I. CAN’T. STOP. DAYDREAMING.

All I think about recently is travelling. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but with assignment deadlines and exams fast approaching, I need to get my head in the game (Cheesy blast from the past with HSM, am I right?).

travel

I miss America. Buy me a one way ticket to NYC and I’d never come back. I want to see everything and when I say everything I mean everything. I know that is physically impossible, but that won’t stop me from trying. France, Germany, China, Greece, THE WORLD, ahhh I just want to put my backpack on and set off.

But sadly I’m here, stuck in Ormskirk, reading books and stressing over exams… it’ll all be worth it, right?

Exams are stressful, there’s no two ways about them. When it comes to exams I have some useful tips which will hopefully help you out.

1- I love post-it-notes. Stick them everywhere you can. Shower doors, on your ceiling, all around your room. BUT, remember to look at them. There’s literally no point going to the effort of making them, if you’re not going to use them!

2- Cram/Don’t cram. I’ve always been told that you should never cram read the day before an exam… but for me, it actually helps. I don’t read loads, but revising key points actually relaxes me. If cramming is a bad choice for you, just relax and no doubt you’ll do great, whichever approach you take.

3- Take extra pens. The amount of people who used to arrive to college exams and either ask for a pen from not having one/ask for a pen from it not working, was ridiculous. Remember it’s better to have too many than too little, so yeah, take extra!

Anyway good luck on upcoming exams and college deadlines! I’m sure you’ll do amazing!

But for now, I’ll just plan for the future and pray that I will be ticking things off my bucket list before I know it. Fingers crossed ay.

Until next time…:)

 

So what’s there to do outside of studying?

Moving to a university in a new area of the country (or world for some!) can take some serious adjusting. Not only do you leave behind the family and friends you’ve had for years, but you also have to say goodbye to jobs, clubs or organisations that you may have also been involved in since as long as you can remember!

Before I came to University I absolutely loved to dance, and was a member of a local dance company regularly performing at different events and shows, and even promotional videos, I grew so close to everyone at the company and am still close to so many of them now. Although dancing was a huge passion of mine, when I moved to Edge Hill I felt too nervous and shy to join any of the dance societies, and worried that it wouldn’t be the same as my old company or that I wouldn’t be good enough, so for the first year I didn’t join any dance societies or take any classes and just settled with dancing in Alpine on a monday night with my girl friends! However, by the time I got to second year and had totally settled into university life, I decided I actually really missed dancing and it was finally time to start up again, and decided to just forget about my nerves and go for it! I’d seen advertisements for a local pole fitness class and it was sometime I’d always wanted to try so me and my friend decided to go along and see what it was like.

Going along to that first class was the best decision I’ve ever made and I had no idea why I was so nervous! My teacher Lucy is so lovely, and made me feel really welcome as did all the other girls in the class! I’ve learnt so much so quickly, and I love having something to look forward to every week outside of uni work! It’s not the dancing I was used to but I love learning something new and its so much fun and keeps me fit!

Nearly there…

Moving to Edge Hill at the age of 18 was the first time I had ever experienced independence. Before that, I lived with my mum and dad and dog, and really relied heavily on them, for instance, I referred to my dad as ‘taxi dad’ he would pick me up and take me to friends house, dance, the metrolink/bus, work or wherever I wanted to go. And my mum would always to be the one clean up, do the washing, and cook. Whereas now, I do everything on my own. I get myself to and from places, and I do everything that my mum did for me myself!

At the beginning of first year I went home every weekend up until Christmas, (mainly to go back to my weekend job) but I soon got really tired of the trains and decided to find a job down here. Which I did and I still absolutely love it!

Ever since then, I have very rarely ventured home, it’s only for birthdays or special occasions that I can book a weekend off and come home. But when I do, it’s the best feeling ever! It’s something that I have defiantly took for granted, and now I appreciate everything that both my mum and dad have done for me, and now I’m the one looking after the house whilst there away at work!

