Realistic daily meal routines at uni.

Hi everyone, I hope you are well! For today’s blog I am going to talk a bit about easy meals I like to make at university.

As I have spoken about in my blog, ‘ Meal Planning and budgeting!’, I like to plan at the end of each week what meals I am going to have each day in order to eat healthily, save money and stay on top of what I am eating. To carry on with the theme of that blog, for this week I thought it would be fun to give you some ideas of meals and snacks that I have realistically on a day to day basis! I am going to give you an example of what I would usually have for breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks, and variations to suit you!

Breakfast!

The most important meal of the day, which I usually either skip or forget to have! But recently I have been trying to make an effort with breakfast ( when I have the time!) as I have found that it gives me more energy and stops me snacking later on.

For breakfast this morning I had:

Scrambled egg on toast with a banana and a cup of coffee!

This is a standard breakfast for me, I  like to have scrambled egg with toast, but I like to switch it up to Marmite ( I’m a lover!), raspberry jam or peanut butter! I like to have at least one piece of fruit with breakfast and it is usually a banana or an apple, which I will normally have chopped up in my cornflakes with some green milk if I’m having cereal.

Lunch!

As I mentioned in my blog about meal planning, I am vegetarian, so I try to include as fruit and veg in my diet and make sure I have lots of protein, carbohydrates, iron and healthy fats so I have a well balanced diet.

For lunch today I am having:

A bowl of veg soup with a wholemeal part bake baguette and salad.

Again, this is quite a standard lunch for me, I like to switch it up so might have beans on toast with veg or a veggie sandwich! It can be so easy just to grab a Subway or a  McDonalds  ( which I definitely do from time to time!) But this really adds up, and I always think that that money can be spent on so many other things and taking that time to make a packed lunch really is worth it! I like to have a piece of fruit or something like a cereal bar too!

Tea!  

Tea is by far my favourite meal of the day, I find that I never have a set dinner time as when I have different exercise classes I don’t want to eat before so sometimes it’s about 8/9pm by the time I have tea but it is still my favourite meal to prepare and eat!

For tea tonight I am having:

Quorn chicken nuggets, roast potatoes and veg.

I like to have a nice hearty, comforting meal for tea, especially in the winter months. As you can tell, I like to have simple meals that are very easy to make but are nice and filling. I like to think I eat quite healthily and as I am just cooking for one I find it good to adapt my meals depending on what I’m doing/ how I feel on the day! If I get hungry between meals, I will usually have a banana or cereal bar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into what a uni student eats on a day to day basis, trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet as well as exercising! Please comment below if you have any questions, have a great week!

Alice 🙂

 

My Favourite Spots in Ormskirk 😍

I won’t lie to you. Ormskirk town was a rather large contributing factor to my decision of choosing Edge Hill. I was already sold on the University but when I visited the town, that was it. It’s just my kind of place, – quiet and quaint with bunting and fairy lights everywhere. A Waterstones and a Wetherspoons around the corner, what more could you ask for? A few of us have written about the places you can go in Ormskirk but I’m not really a clubbing person so Alpine isn’t exactly my vibe. If you’re like me and prefer somewhere quieter, keep reading!

If you’re a history nerd, this one’s for you!
As part of our history seminar, we took a lovely stroll into town and our history tutor took us along the Ormskirk Heritage Trail. It’s amazing what you miss when you’re looking down at your phone. Look up! There’s so much history around the town, you can download the map on the website here. How many gingerbreads can you find around Ormskirk? I’m currently at 6!

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This is one of my favourite places to go because they sell an absolutely amazing carbonara there for £5.95! It’s a very relaxed place with a great music selection and great wine at good prices. It’s also next door to Alpine, so if you want to have some fancy pre-drinks first before you get sticky and sweaty in the club, that’s your place. Also around the corner from there is spoons, the Ormskirk Wetherspoons is pretty decent if you can find a seat. The rooftop garden is great in summer too.

