~The End~

This is rather a sad post for me because it’s my last one 🙁 have to say I have loved doing these blog posts because I have gotten to help you guys (applicants to Edge Hill) and got paid to do it. Employability wise this job is staying on my CV (for now) and will be on my LinkedIn Profile for even longer.

Of course the majority of my posts have been written whilst I was a undergraduate psychology student and going to Edge Hill to study for a degree in Psychology has been one of the best things I have ever done. I have made friends and memories who I’ll carry with me throughout the rest of my life, and whilst there were difficult times I stuck at it and it was SO worth it in the end 😀

To those of you who are starting Edge Hill in a few weeks, I wish you the very best of luck and you will honestly have the most worthwhile three (or more) years of your lives. As for me my search for a job goes on, but I will persevere and when the time is right I’ll be doing a master’s degree and a British Psychology Society Stage 2 qualification in Health Psychology. A dream that being a student at Edge Hill has ignited.

Faith Services at Edge Hill

One of the good things about Edge Hill is they cater for all types of students and this includes students who (like me) are religious. Amongst the societies you can join there is the Islamic society, Christian Union (which I have talked about in a previous blog post), The  Jewish Society, Catholic Society and The Pagan society. If you click not those links you’ll be taken to the facebook pages of those societies and if you click the link to my blog post you can learn a bit more about the Christian Union 🙂

Remember all of those societies can be joined at Freshers’ fayre, Refreshers’ week or even by going the Student’s Union and following the drop down menu for the societies section of the page.

As well as religion based societies there’s also the multi-faith chaplaincy, who are there to support students of all different faiths as they progress through university. Below is a link to their page on the Edge Hill site where you’ll find lots of different pieces of information about who they are, what services they offer and where on campus they’re based

Edge Hill Chaplaincy

Whilst I never really accessed them, you may wish to do this and I find it’s good to have someone that you can trust to talk to when things are becoming a bit much 🙂

I should also point out that for those christians’ amongst you the Christian Union spends the first week helping Christians to find a church they’re happy going to in what’s called Church Crawl. Where each sunday they put on a breakfast for students and students hear from other students/reps from the different churches in the area. I personally highly recommend Maghull Baptist Church but you may find you want to go to another church such as Christ Church in Liverpool.

I hope this blog has been informative to you all, and if you need any help then please do not hesitate to drop me a comment which I shall promptly reply to.

 

 

Healthy Eating at University

I’d like to start this blog by congratulating you all on passing your A-levels and getting into Edge Hill University. You will honestly love it at Edge Hill and it will get to the point where it’s like a home to you (I know I consider it a very special to place to me, even now I’ve graduated).

Anyway onto the topic of this week’s blog: healthy eating. I’ve started dieting recently to help me trim my figure down a bit and reduce the risk that I’ll get weight related issues in the future. It’s always important to have a balanced diet but that can become a challenge when you’re spending most of your time studying (as well as having some fun of course!). By far the best way to ensure you have a balanced diet whilst at university is to cook for yourself, and the majority of student accommodation (on and off campus) is self catered. Which means you can rustle up some healthy, and tasty dishes fairly cheaply (Aldi and Netto in Ormskirk are both reasonably priced for food). However, if you’re a bit of a beginner when it comes to cooking for yourself there’s still time to learn and there’s plenty of student cook books out there with recipes in to try (I’ve also addressed the topic of being a self catered student here)

Some halls on campus though are on a catered package which means the excellent catering staff at EHU will make your meals for you and all you have to do is decide on what you want, where from and pay for it with your uni card (this will be issued to you on welcome sunday when you enrol). The good thing about eating on campus is the on campus eateries like Sages (in the hub) display nutritional information on the dishes they serve and there’s always a veggie option for those vegetarians amongst you.

I hope you’ve found this entry helpful when it comes to having a balanced diet whilst at university and if you have anything you wish to ask me then please do not hesitate to drop me a comment.

Places to study.

With results day lurking around the corner, and how fast time seems to go these days, you’ll soon be getting stuck into your degree (whatever that might be). So, I thought I’d write a piece on places to study whilst at university.

The library 

All universities will have a library in some form or another and at EHU there is a three floor library. It boasts lots of books, journal articles, printers and computers to use. There are also individual study booths on the 1st and 2nd floor, these can be booked out via the ‘Go edge hill’ portal or in person at the help desks on the ground and 1st floor. I rather liked these as they felt cosy and gave me some privacy whilst I was doing work. There are also group study rooms on the ground floor and again these can be booked out in the same way, up to two weeks in advance (although they get snapped up quick around deadline time)

The LINC 

The LINC (or learning innovation centre) is a 24/7 study building. There are computer rooms that are accessible at any time of the day or night on the ground floor, and there are also rooms up stairs with computers in but these are mainly used for seminars and lessons. The LINC can get very busy at times but it’s a favourite amongst those who study best at night, and access is granted using your uni card after 5pm at night and at weekends.

