Attending an applicant visit day?
I wish I had the option to attend one when I was trying to pick my University. I mean, yeah I went to all the open days (three times for EHU to make sure I wanted to come here), but I didn’t experience a day around campus.
Recently I helped out on one of the social science applicant visit days and it was fantastic. Edge Hill went above and beyond to accommodate any needs for students arriving. Student helpers assisted in guiding students around the campus along with providing campus tours. In the social science department (where I helped out), a taster lecture was presented by Kirsty- a member of the social science team. The session lasted an hour and a half, of which the students asked questions and interacted with the talk perfectly. The students got to meet the head of the department who held a talk in one of the lecture halls and activities where arranged in the HUB for students entertainment. EHU’s catering staff provided a spread of delicious food and treats for everyone, which everyone seemed to appreciate.
These days allow you to ask any questions about your course, accommodation and University experience that you haven’t already received an answer to. Staff are happy to discuss topics, along with anything you want to know about the University. Student helpers are also willing to provide an honest answer to their experience of EHU.
We hope you’ll give our applicant visitor days a chance, because we know you’ll enjoy it!
Until next time…
Last week I attended Edge Hill’s first ever Poetry Slam. When I first heard about the event I was so excited because it’s a little bit different to the kind of thing that’s usually going on in the SU bar and something that is definitely up my street. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. It was really great to see so many people get up and read their poems, and I couldn’t believe how talented my peers are. There were some really amazing poets and they were a pleasure to listen to.
I didn’t think there were many other people at uni who enjoyed poetry, but the bar was pretty packed which was wonderfully unexpected. I think that’s one of the great things about Edge Hill; there’s always something going on to interest you, even if you feel like you have quite particular tastes, and you’ll always find a group of people who have the same interests too.
Edge Hill has a massive range of societies to join, from the Circus Skills Society to the Medieval Re-enactment Society. You can see a full list of our societies here. Joining a society is a really good way to meet people who have similar interests to you, especially when you first start at university. You get the chance to sign up to societies during your first week at the Freshers Fair, although most societies are happy to let you join at any point during the year. In my experience, the students who run societies have always been really welcoming, so although attending your first meeting can be daunting, it’s normally more fun than you think.
As well as society stuff, there’s always loads of events going on to take part in if you want. For example, this week is SAFE (Sexual Awareness For Everyone) week on campus. As well as lots of really great, educational talks, there’s film screenings and even speed dating. There’s so much variety at uni, it’s almost impossible to get bored!
As the exam period comes to an end and semester two lessons begin next week, there’s a weekend where there is no work to be completed for the majority of students – in this time, let your hair down and have some fun before the hard work begins again!
This Friday, my flat and some friends are planning to go to Liverpool for a night out as part of the end-of-exam celebrations. There are loads of clubs in Liverpool and it’s a great place for a night out – especially as a night out tradition usually involves getting a takeaway before coming back home, so there’s a Maccies and other kebab places around!
There are also places to go in Ormskirk which are a bit cheaper, although there isn’t as much choice to where you can go. Alpine is probably one of the most popular clubs for students in Ormskirk, and there are other places such as Styles, Liquid, Mustard and of course, the Quad on campus with the SU bar.
The SU bar often holds events throughout the week, including karaoke and quiz nights. During first year especially, these are great nights as you can meet new people and have a laugh without having to go far and spend a lot of money.
In January, there is a re-freshers week where the SU bar and Quad will hold some events to begin the semester – it’s not usually as big as the original fresher’s week in September, but it’s a nice way to start after being away from uni for the holidays – it will get you back with your friends and it’s loads of fun!
Of course, whenever out make sure you have a phone and don’t travel alone or drink too much – better to be safe and have a good time than to be so drunk you don’t know who you are!