My name is 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 🙂
Two weeks ago I attended the annual graduation ball organised by Edge Hill’s student union so I thought I would tell you all about it and how the evening went!
So, the ball costs £49 to attend it include a three course meal at Aintree Racecourse and entry to the afterparty held in the students union. The meal at the ball was really nice we had a ham starter, chicken dinner for main and a delicious chocolate tart for dessert, I really enjoyed the food and it was all so nice!
I pretty much spent most of the day getting ready and then at about 6 pm we made our way to Aintree by getting the train which only takes 15 minutes and it was really amazing, everyone was so excited so the atmosphere was incredible. The weather was amazing as well so it was so nice to get some pictures by the racecourse in the sun!
As you go in, there is a complimentary glass of Prosecco for everyone and its such a nice time to catch up and just get lots of photos and find your table. After the meal, everyone was dancing and there was some incredible entertainment including drag queens and magicians.
After pretty much dancing the whole night away, we got the train back to Ormskirk and we made our way to the students union for the afterparty. Venue was decorated like a marquee and it was incredible!
I had the best time ever and I would definitely recommend going to grad ball when you graduate as it is something I will never ever forget. It was so nice to spend time with my friends and celebrate finally finishing our degrees!
Well, that’s it! I have finished my third year at Edge Hill doing my literature degree.
I had quite a lot of work due in over the last few weeks and I am so glad I can finally just chill and be able to do what I want – as well as no longer living in the library! It really did become my second home for a good few weeks.
I’ve now got all my final marks back and I got a 2:1* on my dissertation which I was so happy with especially as it is something that I put so much effort into and worked so hard on!
*University grade boundaries work as follows
70%-100% = First
60-69% = 2:1
50%-59% = 2:2
40%-49% = Third
I found it so strange when I discovered university grades so I thought I would include this just to help any of you!
Campus also feels very quiet now as most students have finished their studies for the summer and I definitely miss seeing campus so busy. It feels so strange to know that I have now finished my undergraduate degree and now I just need to graduate which I am so excited for!
Congratulations to all other third years on finishing our degrees! As well as all the other students for finishing the year!
As some of you may know, last September Edge Hill’s newest building the Catalyst was opened! It is the home of the student services team, careers and it’s also home to the student library – it’s also felt like my home for the last month!
I really love the new library facilities available in this building so I thought I would share with you my favourite parts of it!
I love sitting on the third floor by the roof terrace, as a literature student I have a lot of reading to do and I’ve really enjoyed sitting up there and doing my seminar reading as the view is so beautiful! The comfy seats up there are really nice too if you just fancy a break from studying to just sit and enjoy the view!
I like to use the individual study rooms quite a lot! There’s are available to book via the Edge Hill students page! Although they do get booked up quite quickly! Sometimes I feel like I just want to focus on my work and these rooms are great for that!
Although, my favourite part of the library is definitely the coffee shop! They have lots of delicious sandwiches, paninis and the coffee that I need to get though late night study sessions! It’s so handy as well to only have to nip downstairs for a drink!
My last post is all about dissertation advice, so I thought today might be a good idea to share with you some of my tips for exams!
I have to admit that I am not the best person at exams and I have tried to stay away from them during my time at uni. So here are a few tips that I have found really useful.
1. Time Management
I think this is one of the most crucial things when doing exams. Making sure that you work out how much time you have to answer each question on your exam in the best way. It will also allow you to approach your exam in the best way as you will know exactly how to handle it once your in the exam hall and you also won’t be rushed for time!
2. Ask tutors for help!
If you are struggling for revision techniques or tips to get you motivated to revise, ask your tutors to give you mock exams or if you are struggling with something then they are able to advise you on it!
3. Group Study Session!
I think that this type of revision is really beneficial for doing well! It means that you can still enjoy social time but you are also revising! It’s a great way to help each other out as well, and it makes it more fun and you won’t feel like you are actually doing work!
4. I think this is my most important tip but please remember to make time yourselves. Whether that is to have a day off from revising or to watch the newest episode of game of thrones and have some time away from revision will stop your from burning yourself out. Meaning that when the exam arrives you will be less stressed but also have the energy to do your best!
My third year dissertation is due in at the end of this week and thankfully it is pretty much done I am just editing a few bits here and there!
I didn’t really see any dissertation advice this time last year when I was thinking of a topic to write on so I thought that today I would let you guys know what’s really helped me with dissertation to make it as stress free as possible!
1. Meet your tutor
Every student doing a dissertation will be assigned a supervisor for the project. You have to have six meetings at least but your tutor will always be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding your dissertation. Even if it is a question you might think is stupid – they are there to support you through this project and make sure that you achieve he best mark possible.
2. Make a Plan
Planning out your dissertation as early on as possible will give you the advantage of knowing exactly what research you will be doing and then how you can plan getting your research as well as analysing it. Similar to the last point, send plans to your supervisor and they could suggest things that you may have missed out on so try to do everything you can to improve your grade!
3. The most important thing I would suggest is to plan your time wisely and evaluate how long you will need to formulate your dissertation. My supervisor set me deadlines for each chapter of my dissertation and that really helped with managing my time and making sure I was on track to finish in a good amount of time. The more use you make of your time will guarantee less stress on the run up to deadline day
Welcome back after the Easter break, I hope you have had a good Easter break and managed to have some well deserved time off from your studies.
My Easter has been quite eventful, I went home for a few days to catch up with family and friends as I had not been home in quite a while! But, as I am in my third year I have had a lot to do and it has included quite a few late nights in the library! The weather has been so nice as well so it was lovely to be able to spend some time in our garden doing work.
This week is actually the last week of semester two and then we move on to the joys of exams and assignment deadlines, it is such a strange feeling for me as I only have three more deadlines and then I will have completed my degree. I can’t believe that three years have gone so quickly and I only have a few months before I move home and released into the real world!
I would love to know what you all got up to over Easter! and good luck to everyone handing in their dissertations over the next week as well as to everyone with deadlines, summer is fast approaching!
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!