Packing Tips and Tricks!

Hey everyone! With Welcome Sunday just around the corner and some of you finishing off some packing and getting ready for your travels, I thought I would do a little post on some of the tips and tricks I picked up over my first year on how to pack more effectively. I am currently in the process of packing to move back over to university and I am using every single one of these tips. I hope you enjoy!

Quick Tip – do a quick wash before you pack, it helps to fold clothes smoother.
  1. Vacuum Bags – these were a life-saver for my suitcase when it came to moving back over to Ireland. I was able to condense all my clothes into smaller packages so I could fit more in my case!
  2. Rolling – rolling your clothes and socks etc saves so much room in your bag as they are in tighter little bundles. This does take slightly longer to pack but I promise it saves you having to sit on top of your suitcase to get it to close or worse…busting the zip.
  3. Packing within packing – by this I mean, if you have a handbag you need to take over with you, packing things in that before putting it in your suitcase. This way, the things inside your handbag are not taking up extra room in your case. 
  4. Pack only what you need – when I first moved over to university, I packed everything! And some of it, I didn’t even wear or use. Before you start to put things in your case, really think about whether you need it or are just packing it because you have to. If you find that you have clothes that you don’t wear, donate them to a charity shop where you know someone will love them.  
  5. Buy things when you arrive – I made the mistake of buying everything I needed for the flat over here in Ireland such as; pots and pans, plates, cutlery, bedding etc. What I should have done was just pack all my clothes and duvet covers and bought the rest of what I needed over in Ormskirk. This would have saved me a lot more room.
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My final tip caters more for my fellow Irish pals or anyone who has to fly or take the boat over: 

This year I used UniBaggage to help me move over my things which was way more convenient than I thought it would be. All I had to do was get a box, pack all the things that I needed into the box (including my vacuum bags), measure the dimensions of the box and then weigh it. A delivery man then just comes around to the house and sends it off. I was able to choose a date in which I wanted it collected and when I wanted it delivered to my new house in Ormskirk so that it is waiting for me when I arrive!

I hope you enjoy this quick little post and that it helps you in your future packing!

“Strive for progress, not perfection.”

-Unknown-

Being Vegan or Vegetarian at Edge Hill University!

Hey everyone! With the rise in veganism, vegetarianism and just the general rise in people eating less meat in their daily lives, I thought that I would put a simple post together on how this can be done at Edge Hill and in Ormskirk as it is a small area with a much more limited choice than you would get in a city. I myself don’t consider myself vegan or vegetarian as I still eat fish and eggs but no dairy, red meat, chicken, etc. When I moved into university and was living on my own, I began to make more plant based and vegetarian meals which were quite easy. I know that this lifestyle can be quite tricky for people but hopefully this post will help some of you!


Shopping!

This was what I found the easiest when I first started eating more plant based. I shop in Aldi and Iceland because they are cheap and I can get everything I need for a week for under £20! Iceland have a whole section of plant based foods such as pizza, sausages, meatballs, burgers, pies and chicken strips! Aldi have the most amazing beetroot burgers and sweet potato burgers that go amazing with some frozen and roasted veg and potatoes! I also bulk buy the cans of chickpeas and butter beans because these can be so amazing in a curry or in a salad. Leading a more plant-based lifestyle does not have to be expensive!

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I would also shop a little in Holland and Barrett for things I might not be able to get in the main food shops such as tofu, tempeh and Linda McCartney items (if you know, you know) and these items would usually last me a couple of weeks as they can be frozen. Morrisons is also a good place for vegan, vegetarian and free from options but if you want to stick to a cheaper option, I would opt for Aldi or Iceland.

Eating Out!

I thought that when I moved to Ormskirk I would never be able to find anywhere with vegan or dairy free options but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was way easier than it was in my own home town. I will compile a little list of all the places that have a vegan menu or that I find are really accommodating to this type of lifestyle;

  • The Fat Italian – has a full vegan menu
  • Cobble – really good carrot and hummus bagel, just saying
  • Nordico Lounge – vegan-friendly
  • The Bagel Deli – vegan bagels, need I say more?
  • Wetherspoons – vegan meals on a budget? Perfect.

You can also treat yourself to going into Liverpool if you want even more options but for Ormskirk being so small, it is amazing what you can get.

