It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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Flat 49 Christmas Tree

So Christmas is fast approaching and everyday we are getting more and more involved in the festive spirit. During my first year we decided that we would take a day and recreate Christmas, in order for us to celebrate it together. We made our own Christmas dinner, bought secret Santa presents and had a day of Christmas films and music. This year we kept up with our newly founded tradition and recreated our Christmas again.

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Year 1- Christmas Dinner
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2nd year- Christmas Dinner

But Christmas isn’t the only date fast approaching. UCAS DEADLINE is on the 15th January 2015 and if I were you, I’d get your UCAS form done ASAP. Who wants to spend Christmas worrying about personal statements? I wouldn’t.

When it comes to personal statements, I’d try and make it as original as possible. Personally I’d make a plan. Not only does this help for the structure, but it also allows you to include all your key points. Keep your paragraphs focused and try not to divert off onto random topics. Make sure you watch your word count and how many lines you have. UCAS have strict guidelines, so make sure you stick to them!

So, get UCAS out of the way and concentrate on having an amazing time over the Christmas break. The real work begins after Christmas making sure you achieve the results you want and getting into the uni of your choice (Edge Hill, obviously!).

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Until next time…:)

Secret Santa
Secret Santa

Christmas is coming but so are deadlines!

IMG_0077 copySo it seems to be that everyone is slowing down on the run up for Christmas, getting all their shopping done and going out for staff parties, but not me! This is one of my busiest times of the year! Being a student studying a coursework heavy degree, Christmas time is all about getting a million and one assignments in and making sure they are all to the very best they can be. I really shouldn’t complain though I do literally get a whole month of in January – bonus! But not only is it a busy time for me, I’m guessing it is for you too and trying to decide what uni is best for you in order to get that UCAS (is the word driving you crazy yet) in on time. So here are my top tips on how to decided which uni is right for you!

  1. The Course- If you love the uni and don’t like the course, probability is you’ll get really bored and want to drop out after a matter of weeks. Picking the right thing for you is so important because you have to put up with it for 3 years! And doing something you love just makes everything so much easier.
  2. Extra – What do all the universities offer you that others couldn’t? Will they offer you opportunities to enhance your CV and make you more employable?
  3. Area – Think about whether you want a campus uni or city, weigh up the pros and cons. For me this was so easy, I wanted a campus university, but not too far away from a major city, for shopping and nights out.
  4. Societies and Facilities- Does it have everything you want and give you opportunities to try something new? Check out everything that’s going on at the uni and make sure there’s stuff you’ll want to get involved in.
  5. Can you honestly see your self there? – That sounds like a bit of an odd one, but when I came to visit Edge Hill I instantly felt at home, and I could just see myself settling in straight away, go with your gut instinct, usually they never fail you!

I really hope this helps some of you guys and helps make the whole issue of picking uni’s that little bit less stressful!

Accommadation

For the whole of summer I was panicking wondering if I did enough to secure my place at Edge Hill, but then as soon as I found out I had been accepted I was then panicking about accommodation! I originally applied to be in the really posh en-suite graduates court! But I soon found out they got snapped up, and I was given Forest Court. Which ended up being the best thing that could have ever happened! I was in Maple and shared my block with 4 other people, 2 girls and 2 boys. Perfect!

I was on the ground floor, number 10, and honestly if it wasn’t other students coming back in from a night out, or the fire alarm testing at stupid o’clock in the morning, then it would be the famous Edge Hill ducks that would wake me just in time for my 9am seminars!

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ducks outside my window!!!!

We all played pranks on each other, I remember one time I went to the “McColls” shop on campus, for like 5 minutes, I came back and the whole toilet roll was displayed in my room… It genuinely took me longer to take it down than what it did for them to put it up!

a work of art!
a work of art!

But it’s okay ’cause there’s a little thing called karma, hahahaaaa….

sticky situation...
sticky situation…

Living in halls is always busy, to be honest I very rarely felt homesick just because you and your flat mates are all in the same boat. You do things as a flat to cheer yourselves up and the majority of the time, you’re out every night anyway!

I would recommend living in halls to anyone, it’s the perfect opportunity to find how well you can cope away from home, with other people, sharing your communal areas and of course not having your home comforts. But, you make the most amazing memories and some really good friends! 🙂

Goodbye College. Hello University.

Goodbye Widnes. Hello Liverpool.

Even though I live approximately 14.9 miles from Liverpool, the thought of moving out was beyond scary. I didn’t know if I was ready to look after myself and leave all of my friends and family behind, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made!IMG_3145

I remember the day I moved in. I didn’t manage to secure accommodation on campus, so Edge Hill combined with Unite accommodation in Liverpool to allow 180 students the chance to live away from home. I unpacked all my things, hugged my family goodbye and nervously went to meet my roommates.

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Thankfully my roommates were amazing and we clicked instantly. EHU’s block of flats became really close, with flat parties and social events occurring regularly throughout the year. It’s weird how quickly you become close to the people that you’re living with. One minute it’s all “sorry, what’s your name again?” and then the next you know each other’s life stories. Everyone told me that the friends you make at uni are friends for life. I thought this was another cliché, but I honestly believe it now.

