We have a problem…

One very handy thing about Edge Hill is that you can do a dyslexia test for free, with a consultation to discuss everything involved in it. And you can book an appointment within a few days of going the Ask desk in the Library.

This all came about for the same reason that I have been absent for so long, I forgot my password for the University online system and due to the Easter break couldn’t get to the Library to reset the password! One thing that any of you that are now going to be at Edge Hill come September should know that I didn’t is that there is a number on the back of your student card that you can ring to sort these problems out without going to the Library in person. Shiny right?

On the same topic, the SIC team at Edge Hill are incredibly helpful and will sort out most problems that you have while studying here… They’re a first port of call for any distressed student.

A particularly grounded blog from me, but what can I say I’m knackered… Still have 4 assignments and 3 exams to go before summer!

Democracy in action

Starting today elections open for next year’s SU staff! It’s been a while since I last posted since I’ve been hard at work on a friends campaign (I’m not allowed to tell you which one but if he wins I’ll certainly make a scene on here).

This will be your annual chance to make a real difference to the way that the University funds your course, as well as other important things such as the cost of library fees and the chances of another bar on campus! Even if you don’t go looking for candidates chances are that they will find you…

The key thing to remember is simply this: like any other election, if you chose not to vote you’re simply throwing your voice away for another year. And you can’t complain if the person who gets in does things you don’t like since you haven’t tried to support anyone else.

One other exciting thing; we’re using AV! Suck on that Tories.

‘Til next time folks!

Buzzkill…

Tonight (or this morning) I am far from impressed. So I have decided to bring you an early morning quick tip… If there’s something happening in a society that you belong to that you don’t like, make your voice heard and change it! It doesn’t matter whether or not you have a title, if you’re part of a society then you have the right to a say in how it operates.

Democracy ftw. (For the win, less interweb fluent readers)

Also, I haveĀ  a presentation in 6 hours. Eep.

Mixed bag

What a mental week. Possibly my best attendance this year and got so many things sorted! Yet, still no real work done on any of my assignments for this year. Because I’m just brilliant like that, clearly.

List of assignments to do include;

One overdue critical review on one book from a set list.

Two increasingly imminent full length essays on very different topics.

One presentation that is far to close for comfort.

In preparation for these I have scribbled notes scattered around my desk, and finally have all of the set texts! Quick tip; Blackwells can be pretty useless and take months to deliver a single book, and then deliver another one within days. Order books early if you want to avoid being skinned alive by overworked and nouty tutors.

In other news, I have a radio show next Friday from 8pm-10pm. Tune in if you can but I will warn you to expect explicit tunes and banter in the last hour!

Woop woop!

A beautiful disaster

The best thing about English Literature is it’s adaptability, which is why I can chose a dissertation topic that excites me as much as this one; finding the roots of two stereotyped horror game characters. Essentially I started out knowing that games were where I wanted to go with it and thanks to incredibly helpful tutors fixed on this idea. So, despite the fact that some of them now think I’m crazy, I have a set up for starting on the 10,000 word essay next year. Yay!

Look how my research grows! Complete with quick sketches and much conjecture, this is the Wall of Dissertation!

But what started out as a fun night researching things for my dissertation with the beautiful Joseph Thomas (see the side bar for a link to his blog) ended in disaster!

Quick tip: when adding sugar to wine, use a bowl…

Sticky leaf to turn

I’m not a good student. I leave work ’til last minute, regularly sleep through lectures if not seminars as well, and never print off sheets that are necessary even if I am present.

This is how I got through bad teachers at A2 level, this is how I failed my first degree, and this is how I seem to be spiralling down in this degree.

Considering that I have yet to get an assessment back this year (having handed in the first last Friday) and so have no idea just what effect my lack of attention has had, it seems high time to change. No matter what other personal crap is going on, what better way to avoid it than to bury yourself in work? All it takes is a question that sparks ideas in your head and everything else can be shelved while you answer it.

It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes than to learn from making them yourself, so learn from mine. Uni is not a holiday camp, and it isn’t school. Everything you do is on your own back and the grade you get will have a direct impact on employment for the rest of your life. So yes, have fun in your fresher year, have a social life, but don’t lose sight of why your here like I do far too often…

Food for thought, if a little confessional.

Traveling – Student Bane

I know I promised a blog about why English Literature is so great at Edge Hill, but something else has occurred to me.

Traveling. This is a massive part of student life, as well as one of the most irritating things you will have to do on a regular basis. I live 5 hours travel from Ormskirk which is father than most students have to go admittedly, but it does give me a good perspective to offer some travel tips.

First, pack light. The best thing to do here is try and get your folks at home to keep toiletries and such in stock so you don’t have to carry all those bottles. This way you just need to take clothes and ladies can fit everything in a large handbag. Which is just shiny.

Secondly, do check when trains are leaving. National Rail have a feature that tells you when trains are delayed or canceled, which is always helpful.

Thirdly and finally, always keep your ticket in your pocket or somewhere handy. Once you hit Merseyside annoying officials will ask for it at every opportunity. You don’t want to miss a train because they won’t let up, it’s been known to happen.

‘Til next time fancy folk!