My names Ellie and I am a third year English Literature student at Edge Hill University. I am so excited to get to share with you my own experience of uni life as well as hopefully answering some of the questions you may have about any aspect of Edge Hill. I am originally from Blackburn so moving to Ormskirk wasn’t too far away from home as I still wanted to be close to all my family and friends.
I hope you find my posts helpful and feel free to comment any suggestions or questions 🙂
As I enter my penultimate week of lectures as I am in my last year I thought it would be nice to look at my highlights of being at Edge Hill over the last three years! I have had a great time and I am definitely going to miss it!
This year all my friends are turning 21, and whilst my birthday isn’t until June, it has been amazing celebrating with my friends! For example, we have been for meals, attended parties and even just had a sleepover and film night!t!
This year I went to Ghetto Golf for the first time! This is located in the heart of Liverpool next to the baltic market, for £10 you can play an 18 hole round of crazy golf, the decorations are incredible and its such a fun night out!
I had been to Liverpool before coming to Edge Hill but I feel that in my time here I have really got to know the city and I love it there its such an exciting and thriving place. In September last year, we went to see the Giants as they returned to the city. They were incredible and it is a day I will never forget.
In the summer months, me and my friends make the most of our free time and we try to go on as many days out as we can! We have been to Southport a few times, which is just a short train or bus journey away. It is so nice to just walk around the gardens and along the pier, I really love playing on the 2p machines!
Finally, getting to celebrate special occasions with my housemates have been some of my favourite memories of university! I made us a Christmas dinner last year and we all loved it, we even had some bucks fizz! Living one of my friends has definitely been my favourite part of university and I will really miss them when I move home!
Today I thought I would talk to you all about campus sport here at Edge Hill’s Sports Centre. These are fun recreational opportunities for students, staff and adults from the local community to get involved in on Campus!
The Get Active Programme –
The Get Active programme provides a wide variety of regular recreational sports for you to choose from. These include Badminton, Netball, Football, Couch to 5K etc. Membership holders get this included but others can pay between £1 and £3 depending on the session. The aim is to have fun whilst exercising so that it doesn’t become a chore and you will continue to enjoy it!
Game On –
The 5 a side football league has a student social league which runs during term time for campus sports users!
Volunteering at the Sports Centre is a great way to get involved and gain new social skills, but also to enhance your CV.
These introductory courses available with Campus Sport are a great way of improving your fitness levels slowly and steadily, at the right pace for you! These include pop up sessions throughout the week as well as a couch to 5K group!
Women Focused –
Sometimes joining a gym can be a little daunting so I think women’s only sessions are a great way of starting! Women’s active is a group where you can find other women looking to get active, and there is also the women’s football side!
Free Events –
Everyone loves a free event! These usually occur during freshers weeks, therefore whilst exercising you can have lots of fun with new friends. For example, in the past there has been pool parties, roller discos and zorbing!
Some of you may have noticed that I have been writing a few posts on my time as being a member of the Edge Hill Sports Centre.
I thought that today I would let you all know about the different memberships available – also members of the public can also become members, not just students!
You can have either a casual membership where you can just turn up and pay for the facilities you would like to use that particular day. Or, you can buy a contractual membership on either a monthly payment or a quarterly payment. Students can get a 3 month membership for £55 or if you live on campus you can get a discount rate and pay £45!
All standard memberships include; a wristband, equipment hire, and access to the swimming pool, running track and fitness suite. Premier members also have extra access to; badminton and squash courts, sauna and steam room and also personal training!
I think that as students are on a budget, these prices are so reasonable and brilliant to maintain your fitness levels whilst at university. Also, the facilities that these memberships allow you to access are incredible!
If you have any questions about sports memberships please let me know by commenting on this post!
This Tuesday is Edge Hill’s annual careers awards! This event is the 10th anniversary of the awards which are organised by the Careers team here at Edge Hill. This event is to celebrate the achievements of students over the past year, as well as recognising the employers and organisations who have helped students through part time jobs, work experience and volunteering!
The night is a really lovely event, as alumni get to return to Edge Hill, see old tutors and see how the university has changed throughout the university.
There are lots of oppurtunities for students to win awards, The Student Employee of the Year Awards have been split into three categories; those who work for the Students’ Union, students who work on the University campus, and students who work for an external organisation. These awards are brilliant for adding to your cv.
If you were not aware of the awards this year then make sure you keep an eye out for nominations next year as you could nominate your employer for an award! Also, if you work for the university you can nominate the department you work for!
So I have been a member at the Sports Centre here at Edge Hill for just over a month now and whilst I am enjoying all of the facilities available to me as part of my membership, one thing I have really been loving is the 25 metre swimming pool!
Me and my friends have been going at least three times a week and we all enjoy it so much. There is a designated lane for those of you who want to really get to it! But we enjoy just swimming up and down and chatting at the same time. The pool is a really good size and even when it is busy you still feel like you have plenty of room without worrying about getting in someones way.
They also have started playing music in the swimming pool which adds an extra element of enjoyment. One thing I really enjoy is not being able to go on my phone for an hour or so and whilst I am getting really good exercise I feel like I can switch off from uni work. The swimming pool also houses the health suite which consists of a steam room and a sauna available to premium members.
The facilities within are also excellent. There are showers and lots of changing space. As well as a machine that dries your swimming costume which I love! Also, there are also swimming lessons available to both children and adults whether you are a beginner at swimming or just need a refresher if its been a long time!
