Farewell Edge Hill!

After three years of study, two of those years while blogging on inside edge, it is finally time to say farewell as this is my last post. Last month I graduated Film and Television production, and since then I have still been blogging while going through post graduation life, which is just work and sorting out my life.


And as I sit here, just back in from work, I would like to say a big thank you for everyone who has read at least one of my blog posts over the last two years, it honestly means a lot to me.


Over these two years I have grown as a person and I hope that is reflected in my blog posts that I have been creating. I have become more confident and self assured in myself and my writing abilities and also have a greater love for writing. Over the last two years I have shared my journey of coursework stress, moving into my different student accommodation, the joys of creating my tv show, and everything in between that including my actual graduation, which I have loved every minute telling you guys about.


And because of that I would just like to thank you for joining me on my university journey and thank you for reading this final post,  I hope you found one of my blog posts over the last two years useful or helpful in someway. And finally, I hope you have an amazing week.
Goodbye!

Film/Show of the day: Cuckoo (2012- )

Advice for Freshers

Moving into university halls, and settling down in university life for some can be a walk in the park. For others, however, university can seem like a daunting hurdle to get where you want to go in life, especially for the first few weeks. That’s why today I will be writing about some things that I wish I knew when I joined Edge Hill. So sit back and relax as I tell you some top tips on how to make your freshers and university experience easier overall! 


  • Get to your uni halls early so you can claim the best cupboard in the kitchen and the best shelf in the fridge.
  • You can survive a full week on less than a fiver – pasta and the occasional free food in the hub will get you by when you’re struggling.
  • The link bus is free on campus, so make the most of it!
  • Explore the campus! Walk around and get to know where you’ll be spending the next 3 years of your life, feel free to invite your flatmates as well, as a get to know you activity!
  • Sign up for as many societies as you like! It’s best to try as many things as you can to see which societies you wanna stick with after freshers month is over.

  • Memorize the campus shops opening and closing times.
  • Have a few taxi numbers in your phone contacts, and make sure you get the numbers of your new friends in case you get separated.
  • Don’t worry if you’re a bit nervous about going out – it can be a scary time for any fresher because you’re still getting to know people.
  • If you’re a first-time drinker, make sure to go easy on your fresher week alcohol intake.
  • Plan your budget for Freshers Week. Know how much you want to spend each day on food, activities, and drinks. Planning in advance always helps. 

  • Make a spreadsheet of how much you spend each week so you know where your money is going. And if you’re overspending, then you know what to cut down on.
  • Start thinking about Christmas shopping before December, as the price of gifts can mount up.
  • Your Edge Hill student card will get you discounts in shops and restaurants like McDonalds.
  • You can use the online catalog to make sure the book you want is in stock before walking over to the library.
  • Also, have a few tins of beans and spaghetti on standby as they work great as emergency meals.

  • Cook a bit more than you need so you can have leftovers the next day instead of cooking!
  • It’s cheaper to cook for yourself than have takeaway every night.
  • Make sure you eat before you go out.
  • Make sure you prop your door open while you’re unpacking. That way you can meet your flatmates straight away.
  • Don’t stop talking to random people just because freshers’ week has finished! It never hurts to be nice and make new friends and connections.

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it and got something from it. Just remember, this feeling of nervousness you have right now will go away once you’re past your first few weeks, so be calm as everything will be fine.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

How to Deal with Negative Self Image at University

While studying at university from time to time you may experience negative self-image, and in most cases it’s inevitable. And that is because, from time to time, regardless of who you are you will have a negative thought or opinion on yourself, along the lines of: “I wish I was smarter/prettier/popular/as good as *insert name here*/taller”, etc. And sometimes, the things you don’t like about yourself cannot be changed and shouldn’t in some respects. That’s why today’s post is all about self-love and healthy improvement of oneself, as everyone has felt this way before at some point. 