As much as I love my family, I’m so happy I made the decision to move out. Even when I’m down from having a bad day, everyone at uni goes the extra mile to make me feel better. We’re constantly having a laugh and I’d be a little lost without my uni family. Moving away from home allowed me to gain the independence that I needed, along with enough memories to last me a lifetime.

Until next time…:)

 

Going to University far from home

859e4aaf34d4718d89edc79183326ec1 copyGoing to university far away from home definitely wasn’t on my radar. In fact I was pretty happy to stay in the 180° perimeter of my seaside home town Bognor Regis, you know the place, the one and only home of Butlins! I am a complete home girl, so moving far away from home was a horrifying thought to me, being so far away from all my friends and family and ultimately everything I knew, I wasn’t even entertaining the thought of leaving! But when prospectuses were thrust upon us during my first year of 6th form the one for Edge Hill caught my eye. The campus looked beautiful, the layout of the prospectus was beautiful- being in advertising and graphic design this was crucial! And they had the exact course I was looking for! So everything sounded perfect, the only problem being it was 6 hour train ride away…

My mum finally convinced me to go check it out, in my mind I was just going to rule it out, and pray that I really didn’t like it, however this was not the case. Everything was just as I’d imagined the course was fantastic, as were the lectures and the campus was all I’d dreamed it would be. It had such a friendly feel and I instantly felt at home, so I bite the bullet, packed up from the south and moved to the north! – All sounds very dramatic I know.

Moving far away was far from what I’d expected. I thought I’d constantly miss home and wish I could go back, but in all honesty I was far to busy to even think about home! *sorry mum* University was a chance to get involved in loads of new stuff, join societies, meet new people, get a job, get stuck into your course, theres literally so much going on you blink and its already time to go home for christmas! I never regret moving so far away because I love the fact I have experienced living in a new place, and discovering there really is more outside your home town!

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! 🙂

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now Jen…

IMG_0310It’s just occurred to me that I didn’t introduce myself properly in my first blog entry… and I don’t know how to feel about that (cry).12

Well, my name is Jennifer McAlister- but I’ll let you call me Jenny. I was originally born in Scotland, however due to my mum’s job I have moved around various parts of England. Where is my home? Widnes! It’s one of those places that if you’re not from there, you don’t wanna go, but nevertheless it’s still home.

This is the part where I usually drag on about what hobbies and interests I have, but I promise to make it as brief as I can. I LOVE MUFC.♥ Actually, it’s more than love if I’m being honest. I eat, breathe and sleep football. From as far back as I can rememIMG_3250ber I’ve been football mad and completely United mad… but let’s move on. I love music, TV shows (Sorry but Grey’s Anatomy just isn’t the same without Christina… FACT: I can quote every episode of friends, go me) and socialising with my friends.

Why did I pick Edge Hill University? For me it was an obvious choice. EHU provided me with the course and facilities I needed. The staff on open days went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. The campus pretty much sells itself and even on dark and gloomy days, it still feels like home. I am currently in my second year undertaking a degree in Sociology (BA Hons) and I love it. I’m still undecided what profession I want to go into after Uni, but I’m staying optimistic that between now and graduating I will have a life plan. I know I want to go into the public sphere and help people, but into which area? Who knows. After uni I want to take a gap year, volunteering in Africa for 6 months and then travelling for two months around Europe or the USA. So, the way I look at it, I’ve got ages to find who I wanna be. Too deep?

Anyway, that’s me in a nutshell. I’m going to post weekly blogs, filling you in on what Edge Hill University is like. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and I will respond as fast as I can!

Until next time…:)

 

 

“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 🙂

Fresher year in a nutshell!

Year one of being a fresher can be a mix of emotions. On one hand you’re excited to move away; to make new friends, memories and to have your first real taste of freedom. However, on the other hand you face budgeting disasters, a level of stress to produce good work for your course and waves of feeling homesick… but despite these small setbacks I personally wouldn’t change my fresher’s year for anything.

During my first year I commuted from student accommodation based in Liverpool. I went from my mum’s fabulous cooking to ready meals and cheap vodka. From her washing all my clothes, to learning how to use the washing machine myself. From watching my mum fix all my problems, to having to sort them out for myself. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to look after myself. But thanks to uni life, I found my inner independence and learned more in my first year than my previous 18.

When it comes to being a fresher, I can’t speak highly enough of the support provided by the University. From form tutors all the way to student services, Edge Hill University puts every student first and solely concentrates on their well-being. The student union puts on amazing events throughout the year to make 1st -3rd year as memorable as possible. Societies, whether social, sports or alternative clubs, encourage freshers to get involved within the other areas of uni.

So, whether you’re moving out or commuting from home, freshers’ year will be unforgettable. Everyone is in the same boat as you; nervous, scared, excited. Just take a deep breath and enjoy every moment.

 

Until next time…:)

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