How to Handle Homesickness

Hello everyone! Hope your week has been great. As for myself I have had an excellent week. For the past couple of blogs I have been briefly been discussing the struggles in which students have to find a job to help fund their lifestyle and ensure they can make ends meet. Well, this past week I achieved one of my goals for 2016. I got a part-time job working behind a bar which I find amazing (only spilt one drink on someone and for me, that’s a win). As long as you set your mind to the goals you want to achieve, life goes swimmingly. I am one step closer to buying that flight ticket and going seeing my friend (who I met at Edge Hill University) in America.

“ASK, BELIEVE, RECEIVE” – RHONDA BYRNE

Enough about myself for now, something which keeps cropping up across campus when speaking to friends and people studying across campus is the issue of homesickness. Everyone suffers from it, even myself from time to time and the important thing is to ensure you know good ways to counteract these feelings of homesickness.

How to Handle Homesickness

One of the best ways in which you can feel better when feeling homesickness is the most obvious. Call home. There is no shame in doing so and why would there be? Everyone does. I find talking to friends from home or speaking to my parents just relieves stress and homesickness. These people know you best and speaking to them can relieve the stress and anxiety and just make you feel that little bit better. So many people come to university. In semester one alone I made friends from France: Spain, Mexico, Italy and America. All of them at some point felt that notion of homesickness and one of the most effective comforts can just be that familiar friendly voice. Seeing a familiar face and just laughing it off. Remember this life lesson from James, Life without laughter is no life at all.

Also don’t feel obligated to not feel this dire feeling of homesickness because you only come from Preston or you only come from Liverpool. Moving out is a big deal whoever you are and wherever you are from, there isn’t a way to sugar coat it. It’s the way you make your experience your own to ensure you make the most out of what life throws at you, just make sure you keep in contact with family and friends.

Another way in which I think is an affective comfort when feeling a little homesick is a lazy day. No one on campus spends 24 hours a day 7 days a week studying. You need your down and time and if that means staying in your pyjamas all weekend binge watching Netflix and not seeing day light for three days then so be it (I would definitely recommend going outside, get that fresh air).

Just remember there are a number of things to counteract the feeling of homesickness. These are just a couple of my suggestions. When at uni there is a number of facilities at your fingertips to help you.

This is all for this week. I hope you all have another amazing week doing whatever you’re doing, be that course work, exams or just loving life.

Regards

J. x

Campus Tours

Semester two is now in full swing which is excellent but I can’t help think, maybe the swing will snap or something and I won’t need to deal with my adult responsibilities because things are starting to appear way too real for my liking. It was fun buying my own food and making my own dinner but that costs money. I guess this is adult life. Build a bridge and get over it. Nevertheless all is well on this fine Wednesday.

So edge hill is quite a large campus with so much to see. Recently developed sports centre. Brand new accommodation buildings and plenty more. I would suggest taking any opportunity to come and see the campus. The great thing is the campus tours which are offered. They are run by students themselves who will be able to give you as much information as possible about life on campus. The next campus tour is on Wednesday 17th February at 3pm.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/open-events/campus-tours/

By coming to the tour you will be able to speak to students who have been through what you are going through now. They will be able to discuss with you any issues you are having and how you will be able to overcome these before you arrive in September. Not only that you will also receive a beneficial presentation covering student finance, accommodation and student life. You will also be able to see the state of the dreaded halls in which everyone dares to discuss… But in all seriousness they aren’t as bad as they appear.

Whether you’re going to be studying dance or politics a campus tour will benefit you in some way and to give you a brief insight as to what campus looks like I have included a short video below.

Hope this information helps. Have an excellent week.

J.x

Saving Money at Uni

Hello everyone! The thing about coming to university is the price of everything seems so much compared to when you are at home. You have to buy your own food, wash your own clothes and everything else in between. It can be quite easy to spend a lot of money in such a short period of time and therefore I have come up with some ideas in which you can save your money.

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Firstly, I think it would be beneficial to budget your money. This can be easier said than done however by budgeting your money until you next student loan it will just enable you to feel more secure with your money. If for instance you had £800 to last you for 12 weeks, limit yourself to £60 a week. This will ensure you wont spend all your money before the next student loan.

Another way of saving money would be by buying a rail card. Edge Hill University is in the small town of Ormskirk and is only a short train ride to either Liverpool or Preston however the price of these trains can add up. My suggestion would be to purchase a rail card and save a third off your ticket. Over the duration of your time here at uni your will save a lot of money, especially if you have to commute home or to work.

Buy your railcard

Something which I find very interesting would be starting a YouTube channel. With this you could discuss the course you are studying, life as a student and just talk about what is going on in your life. Many people have done this in the past and have gained a large number of subscribers and because of this they can then get paid to have advertisements on the video. This is free to set up and will save you money on travel and hopefully you will get sponsored and can therefore make money in doing so.

