Moving Out Season!

It’s clear out time for many people! Whether you’re moving out of university accommodation ready to move into your first off-campus student house, or you may be like myself, packing to move out of your student house go onto your post-grad life next month. Either way, it’s a time for a good old sort out. And one thing I know many people struggle with is how to clear out all their items effectivity, so in this post, I hope to give some advice on the best ways to sort, pack and move efficiently! 


First things first, allocate time to packing and sorting, a week or more in advance to your moving date and dedicate that time to sorting and packing everything up, phone off, music on, this is the time to get everything sorted so you’re not stressing out the day before. 


It’s best to start in your bedroom as that’s where the bulk of your items will be. Drag everything out from beneath your bed, in your cupboards and draws, and then just sort each item into one of the three piles: sell/donate, throw out/recycle and store.


Sell/Donate: for no-longer-needed items that are still in good repair, that someone else might enjoy. Additionally, extra cash never hurts, so any items that have a high value try to sell on eBay or at a carboot sale!


Throw out/Recycle: this is for any scraps of paper or items long behold repair, as any broken items that have no sentimental value or use have no space in your university life. Don’t be scared to throw out anything you don’t need, remember, hoarding will only create more issues on moving day! 


Store: Anything that has sentimental value, or wouldn’t be useful in your new student life pack into some cardboard boxes, which you can either store at your guardian’s house or with a storage company.


The last step is to gather all the items left and start to pack them! And of course, put all the storage items away, hand in all the donate items into your local charity shop and throw out all your bin bags on pick up day.


Thanks for taking the time to read this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful and have a great week.
Until next time!

App of the day: Clue

Religion on Campus

Moving somewhere new where you don’t know anyone can be hard, however, this can be more difficult if you struggle to find someone with the same beliefs as you to talk to about your religion.

Fortunately for you, Edge Hill caters for students from a variety of religious backgrounds! Which is what I’ll be blogging about today.


Societies are one of the main sources of religious worship on campus with a variety of societies such as: Islamic society, Christian Union, and The Pagan society. Each society holds pray meetings and events that you can go along to for more information or just to worship your religion. If you find that the university does not have a society for your religion, you can easily create a society for your religion with the help from the student union. 


As well as all these religion-based societies there is also the multi-faith chaplaincy service, which caters and supports all different kinds of religions. The service supports both Edge Hill University students and staff of all faiths, with confidential and non-judgemental spiritual perspective. The chaplaincy service encourage discussion, exploration and understanding of different faiths, practices, backgrounds and cultural traditions. This service is available through face to face conversation or by phone and email, if that suits you better. 


There is also a Magnolia Multi-Faith Centre on campus. This centre offers a quiet space for reflection, contemplation and prayer. Open to people of all faiths and none, it offers the opportunity to explore matters of faith and spirituality, or just simply to unwind after a busy day. The centre is located in Forest Court, next to the accommodation. The Centre can be used as a drop-in centre or booked for the exclusive use of groups at certain times.


Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to celebrating your religion. If you need any religious advice, as I stated above there are many services on campus which you can reach out to for spiritual advice. I hope you have an amazing week.
Until next time!

Song of the day: Hammer to Fall by Queen (And the rest of their Discography) 

Best Student Discounts

As a student money can be tight, which is why in today’s blog post I will be letting you guys know what’s the best ways to find and get student discounts on an array of shops and restaurants.


So first up we have the NUS card. Nus is a union of students in the UK who work with companies to offer students discounts. Nus Cards can be used for: up to 40% off at Pizza Express, up to 34% discount at Blackpool tower attractions, 10% off Asos, and much more. And in some shops and restaurants, an NUS card can be used as a substitute for your university student card. The downside about this card, however, is the price tag attached to it, as it costs £12 a year for the card.


Up next are a few websites which help you find discounts/give you discounts. Unidays gives you instant access to student discount when you sign up to their website with your uni email. By joining them you can gain savings from shops such as Levi’s, ASOS, Apple, Hollister and more. There is also Save the student and Student Beans. Both of these websites help by giving money advice to students, as well as flagging up the latest student discounts, student jobs, and ways to make money as a student. 


And finally, below I have listed a few student deals I know of which I have found and tried:
If you show your uni card at Mcdonald’s while purchasing a meal and ordering at a till you can get a free mcflurry, cheeseburger, or fries.  

This next deal works even if you’re not a student, all you need to do is be a Three customer. Go onto the app store download the wuntu app. The wuntu app offers many different deals, my favourite one, however, is free Domino’s pizza on Wednesday, this app is definitely worth the download if you are part of this network.

