Graduation Day.

On Wednesday 22nd July, I officially became an Edge Hill Graduate, and I couldn’t be happier! 🙂

Jessica Katie Wood LLB.
Jessica Katie Wood LLB.

My ceremony was at 10.30am, before hand you get an information pack through the post on what time to arrive. My graduation took place in the Health building in a large lecture theatre. All the graduands sat on one side, and parents on the other, with a large long red carpet in the middle where we walked on, to meet and shake the Chancellors hand to recognise our degree.

I don’t remember much of the walking on the red carpet apart from the Chancellor, Tanya Byron, shook my hand and asked if I had family, I looked up pointed at them and she said, “that’s lovely, well done sweetie.” She is such a lovely lady!

red carpet walk to shake hands!
red carpet walk to shake hands!

It was really nice to see all my lecturers too! They all had their robes on, and were all so lovely and supportive. The ceremony consisted of a few speeches and ended with a lovely lady who sang “Songbird”, by Eva Cassidy. It was truly beautiful.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of myself. My family have been so supportive and have been there for me throughout all the good and bad times and I am so thankful. I did this degree not just for my future, but for my family, to make them proud, and knowing I’ve achieved both is very fulfilling.

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For those of you who choose Edge Hill to complete your degree, I promise you now, you will not be disappointed. My 3 years here have been the best 3 years, and my graduation ceremony was the most unique unforgettable experience ever, and it has made the whole 3 years completely worth it!

Thank you Edge Hill. 🙂

Prep for Graduation

This weekend I finally ordered my robe, hood and hat for my graduation ceremony, and now it all feels really real!

Edge Hill provides you with guides on what to do next, to prepare yourself for graduation, which is really helpful because there is so much to do – check it out: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/graduation/

They also provide you with the company that deals with your robe, hood and hat. I’ve hired the robe and the hood, but bought the hat. I’m hoping I’ll be able to frame my degree certificate with the hat next to it. One thing I didn’t realise, is that you have to have all your measurements for it, so everything fits you properly!

I already have my dress, it’s a long one, but I’ve decided if I find something else I’ll probably decide on the morning of graduation which one to wear. All I need now is some black shoes and a plain black clutch (black goes with anything) and I think that’s my outfit all sorted!

Apparently, this is what a my hood will look like as I did a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) (how beautiful!) 🙂

robe
The colours of my hood! 🙂

 

I just can’t believe that three years has led me here! I get my results at the beginning of July and then it’s a matter of a couple of weeks before I can hopefully get my degree and graduate! I’m so proud to say that my degree will be from Edge Hill, I can’t think of a better uni to have graduated from! 🙂

 

Life as a Law student.

When I choose to study Law I always wondered if I had chosen the right thing to study, or whether I was even clever enough to do it! I went in my first lecture and everybody was saying the exact same thing! But it’s okay ’cause you’re choosing a subject to learn about for the rest of your life… scary thought there! Anyway, I came across this really funny article about being a Law student, it’s hilarious but true. I think if I had read something like this before choosing Law, then it would have given me a heads up.

Just, click on the link if you want to read it… it’s worth it! 🙂

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/jul/25/ten-things-i-wish-id-known-law-student

I was speaking to my course friends the other day and one of the girls asked the question of, “if you hadn’t chosen Law what would you have picked?” I was like, erm… “just Law!” ’cause for me I get really argumentative about articles that pop up about a judge making a particular decision. I automatically have an opinion on whether they made a good ruling or not! I suppose that’s not a bad thing though!?

Law building
Law building

As soon as lecture one in first year, the course offers so much extra-curricular activities, like mooting competitions, trips abroad, Westlaw workshops, Law alumni networking nights, social nights and work experience placements, all the way throughout the year!  It’s not all about seminars, exams and deadlines for coursework! The tutors really do their best to push you into as much as they can, because it’s all well and good knowing the Law, but practising it, is what gives you that extra advantage.

Law Ball!
Law Ball!

I was forever in the library when it came to coursework and exams! The group rooms in the library are great for scribbling everything down that you have learned!

trying to remember everything you've learned  ready for exams!
trying to remember everything you’ve learned ready for exams!

Anyway, if you’ve picked law. Embrace it. Accept the challenges! But have fun, and get stuck in! Hope this helps! 🙂

“What is Grass?” – Walt Whitman

So I titled my first post with a quote, how else do you suppose I tell you just how interesting I am without it sounding conceited and self involved?

I Jest, If I’m completely honest with you then the reason I used a quote was because I just spent the last 45 minutes searching how to title your first blog post, and a quote was on more than one list, who am I to argue?

So who am I? My name is Harrison Callen, I am a first year student at Edge Hill University (which as I am writing this has just won the THE Award for University of the Year), and while I’m here I thought it best I try and get a Degree so I decided on Marketing with Advertising.

I’m originally from Southampton, so made a fair trek to get up here, but as of yet I haven’t dropped a single vowel or T.

As this is my first blog post I don’t have a whole lot to say, so lets talk about where things are going.

I don’t really have anything planned that I’ll be writing about, but you can be sure there will be some accommodation info, and general stuff that is going on at the Uni, I’ll keep you up to date don’t you worry.

You can also always leave a comment if there is anything you want to hear about in particular, and I’ll either answer it in a message or write a whole post on it, if it’s something that would benefit a lot of people.

One thing that will be in all my posts is a playlist I’ve created, because I pride myself on my playlist making abilities, so I’ll add a new song every time I do a post, which will be about once a week.

So this weeks song is a favourite of mine its “Stronger than Ever” – Raleigh Ritchie, if you watch Game of Thrones then you will recognise this guy as Grey Worm, but he is also a darn good singer and this song is my favourite of his

 

Now I realise that I haven’t shared anything too groundbreaking with you on my first post so here are a couple of posts from the past few days that I have enjoyed

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas?

Return of the Open Mic Night

Until Next Time 🙂