Moving In!

Hey all! This Summer has gone by fast and it’s drawing ever near to Welcome Sunday and most of next year’s students’ moving in day!

If you’re one of those people, I’m sure you’ll either be super prepared and ready to take on Freshers’ week, or you’ll not know where to start! I was definitely the latter… not only did I leave my packing so late that I was packing last bits minutes before leaving to Edge Hill, but I also didn’t have a clue what to expect. When you’re starting a new adventure, you never really do know what to expect, but I’m here to give you some info and advice to hopefully help moving in feel easier for you!

Well, based on what I’ve just said… DON’T LEAVE PACKING TILL THE DAY OF MOVING! I repeat: do not. It was a terrible decision, I’ve never felt more worried to leave things in my life, and I did leave things… They weren’t anything I couldn’t live without, but if you’re like me, double, triple, and quadruple checking you have everything the night before (or even the night before that) is something that you prioritise, and I couldn’t do that because I left it to be so last minute!

Once you actually arrive at the University, the biggest bit of advice I can give you is take every advantage you can from the staff and students who are there to help you. They are all trained and given the information you need to know, so don’t be afraid to ask them anything! The enrolment process at Edge Hill is super easy and stress-free; upon arriving, I was sent in the right direction of the enrolment building, then upon arriving in this building, the system followed in a line. Once I had completed one part of enrolment, I just had to walk a little bit forward to the next section, and there were people who made sure I was definitely enrolling without any problems. I loved the fact I didn’t have to drag myself around tonnes of different rooms to make sure I did everything- it was so easy and I knew I had done everything I needed to because of the wonderful system.

Once you get to your room, my next biggest tip is to make sure you sort your room out; don’t let it get messy because it’ll stay that way all year! I know a lot of people will want to get out and party for Freshers’, but this is the place you’ll be living in for 9 months and you need to create an environment you’ll be happy in!

Above all, moving in to Edge Hill seems like a huge step into independence and can be very nerve-wracking, but upon arrival and seeing the lovely staff and students, I promise you you’ll start to feel at home. Ask people for help if you need it, and just take every moment in your stride, because new experiences like this only happen once!

If you have any questions, feel free to pop them in the comments section, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Preparing for Results Day

Results day is right around the corner and I’m sure that reminder will be met with a mixture of nerves and relief. Soon you will know for sure whether you have got a place at your chosen university and you’ll be able to make your last preparations before you start in September! However, the anticipation can make you feel a little uneasy, so I’ve compiled a few tips to help you prepare and enjoy results day.

Have a good night’s sleep

I cannot stress this enough! I know it will be difficult, you’ll be nervous and excited, but you must try to get an early night. There’s no point going to sleep at 4am and then missing your alarm to go pick your results up. That kind of stress is the last thing you need. You could try to wake up early the morning before, that way you will be so tired by the evening that you will naturally fall asleep earlier.

Keep occupied the day before

You may spend the day before worrying, it’s completely natural. Try to keep yourself occupied the day before. Maybe spend some time with your friends and family? I went paintballing for a friend’s birthday the day before I got my results. It really helped to distract us all and keep us from being too nervous – trying to avoid people shooting at you with paint has that effect.

Co-ordinate with friends

You know what they say: ‘There’s strength in numbers’ – I’m not sure who They are but it’s definitely true. Perhaps liaise with your friends so you all turn up at the same time. This way you can all support each other and share in the relief that your hard work has paid off!

Celebrate

Perhaps most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself. Make sure you find some time to relax during what will be, probably, a very busy day and recharge your batteries before celebrating. Whatever way you celebrate, whether its hardcore partying or a nice quiet meal with your family, give yourself time to have fun, you deserve it!

Good Luck everybody! 🙂

Liverpool Vegan Festival!

Something that many people don’t know about me is that I’m vegan/vegetarian! (I know, it goes completely against the memes and stereotypes that come with the lifestyle.)
And recently, as in last Saturday, I attended the Viva vegan festival in Liverpool!
The festival was only £3 to get in, which was held at the Bluecoats building in town. So I thought I would blog about my experience in case you’re also a vegan/vegetarian who is either attending Edge Hill, or looking into the uni, as you might like to attend next time!


Anyway, at this point you may be asking yourself: hey, what is actually at this festival? Which is a great question, as it’s not your usual type of festival with music and live bands, no, think more pie festival, but instead of loads of pie, there’s vegan food!
But seriously, there were over 100 stalls which sold food, clothes, beauty products, and other ethical products, along with cookery demonstrations, which is always handy as a student, as cooking can be a hassle to learn, by yourself, from a wikihow article. At this point, I might as well get into it and talk about my experience of the festival, what I did and what I got. Which I will do now below!