If you’re a student you can get 50% off your Spotify membership!

Hot UK deals is an app that anyone can download and use which is full of real-life savings and deals posted by other users.

If you sign up for the Krispy Kreme emails, you get a free doughnut just for signing up!


Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to finding student deals! I hope you have an amazing week.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Gerald’s Game (2017)

 

How to Deal with Grief at University

Losing someone at any stage of your life is hard, However, when you’re at uni it can be emotionally harder as you are away from home and your loved ones. Recently, I lost my grandmother who I loved dearly. Which is why in today’s post I want to talk about loss and grieving while you’re at university as I feel like I would have appreciated this advice a week ago, and I know someone out there might need this as well.  


You shouldn’t have to deal with these feelings alone, there are so many people out there you can talk to. Your friends and flatmates are a great source of comfort at a time like this.
The Wellbeing Team on campus can work with your feelings of loss and grief. The team are available via email and phone, or during office times as a drop in service for whenever you feel like talking.
Located next to the university on Ruff Lane is Milton House. Milton House offers counselling for anyone who needs it. Talking to someone who is trained about your grief, in a safe place, could be very beneficial for you. The service is offered free of charge whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and is completely confidential. For more information on this, feel free to contact the wellbeing team above.


Guide dogs regularly make an appearance on campus for students. These dogs are there for you to pet and spend time with. Studies show that the benefits of animal therapy are real. Hugging a dog, stroking a cat, or even being near other animals can help to alleviate these feelings you’re having.


You may want to arrange a meeting with your course leader or personal tutor to arrange extensions, and/ or a short leave of absence. Your tutor can give you advice and help you deal with your academic work, so that you can focus on your feelings.  


It’s okay to cry. Crying is not a sign of weakness, which you should never feel ashamed or guilty about. Equally not wanting to show your emotions initially is okay as well, everyone grieves in their own time.


Be with family. In times of hardship like this family is important. Whether you count your friends as family, or go home to your family house for a couple of weeks, being with people you love, and people who care about you, will make a world of difference.


Remember to reminisce. As sad as it may initially make you reminiscing can ultimately be beneficial. Remember the good times, as much as it may hurt, as it means that you were truly happy at the time with that person.


And finally, it’s okay to eventually feel happy after a loved one has passed. Guilt is a common feeling to have whenever you feel happy after a loved one has passed, however, you shouldn’t. You owe it to yourself and your loved one to be as happy as this life permits you to be, after all this is what they would have truly wanted. Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it useful.
Until next time!

Graduation Day Tips!

Graduation is a university milestone. It’s a day that you will look back on in years to come. That’s why you want to make sure you have everything sorted and know what you’re doing on the day.  That’s why in today’s blog post I have listed some tips and tricks for a successful graduation day.  


One of the most important things to do, especially if you’re travelling to your graduation, is to set an alarm.
This is obvious for many reasons, as you will want time to get ready, need time to get up there, and it will be less stress on you and everyone around you if you do wake up in time. This is also important as late students will not sit with their degree program and if you’re very late, then you may not get the chance to walk up. So make sure you’re ready in time.


Stay hydrated and take regular bathroom breaks before the ceremony. Once the ceremony starts, opportunities for a drink or even the bathroom will become limited so make sure that you’re ready beforehand.  


Make sure to tell your guests where to meet you after the ceremony. Once the ceremony ends, hundreds and hundreds of people are gonna flood out of the health building, so finding your family may not be an easy task if you do not give them a place to meet you. Suggest a specific spot beforehand, such as the lake outside, near a bench, by the art centre, where ever you feel would be easiest for you and your guests. Additionally,  when it comes to the guests you invite, make sure to tell them to dress up! This isn’t required as such, however, many people love a good chance to dress up and celebrate, as they should. This also saves them the embarrassment of under dressing and feeling self-conscious. 


Remember to dress comfortably. Graduation is a long day in itself but with all that standing and sitting, you’re going to want to be dressed comfortably. Also whatever you decide to wear, make sure you really love it as these will be photos to look back on.


Don’t wear new shoes. Breaking in new shoes can hurt, which is not what you want on this long and tiring day. So make sure to wear out your new shoes first, and definitely make sure you can walk in them!


Finally, have fun! Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it somewhat useful for your graduation day. 
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: The Truman Show (1998)

Let’s Celebrate!

