Realistic daily meal routines at uni.

Hi everyone, I hope you are well! For today’s blog I am going to talk a bit about easy meals I like to make at university.

As I have spoken about in my blog, ‘ Meal Planning and budgeting!’, I like to plan at the end of each week what meals I am going to have each day in order to eat healthily, save money and stay on top of what I am eating. To carry on with the theme of that blog, for this week I thought it would be fun to give you some ideas of meals and snacks that I have realistically on a day to day basis! I am going to give you an example of what I would usually have for breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks, and variations to suit you!

Breakfast!

The most important meal of the day, which I usually either skip or forget to have! But recently I have been trying to make an effort with breakfast ( when I have the time!) as I have found that it gives me more energy and stops me snacking later on.

For breakfast this morning I had:

Scrambled egg on toast with a banana and a cup of coffee!

This is a standard breakfast for me, I  like to have scrambled egg with toast, but I like to switch it up to Marmite ( I’m a lover!), raspberry jam or peanut butter! I like to have at least one piece of fruit with breakfast and it is usually a banana or an apple, which I will normally have chopped up in my cornflakes with some green milk if I’m having cereal.

Lunch!

As I mentioned in my blog about meal planning, I am vegetarian, so I try to include as fruit and veg in my diet and make sure I have lots of protein, carbohydrates, iron and healthy fats so I have a well balanced diet.

For lunch today I am having:

A bowl of veg soup with a wholemeal part bake baguette and salad.

Again, this is quite a standard lunch for me, I like to switch it up so might have beans on toast with veg or a veggie sandwich! It can be so easy just to grab a Subway or a  McDonalds  ( which I definitely do from time to time!) But this really adds up, and I always think that that money can be spent on so many other things and taking that time to make a packed lunch really is worth it! I like to have a piece of fruit or something like a cereal bar too!

Tea!  

Tea is by far my favourite meal of the day, I find that I never have a set dinner time as when I have different exercise classes I don’t want to eat before so sometimes it’s about 8/9pm by the time I have tea but it is still my favourite meal to prepare and eat!

For tea tonight I am having:

Quorn chicken nuggets, roast potatoes and veg.

I like to have a nice hearty, comforting meal for tea, especially in the winter months. As you can tell, I like to have simple meals that are very easy to make but are nice and filling. I like to think I eat quite healthily and as I am just cooking for one I find it good to adapt my meals depending on what I’m doing/ how I feel on the day! If I get hungry between meals, I will usually have a banana or cereal bar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into what a uni student eats on a day to day basis, trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet as well as exercising! Please comment below if you have any questions, have a great week!

Alice 🙂

 

What Edge Hill can do for you

A few days ago, in the media department, we had a speaker come in and speak to us: David Yates. This was an amazing opportunity and if you’re lucky enough to come and study at Edge Hill, you will be able to have these opportunities as well. Not only does the media department have these sorts of speakers, but most courses do too, with specialists coming in talking to you about career prospects. This also gives you the opportunity to ask questions to them as well.

David Yates speaking in a master class

This is one of the best things that Edge Hill offers, although, it isn’t said. Within my first term at Edge Hill, I’ve been to approximately 5 speakers (not including ones on my modules). In the media department, we’ve had Heidi Thomas, in addition to a Festival in a Day event. As a University, this just shows that Edge Hill is not only a University about lectures and seminars, they also concentrate on what may interest the students and bring in speakers or do workshops, so it doesn’t necessarily feel like ‘learning’.

David Yates Masterclass

Edge Hill doesn’t just offer speaker events, but so much more. There are social nights on Wednesdays over in the SU and also Free Film Fridays over in the Arts Centre, which Edge Hill students actually get free entry into 😉

You can also sign up to different societies and clubs. We have so many ranging from sports, gaming, films etc. You can find some more societies on this link here:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/student-experience/clubs-and-societies/

During freshers week, if you’re lucky enough to become a student here, they hold an event over in the HUB where you are able to apply and sign up to different societies and clubs. If you’re interested in a blog post more concentrated on societies and clubs, I would be more than happy to – just drop a comment down below ☺️

Ellis x

What to start thinking about

So it may seem a bit early to be thinking about starting University in September with it being almost 7 months away. However I know from my experience that I started getting very nervous that I didn’t know anyone and that I wasn’t ready. Things such as cooking for yourself and doing your own washing is something that most people are not used to, so I have a few tips of things that I did or wish I did before coming to University.