Today I thought I would tell you about some of the fitness classes that are on offer at our Sports Centre! Exercise classes are included with all premier memberships so its so good to have so many options of what exercise you can do! Compared to other gyms I have been to I definitely think that is so much nicer to have more options that just a standard fitness suite so I really like that Edge Hills sports centre has such an array of classes and activities for you to enjoy!
Also, places on the classes can be booked up to a week in advance using the online system (accessed through the Edge Hill Sport page).
Yoga – This is one I would love to try as I always hear such good things about it. The Sports centre offers two different types of yoga; Hatha and Kundalini. Kundalini has a slight more focus on meditation, I would really like to improve my balance and flexibility skills so I will definitely be booking onto a session soon.
Running Club is also a great session for increasing fitness levels even if you are a beginner or a marathon runner. This is also a really great thing to do for socialising as you will begin to feel like a community as you see each other progress each week. One regular runner said ‘Monday night running club provides a supportive and friendly environment in which to improve running technique, endurance and speed. There’s no way I’d do this sort of training on my own but with the fantastic support the coach and other runners give it makes it really great fun.’
Some of the classes also sound super fun as well and so different to anything I have heard of before, for example you can do Konga and Jungle Body, a high intensity workout that also seems like really good fun with different types of music from pop to rock and disco!
Here is an example of the classes timetable:
I can’t wait to try out some more of the classes as well! Let me know if you have tried any!
I thought today I would tell you all about the department of English, History and Creative Writing here at Edge Hill and what persuaded me to become apart of it.
So, within the department there are so many joint honours degrees you can do, for example ‘English and Creative Writing’ or ‘English and Drama’ or ‘History with Politics’. There really are so many options within the department.
Also, the staff we have within the department are incredible. Their specialism range from Victorian journalism to psycho linguists and renaissance specialisms.
Within our department there is also the opportunity to choose an elective module at the end of each academic year. For example, one of my friends chose a history module last year on Victorian press and journalism. It adds bit of variety in your degree programme as well as getting to meet new students!
I found that the modules at other universities on English courses were very classical and I wanted something new and exciting. So, whilst I have done classical modules I have also studied supernatural fiction and childrens literature.
The careers opportunities within these types of courses are really good as well if you want something with flexibility and not a set career path. For example, you can do careers in things like advertising, teaching, marketing, editorial, speech therapy just to name a few!
Today I thought I would talk to you all about my top tips for when you first think of applying to university.
I’ve come up with 5 top tips that I think could really help you!
Enjoy your degree.
A really important factor is making sure that you choose a degree that is right for you. In order to really succeed at university make sure your subject is something you are very passionate about as it really will make such difference.
2. Take your time.
One thing is to make sure that you don’t rush your application as you have a lot of decisions to make and it is so important to make sure that you’re doing the right thing for yourself. For example, you might decide to stay living at home rather than moving away.
Talking to as many people as you can from teachers, parents, friends, careers advisors and UCAS reps. This will really help you to form your opinion on different universities and find out what is right for you. For example, ask a friend why they have chosen a specific university and what factors were important to them.
4. Open Days.
These are a great way to find out about universities, you can chat to tutors and current students on the course you would like to study and ask them as many questions as you like. As well as finding out more information on the other aspects of university by going to workshops on budgeting and student finance. You can also look around the different cities and towns you could be living in!
Do your research! One thing I would really recommend is what uni.com. This is a website you can use to compare universities based on student surveys taken throughout the year and they allow you to see satisfaction from students on factors such as employability, grading feedback or student life.
This is one of the compulsory modules I took for this year. It is a period survey about Victorians in a professional context. I found it really interesting to learn more about our ancestors and how they influenced us. it addresses the social side of the Victorian era such as industrialisation. Texts included The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
2. Contemporary Literature in English:
This focuses on texts that were written after the end of the second world war right up until the current day. I only started this module this term and I am already really enjoying it! Some of the books include; A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow and Ali Smith’s Autumn.
3. Victorians at Play:
This is fast becoming one of my favourite modules as it is really interesting to see how the Victorians kept themselves entertained and how much they invented as well. So far texts have included J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.
4. Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: Young Adult Fiction:
This module is all about teenage fiction so its super enjoyable to read the texts. They range from texts from young peoples experiences of war and also first love. Texts include; Forever by Judy Blume and John Green’ s The Fault in our Stars.
Happy Wednesday, it’s nearly the weekend. As I mentioned in my last post, I now have a membership at the Sports Centre located at Edge Hill therefore I thought I would share with you what I did in the gym today and how I am finding it in general.
I went to the gym and did 55 minutes and total and believe me I was tired afterwards! I suppose that shows you’re working hard though!
Firstly, I went on the bike for 30 mins and did 10K which I don’t really know if its impressive but I was super proud of myself. I then went on the rowing machine for a bit which was super hard and I will definitely be aching in the morning. After that I went on the cross trainer which is one of my favourites, and from there you can see into the sports hall so I could watch the netball teams match which was fun! Finally, I went on the treadmill for 20 minutes which I really like as there is so many options as you can change the speed as well as the incline for a more intense workout. I really enjoyed it today and I felt great after. In the next week or so, I’m going to attend some of the classes provided such as Zumba as I think that sounds great and also a really good one to do with friends!