I’ve Graduated!

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, last week was a crazy week for me as I moved out of my uni house and back home as well as having my graduation!

Graduation day was just incredible and I had such an amazing time, it was so nice to feel that all of my hard work had paid off and I got the 2:1 that I had dreamed of getting! I was so proud of myself and my friends and it was amazing that we got to celebrate together on such an amazing day! I wrote all about what happened through the course of the day – here if you would like to read that!

I have honestly had the best three years at Edge Hill and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my family, friends, and the amazing staff in my department. There were definitely times when I felt like giving up but I am so glad I carried on as getting a degree is such a big acheivement!

Ellie xxx

What happens on graduation day!

Hi everyone,

Last week was graduation week at Edge Hill, it was honestly one of the best days of my life and I loved every second of it! However, I was so nervous and didn’t really know what to expect or how amazing it was going to be! So I thought I would let you know how the day went.

My ceremony was at 10:30 am and registration opened 2 hours before the ceremony, I would definitely recommend arriving two hours before your ceremony just so you can enjoy everything that is happening rather than feeling rushed as you need to be sat in the ceremony 45 minutes before it starts.

The first thing to do is collect your cap and gown, the process is really easy all I had to do was enter the business school and there were lots of people there to guide you as well as help putting your robes on and making sure you have the correct hat.

After robe collection it was time to register in the education building, this was super easy you just go the desk that corresponds with your surname and the people on the desk will do the registering for you. Upstairs in the education building was the professional photography area, if you running a bit late there is no worry as you can still go back to them after your ceremony, the photographers are really nice and make you feel at ease!

Then it was on to the ceremony, I was so nervous about walking in front of everybody but its fine! The ceremony was really enjoyable and there was some really motivational speeches and I felt so proud of myself and my friends for getting our degrees and I was so happy!

After the ceremony we took lots of photos by the lake outside of the health building and we were so lucky as the weather was amazing, there was a reception in the hub where there was lots of complimentary food and drink which we were so happy about as we were all so hungry! There were also lots of stalls in the hub where you could sign up the alumni service Edge Hill offers as well as the students union merchandise stand where I bought a keyring and a graduate t shirt! After this, my department threw a little party for us which was so nice!

Once we had finished I went for a lovely meal with my family! My graduation day was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again!

Ellie x

Best Places for all of your uni essentials!

Hi everyone,

After three years of living at university I have found a few favourite places where I like to buy all my essentials from including bedroom accessories and stationary. As I am on a budget I am always looking for a bargain so I thought I would share my favourite shops for all of your university products!

  1. Wilko

Wilko is really amazing for lots of university pieces, I got all of my kitchen utensils including plates, bowls, pans and cutlery and they are all so well priced. I am pretty sure I paid less than £3 for two plates. They have lots to offer and it is also nice stuff that isn’t just boring.

2. Primark

This one is probably my favourite out of all the shops because you can add to your wardrobe without breaking the bank as well as an amazing and ever growing home section. I got so many things throughout my time at uni from primary that are all really worthwhile such as candles, fairy lights, duvets and bedding that are all really good quality especially when on a budget and little things like fairy lights can make your uni room feel so homely and cosy. The home section in the Liverpool store is the best one!

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3. Supermarkets

Even though Aldi is a supermarket, the special buys they have in there can be really good, especially for cleaning products and things like magazine racks and pencil cases. They always have different things in store so I think it just depends on what week you go! Supermarket home sections are also great for buying your kitchen essentials and they also always have really pretty mugs and tea towels!

4. The Works

Whilst The Works is predominately a book shop, they have an amazing selection of stationary from notebooks to diaries and amazing pens. I think every notebook I used throughout uni was from here and they are all amazingly priced and I love going in there!

I hope this was helpful!

Ellie xx

Leaving my University house

Hi everyone,

Last week I officially moved home and out of my university house. I thought it would be a struggle moving home after living away for three years but I am settling back in well and I am finding it a lot easier than I thought.

