Is University Worth the Debt?

One of the many comments made about University is about the debt students come away with once they’ve completed the degree. On top of the actual amount itself, you also have interest and that could calculate to £60,000. However, this amount of money shouldn’t scare you or put you off of going to University, especially if it’s something you’ve wanted to do. Here are a few reasons why University is worth the debt!

 Make friends for life

You’ve probably heard this one before, but honestly, it true. I know so many people that have come away from University, and they still keep in contact with the friends they made at University. I think it’s because you go through so much together such as: moving into a house, going on nights out etc.

Employment

Once you’ve got a degree out of University, you are more likely to be accepted for a job – sometimes it doesn’t even matter which subject your degree is (this doesn’t always happen). If you want to find out more about the statistics with the University you’re going to, look at the degree subject you’re wanting to study on the Uni website itself, or UniStats.

Career Opportunities

Work experience is a massive part of university life. You’ll get opportunities coming to you left, right and centre – yes you will probably need to apply for it by putting in an application, but it’s what it will be like in the future. I would recommend trying to go for as many opportunities you can as you never know if going for one could lead you to another.

Life Skills

You will gain so many life skills, many of which will be transferable throughout your days at University. Whether it’s getting better at presentations, or writing, these skills are always going to valuable to you, and will make you a stronger candidate for jobs going forward.

I hope this has helped if you’re still a bit undecided about University. Student Debt should always be considered, but it shouldn’t stop you from going to University, especially if that’s what you really want to do.

Ellis x

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Things I Wish I Knew About First Year

When starting at Edge Hill, i had no clue on what University would be like as a whole. I went in with an open mind but, looking back on my first year, I’ve realised there are some things I wished I had known before going to University.

You will pack more than you need

From clothes to kitchen utensils, there will always be stuff that you don’t use or even need at University. Try toImage result for suitcase overpacked student not bring as many clothes when you move in as the likely hood is that you will buy some when you’re at University. Also, the kitchen supplies will probably be shared between flat mates, so try not to over bring the stuff that you think other people might have. Top Tip: If there are some things you want to keep away from everyone else, keep them in your room or in a locked cupboard. 

Freshers Flu is real…

I honestly thought that this was just a University ‘myth’ but in all honesty, this is a real thing. Freshers Flu goes around so quickly and you may think you won’t get it but, trust me, you will. Be prepared! Bring paracetamol, cough medicine/sweets, and a coffee mug for all those times you go into lectures and need a hot drink to keep you warm.

You will probably pick up an accent, even if its a small one.

Being from Milton Keynes and having a southern accent, to going to University on the outskirts of Liverpool, mean’t being surrounded by people with either northern or Scouse accents. The majority of my friendship group are from up North so I did start to get a bit of a twang with certain words however, my southern accent is still in me, especially when I go back home.

Budget 

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Its an amazing feeling when you get your maintenance loan but, it doesn’t last long. Your accommodation will come out of it, then food and possibly other expenses so try to keep track of it all. I use a little notepad and make note of what I spend everyday and keep a weekly budget to keep me on track. 

Enjoy it!

The first year at University has been amazing! I’ve met a great group of friends who hopefully, I will keep in touch with for many years to come, and, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time being in halls. It is a great experience so just, ‘Live in the moment’ whilst you can.

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Ellis x

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Visiting Edge Hill as A Prospective Student

Hey guys, for this blog I’m going to talk about visiting Edge Hill as a prospective student what you can expect and what is available to you.

Chances are if you are looking at university as an option you have probably selected five universities to put down on your application, or maybe you are looking to change university, if you have selected Edge Hill, you might now be thinking about visiting the place soon to get a proper feel for it. So I’m just going to give you a few different pointers on when you can visit and what will be going on.

Applicant Visit Days: These vary in times and nature between courses but they are generally available to people who receive an offer that doesn’t require an interview or audition. Visit day’s are a good way to get a feel for your course specifically as they are tailored for it, with relevant tutors and subject taster sessions.

Open Days:  These are days where the whole campus is opened up to people to come see the inner workings of the university. People are given the chance to see the campus, the accommodation, as well as experience more course-related things like subject presentations.