We’ll start off with the location. The actual location of the festival was super easy to find as it was just behind Primark in the centre of town, very close to Liverpool central train station, which was handy! Getting in and looking around was a bit of a labyrinth-esque experience, as all the stalls were spread about the main building in different rooms, so once you thought you had seen it all, more stalls popped up. The event was also spread over two venues, which luckily for me, were right next to each other, so I didn’t get lost. Overall the location of the event is good to get to, the only issue is the building itself on the inside is quite small, so when it was peak time it was very hard to move through the crowds of people, so my suggestion is that if you’re handicapped or suffer from social anxiety, wait until later on in the day, as it died down a lot around 3 o’clock!  


 There was a variety of food on offer and a lot of it! I actually struggled on what to get as I didn’t want to spend all my life savings on food that day. But the food I did have was pretty good! I had fake ice cream, vegetable samosa, and a toastie! If you’re a foodie who is into cakes and chocolate, this event is a must for you, as there were loads of cupcakes for sale.


We’ll I was there I picked up a few items. As there was much more on offer besides food at the event! I treated myself to two t-shirts and a few little bits and bobs. This part of the event made me feel like I was at comic con in a way, with all the stalls selling cool merch, which I loved!  


My experience: Overall, I really enjoyed myself! Yes it was a lot of walking, and my legs weren’t thanking me later that night, but just from the atmosphere and tshirts alone, I would go again. Everyone was happy and friendly which made my experience so much nicer, so yeah, I definitely recommend it!


Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it and got something from it. If you did, you’ll be happy to know there is a society dedicated to vegetarians and vegans on campus, where you can hang out, go for food, and learn from each other, as uni is about connecting with others!
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Black Books (2004)

Clearing

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying August, I can’t believe we’re halfway through already!

There’s a big day coming up this week which I’m sure you are all waiting for: Results Day.

I wish you all the best of luck and hope you all get the grades that you want to continue on the next part of your adventure.

Unfortunately sometimes there are disappointments and life doesn’t quite go to plan.

For anyone who doesn’t quite manage to get the grades they need to meet their offer conditions, it isn’t the end of the road!

If you don’t reach the conditions of your Firm or Insurance choice it can be quite a stressful situation.

Clearing is a service offered by UCAS that allows people who don’t have a confirmed uni place to find a course and start in September.

Clearing is open from Results Day and you can find out more on the UCAS website here.

You’ll be able to search vacancies at different universities and different courses, and it gives you the opportunity to start uni this year, even if your results are a little different than expected.

Once you find a course and university that you like the look of you can contact them straight away.

They will be able to answer any questions you might have, give advice on your choices and make you an offer to study there.

Clearing is a great service and allows many students each year to continue on to uni.

If you go through Clearing I would suggest you still research a little into the university, accommodation and course you want to study before you accept any offers.

Once you’ve done your research you’ll be more confident when you head off to uni in a month’s time, and be able to fully enjoy the experience.

If you need any help or advice with clearing the UCAS website is a great place to start, and your college or sixth form will probably be able to point you in the right direction too.

 

Quote for the day: ‘New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.’ – Lao Tzu

Best of luck to you all! 

Until next time

-Becki 🙂

What to do whilst waiting for results day

In the time approaching results day it can be nerve wracking for everyone involved. As I have mentioned before making sure you are prepared for results day is one of the most important things to do. Make sure you have clearing numbers, numbers to contact the university and and any other information that’ll help you secure your place.

Other things that you can do include updating your CV. If you move to a new city there are always plenty of job opportunities and at Edge Hill there are lots of jobs available within the university so it’s definitely worth being prepared to make sure you are ready to apply. Include any relevant experience including previous work experience or volunteering. You may wish to print copies of your CV ready to bring to university with you so you can easily get a foot in the door and apply for jobs straight away if you are wishing to work. If you aren’t it’s still beneficial to have a CV ready, placements may wish to see it or you may see a job that you wish to apply for in the future. 

Start to think about what you may need, the time after results day leading up to move in day will go by in a flash. Use this time to think about what you wish to bring with you, sites such as Pinterest or the student room have lots of helpful lists and suggestions. Remember that if you are moving into halls you will need to consider items such as bedding, towels and kitchenware. I would suggest thinking about your budget and then working around this, get the essentials and then use what you have left to get decorative items to make it feel more homely. 

