Why I Chose to Study at Edge Hill

Hello everyone, for today’s blog I thought I would talk more about Edge Hill and why I chose to come here, bear in mind these won’t be the same reasons for everyone but I thought they might help provide some extra insight at least.


The accommodation: While to some this may not be a big factor, to me personally it was,  I would be spending a lot of my time there including weekends since home was in Northern Ireland. The halls I stayed in were very modern and featured a good-sized shared kitchen, own en-suite and high-speed wi-fi. They are also on campus as well which is especially convenient for getting to classes in the morning.


The location: Edge Hill is located outside of a major city but that was something that suited me fine as I came from a town area back home. The uni’s location next to Ormskirk town means there are plenty of options shop wise and the convenient rail links into Liverpool city centre and Preston allow for easy and cheap travel especially with a rail card to these and other places.


The Course: I chose to study Film and TV production, and a big part of that choice was down to the fact it was focused around both Film and TV whereas other courses I had looked at were just film. I wanted to keep my options open for the future and choosing a course that had both seemed like the most logical choice. The facilities available at Edge Hill including the famed Creative Edge were also another factor in why I chose the course.


The Campus: Edge Hill offers everything you need on campus including a bar, nightclub, shop, subway etc which are all useful things to have especially as a first year student who will probably be spending a lot of time on campus.


These are some of the main reasons I chose to study at Edge Hill and hopefully they have helped provide some insight for you as well! Any more questions just let me know and thanks for reading!

Jordan

Staying Healthy at University

When I first arrived at university, I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to keep up my healthy lifestyle because of the temptations of take-outs, not having time to go to the gym or not being able to cook for myself.

However, I quickly found that there were many things that I could incorporate into my daily routine that has helped me maintain this lifestyle and still be able to enjoy the university experience with my friends. In this blog, I aim to share with you some of my healthy tips that I have picked up over the past couple of months in university.


  • Do a weekly shop! – For me, this one is so important. Not only does it save so much time it also ensures that you are not buying foods for your dinner and lunch out of convenience which may not be the best choice. By doing a weekly shop, you can plan out what you are going to make in advance and pick foods that are healthy but also what you will enjoy. Ormskirk has many supermarkets to shop in that are cheap and provide good quality foods.

 

  • Go for a walk when you can – I think that this is my favourite tip. I find that if I have been working for a long period in the library, I start to get stiff, lack concentration and become unfocused. This is how I know that I need some time to stretch my legs and clear my mind with a refreshing walk around campus before starting work again. I also do this every morning before breakfast as a way to wake myself up, start thinking about what I need to do that day and just to feel fresh. And yes, it is freezing this time of year but it is so worth it when you go back inside for a cup of tea! It also helps that the university campus is quite scenic!

 

  • Drink more water – I am really not trying to sound like your mother here, but I cannot stress this point more. I carry a water bottle around with me everywhere I go and consciously take sips of water throughout the day and then fill it up again using the water fountains around campus. It saves you having to buy an energy or fizzy drink everyday. Drinking more water helps your concentration levels and keeps your skin nice and hydrated through the day even during the winter months.

 

  • Eat Breakfast – I do apologise for sounding like a parent, but I can’t help it, I live by these tips! I know it can be hard sometimes to make something to eat before going to class or school as you are rushing out the door buttrust me, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If you wake up a little earlier and make yourself some toast or porridge (my favourite), it will do wonders not only for your hunger but also your concentration in class. You will then be less likely to buy something from the shop like a chocolate bar or energy drink because you will already have been satisfied by breakfast.

 

  • Take a break when you need to – This is one tip that I find has been the most helpful these past couple of months. It is easy to get caught up in all the work and assignments and even social life of university that you often forget that the body and mind need time to relax and re-charge. I love coming back from a long day of classes, making a good fulfilling dinner, finishing off any homework and then chilling out with a good book. Whatever way you like to relax, do it! It is so important to have time to yourself and don’t be afraid to do so. Look after your body and mind.

And those were my five top tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in university which have really worked for me. I will admit, there has been times that I have caved and ordered a pizza with the flat but that is totally okay because that is part of the university experience.  Enjoy your time at Edge Hill if you decide to come which, I think you should, and I hope that some of these tips help!

See ya next time,

Lauren.

Also, I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!

“Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle.”