For some students, myself included, university is drawing to a close. After all that working, stressing and panicking, it’s finally over. So I think it’s time to look back and celebrate how far you’ve come with your degree and how much you have achieved over your university life by treating yourself. Which is why today I have picked out some fun things you can do to celebrate graduating university with your friends and course mates.


If you have some money left over from your student life, you might want to consider travelling, whether that’s in the UK or abroad. I recently did a blog post about the topic of travelling, as if you haven’t travelled much before it can seem a little daunting, so if you want any advice on how to travel as a student, go check out that post.


You might wish to go out for a meal or a takeaway with your flatmates or course friends to celebrate your new lives starting! Within town there are places such as Wetherspoons, Toby Carvery, and Cobble which vary in price and food, so pick out a nice place and celebrate. Alternatively, you can always order takeaway and stay in watching Netflix.


If you’re more into movies you could always go to the cinema. Locally there is the Odeon in Liverpool, Cineworld in St Helens, or my personal favourite, Vue in Southport as films are £4.99 every day! A cinema trip is a great way to celebrate and in some cases say goodbye to some course friends who you may not be best friends with, but you’re still going to miss.


After all the stress of exams and coursework, some people just need some retail therapy. So hop on a train to Liverpool and treat yourself to a much needed relaxing retail therapy trip. Or alternatively just enjoy Liverpool if you don’t live locally, be a tourist, have fun.


Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to celebrating your achievement of finishing uni! I hope you have an amazing week.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Arrested Development (2003-)

 

Tips and Tricks: Planning a Holiday as a Student!

Today I submitted my last piece of coursework for university! This week many students will be sitting their exams and submitting their essays, and after all that work they’ll be wanting a much needed holiday. I’m very good with money so have been working and saving for a small trip to celebrate the end of my university experience, which is why today I will be telling you my tips and tricks for travelling.
Disclaimer: I’ve only ever been on one holiday outside the UK so don’t feel bad if you haven’t had the chance to travel before, as neither have I.


So first up you want to Save up! As obvious as this sounds it’s a very important and a key step as you can’t go aboard with no money in your pocket. If you feel that you need help with saving and budgeting there are many apps available to help you keep track of how much you’re saving.


Look for cheaper deals, even if it might take a while. The logic of course behind this is that the more money you save on the hotel and plane, the more you can spend while you’re abroad. Don’t go on peak times, share a room with the people you’re going with, don’t stay central in some cases, and look for the best deals on a range of websites, are just a few tips I have for booking getaways. A little tip is to look for flights in an incognito tab as you’re more likely to get a better deal.


Additionally, make sure you actually wanna go to the place you’re booking the day for, this may seem extremely obvious to you, however, peer pressure is a strong thing, so keep in mind that your friends dream holiday, may not be yours, and that’s okay!


Documents. Make sure you have all the paperwork and information you need for your trip sorted. This is something you’ll have to do throughout booking your journey. For example, you will need your passport if you’re leaving the country, but you may also need to book transport from the airport to the hotel. Planning all this in advance will save you time, and make the trip as stress-free as possible. Additionally, travel insurance is very important, so make sure you have it!


Travel with friends, it’s a lot more fun and safer to travel with a group of friends than by yourself. You can share memories, go sightseeing together, and you’ll always have someone to talk to if you get homesick. Not to mention if you’re travelling to a country that you don’t know the language of, you can both learn certain phrases and the culture of the country together beforehand!


Don’t leave organising to the last minute. As tempting as this may be for some, having everything planned and pre-organised before your trip will make your trip a lot my enjoyable in the long run as you won’t be panicking about not having transport to the hotel you’re staying in for example. By creating a list of things that need to be done e.g booking tickets to a theme park, you’re easing the pressure of future you!


And most importantly, have fun and be safe! Even if things don’t go to plan or you don’t get to do all the things on your ‘to do list’, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Just take it slow and relax, remember it’s a holiday at the end of the day!


Thanks for reading my post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when looking at holiday deals. I hope you have an amazing week!
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: IT (2017)

 

“Why Should I Join/Start a Society at University?”

For me, societies are a key part of the university life. Societies enhance your university experience overall as it can open the doors to many opportunities. ‘But why should I consider joining one?’ you may be asking yourself. Which is what I will be talking about today!


Socialising with others, of course, plays a huge part in being in a society. It’s fundamentally a place where people can meet and gather with others. Which is especially great as they’re usually like-minded people who you share a common interest with. And gives you a chance to meet people from different backgrounds and courses, who you might not have met otherwise.    


Additionally, you might learn a new skill if you join a society, for example, ‘Sign Language’ society. Or even vibe media as I learnt how to run a radio show! Through learning something new, you’re gaining experience that would look great on your cv while having fun at the same time!