Don’t get me wrong there’s times, normally near coursework deadlines and exam period, that I have enough and just want my home comforts. But uni is and has been my home for the last 3 years, and home is what you make of it! Flat mates, course friends and work friends really do play a huge part in taking your mind of things like that! And I’m very grateful to them all who have been there when I’ve needed them!

Uni is what you make of it. Knowing that in reality you’re only away from home, September/October to May really is not a very long time in the grand scheme of things! Especially when you have a couple of weeks off for Christmas, Easter and half terms! Enjoy it, and make this uni your home too! 🙂

 

My Mad Fat Uni Experience…

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Sometimes I feel like my life is like Rae’s… which is a bit of a lie if I’m being honest because we have very little in common. Unlike Rae, I thankfully don’t suffer from any mental illnesses, I don’t have a dysfunctional family (most of the time) and I don’t have self confidence issues.

BUT like Rae, I do seem to binge eat- a lot. I set goals for each year and I know losing weight will always be at the top, but this plan seems to vanish when I come back to uni. Uni can sometimes be long, dull days of which eating a full pizza (and not regretting any slice) makes you feel slightly better. This year (2nd) we aren’t going out as much, we aren’t messing around as much (indoor water fights/egg fights to think of a couple) and we pretty much know everything about each other, so hours of learning about everyone’s backgrounds are long gone. To be honest our focus has switched from the social experience of a fresher to knuckling down and working to maintain good grades.

Campus has many areas for you to eat. The HUB area offers a range of foods, including vegan and vegetarian options. There are shops based around campus for quick purchases, along with a takeaway and delivery service. The SU provides food at a good price and in some buildings, such as the education building and the heath building, there is a restaurant and catering facilities.

However I’m on a big push to not only kick start my diet, but to keep to it and actually lose weight! No doubt there will be ups and downs, but I’ll keep you all up to date on here.

Until next time…:)

 

 

 

Renderman is here!

Hello one and all!

I am incredibly excited.
I have just learnt that Renderman is now free!
Don’t know what Renderman is? Listen close!

RenderMan is a photorealistic 3D rendering software produced by the amazing Pixar and is used to render all of their 3D animated movie productions.

On May 30, 2014, it was announced that Pixar would be offering a free non-commercial version of RenderMan that would be available to download sometime in August 2014.

It has just been released, and can be found here

 Want any more of a reason to use it, as a budding animator?
It’s been used in Titanic, the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings!

Give it a good look!

Now enjoy this video that gives me major trust issues!

 

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Quote of the Day

“To infinity, and Beyond!”

 

Easter is coming!

Hello one and all!

Well, since this is the last week before the start of the official Eostre holidays, work has been insanely chaotic. I’m having to work hard on the giant writing piece being put before me, and complete a 3000 word review diary and a 1500 word essay.
Not easy, but can be kind of enjoyable.

On top of that I am currently working on my 3D work, making my adorable little creature, Rakator.
I am rather proud of him.

Hopefully soon I can get him fully rendered up in 3d to Show off to one and all.
I am always proud of my creations, much like many other animation students who attend Edge Hill University.

Hope to speak to you again soon!

Enjoy a Song on me from the Miracle of Sound
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK9L5zSDRiA

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Quote of the Day

“I am lonely wherever I go. Sanctuary is all that I’ve known”

Ormskirk

Edge Hill is situated in Ormskirk. Although when I applied to Edge Hill, I’d never heard of ‘Ormskirk’ before! If I’m being honest when I came for the Applicant Visit Day, we only visited the uni and not the town centre! So I had no idea what my new town even looked like! (oops!)

So, the day after moving in day, myself and my flat mates all headed into Ormskirk on the uni bus (EL1). The bus journey is less than a 5 minute drive and is around a 15 minute walk to town from uni. We got off the bus and we headed into the centre. It is the cutest little town ever! There’s supermarkets like Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, Iceland and Netto that are all near enough in the centre. There’s a few high-street shops like New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Boots, Superdrug and Body Care, along with card shops and post offices, bakeries, and charity shops.

