Living off Campus

Hi guys, since we are coming to the start of a new year a lot of you may be living off campus for the first time. So here’s a few things that in my experience are different from on campus accommodation both good and bad.

Having your own washing machine/drier

I don’t know about you but the circuit machines in the SU were always messing me around one way or another especially with their broken app, so moving off campus and just being able to use a machine without having to carry clothes anywhere or ring up circuit for the FIFTH time to get a refund is a very welcome change.

Being closer to the town

The title speaks for itself but most people live in or around Ormskirk, which is both a good and a bad thing as your closer to shops and bars but it also means getting up earlier than 8.45 to get to uni classes, you also have to contend with the Edge Link bus free for all just before 9 in the morning. Unless you happen to live in a location equidistant between the town and the uni in which case, nice one.

Varying broadband quality

I lived in Chancellors Court in first year and the WiFi and wired internet connections available were both a dream to use, I hardly ever had any issues and could download as much stuff as I wanted with little fuss. Moving into off campus living my broadband is more basic, it still does the job. But, be wary that if your someone who relies heavily on good speeds you may not always be able to get them, this depends on a variety of factors but especially if your moving in with other people this can be something to keep in mind. Although you might end up having much better internet so it varies.

No Fire Drills

Living on campus means on occasion the fire alarm will go off for drills, which can be ever so slightly annoying but understandable. It’s not so fun though when someone accidentally sets it off early or late at night. At least when you live off campus there’s usually less people to set off an alarm and you don’t usually have to do fire drills, unless you want to for um fun?

So there are a few things I noticed most after making the switch, any questions feel free to ask and thanks for reading!

Jordan

Packing for University – Three things you need for Edge Hill Halls


Packing for University can be daunting at the best of times, if you havn’t been away from home before it can be even scarier. Breaking things down into what you need and what you don’t can really help you get your mind straight and put you on the right track to taking what you need to University and not just everything that will fit in the car with you. In this blog I want to talk about my top three things that you should bring with you to Edge Hill University.


Bedding

Top of my list for a few reasons, not least of all the fact that it can make your room really feel like home. Bedding is important to bring for many reasons. Having a few spare pairs while you are washing one is great. Keeping your bed feeling comfy is another and I have said, it makes everything feel like home.


Something for the walls

Having bare walls can make a room feel empty, but using your new room as a way to express yourself can make everything feel calmer when you are stressed from all that is going on around you. Its important to follow University rules regarding sticking things to the walls, no nails!


The kitchen, just not the sink

Taking kitchenware with you is also very important. You might over look this. Pots, pans and cutlery. All important and should be taken with you for cooking and day to day living. Trust me, I didn’t bring a cup with me on my first day, you need those to get a drink!


That’s everything for this weeks blog, stay tuned for more about moving to Edge Hill in the future.

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I’ve Graduated!

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, last week was a crazy week for me as I moved out of my uni house and back home as well as having my graduation!

Graduation day was just incredible and I had such an amazing time, it was so nice to feel that all of my hard work had paid off and I got the 2:1 that I had dreamed of getting! I was so proud of myself and my friends and it was amazing that we got to celebrate together on such an amazing day! I wrote all about what happened through the course of the day – here if you would like to read that!

I have honestly had the best three years at Edge Hill and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my family, friends, and the amazing staff in my department. There were definitely times when I felt like giving up but I am so glad I carried on as getting a degree is such a big acheivement!

Ellie xxx

What happens on graduation day!

Hi everyone,

Last week was graduation week at Edge Hill, it was honestly one of the best days of my life and I loved every second of it! However, I was so nervous and didn’t really know what to expect or how amazing it was going to be! So I thought I would let you know how the day went.

My ceremony was at 10:30 am and registration opened 2 hours before the ceremony, I would definitely recommend arriving two hours before your ceremony just so you can enjoy everything that is happening rather than feeling rushed as you need to be sat in the ceremony 45 minutes before it starts.

The first thing to do is collect your cap and gown, the process is really easy all I had to do was enter the business school and there were lots of people there to guide you as well as help putting your robes on and making sure you have the correct hat.

After robe collection it was time to register in the education building, this was super easy you just go the desk that corresponds with your surname and the people on the desk will do the registering for you. Upstairs in the education building was the professional photography area, if you running a bit late there is no worry as you can still go back to them after your ceremony, the photographers are really nice and make you feel at ease!

Then it was on to the ceremony, I was so nervous about walking in front of everybody but its fine! The ceremony was really enjoyable and there was some really motivational speeches and I felt so proud of myself and my friends for getting our degrees and I was so happy!