Take Outs!

This is what I have found to be the hardest part about living this lifestyle because there is cheese or milk in A LOT of takeaway places however, I did manage to get a vegetarian dominoes pizza delivered to my flat with the rest of my flat mates which was really really nice but not vegan. Also, in terms of getting a Chinese takeaway, there is no harm in asking what they have that you could eat. I got a black bean dish from a local Chinese takeaway which was dairy free and full of veggies!

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Ordering food to the flat and getting a takeaway is a lot harder on this lifestyle but if you know that your flat mates will be having food like this, be prepared and have a frozen pizza in the freezer just incase so that you don’t feel like you are being left out.


I hope that some of you found this useful and are not so worried about having difficulty with continuing your amazing vegan/vegetarian/dairy free lifestyle. It was only when I started university that I cut out a lot of meat products and started cooking plant based meals and I would not have been able to do that if Ormskirk had not made it as accessible as it has.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

-Albert Einstein-

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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Why Did I Chose Edge Hill?

Some of you may be aware that I moved over to Edge Hill University from Northern Ireland which is similar for a lot of people in my course and at Edge Hill in general.

 

So, why did I choose to move all the way over for my course in primary teaching when I could have stayed in the comfort of my own home where all my surroundings and people were comforting and familiar? We will take that as my first point;

For the longest time, I was very much a creature of habit. I took great comfort in knowing where I was and the fact that everything in my life stayed exactly the same was very satisfying. It wasn’t until I was completing my A-Levels, did I realise that I needed a change in my life that would push me to become more independent and, in fear of sounding corny, to ‘find myself.’ I think that moving away from home to somewhere completely new to me was the best thing for me and Edge Hill was the best place to start.

The second reason why I chose Edge Hill was because, not going to lie, the campus was beautiful. As you might have gathered, I need to be comfortable in my surroundings and so Edge Hill was the perfect spot for me in terms of environment and location. It was big, but not so big that it was overwhelming and it was located right next to a small town which was so important to me as I am not a city girl in the slightest. Image result for edge hill university

The final reason why I chose Edge Hill was because of the course it offered me. My original first choice was Bath Spa University but I realised that the course that was offered there may not be best suited for me. The Primary Teaching course at Edge Hill University allowed me to finish the course within 3 years and offered me so much opportunity to expand my practice in the profession which in the long run, would benefit me so much! And I am so glad that I did choose this course as it has provided me with so much knowledge and opportunities that I did not know that I needed.


There you go! That was 3 reasons why I chose to study at Edge Hill University rather than be in my lovely Ireland. The experience of moving has been crazy and filled with so many memories that I will never forget and I can say truthfully that I have no regrets about moving so far away!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney-

When the sun comes out!

Hey everyone, since the sun has finally come out here in Ormskirk, I thought I would dedicate a blog about what I recommend you and your friends do when it is a lovely spring/summers day.

Enjoy!


Ruff Woods

This is located on Ruff Lane and can easily be found across the road from the fitness trail around the back of the Sports Centre. Since the weather started to get nice, my flatmates and I have come here for a walk whilst taking a break from assignments and studying for exams. I also come here every morning for a walk before breakfast and it is great way to start the day!

Victoria Park and Garden

When walking down from Edge Hill University into town, you can see this park on Ruff Lane. During the spring and summer months, the flowers bloom and there are so many colours. It is not very big, but it still is a really lovely spot to sit with a coffee or a take away drink and bask in the sunlight.

Edge Hill Gardens

If you don’t want to venture too far from the campus, why not take a walk down to the gardens next to the Health and Social Care Building? There is a scenic path through the plants, flowers and a wide patch of green that is perfect for outside study sessions or perhaps a picnic?

Man-Made beach

Okay, so this isn’t Southport Beach, but it’s the next best thing when you just want to relax on a sandy beach and not have to travel too much. Recently, this spot has been THE spot for students to come and sit on the grass, the sand and picnic table during exam season or just to catch up with friends.

Fitness Trail

You might just fancy a nice peaceful walk to break up the day and so this scenic walk is perfect for the occasion. It has a wonderful view of some of the campus and the playing fields and also a great place to sit on the grass and chat with friends.