The first thing you must tackle when dealing with negative self-image is understanding what you can and can’t change about yourself. For example, if you feel bad as you wish you knew as much French as your friends do as you’re all going to France next year, then you can always download some language apps, watch some YouTube videos on it, and/or ask your friends to teach you. However, if you feel negative about yourself because you’re shorter than all the accounts you follow on Instagram, that’s something that you can’t really change, as regardless if you wear heels or platforms all the time, that doesn’t change your actual height, so you should just embrace that side of you that you don’t like, as it’s part of you.


After you’ve noted down all the negative things you can change you need to challenge them. This doesn’t mean changing everything, but for example, if you think that you’re dumb, you can remind yourself that you were smart enough to get accepted into university, which is a massive achievement which contradicts those preconceived notions you once had.


Following on from this you should then notice all your positive attributes, for example, if you volunteer it shows you’re caring and have a good heart, which you can focus your attention on, instead of thinking negatively. You can recognise what you’re good at, whether that is dancing, cooking, or being a good friend, this will boost your mood and cheer you up as you can partake in all the things you’re good at. 


Once you do that, you can start to deal with negative thoughts that come your way, for example, if you didn’t do as well on an essay as you wanted to, think about how you can improve and what you could’ve changed, did you give yourself enough time? Did you proofread? Did you understand the question correctly? By doing this you are being critical in a healthy way and from there you can arrange a meeting with your tutor to go through how to improve or ask friends what they did. 


Other super helpful tips on this topic include:

  • If you panic over negative self-image, remember to breathe and be calm when dealing with situations regarding this topic.
  • Choose modules that go to your strong points/interests where possible, e.g. Picking to do a dissertation or not, picking a writing module over practical, etc
  • Build positive relationships, people who will help boost you up, instead of dragging you down.
  • Be kind to yourself, as you are your biggest critic.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others as everyone is different.
  • Give yourself a challenge, use that time wasted feeling bad and put it towards healthy self-improvement.
  • Set yourself goals, whether that is daily goals, or yearly goals, whichever works best for you.

    And finally, understand that there is no need to compare, as everyone is a bit lost right now and are all striving for different goals. Some people live with their parents, some don’t, some people went straight from sixth form to uni, some people worked for 6 years then applied, some people will have entirely different financial situations, and some will not have to worry about finances as much, some people want to lose weight, some people want to gain, some people are only children, and others have huge families. Everyone is different there is nothing to compare, we’ve all had different experiences in life which make us different people so really, there is nothing to compare.


    Thanks for reading this post, I hope you found it useful, and I hope you take something positive from this post which will help you in the long run. I hope you have an amazing week. Until next time!

    Film/Show of the day: Lilo and Stitch (2002)

 

What to Pack for University! ~ Complete List

For many excited students, the next few months will be the big lead up to moving away from home and into university accommodation. Knowing what to pack for university can be a bit daunting at times, especially if you’ve only ever lived at home. That’s why I’ve created this big checklist to help you remember some key things to pack. 


If you’re living in halls, then you will have items such as a toaster, kettle, and microwave, already in the kitchen ready for you to use. However, everything else is down to you, so some items you might want to consider packing are:

  • Bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Saucepans (you will need special induction pans for Chancellors & Palatine)
  • Wok
  • Baking trays
  • Tupperware for leftovers
  • Oven gloves (optional)
  • Tea towels
  • Cheese grater
  • Sponges
  • Tin opener – because how else are you meant to stereotypically eat baked beans for your entire university life
  • Microwavable jug
  • Food for your first night stay! I forgot this when I was a fresher and totally regretted it!
  • You can also pack other items if you regularly use them such as: mixing bowl, toastie maker, or slow cooker

    Moving on we have the bathroomDepending on what type of accommodation you have this may vary, as you’ll be able to be more decorative (messy), if you have an en-suite.