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Campus Tours: If like me you live further away, open days and applicant visit days may not be on at suitable times for you. So Edge Hill also offers the opportunity to visit for a campus tour. These are held every month with additional dates over February as well. Tours are another great way to look around the university, they offer the opportunity to be taken around the various facilities and areas by a guide, with a presentation on aspects like student finance and a Q&A to follow. Edge Hill also offers Ad Hoc campus tours which can be arranged for a time and date suitable to you if coming from abroad and can’t make any of the other dates.  These also offer the chance to be shown the campus by a guide, with viewings of some accommodations although these won’t be as in-depth as the usual campus tours, they are still a viable option.

Whatever you choose, just know that seeing any university including Edge Hill first hand will help make any decisions in the future a lot easier! I will include useful information links below and thanks for reading!

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/

Jordan

Finding the right University!

Hi I’m Charlotte, and for my first blog post I thought I would talk to you about the importance of open days and finding the right university. As I hope you’re aware, the deadline for UCAS applications is fast approaching, as we get closer to Christmas and into the New Year. Most of you are probably preparing for your mock exams that could be before Christmas, in the New Year, or maybe you have already done them which must be a relief. If you are yet to do your mock exams, just remember that these are generally the grades that get put onto your application for UCAS (well thats what it was like for me) and so they are important and you should try and put your all into them. Anyway enough about exams, the main focus of this post is about open days and the importance of finding the right university for you.


Personally for me it was very difficult to get to open days as I come from overseas and so needed to get a plane over which costs a lot. However it is slightly easier for those of you who are from the U.K. If you do come from overseas like me or don’t live around the area, most universities are very accommodating if you tell them where you come from and will try and find a way to make things easier for you.

Anyway, for me it was particularly important to find the right university as I was coming so far away. However for anyone I would recommend going to as many Open Days that you seem necessary, I know for me when I went to other universities there was just something missing, however when I came to Edge Hill, I just fell in love with not only the campus and the opportunities, but also the surrounding community. This is something I wouldn’t have known, had I not come to an Open Day. You get to see and hear things on an open day that you cannot find online, and a lot of the time it is important things such as do they have the facilities so that you can carry on with your hobbies or am I going to be able to have my ensuite bathroom.


For this reason, I highly recommend going to Open Days, as it will help you find “the one” (as in the university for you, not a love companion). The last Open Day of the year was this Saturday, but fear not you can book onto one of Edge Hill’s monthly Campus Tours.

“The time will pass anyway, you can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours.”

Charlotte

Edge Hill Summer Residentials

Hi,

Today I thought I would talk to you all about the summer residentials that take place every year here at Edge Hill. Over two one- week periods, sixth form students have the opportunity to come and stay on our campus to experience what university life can be like.

If given the oppurtunity to partake in the residential, prospective students are allowed to choose which subject they would most likely want to study if they came to university. Therefore you will gain lots of experience in what studying that topic will be like, and it will also help you to decide if that is definitely what you want to do or not!

You will have lots of access to places on campus including he restaurants and cafes, the library and IT facilities.

 

Additionally, there were lots of social events that happen over the residential to make sure that you enjoy your time here. For example, one of the evening activities that was on last year was a murder mystery.

Also, over the residential you would be living in the on campus accommodation so you really will get to live as a student and experience being slightly independent. Through this you will also have some flat mates for the week, this will give you an insight into what it’s like making friends at uni and how enjoyable living in halls really is!

If a residential was something you are interested in then I hope this helps! If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will answer it as soon as I can!

 

Ellie 🙂

UCAS offers from Edge Hill University – No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

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Many of you will have started to receive all five of your offers now from universities up and down the country. It’s exciting, thrilling and mindbogglingly complicated looking through all of these different emails and letters promising the best student experience of them all. Before you start anything, think about this quote;

 

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

(1885 – 1945) U.S. Army general

 

Get out and visit the place before you even consider choosing the next 3, 4 or even more years of your life. A bus journey lasts a few hours, a mistake is a lot harder to live with. This blog will help you understand how you should go about choosing your experience for next year and what the different types of UCAS replies mean for you.