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Salon One 💇🏽💅🏽
By far the best place to get your hair or nails done. I’ve been going there since I moved to university and the girls there are just amazing. I’ve always been scared of hairdressers because they always seem to want to cut all my hair off. Frankie, who does my hair, really listened to what I was after and I’ve never walked out of a hairdressers beaming so much. Not only that, they have a 20% discount for students – bargain!

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Books!!!!!!!! 📚
The best thing about the town is the Waterstones for me. I love books, I love reading, I love getting lost in stories and when I saw they had a Waterstones I was over the moon. It’s not the biggest but it’s got everything you need and the staff are so welcoming and just lovely. Just up the road is The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. An absolutely stunning building with a little bench against the wall, under a huge tree. I like to take a book up there, I’m not religious, but it’s a lovely spot to do a little reading or reflecting.

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Why I Chose to Study at Edge Hill

Hello everyone, for today’s blog I thought I would talk more about Edge Hill and why I chose to come here, bear in mind these won’t be the same reasons for everyone but I thought they might help provide some extra insight at least.


The accommodation: While to some this may not be a big factor, to me personally it was,  I would be spending a lot of my time there including weekends since home was in Northern Ireland. The halls I stayed in were very modern and featured a good-sized shared kitchen, own en-suite and high-speed wi-fi. They are also on campus as well which is especially convenient for getting to classes in the morning.


The location: Edge Hill is located outside of a major city but that was something that suited me fine as I came from a town area back home. The uni’s location next to Ormskirk town means there are plenty of options shop wise and the convenient rail links into Liverpool city centre and Preston allow for easy and cheap travel especially with a rail card to these and other places.


The Course: I chose to study Film and TV production, and a big part of that choice was down to the fact it was focused around both Film and TV whereas other courses I had looked at were just film. I wanted to keep my options open for the future and choosing a course that had both seemed like the most logical choice. The facilities available at Edge Hill including the famed Creative Edge were also another factor in why I chose the course.


The Campus: Edge Hill offers everything you need on campus including a bar, nightclub, shop, subway etc which are all useful things to have especially as a first year student who will probably be spending a lot of time on campus.


These are some of the main reasons I chose to study at Edge Hill and hopefully they have helped provide some insight for you as well! Any more questions just let me know and thanks for reading!

Jordan

What Edge Hill can do for you

A few days ago, in the media department, we had a speaker come in and speak to us: David Yates. This was an amazing opportunity and if you’re lucky enough to come and study at Edge Hill, you will be able to have these opportunities as well. Not only does the media department have these sorts of speakers, but most courses do too, with specialists coming in talking to you about career prospects. This also gives you the opportunity to ask questions to them as well.

David Yates speaking in a master class

This is one of the best things that Edge Hill offers, although, it isn’t said. Within my first term at Edge Hill, I’ve been to approximately 5 speakers (not including ones on my modules). In the media department, we’ve had Heidi Thomas, in addition to a Festival in a Day event. As a University, this just shows that Edge Hill is not only a University about lectures and seminars, they also concentrate on what may interest the students and bring in speakers or do workshops, so it doesn’t necessarily feel like ‘learning’.

David Yates Masterclass

Edge Hill doesn’t just offer speaker events, but so much more. There are social nights on Wednesdays over in the SU and also Free Film Fridays over in the Arts Centre, which Edge Hill students actually get free entry into 😉

You can also sign up to different societies and clubs. We have so many ranging from sports, gaming, films etc. You can find some more societies on this link here:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/student-experience/clubs-and-societies/

During freshers week, if you’re lucky enough to become a student here, they hold an event over in the HUB where you are able to apply and sign up to different societies and clubs. If you’re interested in a blog post more concentrated on societies and clubs, I would be more than happy to – just drop a comment down below ☺️

Ellis x

Relax and De-Stress

Hey everyone! I know that many of you will have already sent your university applications away and are now working hard to ensure that you meet the grades or criteria to be accepted to your chosen university.