But regardless, for shared or private bathroom you might want to consider packing:

  • Towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Razors
  • Toilet roll – Only a roll or two, so you don’t have to immediately go shopping
  • Pads/tampons/mooncup
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Extra items you might want to have or buy at a later date might be: a toothbrush holder, cold & flu medicine, plasters, hand soap and more toilet roll

    Moving onto everyone’s favourite/main priorities room, the bedroom. This room is going to be the hardest to pack for, especially if it’s your first time moving as you’ll wanna pack everything you own. However, there is a happy medium to be had. So the items you’ll want to consider packing are:

  • Bedsheets, duvet cover, pillowcases
  • Mattress topper
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Clothes horse
  • Hot water bottle
  • You don’t need to bring any big items like chairs and desks as they are already provided for you, however, if you wish you can bring any fold down items like a table or chair if you feel the need to. 

    The next thing to consider packing is clothes, as you’re gonna need them! This list will include clothes of all season, as you don’t want summer to roll around and all you’ve got in your wardrobe is jumpers. So next up on the list of things you should consider packing is:

  • Your favourite outfits
  • Winter clothes – jumpers, woolly socks, etc
  • Summer clothes – tank tops, shorts vests, etc
  • Footwear
  • Formal wear
  • Swimwear
  • PJs and loungewear – as there’s nothing better than lazing in pjs in the morning
  • Dressing gown
  • Bags/backpack
  • A fancy-dress costume, as the SU social is sometimes fancy dress 

    The next bedroom category is electrical items, as we all use that and it would be terrible news to find that you’ve left your phone charger at home. So, some everyday electric items you may have that you might want to pack are:

  • Laptop/computer and charger
  • Headphones
  • Phone and charger
  • Hair dryer
  • Straighteners/curlers
  • Extension leads – you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them
  • Printer
  • Games console – PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo switch, whatever your poison, bring it along as you might find a player 2!
  • TV – if the room you’ve been assigned hasn’t already got one
  • DVDs
  • Speakers
  • Camera


    Finally, in the bedroom category is decorative items. Decorative items are very important, as they can go a long way to making your new flat feel like home to you. So, my suggests for decorative items are:

     

  • Printed pictures! – Whether its pictures of friends, family or your pets, pictures will make you feel more at home instantly!
  • Posters
  • Pillows
  • Plushes and teddies
  • Figures
  • Bunting
  • Tapestry
  • White tac and/or pins
  • Fake flowers

And of course, you can pack anything else if you so wish, at the end of the day decorating is all about making you feel comfortable in the room you’re in so have fun with it! 


Next on the list is academic Items. These are important as you are here to study after all. However, you don’t want to cram your suitcase full of notebooks and highlighters when you can pop to Poundland in Ormskirk after you’ve moved in, so perhaps consider buying these after you’ve moved in and unpacked, Nevertheless, you might want to buy/pack:

  • Notebooks
  • Sketchbook  
  • Tape/ Washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Post it notes
  • Diary/Planner
  • Pencils/coloured pencils
  • Pens
  • Hole punch
  • Folders
  • Calculator
  • Stapler
  • Stack of white printer paper

Of course, depending on what course you do this list may vary, however, items like pens and notebooks will always be handy, regardless of what you’re studying. 


Finally, on the list we have some essentials that people always forget to think about which is: the important documents. So below I have written the ones which I think are extremely important, feel free to bring any others you so wish as well:

  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • Any other form of ID you have
  • University admissions letter
  • All your Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Your course acceptance letter
  • Bank details and bank card
  • Printed CVs – for if you want to apply for a job straight away
  • National Insurance Number 

    Bonus round! After going through the different categories I realised that there were some bits and bobs that didn’t really go under the other headings or weren’t completely essential and up to each individuals preference, so I dumped those items here, enjoy:

  • Wind up torch
  • Sewing kit
  • Condoms 
  • Febreeze
  • Playing cards – or any other board games you might want to bring
  • Batteries

Feel free to throw any other bits and bobs that you think you may need in, just make sure that it’s not tat that you’re not going to end up using!


