Swimming at the Sports Centre

Hi everyone,

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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.

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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!

Ellie 🙂

Fitness Classes at the Sports Centre

Hi everyone,

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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!

Ellie 🙂

 

The English, History and Creative Writing Department

Hi everyone,

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!

See you next time!

Ellie 🙂

My top tips for applying for University

Hi everyone,

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!

  1. 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.

3. Talk.

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!

5. Research.

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.

I really hope this helps!

Ellie 🙂

Third Year English modules

Hi everyone,

Last year I wrote a post about the modules I chose for the second year of my degree in English Literature which you can see here.

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  1. Victorians at Work:

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.

I hope you found this interesting!

Ellie 🙂

My day in the gym!

Hi everyone,

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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.

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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!

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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!

I’ll keep you all updated!

Ellie 🙂

 

The Sports Centre at Edge Hill!

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in my previous post I now have a membership at the Edge Hill’s Sports Centre! I’m still at the beginning of my fitness journey so I will definitely be updating you on how that’s going later on.

But, I think that the facilities at the Sports Centre are incredible and there is so much to do that will suit everyone at all ages and abilities – you can take a look at their website by clicking here. So, I thought I would give you all a quick run through of what’s available!

 

The Sports Centre has two sets of changing rooms for both the fitness suite and the swimming facilities, both include showers. I also absolutely love that there are hairdryers and straighteners available too! There are lots of lockers as well so you never have to worry about leaving your belongings unattended.

The fitness suite itself has lots of equipment from treadmills to bikes and cross trainers, as well as a designated weights area. The gym equipment also has a TV screen so that you can stay entertained during work outs. For example you can watch Netflix and YouTube or even listen to the radio!

Every single day there are a variety of classes you can go to such as yoga, Zumba, HIIT and lots more. I would love to have a go at doing yoga and legs, bums and tums as they sound great! Classes are well priced for non-members as well at just £3.50!

The swimming pool is one of my favourite things, I’ve been a couple of times now and I love it in there! You can swim freely or in a single lane and there are also classes such as Aqua Fit. It’s a great way to guarantee you won’t go on your phone for a good hour and you can just switch off from uni work.

So far I’m really enjoying doing some exercise and I find it’s really good mentally as well. I’m finding that I am really looking forward to it each time I visit the gym! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

Ellie 🙂

 

My last semester at Edge Hill

Hi everyone 🙂

Welcome to my first post of 2019, I hope you have all had an amazing first month of 2019!

I am looking forward to seeing what this semester brings, but it also feels extremely bittersweet as it is my last ever semester at Edge Hill and I definitely do not feel ready to leave yet! So far my time at Edge Hill has been so much better than I ever could have imagined. I still can’t comprehend that in July I will be graduating and no longer a student (I will definitely miss the perks of being a student!).

But, I am going to be making the most of this semester and enjoying my time here as well! I joined the gym last week and I’m really looking forward to getting into fitness again as I definitely haven’t been my most healthy self in my time at uni. I have been a few times now and I am enjoying it so much and the facilities are incredible, which I will be talking about in future posts!

Let me know what you’re looking forward to this semester!

Thanks for reading

Ellie 🙂

 

My New Years resolutions

Hi everyone,

Happy new year!

I thought today I could share with you some of my New Years resolutions for 2019!

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  • Be healthier – It is definitely true that with university comes a lot of takeaways and convenience foods for those late nights in the library. So, I just want to be a bit more aware of what I am eating and be mindful of eating more fruit and veg.
  • Exercise – this is such a  typical one but me and my housemates have decided we are going to join a gym and we really want to do some exercise classes like Zumba and maybe spinning!
  • Social media – I definitely want to spend less time on my phone this year as I feel like I am way too consumed by instagram and other social medias and it is not healthy! I want to enjoy living in the moment a lot more than living life thinking about instagram likes!
  • Make the most of university – this is my last year at uni now so I really want to make the most of it and enjoy the final months of living in Ormskirk and being with my friends!

what are you New Years resolutions!?

Happy new year and as always thank you for reading!

Ellie 🙂

First semester reflection

Hi everyone,

Happy new year’s eve! I hope you all have a great time tonight as we ring in the new year, bring on 2019! I thought that today I could do a reflection on how my first semester of third year has gone.

The semester for me started off really well, I was feeling really motivated as I knew that as this is my last year at Edge Hill I really need to make it count so that I do well. I’ve definitely been making more of an effort to see friends more outside of lectures and going out and just chilling together, its things like this that I will definitely miss the most when I move back home. Its also been a celebratory semester as my friends are all turning 21 so lots of birthdays!

In terms of work, I feel that so far everything seems to be going quite well, except I had quite a few assignments due in before the Christmas break and I ended spending a lot of a late nights in the library. I started my dissertation this semester as well which at first I found a really daunting idea as it is such a massive project but now that I have started it, I definitely feel a lot more confident about it.

Im so sad that when the new semester begins it will be my last semester before I graduate!

I hope you all have had a great first semester and happy new year!

Ellie 🙂