  1. Join facebook groups- I know that there is already a group that is set up to help 2019 freshers meet their course friends. For me the first girl that I met doing my course is now one of my best friends and it was really helpful to go in on the first day and have someone that I kind of knew. I was able to speak to her before coming and get to know her a bit which really helped when first meeting. Once I got to University I felt like I had already known her for years.
  2. Start cooking once a week- Leading up to going to University, my friend and I took it in turns to cook for one another. It wasn’t that we couldn’t cook but it was good for us to try out simple and cheap recipes in preparation for coming to University. This was very useful and actually really fun, we tried out a range of different things from stuffed peppers, to chickpea curry. 
  3. Start doing your own washing- This is something that I actually started doing in the summer but I wish I had started earlier. It is not the fact of how you use the washing machine because the ones at University are probably different, its more of the fact of getting into a routine and personally to know that just because I have worm something once, doesn’t mean that it needs a wash. It was good for me to be able to get into a routine of washing my own clothes and a set to being more independent.
  4. Go with whoever does thefood shop- Doing this can be helpful as it means you can have practice with budgeting. Knowing what to pick and trying to go with cheaper options rather than the highest brand, which you really don’t need. It may be really simple and maybe you already join whoever does the food shop, however try and take an active part, particularly if you are going to be cooking in the week because then you can take charge of what you need.

Although these may seem like very small and silly things, they can actually help with settling into University, but also means you can probably help others with things like their washing or cooking, if they need you to check something is definitely cooked.

Organisation and routine at University.

Hi everyone and I hope you’re doing well and have had a great week! For today’s blog I am going to talk about getting into a routine while at university and simple ways you can add order and routine into your day to day life at uni.

1.)  Working around your timetable.

In order to plan and organise your life, it is very important to know what you’re planning around! So, it may be a good idea to make a revision or lesson timetable to breakdown what work you need to do. For me, at the end of each week I go through all the work I need to do and what lessons I have for the next week. As sometimes, one week can be different to another with my English and Education degree, I find it best to go onto Learning Edge and checking my emails everyday in order to know all the changes! In addition to this, as the week goes on, I jot in my diary  little things I need to do. For example, I write down what food I need to buy, exercise classes I need to book,  certain readings I need to do, any shows at the Edge Hill art centre I want to go to… ( The list goes on!). I like to at the weekend, go through the list and tick off everything I’ve already done and re-write it out, prioritising certain things! 

Getting into a weekly routine.

As the way life is, some days and weeks can be more interesting than others! But, as I’ve been at uni nearly 5 months ( so crazy!) I have found things and routines that work best for me. For example, I’ve been going to as many exercise classes a week as I can cram in with my friend, Jessamy and going to swim team meets on a Monday and land training on a Thursday. As well as doing my weekly meal plans, cleaning my flat, doing the food shop and preparing my meals, doing the laundry, writing my blog  and doing all my work. I know it seems like a lot but I really find that If I organise, it seems so much less daunting! I also try to do something new each week, like going to a new coffee shop with a friend or having a film night ( It’s the small things!).

Looking after yourself!

At the root of it all, it is so important to look after yourself and do what makes you happy. I know that some weeks I won’t achieve everything I’ve set out to do on my to do list! I find that changing things up at the weekend really helps, and I see it as treating myself! So, I will then be more likely to get everything done before the weekend! Planning things to look forward to and putting it in my diary really adds a sense of purpose to the week, like going to see my boyfriend or going back home for the weekend!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment below if you have any questions! Have a good week, and remember- do what makes you happy!

Thank you for reading,

Alice 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarships

Hey guys,

When coming to Edge Hill, the University offers so much from societies to degrees, but, within all of this, the University also provides scholarships for prospective students (you).