Thanks for making it to the end of this post, I hope it helped you get a better idea of what to pack. Feel free to check out my other posts if you wish. I hope you have a great week, and an even better time packing for your new uni life.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: The End of the F***ing World (2017)

How to Budget Your Student Loan

Right now this is the summer before you possibly attend university. And for many, that means working out your student loan. Receiving your first student loan payment is very exciting! This may be your first time receiving money into your bank account, and if you’ve never had to budget or worry about food shopping and bills it’s very easy to fall victim to the voice. You know the one. The voice you hear from above that says: “Treat yo self!” Which isn’t a terrible idea, as I’ll explain later, however, it’s not gonna make you any richer or put you in a better financial position. That’s why today I’m gonna be sharing my tips and advice on how to budget your student loans, and hopefully lead you away from the stereotypical ‘living off super noodles’ student life!


So, first things first, calculate how much money you’ve got to work with! This is very important as some people make the rookie mistake of forgetting to calculate the cost of their rent, bills and possibly travel. After you’ve calculated those things, you’ll know how much money you’ll have left over for food/other expenses!


While you’re working all that out you might want to put away some savings for yourself, just for emergencies. Which may seem unnecessary, but can come in handy when you’re on your last tin of beans and payday is a couple of weeks away. It doesn’t have to be much, as every little helps.


Another piece of advice is to take out cash instead of paying with your debit card. This is great for night outs, as you won’t be tempted to overspend or buy the next round! This can also work for shopping trips, so you don’t overspend.


Additionally, you might want to consider downloading a budgeting app. These will help you keep a record of where your money is going.


Remember to shop wisely. If your family shops at m&s and you’re used to popping down to Sainsbury’s to buy all your food, you might wanna think about switching where you shop. In Ormskirk, there are many student-friendly shops such as Aldi, Iceland, B&M, Poundland, and Morrisons. And if you don’t mind traveling a bit further afield for your foods, there are other shops such as FarmFoods and lidl, you might want to try!


And finally, treat yourself every now and then. Yes saving money is important, and yes you need it to last, however, that doesn’t mean that you have to starve yourself of worldly goods.  A night out here, a piece of clothing now and then isn’t going to break the bank. So don’t be scared to get something if you feel like you really need it, or really want it.


I hope you enjoyed this post and found it a bit useful. If you stick to a budget and stay with it, you actually won’t be that bad off! Thanks for reading.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Derren Brown: Miracle (2018)

I’ve Graduated! ~ Graduation Week, Over and Out

Today’s blog post is a special one, as after three long years I have finally graduated from Edge Hill University! Graduating was a surreal experience, as I’m sure it was for many other people this week. Which is why in today’s post I am going to be counting some of my personal highlights from what Edge Hill University’s graduation had to offer.  


So first off there was the beautiful campus where the graduation was held. My graduation took place on a lovely sunny day which helped highlight the campus’ natural beauty. Many people posed with their families in their graduation gowns and hats in front of the lake, and flowers surrounding the Health building (myself included). I loved this aspect of the day as it allowed people who didn’t have money to pay for the photographer to get some pretty and natural photos for free.


Set up in the hub next to McColls, there was a beautiful Photobooth with a variety of cute props on hand, which many people enjoyed this week. I honestly loved this cute inclusion to the day as it was a lovely chance to get some high-quality photos with your family members for free!  


And of course, I have to mention the free food and drinks provided in the hub! There was plenty of choices from chargrilled chicken to vegetarian and vegan options. Also, plenty of wine and Pimms for those who fancied a drink to take the edge off and relax after the ceremony. They also stocked plenty of fruit juice for those who were driving!


However, my overall highlight from the day, besides graduating, was spending time with my family and friends, taking pictures and generally having a fun time while remising about the past and celebrating what’s to come.