Overall there’s a massive range of societies to choose from if those don’t take your fancy, from Veggie to Rock Climbing, there’s a lot on offer. As well as having the ability to create a society, if acceptable, from one of your hobbies or interest, but that’s a blog post for a different time.So the next step if you want to join a society is signing up.


Signing up is as simple as putting your name down at freshers fair, to clicking a button on the student union website, yes, that simple. And with many societies being free, you can sign up to as many as your schedule will let you!


As I mentioned before you actually have the ability to create a society, which is what I did. In my first and second year, I was president of Disney society, which I set up at the beginning of my first year as the last Disney society had disbanded. My experience of running a society was a positive one, as I was able to gain skills in time management and organisation, as well as help build my CV up more, and got to go on cinema trips with my society!  


I hope you got something from this post, or learnt something new. And that you have a great week.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Aggretsuko (2018)

Budget-Friendly Recipes for Beginners!

Cooking for yourself is a big part of coming to uni, which for some, might seem like hell. So today in this blog post I’m gonna suggest 2 easy meals, with links on how the professionals make it, then show you my student budget-friendly version of that recipe. All the recipes will be super quick to cook and will taste great! Disclaimer: all my recipes are vegetarian/vegan, however, you can add in meat if you wish.


So let’s start with an easy one: Tomato rice!
Rice dishes are super easy to make as it’s all about throwing your vegetables in a wok with sauce, before placing it on rice. Anyone can make it! So you can either follow the BBC food recipe on how to make spiced tomato rice or try my version!

My version: spicy tomato vegetables with rice!
2 person portion – price calculated by how much you’re using in the recipe.

Ingredients:
70g of rice for one person, 140g for two people – 5p (45p a bag)
½ a bell pepper – 15p (30p)
A handful of Bean sprouts – 10p (60p a bag)
½ of a Courgette – 15p (30p)
⅓ of a pack of Chestnut Mushrooms – 24p (72p a tub)
⅓ of a pack of Cherry tomato – 24p (72p a tub)
½ of an Onion – 3p (59p a bag)
½ of a Carrot (optional) – 2p (35p a bag)
3 teaspoons of Jar Garlic – 15p (£1.19 a jar)
½ a jar of Spicy Tomato sauce – 33p (69p a jar)
Couple drops of light soy sauce – 1p (£1 a bottle)
2 teaspoon of Paprika – 6p (49p a jar)
1 teaspoon (or less) Chilli powder – 2p (49p a jar)
1 teaspoon Oregano- 6p (49p a jar)
Salt and pepper
Olive Oil
Total cost: £1.37 or 68p each!

How to guide
Step 1: Place rice in a pan with water on medium heat until it boils, cover, then let it simmer for about 12 minutes.
Step 2: Cut up all your vegetables. Cut your tomatoes into quarters, and finely cut or half the rest of your vegetables (except the bean sprouts), depending on how you like them.
Step 3: Grab a wok and lightly cover the bottom of it with olive oil, add your garlic and onion, and cook it on medium heat for a minute. Move continuously.
Step 4: Add all of your vegetables, sauce and seasoning to the wok and moving it around every so often, for about 8 minutes.
Step 5: Add rice to bowl, place vegetable mix on top and enjoy!


Next up: Sausage and Mash!
Sausage and mash is a tasty and homely dish to make! So you can either follow the BBC Good Food recipe on how to make sausage and mash or try my version!

My version: Big, Quick and simple bangers and mash!
2 person portion – price calculated by how much you’re using in the recipe.

Ingredients:
Meat Free Sausages 75p (£1.50 a bag)
3 big Potatoes and 3 smaller ones – 30p (1.50 a bag)
½ of an Onion – 3p (59p a bag)
Carrot – 4p (35p a bag)
Courgette – 30p
Parsnip – 13p (65p a bag)
3 teaspoons of Jar Garlic – 15p (£1.19 a jar)
(Optional) ½ a bell pepper – 15p (30p)
(Optional) 4 Yorkshire puddings – 33p (£1 a bag)
Vegetable Stock 22p (90p a pack)
Parika – 6p (49p a jar)
Chilli powder – 2p (49p a jar)
Cajun – 6p (49 a jar)
Mint – 6p (49 a jar)
Salt and pepper
Olive Oil
(Optional) Mint Gravy
Total cost: £2.60 or £1.30 each!