I know from experience that this can be a very stressful time especially with exam preparation and coursework deadlines. Over the years I have managed to deal with the stress of these situations with a few simple tips and tricks, some I still use to this day.


  • Make yourself a nice, wholesome meal – I know it can be very easy to quickly put some frozen chips in the oven or order a takeaway when you are in the middle of a hard-core study session. However, I found that I felt worse and more stressed when I did this and so I changed those less healthy meals to something more nutritious.  For example, a homemade, vegan pizza using a seeded wrap, some tomato sauce and loads of vegetables with a pinch of salt. It took less that 20 minutes to make and tasted AMAZING! Also, far cheaper than a dominoes.

 

 

 

 

  • Listen to a podcast – this is one that I have only recently started to do and it has changed my de-stress and relax game. Put on a gripping podcast that steals your attention, put earphones in and start walking or lie on your bed and just let the chatter and conversation distract you from the stress of studying and exams. I find that I am listening to podcasts more than I am listening to music because of how relaxing and distracting I find them. My favourite podcast to listen to at the minute is ‘Happy Place’ by Fearne Cotton. The conversations are so meaningful and gripping that I just completely zone out. 

 

  • Exercise – I feel like this is a pretty generic solution to de-stress but that means that it actually works! I used to sit for hours and hours at my desk in my room and not even think about moving except for when I was getting food. However, when I was doing my A-levels, I started going to the gym during the winter and doing small sessions 4-5 times a week and when the warmer weather came (as warm as Ireland could get), I would take a short walk over the fields every hour just to give my mind a rest. I found that whenever I came back from a little exercise, I was much more focused and didn’t dread the thought of going back to study.  Here is a picture I took whilst on one of my study break walks around the campus!

 

 


And that was some short and simple tips on how I relax and de-stress during exam  times or heavy essay writing. I really hope that some of these help you during the coming months!

I used to always say that I never had ‘time’ to relax but this is NEVER the case. Always give yourself time to relax and chill out because your body and mind will thank you for it in the long run.

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

– Jim Goodwin –

 

What to start thinking about

So it may seem a bit early to be thinking about starting University in September with it being almost 7 months away. However I know from my experience that I started getting very nervous that I didn’t know anyone and that I wasn’t ready. Things such as cooking for yourself and doing your own washing is something that most people are not used to, so I have a few tips of things that I did or wish I did before coming to University.

  1. Join facebook groups- I know that there is already a group that is set up to help 2019 freshers meet their course friends. For me the first girl that I met doing my course is now one of my best friends and it was really helpful to go in on the first day and have someone that I kind of knew. I was able to speak to her before coming and get to know her a bit which really helped when first meeting. Once I got to University I felt like I had already known her for years.
  2. Start cooking once a week- Leading up to going to University, my friend and I took it in turns to cook for one another. It wasn’t that we couldn’t cook but it was good for us to try out simple and cheap recipes in preparation for coming to University. This was very useful and actually really fun, we tried out a range of different things from stuffed peppers, to chickpea curry. 
  3. Start doing your own washing- This is something that I actually started doing in the summer but I wish I had started earlier. It is not the fact of how you use the washing machine because the ones at University are probably different, its more of the fact of getting into a routine and personally to know that just because I have worm something once, doesn’t mean that it needs a wash. It was good for me to be able to get into a routine of washing my own clothes and a set to being more independent.
  4. Go with whoever does thefood shop- Doing this can be helpful as it means you can have practice with budgeting. Knowing what to pick and trying to go with cheaper options rather than the highest brand, which you really don’t need. It may be really simple and maybe you already join whoever does the food shop, however try and take an active part, particularly if you are going to be cooking in the week because then you can take charge of what you need.

Although these may seem like very small and silly things, they can actually help with settling into University, but also means you can probably help others with things like their washing or cooking, if they need you to check something is definitely cooked.