Think about what you may do with your current employment. Many people have part time or even full time jobs before starting university. You may need to find out about a period of notice that you may have to give at work before coming to university and whether you could continue working. You may wish to have an informal discussion with you manager about your intentions and see what they can offer you in terms of your future. Some may keep you on record to return during holidays or busy periods but not all employers can offer this. Think about writing a letter of resignation as this is a formal process and also discuss the possibility of references with your employer if you do decide to leave. 

Another thing to do is look at the getting started area on the Edge Hill website. There you will find lots of information about welcome Sunday, moving in and about the university itself. It’s the go to place for anything you need to know before you arrive on welcome Sunday.

And lastly enjoy the holidays, make the most of your time at home, spend time with you family and friends and relax before you start the next stage of your education.

Leaving home worries

For a lot of you, going to Uni will be the first time you have moved away from home. I was so nervous about moving out because I was so used to living at home and having everything done for me.

Something that I found really useful was when my mum made me do everything for myself as though I was living on my own. I did my own washing, cooking and ironing for a week. This allowed me the chance to make mistakes and learn how to do everything for myself before I had to.

One of the hardest things for me was not having my mum there to give me advice and look after me when I’m poorly. However, I realised that this wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be as I can just pick up the phone anytime and by not moving too far away I can just visit home whenever I want.

I think that leaving home has actually made me closer to my family as I appreciate the time I have with them more and everything they do for me.

There is nothing that I can say that will stop you feeling worried and this is not unusual. However, I can tell you how important it is to start getting prepared early. Start packing as soon as possible and get yourself ready for living by yourself. If you are confident about that then you can concentrate on settling in and making as many new friends as possible rather than worrying about how to turn the cooker on.

Another thing to remember is that everyone is feeling the same and even if they don’t show it initially there will be times when they are missing home or feeling worried and so don’t feel like you are the odd one out.

Improving Your CV at EHU

As I’m sure you’ve been told many times before, your CV is an important document, and making sure it is well fleshed out is part of what makes a good CV. Any volunteering or part time work will show commitment, as well as any skills you’ve picked up along the way. These could be specialised (relating to your job, like for instance, waiting tables) or generalised (things such as teamwork and responsibility). In any case, you should have numerous opportunities to further bolster your CV throughout your time at Edge Hill University.

The Careers Centre on campus, currently located in the Student Information Centre (SIC), can provide assistance in acquiring a part-time job in the surrounding areas whilst at university, through the use of lists of availabilities; insight into the best places and websites to check for openings; and interview tips. Additionally, they can also help with finding volunteer work. For example, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have a centre called the Martin Mere Wetland Centre that accepts volunteers to assist with various aspects of their conservation work, from helping in the visitor centre to maintaining the grounds.

To make sure you get some basic help with CVs and future prospects, someone from the Careers Centre comes into a lecture once or twice a year, to provide that vital information. Then you can, of course, book an appointment with a Careers Advisers for a one to one, more personal, conversation about where your future is headed.

Accompanying the campus Careers Centre, there is the careers centre website. The website has many features, from “ask a question” where you can get feedback on your CV, amongst other things, to the lists of resources and opportunities – some of which are at Edge Hill themselves.

There are numerous opportunities at Edge Hill for part time work, I myself have worked for both the Money Advice Team and the Student Recruitment Team, as well as being part of the Student Casual Bank. Then there is also the chance to work on open days, applicant visit days, and giving campus tours to prospective students throughout the year.

In short, Edge Hill provides many ways to better yourself and have that show on your CV, whilst providing you with the tools to make sure your career is heading in the direction that you want it to.

 

Weekly Shop Tips

When you start uni the last thing you might think of is something as mundane as groceries, right? I totally get it. In the excitement of making friends, getting to grips with your course and discovering your new home, you might not think about the *shudder* adult responsibilities. Then it dawns on you: ‘how the heck do I execute a weekly shop?’ oh believe me, been there, done that. Luckily I’m here to help, after all, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Here are my top tips on how to do your first weekly shop.

Choosing a shop

First of all you have to choose where you’d like to do your shop. This decision can be made up of many factors – where you’re used to, which is cheapest, where’s most convenient – one of these factors will take priority and that is how you will choose your shop. I tended to go for the cheapest (which conveniently was what I was used to). You could also go for multiple shops if you prefer certain brands that aren’t stocked in your chosen shop, or you’re very bargain savvy and love to find good deals. At the end of the day you will find yourself drifting to the same shops time and time again, even if you find yourself being indecisive in the early days.

Plan your meals and stick to your list

The best way to keep to budget with your shopping is to create a shopping list (and stick to it – no matter what!). I found that planning my meals in advance was a great way to do this. I would make a list of what I wanted to eat that week and then write the ingredients into a list, add any extra things I needed, and et viola! I knew exactly what I was getting. This not only saves you from buying excess of things you don’t need, it also saves you time as you won’t spend hours wandering around aimlessly.