Thank you for reading this post, I hope you had a wonderful graduation week, and I wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Dark Tourist (2018)

 

How to Apply for Your Dream Job!

With many students graduating this month, including myself, the time to apply for jobs is now! However, this may seem like a daunting task if you’ve never applied for a job or even made a cv before. That is why today I will be giving advice to help you get a job!


When it comes to writing a CV there are many great websites and resources that can help walk you through this process to make sure you are writing it correctly. A few tips that may help you are:

  • Keep it short, two sides of A4 at most.
  • Choose a clear, professional font to use throughout to ensure that your CV can be easily read.
  • Lay it out in a logical order, with Work experience first and things like  Education after.
  • Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements
  • And triple check that your grammar and spelling is correct throughout.
    Using these tips and more will guarantee you a great looking cv.


    Another important element you will need to apply for jobs is, of course, a cover letter. While writing a cover letter you must remember to keep it personalised for the company you are applying for as it is directly addressed to them, unlike your cv. Tips for writing a cover letter that I think are particularly important are:

  • Don’t repeat your CV throughout your cover letter.
  • Give examples of what you can bring to the company you are applying for.
  • Don’t highlight skills you do not have, instead focus on the positive.
  • Start with a template, but customise your letter throughout.
    With these tips, hopefully writing a cover letter will be easier!


    Make sure you try a variety of different job websites, for example: Totaljobs, reed, etc. This is important because an employer may post your dream job you haven’t tried yet. Alternatively, just type what you’re looking for straight into google as you never know what job opportunities may pop up.


    Finally, the last thing you should consider is your social media footprint. When you apply for jobs, the employer might want to check your social media accounts, which could make or break if you get the job or not. I did a whole blog post on this topic which you can see by clicking here, however, to summarise: make sure all your public information is professional. If you use Facebook there is a button on your profile which will let you see what strangers can see on your wall, so start hiding or deleting those old and cringe posts!


    Thank you for reading this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to applying for jobs. Just remember to stay calm, keep applying, never give up.
    Until next time!

    Film/Show of the day: Heathers (1988)

Why Having Guide Dogs on Campus Help Students with Their Mental Health

Dogs are amazing animals, they cheer us up when we are down, and keep us company through hard times. However, when living away from home you become separated from your four-legged friend. Luckily, Edge Hill have teamed up with a local guide dog charity to allow students to sit and pet their dogs, which surprisingly can help people who suffer from mental health issues. That is why in today’s blog post I will be telling you why you should visit the guide dogs on campus and highlighting the importance of having them around. Enjoy!


The number one benefit of having these dogs on campus that everyone notices is the reduction of anxiety and stress they provide. As you sit with the dogs they provide comfort just by being there. Additionally, from stroking the dog, “oxytocin, the hormone related to stress and anxiety relief, is released, helping to reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol levels.” (helpguide.org) This is incredibly beneficial if you find yourself regularly stressed out by uni coursework as they provide a way for you to relax and destress.


Having the guide dogs available on campus also allows you to meet new people, whether that is the staff members who look after the dogs or fellow stressed-out students who attend the events. Meeting and talking to new people can help with feelings such as homesickness and loneliness.  


Another reason you could benefit from visiting the guide dogs is the fact that they are great listeners.  You could sit and talk about anything that is worrying you and they will sit and listen to you without judging or interrupting you. And just from that act of talking to the dog, it can validate your feelings and instantly make you feel happier as you know someone cares and is listening to how you feel.


And finally, the guide dogs love you unconditionally and can cheer you up if you are sad. Dogs are enthusiastic creatures who love to be treated and rewarded, as they seek praise. So no matter how you’re feeling, these dogs can be an instant mood boost. Just playing and petting the dogs could make you smile, which would make the session worth it just for that.