I hope you enjoyed this little post on what you and your friends could get up to at Edge Hill University or Ormskirk, when the sun comes out. Remember, if you do picnic outside enjoying the sunshine, please keep our campus and surrounding green spaces clean and pick up your rubbish!

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”

-Unknown-

Open Day at Edge Hill University!

If you’re like me and you like to know what you’re getting yourself into, then I highly advise registering for an Open Day at the universities you’re applying to. They can be very important when coming to decide what university is right for you and where you see yourself studying.

In today’s blog, I will be talking about how you can find the information you need about Open Days, planning ahead and where I think you should visit when you come to an Edge Hill Open Day!

Hope you enjoy!


Information is Key!

Finding out as much as you can about your university can be essential, especially if you need to plan out your day. You can find useful information about the Open Day on the university website as well as looking on their social media platforms where most universities are quite active.

These platforms will give you the information needed before coming to an Open Day such as when it is, what times and where you should visit. What I liked most about the Edge Hill University Instagram is that it often records places on campus so that you can have an idea of what you’re coming to see. They also keep me updated as to what is happening on campus, such as events during Open Day.

Plan Ahead!

I am the kind of person who likes to know what they are doing and when they are doing it. It makes life a whole lot smoother, trust me. Open Days can be rather overwhelming and exciting because of all the opportunities around you and the buzz in the atmosphere as you explore your new environment, and this is why planning ahead on your Open Day should be a major consideration. For example;

  • Arrive as early as you can – this will allow you to see as much as you can and get the best experience of the day.
  • Make a plan of what you really want to see first to avoid disappointment. However, our helpful guides will make sure that doesn’t happen.
  • If you are travelling as a group, it may be better to split up into a smaller group so you can cover more ground. I found that this was helpful as it meant that if there were two people who wanted to visit a certain spot on the campus and the other two wanted to visit somewhere else, we didn’t waste time walking around somewhere that was not related to the course.
  • Organise a tour guide as soon as you register. This will ensure that you are again, not wandering around aimlessly when you could be attending important information sessions or events. However, it is quite easy to lose track on our scenic campus…
  • Campus map! This is very self-explanatory but collecting one of these at the Open Day saved me from a lot of arguments about who turned the wrong direction. Trust me on this…use a map.

Additionally, if you are like me and have had to fly in to attend an Open Day, make sure that you arrive early enough at the beginning of the Open Day to avail of the events and have enough time to catch your flight if you are leaving the same day. This was what I was most concerned about when attending university Open Days across the water, not being able to have the time to see everything. However, in my experience, if you let the leaders or an organiser know your situation, they will try to ensure that you are able to visit all the places on campus that you want to.

Places to See!

  • Catalyst – I may be biased because I attend Edge Hill University and spend a great deal of time here, but I highly recommend visiting our shiny new catalyst building. Its modern feel makes studying and essay writing a much more relaxed experience with snacks and drinks available at the café, which will be open for Open Day!
  • Sports Centre – this is one of my favourite places on campus. It’s amazing facilities and classes makes exercise fun and inclusive. While you are there, why not take a walk around the track and field?
  • Accommodation blocks – I am really glad that I came to the Open Day, especially to have a closer look at the accommodation. It is not only important to see where you will be studying but to also see and feel where you could potentially be living. Select rooms at the accommodation blocks will be open for visitors to have a look around which is really vital when considering applying for the accommodation on campus.
  • The Hub – the name says it all. The Hub at Edge Hill University is the centre of the campus where you will see a lot of events and buzz about. We have our local convenient shop, eatery, Starbucks and places to meet up with friends. Also, it is a great base place on Open Day if you ever get separated from your family or friends.

My Experience of an Open Day!

When I first arrived at my Open Day at Edge Hill University, I was really surprised as to how many people were there to help you. As soon as I walked on to the campus, there was someone directing me to where I should go. This definitely calmed my nerves and helped me to focus more on what I wanted to see on campus and not about what would happen if I got lost…

I also made sure to attend as many talks as I could during Open Day, particularly if it was about my course that I had applied to do. This allowed me to have a much more in-depth understanding of what my course entailed. Hearing from other students on the course really helped my decision as I was able to listen to their own personal experiences of being on the course. Make sure you ask any questions or queries you have about the course!