-Pinterest- 

Preparing to Leave Home

Hi everyone, for my second blog I’m just going to talk a little about moving out of home for the first time and going to University, and what you can do to prepare to make the transition more manageable, enjoyable and hopefully A lot less stressful!

1. Pack early: I know this might seem obvious but starting your packing even a week before leaving home is a really good idea, trust me. You don’t realise until it comes to packing how much stuff you need to bring with you, clothes, gadgets, trinkets and whatever else begin to pile up really quickly. In my personal experience even though I had done most of my packing by the time I was ready to leave, I still found myself running around like a headless chicken looking for my headphones and whatever else I realised I would definitely need.

Bag

2. Book travel well in advance: Doing this not only saves a lot of stress but also a lot of money. Obviously depending on where you live or your travel situation circumstances will be different but if you know you will be travelling by train or boat or plane, booking earlier can save you a lot of hassle that can be caused by booked up journeys or lack of luggage, space say if you were going on a busy flight and needed cabin baggage. In my experience if you book for example, A flight a month beforehand which in my case was coming over from Northern Ireland, an early booked flight would only usually cost £10/20 but leave it too close to the date and you could end up paying more like £50/60 which is a LOT more if you’re a budgeting student.

Plane

3. Don’t worry if your late: I know you definitely want to arrive on time for your moving in day and you most likely will, but on the off-chance you don’t (like me) don’t stress, Edge Hill is very accommodating and even though I was one of the last people to pick up my keys, someone still took the time to show me to my accommodation where I finally arrived to meet my flatmates for the first time, which didn’t make any difference that I was late as everyone was also still pretty nervous! Moral of the story, chill out it will be fine :).

Accommodation!

Hey everyone!

Here in Edge Hill, you surely will not be short of choice when it comes to accommodation. You have Forest Court, Palatine Court, Chancellors Court, Chancellors South, Founders East, Founders West and that’s just a few you can choose from.


My favourite part about living on-campus is that it is only a small walk away from anything you need. The Catalyst building, the Hub, McColls and the student union (aka Subway) are only a few of the places that are easy to get to from any of the halls of residence.

In addition, the (free) bus to and from Ormskirk is easily accessible as there are two pick up and drop off points on the campus, making it easier for students to get into town and back to university without having to walk miles. Even though it is a very scenic 15 minute walk, you can never trust the English weather!

Moving from Ireland to a completely new environment was so daunting, however, moving into my halls was the first part of helping me overcome my nerves. I found that I settled in much quicker than I expected and this was partly due to the fact I was able to personalise my room and make it more homely by adding pictures, books and other personal items around the room.

The safety of the halls also made settling in to my new home much easier.  If, at any point, you have any concerns, the rooms have a contact sheet at the back of every door with numbers and guidance on who to call if you have any problems. However, with the 24 hour security team, there is nothing to worry about.


I feel like it is also important to add how much easier living in the accommodation on campus made making friends. Moving into a flat with 8 strangers was rather nerve-wracking to start with however, on the first night of moving in, I new I made really great friends and would fit right in.

Do not be afraid to move into accommodation here at Edge Hill University because I can easily say that it is one of the best experiences of my university life so far as it has allowed me to grow more independent and helps waking up early for lectures even more worth it.

I love my accommodation and living on-campus and I am sure you will love the experience as much as I do.

If you want any further information about accommodation here at Edge Hill University please feel free to ask me anything or follow this link to the accommodation home page – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/accommodation/

Thanks for reading!


“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling”

-Cecelia Ahern-

Why The Catalyst Building Will Be Your Best Friend!

So, the new Catalyst building at Edge Hill University may be my favourite building on the campus. Seriously, ask anyone who knows me because they will tell you that I spend a lot of my study time there. Don’t worry though, I still manage a social life.

I thought that it would be a fun idea to talk a little about the Catalyst building and sing its praises through a list of why I believe it will be your best friend as a student of Edge Hill University.


  • The Top Floor – I was going to save this point until the last but as I am currently writing this on the top floor, I couldn’t wait. This floor is known as the quiet study space, with a computer suite and a separate space with tables for those with their own laptops or who just have a lot of highlighting to do. This is the perfect space for people who prefer to work in quieter environments like myself and enjoy a spectacular view over the campus!