Students helping students – How you are represented at Edge Hill University

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Its worth talking about, every now and again, how your issues will be treated at Edge Hill University. While the university does a great job of making sure every decision is in the best interest of every student sometimes there may be something that you would like to see change. In this blog I will take a look at the SSCF and Student Representitives on each course and how they help you achieve the best posibile learning expereince.


What is a student representive?

A student representive is someone that is in your year elected to represent your interests to the board of your course and the wider Students Union. They are given the position and expected to take any issues that your year has forward to the relevent meetings, called SSCF or Student Staff Consultancy Forums. These are followed by a Programme Board meeting between all staff involved in your programme and the student representives with some special guests such as learning services. In a sense, if you have a problem you can take it to them and they will bring it to the correct person to deal with it and get a responce back for you.


How many represnetives are there?

In each year there is usually between three and four representives. They will give a short election speach to the entire year before elections are opened within your year. Plenty of notice is given by your faculty administration and the Students Union via email and in person before this takes place. Once the representives are in place they are requested to attend a training session with the Students Union who walk them through the different processes and methadologies.


How can I become a representive?

To become a representive you need to register your interest with your faculty administration. You can usually find these in your learning edge blackboard area once you have access to it. After you have registered your interest these memebers of staff will speak to you regarding the next steps. Its allways good practice to have a piece ready and rehersed if you are called to introcude yourself to the year. Your faculty administration will give you plenty of notice for this.


Student politics is an important role within University life and working at the ground level with your faculty is a great way to get involved and make sure that your year is represented correctly. I am now a second year representitive with the Computing deparment and can honestly say that had I not gone forward I would have been dissapointed not to have the chance to bring my years voice to the table.

Thats it for this blog, if you want to find out more about the students union you can check out their website here.

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

My Personal Experience on a Campus Tour

Hello everyone, in my last blog I talked about the various ways you can visit Edge Hill if you are looking at studying here next year as a student. Following on from that, in this blog I will talk about my own experience on a campus tour and how it helped me to choose Edge Hill.

Coming from Northern Ireland it was always going to be more difficult to come visit as in my case it would involve getting a coach then a plane and then trains from John Lennon airport. Because of work and college commitments at home I was unable to make an open day or an applicant visit day which was a real shame so I set looking at finding out other times to visit. This was when I found out about campus tours that run every month.

After booking on to a tour I still felt worried I wouldn’t get to see anything specific to my chosen course in Film and TV Production, So I emailed Think Edge Hill and asked them if there was a possibility, that a lecturer could maybe come talk to me more about the course. Thankfully the university were very helpful and on the day, one of the senior lecturers showed me around Creative Edge as well as answering all the questions I had on the course which was really helpful to me. After this I went on the planned campus tour where I got to see more of Edge Hill like the SU and the library as well as other important things like student accommodation. The guides were really helpful and did there best to answer everyone’s question’s. 

I left Edge Hill that afternoon, after spending only a few hours on campus, feeling certain that I was going to choose Edge Hill to study at, so in my experience even though I missed the other visiting events, I still received enough information and insight to make an informed decision which at the end of the day is what your main aim should be when visiting universities.

What is the Primary Education course all about?

Hey everyone, I hope you all had an amazing weekend and are ready for the week ahead! I cannot believe that it is February already. This made me realise that a lot of you may have already had your interview for Edge Hill University as I had mine around a year ago!

This post will hopefully offer some more information about the Primary Education with QTS course that I am currently studying here and loving every minute of it. Enjoy!


What is the timetable like?

Personally, I find that the timetable for Primary Education is very good as it keeps me busy. Others would say that the timetable is rather ‘jam-packed,’ which is true but, in my opinion , the more classes, the better. 

My timetable looks something like this;

  • Monday – Independent Study
  • Tuesday – Minor Specialism
  • Wednesday – Foundation subject seminars which are sometimes followed by a curriculum lecture
  • Thursday – Core subjects such as; computing, maths and English
  • Friday – APD lecture followed by science then an APD seminar.

