Why did I choose Edge Hill?

On reflection now that my first year is over and second year is fast approaching I can honestly say I am so glad I chose EHU for my studies. As I have mentioned in my previous blog posts it was the open day that completely sold it to me but one of the other major things that impressed me about Edge Hill was how organised they were. I was sent so many letters and emails keeping me up-to-date with what was happening and I didn’t receive half as much correspondence from all the other universities I applied to. It really felt like Edge Hill staff wanted you to come to the uni and you would be treated like a person rather than a number and this has definitely been the case.

I think the staff in my department are all amazing at what they do, they are so inspiring and they really make you want to pursue your career goals. I’m the type of student who sometimes needs that extra bit of support so it’s nice to know you can just knock on the door to your tutor’s office knowing they will always be happy to assist you with whatever you need. The tutors want you to do well so they will always be there to support you. One of the main worries I had prior to starting uni was that I had heard so many people say ‘you get left to your own devices at uni, the tutors don’t help you’. Now obviously I can’t comment on other universities but I know that at EHU help is always available whether it’s from your tutors, head of year, head of department or any of the members of staff in student services. Plus you will make loads of friends and you can always ask them if you are ever unsure how to do something.

I’m so excited to start my second year.  Edge Hill is fantastic and I hope all you freshers reading my blogs are equally as excited – you’ll love it!

The Nitty Gritty

Now, I bet you’ve heard a lot more about the social life at uni than you probably have about the actual degree part!

Now everybody’s course is different and I definitely recommend that you ask somebody how your course is assessed before you start uni to make sure that you are prepared for what’s instore! I however missed this highly important factor and found myself amongst essays, coursework and exams (not that this bothers me – thankfully!). Such courses as Early Years and Primary Education only consist of essays and coursework currently, so it really does depend on what suits you.

Like everything as a consumer, if you are paying for something you need to make sure it’s what you want, especially your education as it is the foundation for your future. Having a degree should open doors to you, allowing you to go down many career routes rather than being restricted to HAVING to do something you’re not 100% on.

Some courses will even let you choose areas to major/minor in (such as primary education) allowing you to have a say in what you learn which makes essays etc. so much easier when you enjoy, and have an interest in, what you’re doing.

So remember to ask questions and enjoy what you’re doing!

Last Minute Guide… Choosing the Right Course!

Oh how depressing that Christmas is over and there’s only a few days until the new year! This means it’s nearly the year of intense revision, exams and results- but boy is it worth it! Hopefully you’ve submitted your UCAS application, but if not and you’re unsure of what course to choose I’ve decided to help you out a bit…

I first found my course looking through the Edge Hill prospectus when I wasn’t 100% sure what degree I wanted to pursue. This page of the prospectus broke down the course into the main things I needed to know, such as what content was covered and what grades I needed amongst loads of other useful information. The prospectus is definitely worth a look as it has information on every course at Edge Hill, if you’d like a copy you can order one online, to do so please look here.

However if you can’t wait and want more information on the vast array of courses available look here on our website!

You should ensure that you’re happy with every aspect of your course, such as what you will be learning and also how it is assessed! The worst thing would be to choose a course that is mainly exams when you love coursework or the opposite way round!

My specific course involves exams, some in January and April, and also coursework, essays, portfolios, placements and presentations! Phew! It sounds a lot and honestly it can be overwhelming at times but when you manage your time effectively and organise yourself it isn’t bad!

If I could advise anything it would be to create a check list ranked on the most important aspects of a course for you. Therefore you can make an informed decision, and if you’re missing anything that you need to know you can reach out to us so we can help you!

Feel free to comment if you have anything you’d like to ask!

Now, best of luck and have a fantastic New Year!

Summary of semester one

So it’s finally time for a well-deserved break and I cannot believe the first semester of year one is over. It’s been an absolute rollercoaster to say the least but I’m already looking forward to going back again.

My course has consisted of three modules in semester one, each of them assessed in various ways. So far I have studied: contract law, public law and legal methods & systems. The assessments ranged from coursework, to assessed seminars and exams. In November I did my first exam at Edge Hill. Previously I’ve always been the type of person who got incredibly nervous before exams and often didn’t feel very well prepared at all. However this exam was different and I owe my thanks to my tutors; I actually got a 2:1 so I couldn’t be any happier. When I go back to university in January I have another two exams and then I will start my next 3 modules for semester two!

It sounds very full on (that’s because it is) but if you’re an organised person like me then you will have absolutely nothing to worry about. The tutors are all helpful; every time I have had a query about anything they have been more than helpful.

All courses are not assessed in the same way, for instance I have friends who don’t do the same course as me at Edge Hill and they don’t do assessed seminars. But for law in particular they can be really helpful as it’s a good way of making you come out of your shell a bit more. After all, if you want to have a career in law you need to be a confident public speaker, that’s what I keep telling myself anyway!

I am going to spend the next couple of weeks revising for my exams now then once they’re over I can look forward to the next semester!

Concerns About Starting University

The night before my first day at Edge Hill I was incredibly nervous, in fact even when I woke up that following morning I felt physically sick. A million and one things were going through my head as I drove to the university that morning but once I walked into the building where my first introductory lecture was I realised I had nothing to worry about.

It’s really important to remember that everyone is in the same boat as you! I’m not the most confident person in the world but making friends is actually really easy at Edge Hill – you just have to remember that a good talking point is always going to be your degree, what college you went to, or what results you got etc.

Starting university is particularly scary, for me it was the first time I had ever gone to a new place not knowing anyone, but it’s a great opportunity to have a fresh start. The biggest concern I had was whether I would make as many friends as people who live on campus, but commuting to university actually has its advantages. A lot of my friends regularly invite me around to their flats on our free periods and offered to let me stay during freshers too.