I have absolutely loved living in Ormskirk for the last three years and I am so glad I decided to experience living away from home rather than commuting back and forth. I got to meet so many amazing friends who I know will be friends for life, we are all quite lucky as well as we are all based in the north west! The independence I gained as well from living away as has been amazing for me, it has made me a lot more confident and using my initiative rather than just relying on my mum!

In first year I lived in Main Halls which I loved as we it was catered accommodation and the range of food provided each day was always really good! Living in the main building was also super helpful as that’s where most of my lectures were.

It feels so surreal that I have now finished uni and I have moved home, I wish I could do it all over again

Ellie xx

Q&A with a Psychology Student

Hi everyone,

I really enjoyed doing my last Q&A, so I have roped in one of my friends to answer questions about doing psychology at Edge Hill.

Q: What’s been the best part of your degree?

A: Having the opportunity to do a placement and having a module to specifically reflect on my placements.

Q: Why did you choose Edge Hill?

A: One of the only universities out of a hand full that offers educational psychology. The campus has amazing facilities and it wasn’t too far from where I live.

Q: How would you summarise your experience at Edge Hill?

Exciting, there is always new opportunities to build skills and meet new people and it’s very stimulating.

Q: Favourite module or anything you found particularly interesting?

My dissertation, because I got to explore and research something I found interesting because I got to educate myself on just one area of psychology and society that I found interesting I did a dragons den module in which we created a product based on psychological theory which aimed to prevent social anxiety in children. In which we got to present and market our ideas to lecturers and other industry experts.

Q: How have you found living in Ormskirk?

I’ve found that compared to first year where I lived I halls it’s allowed me to have more of a university and social life balance which I like because I like that I can separate the two. I also really like the housing on offer and Ormskirk is a really safe community so you always feel secure.

Q: Any advice for future students?

Make the most of your experience and get involved with as much as you can because the time will go much quicker than you anticipate and even when you get to second year and you haven’t got involved as much as you would have liked it still isn’t too late.

Hope you found this helpful!

Ellie 🙂

10 university essentials!

Hi everyone!!

I thought today I could write about 10 essentials I think everyone needs for university life!

  1.  An extension lead! – Lots of university rooms only have one or two plug sockets so these are a must for all your electricals.
  2. Door stop – This might sound strange but keeping your door open during freshers week allows others to feel more invited to talk to you and helps make friends if you have an open door policy.
  3.  A UNiDAYS/NUS card – Essential for any student looking for some amazing discounts!
  4. Blutac/Photos – To make your uni room feel like home it’s always a good idea to decorate your room and make it feel more homely.
  5. Kitchen utensils – However, don’t buy a large pack of plates and bowls as you only need one or two of everything. Otherwise you may end up packing more than you need.
  6. Games Console – If you own some kind of games console then this could be perfect for using in your flat as they can be so much fun and also can be a great ice breaker!
  7. Cleaning Products – Things like air freshener and toilet cleaner are essential!
  8. Stationary – To make all your notes pretty and organised!
  9. Mattress protector – Provides extra comfort and who wouldn’t want that! Don’t forget a duvet cover and blankets as well!
  10. Don’t forget extras such as – Laptops, earphones, a variety of clothes for all occasions as you never know what the social theme might be!

See you next time

Ellie 🙂

 

Q&A with a literature student

Hi everyone,

i thought today I would do a Q&A with one of my housemates and fellow literature student to give you an insight into what the department and coursers Edge Hill offers!

Q: What has been the best part of your degree?

A: Getting the opportunity to study a subject I’ve always been interested in with like minded people.

Q: Why did you choose Edge Hill?

A: The course has a wide range of modules spanning from classical renaissance literature to more contemporary issues. Also, the fact that Edge Hill is a campus and everything is in one place makes it feel like a community!

Q: What was your favourite aspect of your course and why?

