getting an offer don’t because the responses do come, it takes a long time for unis to process applications so hold on and don’t get too worried!
Anyway, i have some reading to get on with, i have an assignment due in about gender changes in the nineteenth century so i shall let you know how diversity week goes.