Your study bedroom 

All of the halls of residence rooms (and indeed bedrooms in privately rented accommodation) will have desks in for you to study at. For me my room was not where I studied best in, but I did type up lecture notes and seminar notes in my bedrooms. However, you may find your room is a preferred place to study in.

Wherever you choose study/work on coursework/read set material whilst at university, it’s important to keep track of what work you have to do using an academic diary and of course takes regular breaks, as the optimum attention span of a human is around 40 minutes, so after this you may just find your mind wandering somewhat.

Halls of Residence Essentials 101

Friday 31st July was the deadline date for applying for a place in EHU’s halls of residence. For those of you who’ve applied to live in halls of residence at edge hill will find out on a-level result’s day what hall you got (I ended up in Stanley which is part of the main halls). All in all there are 6 set of halls which are divided into catered self catered packages, some with en suite bathrooms (although they’re more like wet rooms with a shower, toilet and sink in) and some with shared bathroom facilities.

Anyway now that the deadline for applying for halls has passed I’d thought I’d give you a handy guide to what to take to halls with you (similar to the one I did: here).

  1. Clothes for all weathers – The north seems to have its own microclimate and with EHU being near Southport (which is on the coast) it can get be quite windy and chilly at certain times of the year
  2. Bedding – To go on your new bed, all beds in halls of residence are single beds
  3. Towels – Tea towels and bathroom towels
  4. Books – For reading for pleasure and the core texts books for your course (although there will be copies of these in the library)
  5. Gadgets/Tech – Because students love their tech and many student have their own laptop with them at university, just make sure they’re insured if you lose them, they break or someone decides to claim your tech for their own
  6. Pillows/Cuddly Toys – This is optional but it might just make your room feel more like home whilst you’re away at university
  7. Photos of loved ones – One of the things I liked having in my accommodation at university was photos of my loved ones from back home
  8. Catering Equipment – pots, pans, knives, forks etc. Not all halls of residence at EHU are on a catered basis.
  9. Laundry Stuff – Because no-one wants to constantly wear smelly dirty clothing and edge hill has its own laundry you can use.
  10. DVDs – For entertainment in your spare time
  11. Stationery – Although you can buy this on campus it’s a good idea to take your own to start off with
  12. Important documents – Keep these very safe as you need these for enrolment and opening student bank accounts

Well I hope this entry will prove useful to you and don’t forget I’m here if you need to ask anything me anything. Just drop me a comment and I’ll reply 🙂

 

 

The day I graduated Edge Hill.

Tuesday was a huge day for me because tuesday was my graduation. Which means I am now a graduate. Graduation is when all of the hard work and effort that you put into studying for your degree finally pays off, as you are presented to the chancellor (the public figure head) of the university that your graduating from who congratulates you and at the end of the ceremony officially declares you and the people on your course that your graduating with, graduates of the subject area you’ve done your degree in.

Edge Hill’s chancellor is clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron who you may have seen on such shows as “House of Tiny Tearaways” and “What diet is right for you?”. I have to say she’s a really lovely lady as when I went up to meet her and be congratulated by her, she complimented me on my smile (I put on my best smile for the occasion) and was complimented in return when I told her I liked her book that I had been reading (I highly recommend “The Skeleton Cupboard” as a book especially to those who are interested in psychology and mental illnesses).

Before that though I spent some time getting my robes/cap on, registering my presence in the education building and getting photos done. Some of these are below for you to see what my special day was like

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In a nutshell graduation was one of the best and proudest days of my life and I wouldn’t of wanted to graduate with my undergraduate degree from any other university besides Edge Hill. Also for those of you who want more on my graduation. My ceremony is in the video below and I appear at the 5:12:45  to 5:12:56 mark:

Fun times to be had at university.

University is not just about studying a particular subject area for three years (or more) in order to get a degree in it. It’s also about engaging in all aspects of the university experience and that includes having some fun. The best way to do this is to join a club or a society. Most students join clubs and societies at Freshers’ Fair (during freshers’ week and refreshers’ week) where societies and clubs have tables out with current members at them promoting that club/society whilst explaining a bit about who they are (as a club/society), what they do, where they meet and when.