This timetable varies between the year group and over the years. As I said, some people may find this timetable rather busy but I love it because it keeps me busy, occupied and you appreciate the weekend more. Don’t worry, you still have time for socializing and going to any societies which makes the timetable much better.

 

Any exams?

Nope! Thankfully we have no written exams and so our grade is based on  assignments and our professional practice. This is good if you are better at writing essays with no looming time limit in a large hall but you need to have some self-discipline! Those assignments are not going to write and reference themselves, start them early so that there is no rush before the dreaded deadline.

I am currently on my professional practice and I am loving every single minute of it! A visiting tutor comes in to assess you against the Teacher Standards which means you must work very hard to involve yourself in every aspect of school life. Luckily for me, I am in an amazing school that has given me so many great opportunities for learning.

 

Duration?

The course that I am studying is a 3 year course. Each year you have a block placement that gets longer each year. For example, in first year currently, we are all on a 7 week block placement and then next year it will be longer.

First year has seriously gone by so fast so I have no idea how quickly the next couple of years of my life are going to go!

 

What are the staff and lectures like?

I am so happy that I chose Edge Hill University as my place to study to become a teacher. The staff and lecturers are amazing in terms of support and advice they give you, even during placement! 

All the lectures and seminars are really interactive and interesting so there is no need to worry about falling asleep at a 9am lecture because you will not want to miss it. You can tell that so much thought has been put in to each presentation and seminar which makes them so worth while coming to.

If you do happen to miss a lecture due to illness, some lectures are recorded and put up on Blackboard, a place we can all access work materials and assignment guidance. However, a recorded lecture is never the same as the real deal, trust me.


I hope that this post has been helpful to those of you who have applied to study Primary Education with QTS. It really is an amazing course, offering so many opportunities to expand your learning and experiences. I cannot wait for the next two years!

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”

– Brad Henry – 

Organisation and routine at University.

Hi everyone and I hope you’re doing well and have had a great week! For today’s blog I am going to talk about getting into a routine while at university and simple ways you can add order and routine into your day to day life at uni.

1.)  Working around your timetable.

In order to plan and organise your life, it is very important to know what you’re planning around! So, it may be a good idea to make a revision or lesson timetable to breakdown what work you need to do. For me, at the end of each week I go through all the work I need to do and what lessons I have for the next week. As sometimes, one week can be different to another with my English and Education degree, I find it best to go onto Learning Edge and checking my emails everyday in order to know all the changes! In addition to this, as the week goes on, I jot in my diary  little things I need to do. For example, I write down what food I need to buy, exercise classes I need to book,  certain readings I need to do, any shows at the Edge Hill art centre I want to go to… ( The list goes on!). I like to at the weekend, go through the list and tick off everything I’ve already done and re-write it out, prioritising certain things! 

Getting into a weekly routine.

As the way life is, some days and weeks can be more interesting than others! But, as I’ve been at uni nearly 5 months ( so crazy!) I have found things and routines that work best for me. For example, I’ve been going to as many exercise classes a week as I can cram in with my friend, Jessamy and going to swim team meets on a Monday and land training on a Thursday. As well as doing my weekly meal plans, cleaning my flat, doing the food shop and preparing my meals, doing the laundry, writing my blog  and doing all my work. I know it seems like a lot but I really find that If I organise, it seems so much less daunting! I also try to do something new each week, like going to a new coffee shop with a friend or having a film night ( It’s the small things!).

Looking after yourself!

At the root of it all, it is so important to look after yourself and do what makes you happy. I know that some weeks I won’t achieve everything I’ve set out to do on my to do list! I find that changing things up at the weekend really helps, and I see it as treating myself! So, I will then be more likely to get everything done before the weekend! Planning things to look forward to and putting it in my diary really adds a sense of purpose to the week, like going to see my boyfriend or going back home for the weekend!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment below if you have any questions! Have a good week, and remember- do what makes you happy!

Thank you for reading,

Alice 🙂