If you want to find out more about Open Days or Applicant Days at Edge Hill University you can read these blogs from myself and fellow blogger Rhiannon Thomas;

Edge Hill University Applicant Days – Seeing is believing

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I recommend seeing as many universities as possible, but make sure Edge Hill is on your list. I promise that no university will compare to the friendly staff, amazing campus and brilliant people who you will meet at Edge Hill. If you don’t believe me then come and see for yourself. But it is important that you take time and look into the universities that you choose no matter what they end up being. Next, it’s onto your choices.


Understanding your UCAS choices


Firm ChoiceYour firm choice (Hopefully Edge Hill University) should be the university that you, all things going to plan, want to attend. It should be the place that you know you want to spend the next however many years of your life studying.

Don’t just pick an unconditional offer for this just because you can. Pick what you really want!

 


Your Insurance ChoiceIf you’re choosing an insurance, go for something with lower offer conditions. Make sure it’s somewhere you’d still be happy to go to though.
You can’t choose between your firm and insurance when you get your results, so make sure you’re happy with which is your firm and which is your insurance before you reply.

I recommend choosing an insurance choice, in case things don’t go to plan.


Relax, you're finished.

Finally, relax. You have just sorted out your choices and it’s time to stick by them. Don’t spend too long bragging about going to a TEF Gold university for too long though. Its time to start looking at accommodation and making plans to move in. You want to know where to get the best advice, tips and tricks for making all of that easier? Right here on Inside Edge.


That is all I can say about UCAS offers at Edge Hill. I hope you take my advice and visit on an applicant or open day at Edge Hill, and I hope you also understand the difference between your UCAS choices. If you want to find out more about deadlines, responses, and more for UCAS you can visit their website here.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Edge Hill University Applicant Days – Seeing is believing


Edge Hill University applicant visit days are the reason that I am here today, blogging for this fantastic university. In February 2017 I made the trek across the sea to see what all the fuss was with Edge Hill. I did it mainly to meet a few friends of mine who were starting the university in September, and I honestly had no plans to move away from home and start a new life here in Ormskirk. That all changed on my applicant visit day. I want you to experience the same feeling I did when I first saw the campus and realized that I wanted to be here for the next 3 years. Here are three reasons why you should get on campus.


Image result for applicant day edge hill1. Experience the campus

The campus at EHU is one of the most beautiful in the country. Just seeing the modern buildings, scattered lakes and amazing views are just some of the sights to take in. I guarantee you will not find another university in the country as beautiful as EHU.


Image result for applicant day edge hill2. Get a look at your course

Getting to have a look at your course and meet your tutors will get you excited for university in general. But heading into what could be your classes next year will do the same, but for EHU. Every tutor is friendly and there to help you. Meeting them face to face is a great opportunity.


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I arrived on campus knowing nobody apart from one person I had met online. When I left the applicant day I had 30+ new facebook friends. The applicant day will show you just how many legends like yourself are on the way to EHU in the new year.



That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about Edge Hill Applicant or Open days and how you might get involved in hosting them when you attend the university check out their amazing website here!

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Fastrack: My experience (part 2 – the course)

I’d bought a new back pack and filled it with stationery, pads of paper and files…I was ready to go back into education!

The first day of Fastrack I have to admit to being slightly nervous, walking onto campus not knowing anyone was quite daunting. Everyone was to meet in one of the lecture halls, as you get there you start to see familiar faces that you were maybe interviewed with when applying for the course. The nerves soon disappeared as you realise most other people are in the same boat as yourself and the mood is quite jovial.

While in the lecture hall you are introduced to the Fastrack team, given talks from previous Fastrack students and assigned your tutors. You are also given your timetable for the course. You will have work to do in you tutor groups (DASS – developing academic study skills), as-well as having seminars on your chosen subject with other DASS groups.

You learn so much during the course and after being out of education for so long I found everything to be a great help in preparation for starting my degree in September. The best thing to take out of Fastrack though is the friendships created. You form a close bond with the fellow students on the course, as the SU bar will probably confirm! This is also of great help when you start in September as you don’t have that nervous feeling you had a few months before because you’re looking forward to getting to see your new friends again.

For me personally, knowing other students, lecturers and staff around the University when starting my degree in September felt like it gave me an advantage over other people already. I can’t quite do justice to how great a decision taking the Edge Hill Fastrack course was for myself, but if you are considering getting back into education at whatever age then seriously consider this option. I still can’t quite believe that this time last year I was sat with only a handful of GCSEs to my name and now I’m currently in my second semester of an actual degree course!