When I first started to look at the possibility of coming to Edge Hill, I looked through what scholarships they had through their website. From there, after gaining my place at Edge Hill, I went onto apply for the Excellence Scholarship award which was application based.

Once I got a place at Edge Hill, around the summer time, I was lucky enough to get selected for the Excellence Scholarship award, to which, I was very proud of and it boosted my confidence a lot. I was very fortunate, but, it just shows that hard work and determination does pay off. Also, due to my grades coming out of college, I also got given the High Achievers Award as well.

Other Scholarships include:

  • Excellence Scholarships – If you’re proud of something you have done outside of your studies, this award could reward your determination and achievements.
  • Sports Scholarships – This award celebrates talent and dedication within sports.
  • High Achievers Scholarship – If you achieve above AAA or equivalent to in BTEC, this will recognise your grades and offer you a reward.
  • Liverpool Scholarship – Celebrates the prospective student who achieves the highest UCAS points in the City of Liverpool.

If you would like a bit more information on these scholarships, just click on the link here:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships/

There are a few case studies you can look through from other students who have won these scholarships in previous years as well.

If you are an international student who has been looking at Edge Hill, there are other scholarships the university provides which you can find here:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees-and-scholarships/?tab=scholarships//

If you’re having trouble as well with what scholarships you can go for, there is also a scholarship calculator which helps figure out what and how you can apply for some.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships/calculator/

I hope you found this useful! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop a comment down below ☺️

Ellis x

What can you use with your gym membership?

When coming to university, one of the main things I wanted to do was join the gym. I have been fairly active since I was young and have been going to the gym on and off since I was 14. Personally I really enjoy the gym as a way to keep fit and healthy but also to have a bit of time to myself and not be thinking about school work or anything else. I was very impressed by all the facilities that were available at Edge Hill’s Sport Centre and I was very excited to get my membership.

In September I payed £80 for a years membership, due to living on campus (however this may change), and the amount of things that are included within the package I was astonished. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I get and use within my membership so that others have a rough idea for when they come to Edge Hill.

  1. Full use of the gym- this is a given but the gym is open 7am till 10pm Monday through Thursday, then on a Friday it is open 7am-9pm, and finally on a weekend the gym is open 9am-5pm. These opening times are very inclusive and seem to work well for everyone, because if you want to go to the gym before a lecture it is possible or if you want to go later in the evening after you have done your work for the day, then again that is possible.
  2. Full use of the classes- this is subject to availability, but there are a wide range of classes that go on throughout the week. You can book them from week to week very easily online. And again this is all included in the membership. I have been to classes such as Zumba, Spinning, HIIT, and abs express, all of which the instructors have been very helpful but they also try and push you to the best of your ability.
  3. Personal training sessions- Each week I have the opportunity to have a 30 minute personal training session, again subject to availability. I love these sessions as I am able to different things in my workouts other than just what I normally do and also I am definitely pushed to the best of my ability. Each week I can chose what I want to focus on in my workout, and it is always a good challenge. 
  4. A workout plan- with my membership I was able to get a plan made for me. I had a meeting with my personal trainer and I was able to tell him my goals and then a few days later I had a number of different workouts on my app, which is also very useful because it tells you how many reps and the weight and also a rest time. 

Finally there are other things included in the membership that I have, such as use of the pool when it is open, you can also use the sauna and steam room. However these are things that I have not got round to using yet. But this just shows that there are such a wide range of opportunities and facilities the Sports Centre to fit whatever you would like to get involved with. There is something for everyone.

Third Year English modules

Hi everyone,

Last year I wrote a post about the modules I chose for the second year of my degree in English Literature which you can see here.

English

  1. Victorians at Work:

This is one of the compulsory modules I took for this year. It is a period survey about Victorians in a professional context. I found it really interesting to learn more about our ancestors and how they influenced us. it addresses the social side of the Victorian era such as industrialisation. Texts included The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

2.  Contemporary Literature in English:

This focuses on texts that were written after the end of the second world war right up until the current day. I only started this module this term and I am already really enjoying it! Some of the books include; A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow and Ali Smith’s Autumn.