How to guide
Step 1: Wash all your vegetables. Peel the 3 bigger potatoes, then cut into 4, adding them to a pan of water on high heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut the smaller potatoes into little slices, place them on an oven tray with tin foil on top. Add a dash of oil, and place them on medium heat for ten minutes for homemade roasties.
Step 2: Cut all remaining vegetables.
Step 3: Grab a wok and lightly cover the bottom of it with olive oil, add your garlic, onion, and vegetable stock, and cook it on medium heat for a minute. Move continuously.
Step 4: Add sausages, vegetables and seasoning to wok, moving it around every so often, switching between medium and high heat for about 8 minutes. If you want you can also place 4 Yorkshire puddings on a tray for a couple of minutes.
Step 5: Mash the potatoes. Fry the roastie for a couple of minutes if you have a fryer. Make your gravy, take the yorkshire puddings out of the oven and plate everything. And most importantly, Enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed this post, it was quite a fun one to make! I hope you found this post interesting or found it somewhat useful. I might make more of these in the future as cooking is a very useful skill to have after all. Anyway, thanks for reading.
Until next time!

Film/Show of the day: Isle of Dogs (2018)

How to Deal with Loneliness at University

At some point in our lives, we’ve all felt lonely. Whether that’s a short period of time, or something more permanent, loneliness is something that affects everyone from time to time, even at university.


University is said to be the happiest time of your life. But what do you do when you suddenly start to feel lonely, sad, or lost? What do you do when you’re in a sea of people who are thriving and you feel like you’re the only one drowning? The answer is: breathe, and understand you are not alone.


Loneliness affects many people, regardless of gender or age, in fact, recent research found that “almost 10% of people aged 16 to 24 were “always or often” lonely.” I myself have experienced loneliness at university, so I understand the struggle you may be going through right now. Which is why I’m writing this post in the hopes of helping you if you are currently feeling lonely in anyway shape or form.


Societies are a great way to meet like-minded people. Edge Hill has a large variety of different societies to join from movie based societies, to video games, to sports, to health and even faith-based societies. There is a society for everyone, and if you can’t find one you can always set one up! Societies are a great way to meet people as you all have at least one thing in common, and can bond over group activities and discussions. You can check out the different societies available to join by clicking here


If you feel like living in student halls is a big contributor to your feelings, you can always talk with you SA (Student Assistant). Every on-campus accommodation has an SA who are always ready to help with any feeling of homesickness or loneliness you may have. SA’s can hold meetings and schedule hall meet up to help you get to know the people you are living with. Living away from home for the first time can be daunting, but your SA will always be more than happy to make you a cup of tea and talk through your feelings with you, in the comfort of your own halls.


You shouldn’t have to deal with these feelings alone, there are so many people out there who can help you. The Wellbeing Team on campus can work with you to resolve any issue, problem, or concern you have. Whether it’s to do with loneliness, anxiety or just feeling lost, the team are more than happy to help, and can be contacted via email and phone, or during office times as a drop in service. 


Located next to the uni, on Ruff Lane is Milton House. Milton House offers counselling for anyone who needs it. Talking to someone who is trained in mental health, in a safe place, can be very beneficial. The service is offered free of charge whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and is completely confidential. For more information on this, feel free to contact the wellbeing team above.


If you feel like face-to-face contact is too overwhelming there are loads of organisations and helplines ready to help you. Some of which I have linked below:

Mind – offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of issues, including mental health issues.
Contact Number: 0300 123 3393
Website: mind.org.uk, How to cope with loneliness


British Red Cross – Connecting Communities – Offers advice and support.
Contact Number: 0300 456 1155 (Mon to Fri, 9.30-5)
Website: https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-help-with-loneliness


The Samaritans – Whatever you’re going through, ready to chat 24 hours a day.
Contact Number: 116 123
Website: samaritans.org


Campaign Against Living Miserably – works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis.
Contact Number: 0800 58 58 58
Website: thecalmzone.net 


Girlfriend SocialGirlfriend Social is a website that connects women with new female friendships.
Websitehttps://www.girlfriendsocial.com/


Papyrus – Support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults.
Contact Number: 0800 068 41 41
Website: papyrus-uk.org, I’m worried about someone


Students Against Depression – is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.
Website: http://studentsagainstdepression.org/get-support/, Suicide and self-harm


Getting the help you need is the bravest thing you can do. Even when you feel like you’re at your lowest and nobody cares, just know that there is always someone there who wants to help you. You are never alone.Thank you for reading this, I honestly hope you found this post useful.
Until next time!

Song of the week: George Ezra’s discography