Thank you for reading this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful, if you wish to find out more about the guide dogs, or wish to enquire when they’ll be visiting the campus again, please contact the student union using this emailsuadvice@edgehill.ac.uk
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Hidden Figures (2016)

 

What a Year! ~ Third Year Highlights

After three years, my university life is drawing to an end. University has taught me a lot, and I’m so grateful that for the last two years I have been able to write and share my university experience on this blog. My third year of uni, in particular, was challenging, but at the same time rewarding. Which is why today I will be blogging about my favourite aspects of my third year at university


Moving into my third-year house was very exciting for me, I love moving and living in new locations. I will miss my room the most out of the whole house as it was my space to escape, chill and work on projects. As I type this amidst all the moving boxes that currently surround me, I feel sentimental as this house has been the best place I’ve lived so far. Many memories have been made in this house over the course of this year with my flatmates and friends, including filming my third-year film here.


As you may already know due to a blog post I wrote previously, in my second semester of university I directed my third year TV Production ‘Animal Earth’.The show was all about animals, in particular dogs, and that was the main reason I decided to do an animal show is that I just really love animals, so I thought it was a win-win situation as I could make a show while being surrounded by animals. Having the opportunity to start with the small idea that I had, and to see it grow, while working on every aspect of it, directing it to its final stage was incredible. Being able to work with talented people such as Emma Kenny, Pete Smith, Katie (Cockapoo Marley’s owner), and Elaine from Therapy Dogs Nationwide, was amazing!


If you’ve read some of my work on this blog before you’ll know that I love to write about budgeting for trips and saving money in day to day life, and after saving up for the last three years I was able to book a two week holiday of a lifetime to Florida with my two best friends, who I met at uni. America was a destination that I thought I’d never have the opportunity to travel seeing as Amsterdam was the only other place I traveled before this trip. Travelling to America and hanging at Universal and Walt Disney World with my friends was insanely cool, and the perfect way to celebrate graduating university.


So that’s it, my top three highlights from my last year of university. I hope you enjoyed this post, the next step for me is graduation next month. Thank you for reading.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Evil Genius (2018)

How to Maintain Uni Friendships over the Summer

As summer approaches, another academic year draws to an end. As you pack up and start to move on to 2nd year, 3rd year or even graduation, it is important to remember all the friends you have made this year. For some, including myself, you may live very far away from the university and all your friends, which can get you down over the summer. However, distance shouldn’t stop you from keeping in contact and maintaining your new friendships over the summer, which is why today I am going to be telling you some fun ways you can keep in touch with your uni friends this summer


Chatting over video call whether that is FaceTime or Skype, is a great way to keep in contact with your closest uni friend group, as you can talk while physically seeing the other person. Over video call, you can chat play games, and watch movies, which I will talk more about later. And the best part about all of this is the fact that it’s free so everyone can join in.


You probably already have this one, so start putting it to good use! Group chats whether that be over Facebook, Instagram, snapchat or any other social media are a great way to update and chat with all your friends at the same time regardless if they’re online or not. Through Facebook you can share links and posts, Instagram you can share pictures or videos that remind you of them, and with snapchat, you can give them updates of your life through pictures. 


As I mentioned previously, just because you’re away from your friends doesn’t mean you can’t watch movies or play games with them anymore! Regardless of what platform you use, there are many games you can play, whether they be through Xbox, PlayStation or online games. One of my personal favourite online party game is ‘jackbox’, where all the games are played through any online device and anyone can join in the fun. Additionally, watching movies or tv shows with your friends shouldn’t be an issue as you can either set up a video call and press play at the same time on your film, or just message each other over messager as you both watch it.


And finally, if you have the time and spare cash, you can all plan and meet up somewhere near all of you. This may not work out, depending on where all your friends live, however, it is worth the try to see if you can. Additionally, if you can book your train tickets in advance, and/or own a railcard, you could save yourself some money.


Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to staying in touch with all your uni friends over the summer. I hope you have an amazing week.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Arrested Development Season 5