A: The lectures are delivered by tutors who are passionate about their subjects and therefore it makes it interesting to learn from them.

Q: How would you summarise your experience at Edge Hill?

A: I’ve had the best three years at Edge Hill, it’s such an inclusive university it’s nice to be around so many people who are friendly and happy to be there.

Q: Favourite module or anything you found particularly interesting?

A: Special Author in third year in which we studied the works of Rudyard Kipling who wrote the Jungle Book which was really fun.

Q: How have you found living in Ormskirk

A: Really good, Edge Hill provides a lot of support for finding off campus accommodation and in the transition from living on campus to in Ormskirk. The support means that  you won’t come across any landlords that you feel that you can’t trust.

Q: Any advice for future students?

A: Take every opportunity that is given to you as you don’t want to look back on your time at uni and regret not pushing yourself to do new things.

I hope you all find this helpful!

See you next time,

Ellie 🙂

Countdown to Graduation!

Hi everyone!

My graduation day is looming and I am definitely feeling a mixture of both nerves and excitement.

For more information on Graduation week at Edge Hill see below!

Your Graduation Day

I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing day, I have finally found my outfit as well so that’s definitely made me more excited for the day. My ceremony is at 10:30 so it’s going to be an early start but hopefully I’ll be so excited I won’t care about the time!

At your graduation you also get the option to buy any last minute momentous such as the Edge Hill merchandise including a special 2019 graduation hoodies, teddy bears, key rings etc. Most departments are also throwing parties for students after ceremonies which is such a good opportunity to say goodbye to lecturers!

My plan is to go out for a meal afterwards with my family to celebrate me and my degree, it’s also going to be such a nice day to reflect on what have been an incredible three years!!!

See you all next time,

Ellie 🙂

Life after Edge Hill

Hi everyone,

Something that has been on my mind a lot at the minute is what am I going to do once I have graduated?

For me, I think I will be attending a different university to do a Masters degree as it is closer to where I am from but I will be so sad to be leaving Edge Hill!

Its so important to remember that we don’t need to figure out a definite plan just yet. There are so many options available to graduates from internships, postgraduate courses, scholarships as well as so many graduate schemes. Even if you don’t have job lined up straight after graduation there’s no pressure, you could even get a job just to pay the bills whilst you figure out what you would like to do!

Edge Hill offers lots of postgraduate courses which you can see below:

Postgraduate Courses

These include, postgraduate certificates and diplomas as well as Masters and Phd degrees!

A really useful tip I have found is the website prospects! It is so brilliant for helping to find graduate jobs as well as providing lots of advice for graduates. You could also find a job profile for a role that you find appealing and it will tell you about entry requirements, salarys, daily tasks and how you could progress within certain roles.

The best thing to do as well is their career quiz in which you answer a series of questions based on your interests and what you are good at! It identifies jobs that match your personality so it is really useful!

https://www.prospects.ac.uk

I hope you found this helpful!

Ellie x

Things to do now exams are over!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying some well deserved time off, now that you have as much free time as you please I thought I would mention a few nice things to do to fill your time and enjoy your summer!

Open day

  1. Go to the Beach!

Me and my friends have made a bit of a tradition of going to the beach every year – its really easy to get to Crosby beach by train and then its only a short walk to the seafront. Its such a nice beach to sit and chill and just enjoy some summer weather!

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2.  Explore Ormskirk

Now is the perfect time to explore Ormskirk and you could maybe visit somewhere that you haven’t been to before. Maybe visit a new cafe or go to a nice bar. Even go for a walk round Ruff Woods and through the countryside!

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3. Crazy Golf

I absolutely love crazy golf and in Liverpool you have both Junkyard golf and Ghetto golf which both are amazing and so much fun. They are both so different and offer some amazing food and drinks including different cocktails!

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4. Chill

We all worked so hard in the lead up to assessment period that we all definitely deserve a break! Enjoy being able to do nothing and have no deadlines for at least a few more months!