3. Victorians at Play:

This is fast becoming one of my favourite modules as it is really interesting to see how the Victorians kept themselves entertained and how much they invented as well. So far texts have included J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

4. Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: Young Adult Fiction:

This module is all about teenage fiction so its super enjoyable to read the texts. They range from texts from young peoples experiences of war and also first love. Texts include; Forever by Judy Blume and John Green’ s The Fault in our Stars.

I hope you found this interesting!

Ellie 🙂

The faces of Edge Hill University – Unsung Heros

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The people who spend every working day at Edge Hill university have alot on their plate. Everyone from the canteen staff in the hub to facilities management technicians work tirelessly to make Edge Hill the best university that it can be. Because there is so many it is often easy to over look staff on the ground. In this blog I want to pay tirbute to three staff groups that I feel often go unnoticed in their daily duties.


Site Services – Housekeepers

135 house keepers work five days a week to clean flat kitchens and accomadation halls. These are the people who literally pick up after you. They are first on this list because they have a demanding job. They have my thanks.


Facilities Management – Post

Working in the durning center from early in the morning to late in the evening the postal team deal with not only staff mail but student mail too. Some of the friendlies faces you will ever see in there. Big thank you to all of them for their hard work.


Respective Departments – Admin Staff

Each department provides administration staff to answer questions from students. I have to give my thanks especially to Sally and Sharon from EHU Computing. Always there to help, no matter what the problem. A tough job, done right.


These three groups of staff work to make this university amazing, thank you to all of them. If you see them please do the same, without their hard work that sometimes goes unoticed, we would be alot worse off. Thats all from me.

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

The Sports Centre at Edge Hill!

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in my previous post I now have a membership at the Edge Hill’s Sports Centre! I’m still at the beginning of my fitness journey so I will definitely be updating you on how that’s going later on.

But, I think that the facilities at the Sports Centre are incredible and there is so much to do that will suit everyone at all ages and abilities – you can take a look at their website by clicking here. So, I thought I would give you all a quick run through of what’s available!

 

The Sports Centre has two sets of changing rooms for both the fitness suite and the swimming facilities, both include showers. I also absolutely love that there are hairdryers and straighteners available too! There are lots of lockers as well so you never have to worry about leaving your belongings unattended.

The fitness suite itself has lots of equipment from treadmills to bikes and cross trainers, as well as a designated weights area. The gym equipment also has a TV screen so that you can stay entertained during work outs. For example you can watch Netflix and YouTube or even listen to the radio!

Every single day there are a variety of classes you can go to such as yoga, Zumba, HIIT and lots more. I would love to have a go at doing yoga and legs, bums and tums as they sound great! Classes are well priced for non-members as well at just £3.50!

The swimming pool is one of my favourite things, I’ve been a couple of times now and I love it in there! You can swim freely or in a single lane and there are also classes such as Aqua Fit. It’s a great way to guarantee you won’t go on your phone for a good hour and you can just switch off from uni work.

So far I’m really enjoying doing some exercise and I find it’s really good mentally as well. I’m finding that I am really looking forward to it each time I visit the gym! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

Ellie 🙂

 

My last semester at Edge Hill

Hi everyone 🙂

Welcome to my first post of 2019, I hope you have all had an amazing first month of 2019!

I am looking forward to seeing what this semester brings, but it also feels extremely bittersweet as it is my last ever semester at Edge Hill and I definitely do not feel ready to leave yet! So far my time at Edge Hill has been so much better than I ever could have imagined. I still can’t comprehend that in July I will be graduating and no longer a student (I will definitely miss the perks of being a student!).

But, I am going to be making the most of this semester and enjoying my time here as well! I joined the gym last week and I’m really looking forward to getting into fitness again as I definitely haven’t been my most healthy self in my time at uni. I have been a few times now and I am enjoying it so much and the facilities are incredible, which I will be talking about in future posts!

Let me know what you’re looking forward to this semester!

Thanks for reading

Ellie 🙂