Sean’s Random Encounters – Edge Hill Applicant Day and the Catalyst building

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So, on the way back from a driving lesson I wandered into an Applicant Visit Day that was taking place in the Hub, central to the university campus. Among the many stands that were providing information to students like yourself was Kerry from Student Services hosting a stall with information about the new building that is set to be unveiled on campus later this year.

The catalyst is a new and exciting central building is a £26 million pound investment in all our educations. I spoke to Kerry about what this building would become and how it would be used by the average student who steps inside.


 

This video gives an overview of exactly what this 8000 square meter project will look like. Located just to the central east of the campus it is a stones throw from the hub and much of the main on site accommodation. This is useful, as it houses the brand new library. If you are like me and enjoy late nights you will be able to head over and get that book about vintage computers, photography or just a good read in general.


” Modern, Central and Connected “

– Kerry, Edge Hill University

I asked Kerry if she could describe exactly what the new Catalyst would mean to her. She said it was ‘Modern, Central and Connected’. She went on to mention how it would ‘take the existing student services and unify them together, in one central place.’


So all these buzz words sound good, and we have lots of numbers like 8000 square meters and 26 million pounds, but what exactly is the Catalyst and why should you be excited to be the first year of students to use it?

The Catalyst is the new home for the university library, student services, help desks and most teams who will help you in everyday life. It is going to be a one stop shop for you to discuss anything that you need help with. It is the new central point for everything Edge Hill.

So that’s it, get excited folks because the Catalyst is going to change everything.


If you want to find out more about the new Catalyst building you can find information here, or if you want to find out more about applicant days check out here.

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!


 

Fastrack: My experience (part 1 – applying)

In my last post I talked about Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education and what it is. Now I’ll talk about my experience of applying for this course.

During the beginning of 2017 I was contemplating a career change and started off by trying to find out what jobs I would like to do and what qualifications would be needed. After deciding I would like to be involved in advertising I set upon looking about for courses and came across Edge Hill Universities BSc (Hons) Marketing with advertising course. Perfect…..well nearly. I hadn’t taken any A-levels or any form of education since leaving school in 2001.

Worried that I may be too old and it could now be another couple of years and cost quite a bit of money to achieve the qualifications necessary to just get on my desired course, I e-mailed Edge Hill to find out just exactly what the entry requirements were.

I received this e-mail in response. Unfortunately I held none of these qualifications. The thought of the Fastrack course really appealed to me though, especially as it meant I would be able to start my actual degree course in September that year, something I really didn’t think possible!

At the beginning of March I completed my Fastrack application form online. Not really sure what to expect, but with doubts over my suitability for the course. I had resigned myself that to getting an e-mail back about not being suitable or maybe being told to ‘try next year’…why would they want someone in their 30’s, with no qualifications, who has been out of school for over a decade on this course?!

During the middle of March this e-mail arrived inviting me to attend an interview and complete a test. I was a bit shocked, in my mind I wasn’t a desirable student and was just waiting to be told this but here I was being invited in for an interview and test…maybe it must be easier for them to tell me face to face I’m not student material.

How wrong could I have been, from the moment I arrived for the interview I felt welcome straight away. Helped by the fact I was joined by around another 10 Fastrack applicants, from all walks of life and from all parts of the country…Manchester, Lake District and London to name a few. This put me at ease straight away, knowing it wasn’t just me here. We had a mini tour of the campus, talked about our hopes and expectations from University as-well as what was expected from ourselves. After a short written test, we were told that we would be told over e-mail if we had been accepted onto the course.

The very next day I was greeted with this e-mail in my inbox. Edge Hill did want someone who was over 30, with no qualifications and that had been out of school for over a decade on their course!

Up until the course starts, the communication from Edge Hill in superb as you are guided through enrolment onto Fastrack and the pre-course web page is a great help for any questions or queries you may have. Now that we’ve applied for and been accepted onto Fastrack, my next post will be on the course itself.

Again, if anyone has anything they would like to know or would like a bit more information then feel free to get in touch.