I would also recommend that if you are travelling like me, bring an extra bag. You would be surprised how many information booklets you will collect that you didn’t even know you needed. You may even find that you pick up some other freebies along the way.

Extra Information You Will Need!

To book your place for an open day here, at Edge Hill University, follow this link to complete your online booking form and you will be ready to go! – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/open-days/

If you want to find out any further information like, where to find Edge Hill, visit our website! – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/location/


I hope that you enjoyed this post and found it helps you for your future Open Day. Make sure to book your place and don’t hesitate to ask any questions!

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

 -Malcolm x-

Three Ways to Stay Fit Without the Gym!

Hey everyone!

I love the gym at Edge Hill University, it has everything you need to keep fit and stay healthy. Although, if you don’t like the thought of signing up for the gym for any reason, I thought I would share some of my tips to keep fit and healthy without having to join gym.


1. Walking/Running 

I know I have mentioned walking on this blog multiple times but I cannot express enough how lucky we are to have a campus with such scenic and peaceful walking spots. 

Every morning, I go for a walk around the running track and up around the ‘trim-trail’ which is located just behind the new sports centre. It has amazing views of the campus and a little bit of Ormskirk.

I would also take myself into Ruff Woods on Ruff Lane and walk the track around the forest where you can find lots of cool wooden sculptures!

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2. YouTube!

If you don’t even feel like leaving the flat, why 

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not use your phone or laptop, type in some at home workouts and get your sweat on in the comfort of your own flat. Even better, if you still feel like there is not enough room, go to the flat kitchen and ask your flat-mates to join in! No better fresher’s week ice-breaker than a flat workout. 

Personally I love doing some Blogilates, Sarah’s Day, and The Body Coach workouts when I can’t seem to make myself walk the 20 steps it takes me to get to the gym…

3. Invest!

Getting your hands on some kettle-bells, dumb-bells and a yoga mat is so easy and you can do so many of workouts in your room and still keep just as fit and healthy!

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Pop down to the local Argos in Ormskirk and get yourself some weights and don’t worry about having to carry them all the way back to campus because we have a perfectly handy bus that comes to and from the campus to town every 20 minutes 😉

 

 


And there you have it, three ways you can stay fit and healthy without the gym, right here on the Edge Hill Campus! Maybe this will even inspire you to join the gym after trying out some of these tips?

I personally love the gym and use it very often but I also take advantage of the amazing walking facilities we have on campus!

Thank you for reading, see ya next time, Lauren x

“Wow, I really regret that workout.”

-Said No One….ever-

 

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

Edge Hill where’s that?

Due to coming from a fair distance away, I am always asked about Edge Hill, where it is, what its like and so on… I am highly surprised that there aren’t many people from where I come from that know about Edge Hill, at the end of the day it is such an amazing place. So I thought that I would compile a list of things that I say when I get asked about Edge Hill.

  1. Where is Edge Hill?– I would generally say, Edge Hill is in a small town called Ormskirk about half an hour away from Liverpool. The town is very quant and cute, which is one of the things I love about Edge Hill and the town it is based. It is so easy to get a train into Liverpool if you wanted a bit of city life but also if you don’t want the hussle and bussle of a big city then you don’t have to. In my opinion Edge Hill is the best of both worlds because you have the option to have either city or small town life.
  2. What is Edge Hill like?– Absolutely beautiful. In my opinion the campus and accommodation is one of the best I have seen . A combination of the beautiful lakes across campus and the amazing wildlife alongside it, really makes Edge Hill a calming and picturesque place to be. There is so much to do, from all the different sports and societies to all the activities that are laid on by the SU there is never time to get bored.
  3. What is your favourite thing about Edge Hill? This is such a difficult question, there are so many amazing things about Edge Hill that I love. One of my favourite things, that I have recently had the pleasure of taking in, is the paths around the back of campus that looks onto the rest of the campus. It is absolutely beautiful up there and so peaceful as well, something that I would definitely recommend seeing when visiting Edge Hill. I also love the Catalyst, it is such a large space with some amazing study areas on each level. My favourite time to go is on a Saturday or Sunday morning when it is very calm and peaceful. Not many people go in early on the weekends but in my opinion it is the best time to go.

To wrap up, I absolutely love Edge Hill and all that it has to offer and would recommend it to anyone, even just for a visit, you will not be disappointed.