After the ceremony we took lots of photos by the lake outside of the health building and we were so lucky as the weather was amazing, there was a reception in the hub where there was lots of complimentary food and drink which we were so happy about as we were all so hungry! There were also lots of stalls in the hub where you could sign up the alumni service Edge Hill offers as well as the students union merchandise stand where I bought a keyring and a graduate t shirt! After this, my department threw a little party for us which was so nice!

Once we had finished I went for a lovely meal with my family! My graduation day was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again!

Ellie x

Best Places for all of your uni essentials!

Hi everyone,

After three years of living at university I have found a few favourite places where I like to buy all my essentials from including bedroom accessories and stationary. As I am on a budget I am always looking for a bargain so I thought I would share my favourite shops for all of your university products!

  1. Wilko

Wilko is really amazing for lots of university pieces, I got all of my kitchen utensils including plates, bowls, pans and cutlery and they are all so well priced. I am pretty sure I paid less than Β£3 for two plates. They have lots to offer and it is also nice stuff that isn’t just boring.

2. Primark

This one is probably my favourite out of all the shops because you can add to your wardrobe without breaking the bank as well as an amazing and ever growing home section. I got so many things throughout my time at uni from primary that are all really worthwhile such as candles, fairy lights, duvets and bedding that are all really good quality especially when on a budget and little things like fairy lights can make your uni room feel so homely and cosy. The home section in the Liverpool store is the best one!

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3. Supermarkets

Even though Aldi is a supermarket, the special buys they have in there can be really good, especially for cleaning products and things like magazine racks and pencil cases. They always have different things in store so I think it just depends on what week you go! Supermarket home sections are also great for buying your kitchen essentials and they also always have really pretty mugs and tea towels!

4. The Works

Whilst The Works is predominately a book shop, they have an amazing selection of stationary from notebooks to diaries and amazing pens. I think every notebook I used throughout uni was from here and they are all amazingly priced and I love going in there!

I hope this was helpful!

Ellie xx

Leaving my University house

Hi everyone,

Last week I officially moved home and out of my university house. I thought it would be a struggle moving home after living away for three years but I am settling back in well and I am finding it a lot easier than I thought.

I have absolutely loved living in Ormskirk for the last three years and I am so glad I decided to experience living away from home rather than commuting back and forth. I got to meet so many amazing friends who I know will be friends for life, we are all quite lucky as well as we are all based in the north west! The independence I gained as well from living away as has been amazing for me, it has made me a lot more confident and using my initiative rather than just relying on my mum!

In first year I lived in Main Halls which I loved as we it was catered accommodation and the range of food provided each day was always really good! Living in the main building was also super helpful as that’s where most of my lectures were.

It feels so surreal that I have now finished uni and I have moved home, I wish I could do it all over again

Ellie xx

Healthy meal ideas as a vegetarian student!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well and have had a good week!

Today’s blog is going to be the first in a little series of blogs, which will revolve around healthy eating and meal ideas when on a budget and maybe a slightly lazy student! For this months blogs, I will be sharing recipes and tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This first blog will be talking about store cupboard essentials as a student and a bit about my personal list!

I have been vegetarian, on and off for around 3 years now, with a very short lived attempt at veganism ( didn’t last as I missed cheese too much πŸ˜‰ ) and I love it. I know it’s not for everyone, but personally I love healthy eating and vegetables and found that I felt better when actually taking time to think about what I am eating and that’s how my enjoyment for cooking began! As a student, I have loved having the freedom to buy and cook whatever I want, especially broccoli and cheese for pretty much every meal! But there is always the problem of budgeting and using your money wisely when cooking for yourself. My biggest tip for this is having store cupboard essentials in, either when my parents would take me for a food shop when coming to visit or when going home during the holidays. Personally my store cupboard essentials that have a great shelf life include:
– Tinned Tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans and chickpeas for veggie chilli, pasta sauce, curry and casseroles or whatever you fancy- you can get really inventive with a tin of chickpeas with a bit of imagination! Oh and beans on toast or with a jacket potato- obviously ( a classic student meal!).
– Dried carbohydrates, so pasta, rice, tinned potatoes and noodles- literally the back bone to most student meals, add some veg and you’re good to go.
– Jars of curry powder, dried chillies, mixed herbs, salt, sugar, pepper and all-spice. can really making a boring meal interesting! As well as cooking oil, a definite essential.
– Porridge oats, tea, coffee and cereal. Oh and biscuits, definitely- my personal favourites have to be Aldi’s own dark chocolate digestives- 49p a pack! I know.  I honestly don’t feel like there’s anything that can’t be fixed with a digestive biscuit and a coffee, especially when the biscuit costs less that a penny!
Having these bits in are brilliant for making a meal when you feel like you don’t have anything in and are hiding at the back of your cupboard! In the next blog I will touch on my fridge and freezer essentials as a student as well as giving you a few of my favourite breakfast ideas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, please comment if you have any questions!
Alice πŸ™‚