Like a lot of universities edge hill has a vast array of clubs/societies to suit all tastes and interests. A comprehensive list of these can be found here:

Edge Hill University Societies and Clubs

Whilst I was at Edge Hill University, I was a member of a few societies. The first one I ever joined of these was the fantasy and sci-fi society which I joined in first year, and continued going to even in 3rd year when I could. At the Freshers’ Fair in first year they were a new society and so didn’t have a table to promote themselves, but I still joined up 🙂 I was also a member of the psychology society (made up of members of my course), a member of the creative writing society (for a time) and a member of Edge Hill’s Christian Union in third year after becoming a christian in second year.

The bottom line of this post is, it’s important to have some fun whilst at university, whether that’s being a member of a society/club or just going out with your mates for the night. Something my parents encouraged me to do alongside working hard for my degree.

Anyway I hope you are all enjoying your summer and if you have anything you want to ask me then do not hesitate to drop me a comment 🙂

Getting a job whilst at university

In a previous blog (here) I discussed how getting a job is one way to earn money whilst at university. With the cost of going to university being quite expensive (especially if you want to go to university down south) many students these days find themselves having to get a job. Jobs for students tend generally to come in two forms – paid and voluntary.

Paid vs Voluntary 

Paid work is good because as it suggests you are financially rewarded for the work you do, and students like this because it helps to pay for things like course materials, food, rent, nights out and other common student expenditures. It also looks good on your CV when it comes to getting a different job (possibly with more hours) after university, for those who don’t want to go onto to do a post-graduate degree straight away (the route I’ve opted to go down).

However, paid work isn’t the only option for students when it comes to getting a job, and indeed experience. Other students find themselves volunteering and whilst this doesn’t offer financial rewards, it can lead onto paid work later on in some instances and employers like it because it shows you’re willing to put yourself out there and help out a particular cause (most voluntary work tends to be for charities and other not for profit organisations).

Looking for work 

As I know all too well there are lots of ways to look for work, for instance lots of vacancies are advertised online, there’s vacancies advertised in shop/business windows and someone may even tell you about a role they’ve seen advertised or know about. One of the best ways to look for job whilst at university though is the careers service, who will help you look for work (voluntary or paid, depending on which you feel you can fit best around your studies), check your CV (so employers don’t just throw it in the ‘no’ pile) and assist with filling in applications.

For those of you wanting to make use of the edge hill careers service whilst at Edge Hill, and want to learn more about them, you can do so by clicking on the hyperlink above 🙂

I have a 2:1!

On Friday I got the result I had been waiting for and wanting the most…an overall 2:1 in my psychology degree! 😀 My results came earlier than I had expected because the assessments team (academic registry who deal with results and enrolment) sent out a statement of results through the post to every single final year student who was due to get their final result on friday and my dad handed me an envelope with it in soon after I’d had a shower. Truth be told I’d have been happy with a 2:2 but a 2:1 was destined to be mine. I don’t know exactly what percentage I got exactly but I do know it was a 2:1, and I was over the moon (emotionally speaking) with it.

The reason I was so happy with it, is because a 2:1 is what I need to do a post-grad degree in the future, and when the time is right that’s exactly what I plan to do (after getting some work experience under my belt of course). A lot of my friends on my course also got 2:1s and my Facebook notifications were flooded with people congratulating me and my friends 🙂

Below is a picture of my statement of results, and when I get my degree certificate two months after graduation it will have on my name, my degree and classification…upper second class honours

The modules I took whilst at Edge Hill, my overall percentage marks for them and overall degree classification.
The modules I took whilst at Edge Hill, my overall percentage marks for them and overall degree classification.

 

Celebrate, remember, fight back.

Last weekend I took part in my local Cancer Research UK Relay for Life 2015. This is an annual 24 hour-long event held up and down the country as a way of raising money for Cancer Research UK. However, that’s not its only purpose. It’s also a way of celebrating the lives of those people who survived cancer, remembering those who lost their battle with it, and those who are still fighting it. Through sponsorships (online and offline) I have managed to raise £85 and whilst this is not as much as the first time I did it (back in 2011), it all counts towards my teams total and the overall event total (the people in charge of organising and running it are looking to raise £35,000 this year) and I will definitely be taking part next year when my local relay for life celebrates 10 years 😀 Whilst at the event I did take lots of photos and these are below.

Whilst I’m on the subject of raising money for charity and doing charitable things, you might be interested to know that Edge Hill does lots of charity work too. For instance this year the SU have been asking people to donate non perishable items so they can be passed onto Southport Food Bank (you can read up on this here) and there are two charitable societies you can join whilst at Edge Hill. These are as follows

  1. Raising and Giving Society
  2. Amnesty International

Of course you don’t have to join them, but you may want to if charity work is something your particularly passionate about.