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So there’s three suggestions I have for saving and potentially making money whilst at university. It can be an expensive time living here, buying food and all the other essentials however if you are careful with your money and are aware of your spending habits, it can be quite easy to save it. I hope you all have a great week!

J. x

Study Tips, Exams Made Easier ✓

Hola! So exams are now over and I am back into the full swing of things this semester. This semester I am studying Business Economics, Marketing for Business, Business Start Up and Spanish and so if anyone is interested in getting some insights to any of these modules feel free to message me. These last two weeks have been a case of studying for exams and if you happen to struggle with revision (like I have done in the past) I have provided some of my study tips in which I have learned and hopefully they will come in helpful for you and your next exam.

There are a number of different types of exams in which people sit. This could be multiple choice, essay questions or practical exams and it just so happened mine was three essay questions in two hours on Operations Management concepts and theories. Okay, when reading this it can sound a little daunting, I mean it took me three months to write my essay for the assignment so how am I going to write three in the space of two hours? If you’re reading this while you’re in school or college it can come across even more intimidating but I can assure you it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

To prepare for an exam like this I would suggest reading a wide selection of books and journal articles to ensure you have that background as to what your exam will be about. From this you can then start making notes which can be in more depth from your lectures and seminars. The way in which I do this would be spider diagrams. I find this extremely helpful when you just need to see all the information spread across the one page. Use a number of coloured pencils and pens to stimulate your brain and enable it to jog your memory when it comes to the exam. On a positive it makes your notes look that bit better.

When you begin to feel more comfortable that you have written down enough information, the next task would be to break these notes down smaller and smaller until it’s just a sentence that holds enough information about the subject you are revising. These sentences can then be put onto flash cards and you can practice memorising them. When it comes down to the exam you will have this bank of sentences which contain wider information and the essay will just flow. You will feel confident and prepared for your exam and with the right amount of effort put in you will get that first everyone wants.

I can understand that this revision technique comes across tedious however it does work significantly well for myself to the point where I feel confident in my exams. It all comes down to confidence and if you are confident in your exam you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Hope this information will help you with your revision.

Have a great week.

J. x

Make 2016 a Year You Want to Travel Back to! :D

So we’re in the second week of 2016 now and I hope everyone is enjoying the new year. Something which I find fascinating is how the world, in unison join together to set their year goals. This could be to lose weight, eat healthier or just try something new and out of the blue. It’s an interesting time of year for everyone around the world. What goals have you set?

With the theme of the new year I have decided to come up with some things that you could try this year to ensure you have the best year imaginable.

My first suggestion, being for those who want to reminisce the whole year once its finished. Why not use an old jar and every day, fill it with a memory. When December 31st comes back around you will be able to pick out old memories from the year.

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If you’re too ahead of times and prefer your technology over good old-fashioned pen and paper you could always create a second snap chat account. Using your main account send snaps to your new one. At the end of the year you will have a years worth of stories to watch.

One day, maybe in our lifetimes, time travel might be  possible. Make 2016 a year you want to travel back to.

Something that I have always wanted to do is be a representative for Camp America. This is basically travelling to America for the summer and working with different people running activities with other ‘Camp Councillors’. This, following on from last weeks blog is a perfect way of making your CV stand out from the pile and better yet you’ll be making life long memories. Whether you’re a student studying at Edge Hill now or a potential student arriving in September this could be a perfect way to make that extra bit of money over the summer and have an amazing time do so.

Camp-America

So far this year I have finally seen the inside of a gym (it wasn’t as bad as I thought) and I guess now that I have started I am going to have to continue with it. The great thing about this university is the newly developed gym on campus, plenty of high-tech equipment and an excellent staff to help with any queries or questions. Whats stopping you from doing any of these things this year?

Why not try:

  • Writing a book
  • Joining a sports team
  • Sky diving
  • Rock climbing
  • Learning an instrument
  • Taking that 3 day holiday to Amsterdam?
  • Spending three days watching pretty little liars…

The possibilities are endless.

So this week we lost an icon that is David Bowie. His music has inspired generation after generation, his films are recognised throughout the industry. He’s an influence to a number of musicians today and probably for many years to come so I thought I would include my favourite song of his.

I hope you all have an amazing day.

J x

CV tips: your hobby could be the ticket to success!

So this week it has been a case of studying for my business exam and in all honesty it wasn’t as bad as I thought. It was a little daring to undertake as I haven’t done an exam since my driving test 3 years ago and I failed that twice, nevertheless it’s the work you put in that will ensure you the pass.