Student Application Tips

Writing a Student application for UCAS can be difficult, especially when you don’t really know what to write. These are some of the things I looked out for when I wrote my application to get into Edge Hill University.

Grade Boundaries:

You will need to prepare yourself for the grades that the University of your choice wants for students to get in order to even be considered for their course. Try and aim to get these grades if you can. However, in specific circumstances, if the grades aren’t necessarily there, the University will still consider your application based on who you are as a person and your commitment to that particular subject.

References

Have references you know you can rely on. This can be anyone from teachers to work experience placement (if you had one). These references will not only back you up as a person but, they will give the University an insight into your work ethic.

Personal Statement

This is the quote I used at the start of my application. Spielberg is one of my inspirations.

Did you know it takes around 10 seconds for the person reading your personal statement to decide whether they should consider you? This is probably the most important bit of information as you can add in your interests, passion and commitment to the study you want to go into. As well as explaining your interest to study at that University. The only thing you should be mindful of is that your personal statement will go to all of your top 5 Universities on your UCAS application. So try not to tale it to one specific Uni (even though you may have one in mind).

Commitment

This ties into your personal statement but, show your commitment to the course. Whether that’s creating a portfolio of your work or doing something outside of school/college related to the subject. This will work in your favour to get your top 1 University. When I applied for Edge Hill, I had a portfolio on hand and showreel of all of the films and scripts I had previously worked on.

I hope some of these tips have helped those of you that may be struggling with your application. Majority of people have been through this before so if you need anymore advice, I’d be more than happy to help! Just drop a comment down below ☺️.

Ellis x

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Shopping for University on a budget!

Hello!

I know shopping for University can be exciting, at least it was for me! However, it is so easy to spend money on things you don’t need or too much money on things you could get cheaper. Keep reading for some tips and ideas on how to save as much as you can while you shop for the things you will need a university!

The Range

The Range is a really great place to get your bedding, towels, any decor you may need for your room like lamps, blankets etc. The prices here too are absolutely amazing. I didn’t know about this place until a few weeks before uni started and my friend took me there and I kicked myself because I could have saved so much money on the things I had already bought so make sure this is one of the first places you go!

b&m Bargains or Home Bargains

I love the treasures you can find in these shops and the prices are incredible too. Both B&M and Home Bargains are great shops to find things like laundry baskets or duvet and pillows and everything you could possibly need in the kitchen!

UniKitOut

Unikitout is an online store that puts together packs of the absolute esstentials that you will need. They provide a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom one that comes as it’s own kit and then if you need anything else you can shop for extras. This is a little more pricey but may end up costing you less in the long run as the packs are pretty stocked. Check them out here.

Thanks so much for reading today’s blog. I hope you’re getting as excited as I was, it’s going to be amazing! See you next time.

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Preparing for results day

With August and results day fast approaching I thought I would share a post about preparing yourself for the day of madness. Now when it comes to results day there can be a lot of different emotions that run around friends and just in your head, but you have to remember if you are going to university then these results are just the stepping stone to get you there, once you’ve got your degree it is highly unlikely that anyone (i.e. an employee) is going to ask you what grade you got in your A-Level Biology. So as much as these results are important to you at the moment, in 3-4 years time they will be less important because you will have a degree on top of it.

Try and make the day a positive one for everyone and a day to look forward to rather than something you don’t want to come. Make plans with friends and family to celebrate your achievements. Whether you go out for lunch with your family or meet up with your friends to share your achievements, organise the day as something you can look forward to, as this will help you focus on the good part rather than focusing on what could be with your results.

Lastly try and make yourself busy leading up to results day, I know for my results I was constantly thinking what if… But I think if I’d kept myself busy the week before results I would have stressed a lot less. Also it is good to talk to others that took the same exams as you, if you are getting stressed about your results it is highly likely that they are getting nervous too. So try not to worry as you lead up to your results, you’ve done all the hard work now so what will be will be. And Good Luck!