It’s packed with some lovely pubs, a fair few little coffee and cake shops, big chain ones like Costa and some lovely little ones. There’s even a McDonalds and Subway, which is perfect food for hangovers! But for perfect little evenings out, there are some gorgeous restaurants, and carvery’s that you just need to try out when you get here!

And then there’s Liverpool a big city, around a 25 minute train journey, that is filled with more shops, pubs, clubs and a cinema! To be honest, being an Edge Hill student you get the best of both worlds! I love it and I love the fact I have a really wide choice of where I can go, because the train and buses are so close and so frequent.

One thing that seems to be very historic in Ormskirk is the Clock Tower. Every Thursday and Saturday there’s the traditional market, with around 100 stalls, ranging from food, flowers, furniture and clothing that are all set out around the Clock Tower. There’s such a good atmosphere and to be honest you can get some really good things from them!

I hope you will love it, as much as I do! 🙂

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Move over Gordon Ramsay! Joke, we need help?!

Cooking in uni, well, where do I begin?

During freshers week you’ll be loving the freedom, meeting new people and eating what you want when you want. For most, cooking will be a new experience. For me, I was worried that I wouldn’t be ready, but after a few hours with my flatmates it became apparent that I had the most cooking knowledge (I was just as shocked as my mum when I told her).

Simple things like how to work the oven and to actually read the packet for temperatures and times seemed like common-sense to me, but I live with people who go for the stick it in and guess approach. How no one has suffered from food poisoning I’ll never know! At the beginning of the year I was adventurous, making lasagnes, trying my mums recipes and buying loads of ingredients. I wish I could be like that again, less money and healthier. Towards the end of the year it was more about having quick meals or anything to line the stomach for a night out. Ready meals, tinned soup and pot-noodles became popular favourites because they were easy to clean up and quick.

We tried flat meals, but apart from my lasagne, I couldn’t take more than a spoonful of someone’s food (sorry guys, but it’s the truth).

So yeah, learn how to do simple things like boil an egg and cook pasta. Get used to eating tinned food (beans, soup, anything Heinz), but most importantly learn to appreciate your family’s cooking before you come. After Christmas break, you’ll get what I mean!

Until next time…:)

Meet The New Edge Hill Student Union Representatives!

So last week we held our annual Student Union Elections, where a few new faces were voted into the SU Officers Team! The week was an exciting and intense one for many, filled with countless campaigning, manifesto making and sleepless nights putting up posters!

Today I thought I’d share with you the results, to introduce the people who will be representing you when you come to Edge Hill University in September 2015! I will include their manifestos to show you what you’ve got to look forward to in the new year and what they are aiming to do with their new roles!

Your President: Steven Rouke
Steven Rouke

Your VP Academic Representation : Rosie McKenna
Rosie McKenna

Your VP Activities : Pat Soan
Patrick Soan

Your VP Welfare : Lauren Blundell
Lauren Blundell

With the beast inside, there’s no where we can hide.

Imagine Dragons fans will recognize the title of this weeks entry as lyrics from the song ‘Demons’. I’ve deliberately chosen those lyrics as the title of this post because on Monday night I went to the Rose Theater to see a production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic sci-fi horror novel Jekyll and Hyde. The song fits the piece because Edward Hyde (the antagonist) is the inner demons of Dr Henry Jekyll bought to life.

The production I saw on Monday night was interesting because it was the story set in a futuristic steam punk style London. The synopsis was that Jekyll has created a serum (drug) to rid the world of cancer and on night he decides to use it on himself. In doing so he unleashes the darkest side of him, his evil alter ego Edward Hyde. Horrors then unfold when Jekyll becomes this human devil and over the course of the play he becomes addicted to taking the drug. Other characters in the play included Jekyll’s dear friend Utterson and his colleague Dr Lanyon.

I really liked how the play had been created and the cast of three actors were excellent (making this another example of how good a play can be, even with a small number of actors playing multiple roles as the female also played more minor characters like Jekyll’s house keeper).

I also have to say that all the plays and films I have seen at Edge Hill in the Rose and Short Cuts theatre have been well worth going to and you can find a list of what’s coming up here:

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre/whats-on/