 

  • The Café – We’ve all been there, you’re typing away and suddenly you get an overwhelming urge for something sweet and a hot beverage. Well, you are in luck because the 53.3 Degrees Coffee Shop has everything from brownies, tea-cakes, sandwiches (vegan options also) and a range of drinks to choose from. You can all guess where most of my money goes to…

 

  • The Staff – I don’t think the catalyst would be as great as it is without the amazing staff that keep it running from 8AM – 8PM every day! There is always somebody at the ‘help-desk’ ready to direct you anywhere you need to go or tell you information about the services available.

  • The services – This leads me nicely to my final point about what the catalyst has to offer. You didn’t think there were just books and a café, did you? You can talk to people regarding accommodation, money/jobs, transition difficulties or the well-being and counselling services. Make sure you follow the link provided below to find out more about the many services available to students.

I really could go on all day about why I love the Catalyst, but I thought I would leave you wanting more.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and please don’t hesitate to ask me anything about Edge Hill University, as I am more than happy to help you!

P.S, did I mention that the Catalyst is open 24/7 for all students? However, this does not mean that you leave assignments to last minute…

For lots more information please follow this link –  https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/location/catalyst/


And, as promised, here is my inspirational quote of the blog!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible!”

– Audrey Hepburn –

Home and Away!

Hey everyone!

For my first blog, I thought I would tell you about my journey from moving away from my home and into Edge Hill University as a first year student! I really hope you enjoy the read and feel free to contact me at any time for questions you have about me, my course or even my experience moving out!


Around two months ago, I packed up my life into a few (too many) boxes, packed the car until we had just enough room to fit three people and sailed across the sea to Liverpool to start my first year at Edge Hill University.

To say that I was nervous was the biggest understatement of the year! There were times on the boat when I thought, “what am I doing?” It wasn’t until I arrived in Liverpool and drove to the small, scenic town of Ormskirk where my university life would start, that I remembered why exactly I chose to leave everything I knew in Ireland and start my life across the waters!

All the reasons why I chose to leave home and move away came flooding back to me. For example, the campus of Edge Hill is so beautiful and still to this day, it never ceases to amaze me! Everything that I would need was all on the one campus and only a few minutes from the town centre. Could you ask for anything better?

I also remembered how extremely friendly and welcoming the staff were on my last visit back in January! I’m not just saying this, but the staff here do so much for their students, from showing you where to go when you get lost (which happens to me on many occasions), to ensuring that you have everything you need in order to start your course right!

Getting settled into my university was something I thought would be the hardest part of this journey, but I soon realised that I chose the best university in terms of making me feel comfortable. Welcome week was full of activities and social events to introduce me to as many people as possible, which at first, I found daunting but quickly forgot those feelings as I met my course mates and some good friends.

To be completely honest, I forgot about all my fears and doubts about not settling in because, before I knew it, I was a month into my course and living with complete ‘strangers’ who quickly became my favourite people.

Sure, Face-Timing my family wasn’t the same as seeing them in person, but it made visiting home so much more special and telling them about my experience so far as a first-year student in Edge Hill University is always a subject of great interest at the dinner table.


And that, my friends, was my short journey from home to away! I am so glad that I made the move and made the right decision in terms of university and I hope that you too, come to Edge Hill to experience all that there is to see and do.


At the end of every blog, I aim to sign off with a quote because, who doesn’t like an inspiring quote to make you feel unstoppable? Or maybe just to set as your Instagram bio.

The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step”

See ya next time!

Lauren Fitzsimons.

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

My first blog and a bit about myself!

Hi prospective students, I’m Alice!
As this is my first blog I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce myself so you can get to know a bit about the person behind the blogs!


Why did you chose Edge Hill?
I remember first hearing about Edge Hill at a university fair at college and I had looked into and around a few other different universities before I found Edge Hill. I knew I wanted to go to university and perhaps do something with teaching but that’s all I was sure about! At college I took English lit, textiles and drama and did an EPQ so I had a variety of things I enjoyed studying.  Outside of college I worked in a hotel, enjoyed babysitting, swimming, running and  socialising. When I looked into Edge Hill uni, I found that it wasn’t too far away (about 2 hours in the car) and how friendly and welcoming it felt, I knew I would love it here. This was before I even knew what I wanted to study, but seeing the Education and English course was the icing on the cake- it was exactly want I wanted to do!