I was worried that the lecturers would be unapproachable, but I was so wrong! The lecturers at Edge Hill made me feel really welcome and they actually care about you as a person. They are all so friendly, especially the law department (although I am biased of course!) It’s clear that they want you to do well and the feedback that I get on my coursework and exams is really helpful, the comments are based on how you can improve as opposed to what you have done wrong.

There are lots of opportunities available to new students to help you make friends too and broaden your circle, such as joining a sports team or joining a society. I, for example am a member of the Law & Criminology Society which offers regular socials and guest lectures with professionals in my area of study.

Receiving your offer

The UCAS deadline is approaching and I think it was around this time last year I had received my offer from Edge Hill to study Law. I remember being incredibly excited! I actually got all five of my university offers but Edge Hill was the one I really wanted, as soon as the offer came through I wanted to make it my firm choice straight away. I had attended an open day prior to receiving my offer and it really helped me make my decision.

I think personally visiting the campus is the best way to make a decision about whether or not you would like to study here. It really helps you to get a feel for the place. I remember walking into the law/business school and instantly thinking ‘I want to study here’. I didn’t get that feeling at any other university I visited so I knew Edge Hill was the one. The campus speaks for itself, it’s absolutely beautiful and everything is really close together too so you don’t have to walk miles to go to your lectures.

After receiving my offer I was invited to attend an applicant day. When I first received the email about this I felt apprehensive, suddenly everything seemed real and I still felt like I wasn’t old enough to be going to university. Nevertheless I attended and I am so glad I did. The whole day was really well organised and very informative. I had the opportunity to attend a lesson to get a feel for what it would be like to study here. I really enjoyed it and as soon as I got home that evening I made Edge Hill my firm choice.

My advice would be to make the most of the open days and applicant days that are on offer to you, even if you think you saw everything you wanted to see at an open day, I would still recommend going to an applicant day because it is more tailored to your course. Applicant days are also a great way to meet people who could be on your course.

Goodbye

Well guys, this is my final blog! I thought I would just dedicate my last blog to reflect on my time at Edge Hill.

I came to Edge Hill in my first year as an 18-year-old young girl, who wouldn’t even think of even staying away from home for more than a week! But then, I spent months at a time away from home, at first admittedly missing my family (especially my dog!) and then by the time I was able to sit and think, it was Christmas and I had my first exam to prepare for, when I came back! My first exam at uni and I gained a 1st! Then I decided I was applying to go to America for 3 months to work in an office, with Camp Leaders. The most unforgettable experience of my life.

Then came along second year, then 19, and more life wise. Not quite as much partying as first year I have to say! Living in a house is very different to halls, this was the year I learned about bills, cleaning, and true friendships, both good and bad. Second year was extremely tough for me, a close family member was suffering from cancer, and during my exams in May it became clear that her time was coming to an end. Getting through my exams were extremely difficult, but knowing I had the support of my friends and family really got me through. I was lucky enough to have a two-week placement straight after my exams in a law firm, where that also became a challenge as during my time there, she passed away.

My third year, as a 20-year-old strong-headed woman was by far the most challenging. For me, I knew that Child and Family law was the area that I wished to specialise in. I’ve never worked so hard for my degree as I did in my final year.

I am extremely proud of my self to say that I have Graduated with a 2:1 in Law from the University of the Year, Edge Hill. I have achieved so much, and to say that I have made my family proud is one of the best feelings I have ever felt.

Good luck to all you potential Edge Hill students, do your best and make your time at Edge Hill the best it could possibly be, it will all be so worth it.

Family :)
Family 🙂

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. 🙂

Results are out!

Results for final year students were scheduled for release at 1pm yesterday. But with nerves I was up at 7am! My phone was going crazy as all the girls from my course had messaged and said the results were up early…

I think it’s fair to say that my mum and quite possibly my neighbours are still suffering from a headache with all my screaming I did yesterday, with happiness of course!

I am absolutely over the moon to say that in 18 days I will be graduating with a 2:1 Honours class degree in Law! 🙂

Three years have gone so quickly, there’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears throughout my time at uni, but it has all so been worth it, and I wouldn’t change my time at Edge Hill for anything!

It’s a privilege to be able to say my degree is from Edge Hill, and I only hope that for those of you who are coming to study here, you will enjoy your time here as much as I have done. Work hard, because three years will fly by so quickly and before you know it… it’s all done with. Make your time here worthwhile, there is no better feeling than knowing all your hard work and determination has paid off. 🙂

 

Coming to uni

For me, I came to University with my boyfriend who I met in college. We both studied Law at A Level and both wanted to carry on with it at degree level. We both had our own options for which universities that we wanted to study at, and it just so happened Edge Hill was the one we had in common, and both got accepted into.

Throughout education when looking at which high schools and colleges to go to, I’ve always been told by teachers to not pick the ones that our friends go to. But, for us it wasn’t like that, we didn’t pick it because we wanted to stay together, we both knew that law was what we were interested in and Edge Hill felt like a second home to us!

For me, coming to University with a boyfriend hasn’t stopped me from doing what I’ve wanted. It’s been useful to have someone so close who is going through the same thing as me, to talk to and of course when it comes to exams, it’s great to revise together.

I appreciate this blog may not apply to everyone reading this, but for those of you who are going through a similar situation and are worried if it will distract you or get in the way of your uni experience…I personally wouldn’t change the way my three years have gone at uni, I managed to complete my degree with my best friend by my side.

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