Since this exam is over and my lectures only start next week, I actually have spare time on my hands. A luxury that I forgot was even possible and so my main goal is to find a job to help keep myself afloat whilst living here. With that in mind, employers look at potential candidates to asses if they have the skills needed for the role at hand. There could be 20 people who have these skills, I mean is it a case of being randomly selected out of a hat or what? What is it people look from you to land that job?

Your hobbies?

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Many companies that are hiring will look for such skills as customer care and innovation, they may look for a skills using the office package, they may look for those excellent communication skills, confidence with professional calls. So many people have the same CV so make yours stand out. Include your hobbies and passions which relate to these desired skills. If you like football and you’re on a team it shows you have the skills of teamwork! If you like coding or web development that shows you have the problem solving skills. Make your CV stand out from the pile.

Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

-Mario Andretti

My tip for you is as follows. Stand out from the pile! It is the ones the employers remember that get that phone call for the interview. That can so easily be you. The great thing about Edge Hill is that if you haven’t had the chance to try a new hobby or gain a new skill, the societies at hand are excellent! There is so much selection to choose from and if you’re interested in seeing some of what are provided follow this below.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/life/clubs-and-societies/

Hope you find this useful and have a great day.

-J

What to Cook?

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas break doing what ever you’ve been doing with family and friends! Battling the sales discounts! Consuming all the discounted chocolate with your hearts content. With the holiday season coming to a close I hope you have all received much fun and love over the break. Never the less; If, like myself all you have gained over the break is weight, I have come up with some simple and easy meals you can make.


Spaghetti Bolognese

Speaking from experience, this meal is something quick and easy to prepare. Try something new for a change! What I really enjoy doing is putting my headphones in, listening to music and cooking in my own little world. Just remember to keep an eye out for the food burning. Also, speaking from experience the smoke alarm is very sensitive. There is nothing worse than trying to find shoes and a coat whilst it’s pouring rain or gale force winds and you have to walk to your safety point. Avoid setting the smoke alarm off at all cost. It is officially the walk of shame!


chicken stir fry

This meal works hand in hand with the massive wok you brought with you to uni. If you don’t have one id personally drop everything you have planned and make it your number one priority. They are worth every penny. £21.00


Tomato and Basil Soup

It’s also a good idea to know how to make a nice soup when you’re at university. With freshers being a big part of the first week experience, freshers flu creeps up on you rather quick. To counter act those awful couple of days, theres nothing better than a home made soup to make you feel that little less like death.


instantnoodlesThe last meal I could suggest from my food arsenal would have to be the one and only, flavoursome, reasonably priced instant noodles. There will come a time where the end of the month is too far aw
ay and the next student loan seems like only a forgotten dream! You will be either in the library or working on that assignment and have very little time to make the exciting meals above and so the only logical meal to make is… Instant noodles. I strongly believe instant noodles or insta for short are the meaning of university! For 15 pence a packet and noodles that cook in 2 minutes f
lat, who could turn down such an offer?

It’s Christmas Already???

So semester one has come to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. It is that time of year again to spend time with your family and friends and just earn that well deserved rest after the first 12 weeks of uni. Its been a shock to the system and my sleeping pattern, well, I don’t think I ever had one to begin with, never the less, I can honestly say it has been amazing experience so far. If you’re in the situation that I was in last year where you’re on the edge of coming to university, you will not regret your decision.

One of the greatest things about Edge Hill University would have to be the groups and societies that we all have at our fingertips. Have you ever wanted to try something new but not had the opportunity to do so? Well the great thing about this university is the diversity of societies it has to offer and if you can think of something, well, there is a high probability that it runs it.

From my experience, I was overwhelmed by the amount of choice there was to offer when I went to the freshers fair and saw all the clubs running, I mean come on… Harry Potter? No other devoted fan could refuse an offer like that. Having a Harry Potter marathon running over 24 hours also… That was a challenge one too difficult to refuse.

Sport is a large part of the groups that Edge Hill have to offer also and I personally think it is a great way to introduce and embrace yourself into campus life. Sport is an excellent way to make friends, keep healthy and enhance that CV to stand out from the pile. There is basketball, football, rugby, american football and even ultimate frisbee and that’s just a small amount that I can think of. If you can think of a sport or activity that you would like to participate in, Edge Hill has that opportunity.

Above is a video explaining about the new sports centre and even a gym.


If, like myself you prefer extra fries instead of exercise then fear no more because there are a33cf99f3208b4e4fb1af4b6bcd4d343many other societies available. From Harry to hockey there are a so many to choose from and something which I find amazing is the cultural and social aspect that each one has to offer. Come January I will probably find myself trying new things, meeting new people and in all honesty, aside from assignments, exams and beans on toast with a side of noodles, that is what I believe university to be about.

Any way, I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and an Amazing New Year!!!!!

J. x