How have you found your first few months here?

Honestly, I have loved it! And I really do mean that, obviously there have been times when I’ve missed my family and friends at home but I have found so much support from fellow students and members of staff that really have made me feel happy here!

I am from a town so to me Ormskirk feels like a home from home, walking through the streets on a Thursday or Saturday on the market days is always lovely and treating myself to some Ormskirk gingerbread always makes my week! There’s also loads for different things to do in Ormskirk, on campus and in different places only a short train journey away, I will be making a blog post soon about places I enjoy going in the local area at the weekend with friends.

I am part of the Edge Hill swim team, the arts and crafts society and LGBT society so my blogs will also revolve around the societies I am part of and how much I enjoy them. Now I can also say I’m a blogger for the university- and already I have met some brilliant new people from doing this! I would highly recommend joining different teams, societies and volunteering  as it is a brilliant opportunity meet so many different and new people, as well as the people on your course and in your flat!


If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask, would be great to hear from you! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and learning a bit about me, I am excited to share more about myself and my experiences with you! I hope this has helped you and I’m sure you’ll hear from me soon!

 

Alice 🙂

 

The Great Get Together 2018

Last Friday, on the 22nd June, Edge Hill University took part in The Great Get Together, a nationwide, weekend-long event inspired by the late Jo Cox. This year marks the second annual Great Get Together, which took place from 22nd-24th June. In her first speech to parliament, Jo Cox said, “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us,” which is the founding principle that the Great Get Together draws upon. MP Seema Kennedy also gave a speech on Jo Cox’s life and work. The aim of the event is to provide a place for people who reject divisive policies to come together and unite the community.

Edge Hill University’s Great Get Together event ran from 16:00 – 20:00, overlapping with the Ormskirk ‘Picnic in the Park’ event that lasted from 15:45 – 17:30 in Coronation Park. The Edge Hill event was, of course, open to staff, students, family members and members of the local community – it’s all about unity!

Another focus of Edge Hill’s Great Get Together was that it has been 100 years since some women were given the right to vote. This is a focus of the event since Edge Hill University are currently running the Wonder Women campaign – a series of events and installations across 2018 that celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Suffragette movement. For example, Vice President Welfare 2017/18 attended and spread the word about the Edge Hill Women Speak Out Campaign.

The event on Friday featured crafts (and face-painting), live performances (including music by Edge Hill Big Band and the Tick Tock’s choir) and a free barbecue, as well as stalls hosted by university societies and campaigns as well as community groups. For example, The Rose Youth Theatre group attended and performed along with The Women’s Institute and Edge Hill students; the Sustainability and Conservation (SCon) Society (that’s Rhiannon, Katherine and I!) were also there. Plus, who could forget the bouncy castle!

Importance Of Attending An Open Day

I’ve blogged before about open days and briefly mentioned how it cemented my decision to come and study at Edge Hill University. Now that open days are coming around again, with the first one of the year occurring on June 16th, I thought it time to delve into that a little bit more.

Before I even thought about attending open days, I first had to narrow my choice of university down from All Of Them to just Some Of Them. So, when I was first looking at universities, my process was to start at the top of the university league tables for my course, biology, at thecompleteuniversityguide (other league tables are available) and work my way down, pulling out the universities that were high on the list yet had entry requirements within my predicted range. Next, I looked at the courses in my field offered by these universities and selected the universities that had courses with modules that interested me. This narrowed down my pool of options down from A Lot to A Few – Edge Hill being on that list.

Edge Hill was already fairly high on my list, ranking definitely in the top five based on module options, general location, and rankings alone. What really pushed me to commit to choosing Edge Hill University as my firm choice was attending an open day. If you’re capable of visiting Edge Hill for an open day (or an applicant day if you’re already committed to applying to Edge Hill), then I’d highly recommend it.

Visiting Edge Hill University for an open day allowed me to interact with the department and students first-hand, both of which filled me with hope about the university. The department talk about the course and facilities really showed that they cared about the subject and the people working and studying in their school.

What also comforted me about Edge Hill was Ormskirk, it felt familiar to me despite being a new town far from home. With a direct line to Liverpool, just 30 minutes away, Ormskirk is situated so that it’s its own microcosm but still has access to the wider world via public transport – something that resonated with me upon visiting.