NEVER shop on an empty stomach

This is a bad idea, do not do it. You will find yourself buying the whole shop… and then some.

Go with friends

If you find your weekly shop is a bit too boring, or you’re nervous to do your first shop or you just love to spend time with your friends, why not bring them along? This way you will have someone to chat with whilst you shop. You may even find yourself exchanging food ideas or you may be convinced to try a new brand of washing powder (how exciting!)

Until next time! 🙂

Edge Hill’s Summer Residential!

At the moment on campus, we are in our second week of summer residentials!So today I will be talking about it with a little Q&A. If you know anyone who will be going into sixthform/college later this year, and might be interested in Edge Hill or you yourself are interested, this post is for you!


What is the first day like?
The first day of the residential (Monday) is all about settling into your accommodation, learning the campus and meeting people!
The day consists of registration, a tour of campus/ the library, lunch at Sages (on campus restaurant), and a short meeting with your chosen course, about what you will be learning/doing for the next couple of days. After meeting the department, you have some downtime to relax and chill after travelling and walking around the campus. Followed by dinner at sages and evening entertainment!  Overall, this day is busy, but essential to ease you into the time you’ll be spending with the university over the course of the residential.  


What are the other days like? What do we do?
The next following two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) focus on your chosen course, as you attend academic sessions. At the academic sessions, you will learn more about the field you’re wishing to go into and will be set a task!
An example of the tasks set by the teachers is in the Film and Television Production session, they were set the task to create their own short promotional video for the university, using new equipment which they were taught how to use within the academic sessions.


What about food, will there be food???
Food is served before the academic session, in between and after, at Sages, Edge Hill’s on campus restaurant! You’ll always have breakfast, lunch and dinner provided for you here, so don’t worry. You’ll never be hungry! And if you need anything else, food or drink wise, there’s always the on campus shop there for you to go to.  


I’m vegetarian/ vegan, will there be food for me at sages?
Yes! Sages cater for a range of dietary needs, from lactose intolerant to vegetarian. Whatever your dietary needs may be, there is food there for it.


What do we do at night?
The late afternoon and night time is all about evening activities here! Some examples of what we’ve been doing this week (which might be different for next years event) are a treasure hunt, societies night and a party/celebration night!
The treasure hunt is all about getting to know your flatmates and the campus by finding items on campus and taking group pictures, which is super fun!
There’s society night which lets you choose and sign up to a society you’re interested in for a taster session. And the party celebration is on the last night and is just a nice way to round up the whole experience with a bbq and music!


Where will I stay??
On campus of course! While you’re on the residential, you reside in university halls, to give you the full university experience. Living with people from a variety of courses, allowing you to connect with a range of people while you’re here!


Where can I get more information on the next residential?
For more information, keep up to date with the Edge Hill website, and feel free to connect the university by phone for any more information.


Thanks for reading this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful. Make sure to check out the uni’s Instagram and facebook account to check up to date with university life.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)

Results Day

Hey everyone!

As August is here that means there is a very important day on the horizon: Results Day.

Some of you out there may have already received you results and know that you’ll be heading to uni in September.

For some of you though there’s still a little waiting involved before you know if you achieved the results you want to get into uni.

I remember feeling petrified for weeks before results came out. I was constantly worrying about what my results would be, and if I would get the grades I needed to go to uni at all.

It’s a big day, and nerves are high all round.

I remember I couldn’t sleep at all the night before Results Day. Instead me and my sister grabbed some blankets and snacks and held a movie marathon in the living room.

The sugar rush was just about enough to calm my nerves down for a little while.

In the end I had to remember that I had tried my best, and things were out of my control now.

And looking back on it now, I still remember the stress of Results Day but I also remember the great feeling that came when I saw my results were better than I expected and I was officially starting uni in September!

Many of you will start that journey in a couple of months time, and looking back on it two years later I can tell you the nerves are a normal part of the process!

Many of you will receive the results you need for the place at your Firm or Insurance university.

For those of you who don’t, although it can be a little disappointing there are still plenty of options that can still help you start uni in September.

My next blog will be all about Clearing, what that is and how the process works, and I’m hoping that will help some of you realise Results Day isn’t the end of the road.

No matter what the outcome, be proud of yourself for making it this far in the journey and rely on the people around you to help calm your nerves.

As soon as I received my results I had chocolate cake for breakfast to celebrate (I would definitely recommend it to you all!)

Quote for the day: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” -Unknown

Until next time

-Becki 🙂