First Year over! :)

 

 

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re well and have had a good week.

I know right now alot of people have either finished their course or are right on the edge of finishing, just needing that final push towards the end. I handed in my final assignment last Thursday and can’t explain how good it feels to be done after all the slaving away for the past few months. When I first finished, I just slept the full Friday to celebrate!                                                                                  Since then I have been keeping myself busy and my plan was to stay on campus for a few weeks before I go back home for summer- but I have come back home for a couple of weeks before I return with my parents to fully move out- but more of that in my next post!  In this blog I’m going to talk about finishing my first year and 3 mains things I have learnt when being at Edge Hill since September.

Independence!                                                                                                                                            With the countless amount of responsibilities that comes with moving out and going to uni, you really do gain alot of maturity and independence! Many jobs including budgeting, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping and keeping on top of all uni work- just to name a few! The responsibilities are endless! So when faced with all these responsibilities, it is an instinct to do what we need to do! It can be so difficult to get everything done- but something really important that I’ve learnt within this first year is just to try your best, that’s all you can do. I’ve learnt there are always people around you who are there to help and a phone call home or to friends really helps!

Productiveness and Motivation!                                                                                                I have always been a procrastinator, and when I know i have something  I need to do, but don’t want to (like the laundry or washing up or an assignment that I don’t know how to start) I will do virtually everything else I can to put off doing it! Anything! Like going to an exercise class, having a nap , watching a film, going on a night out..! The list is never ending! But during this first year at Edge Hill, I’ve really learnt if I don’t do it, it just won’t get done! I have enjoyed writing to do lists and meal plans and put everything on the list. Even things like having meals or meeting friends or watching an episode of something as well as starting an assignment as it means I will be more likely to do it! I find that motivating myself by almost bribing myself with things I want to do, makes my goals more achievable.

Confidence and trust in yourself and others!                                                                      During my first year, I have met friends that I know I will keep for life and meeting new people has required confidence and trust! Being confident to make the leap with meeting new people and being yourself is so important- and how you meet like minded friends. And having that trust in others is important too! You have to remember that everyone at uni is in the same boat, everyone is nervous and doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but by being friendly and being yourself- everyone will be happy! Your happiness is so important so making decisions and being safe in situations you are comfortable is key!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into three important life skills I have learnt in my first year at Edge Hill! Please comment if you have any questions, I hope to hear from you soon.

Alice! 🙂

 

What Performing Arts at Edge Hill has done for my career (Part 1/2)

Hey all, I hope you’re well and enjoying your week!

University is great for many reasons; it’s an experience you can’t have anywhere else, you meet new friends, you learn how to live independently, and most of all, you build the experience you need to get yourself along your career path. Edge Hill has really helped me with this, and I thought it would be nice to share why and what they’ve done for me with you.

As a Performing Arts student, I came to Edge Hill wanted to expand my experience and skills, but also make links which will help me in the future. I didn’t expect to gain such a range of experience as I have done!

In my first year, the modules I studied were Introducing Performance, Visual Theatre, Devising Performance, Physical Theatre, Multimedia Performance and Performance Skills. In the Introducing Performance and Devising Performance modules, I learnt skills and theories that helped me understand Performance and how it is created, which was really eye opening as a Performer.

In the Visual Theatre, Physical Theatre and Multimedia Performance modules, I learnt some great skills to use within a performance. In Visual Theatre, we were taught how to create puppets that were thigh high, and even had a workshop with a professional puppeteer who taught us how, in our teams, we can work together to move our puppet to make it look like a real-life breathing creature. It helped me to understand not only how to puppeteer a puppet as a group, but how to work in a group in general so that a performance is as authentic and flowing as possible. In Physical Theatre, I not only learnt new ways of creating Physical Theatre, but also got introduced to new practitioners and performance groups that work within the genre, which was really exciting to see. And in Multimedia Performance, I was taught how to use projection, sound and lighting alongside physical performance to create an atmospheric and all-encompassing performance. Not only this too, I also learnt how to use the equipment, something that I used to just leave to the Technicians to do. It’s always great to know how to use the equipment you need to work with yourself in case you cannot get someone to help you with it.

In the Performance Skills module, I learnt many different skills, such as Mask work, clowning and juggling. I had always wanted to be able to juggle more than 2 juggling balls, however, I never knew the technique. The module was planned out so that there were workshops on each different skill, then you decided what you wanted to focus on for your practical assessment, so I chose juggling. The way that the module was planned and the fact the teacher was skilled in juggling himself really helped me get a hang of it, and by the end of the module I could juggle quite well! Not only did this module help me pick up a skill, but it also led to some great experiences that I can put on my CV. The first was a Circus Intensive with an actual Circus company, Circus Sensible. If you want to read about this experience, you can read my blog post on it below:

Circus Fun on Campus!

As well as this intensive, I got the chance to teach the local kids of Ormskirk circus tricks for the Gingerbread Festival, an annual festival held in Ormskirk Town Centre.

Throughout the year, I also took Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop and Aerial Silk lessons outside of the University. I did this with a company called Inversion Pole Fitness, and it started out as a curiosity for what it would be like to do Aerial Fitness, then became something I truly love! I not only learnt a new skill I can put on my performer’s CV, but I found a sport that I enjoy and it made my life much healthier!

Being at Edge Hill also gave me the confidence I needed to apply to be represented by a casting agency, which is a huge step towards my goal to act on screen.

So that’s everything that last year at Edge Hill gave me! I’m sure you can agree it’s a lot, and I can’t be happier with the amount of skills I can offer now as a Performer. My next blog post will be focusing on what I’ve achieved so far this year, so keep an eye out for that!

My 2017 at Edge Hill

Hello all! Today is the last day of 2017… and what a year it has been! When I look back on this year there’s so much I could talk about, it makes it hard to focus on specific things! If it wasn’t for Edge Hill these things would have never have made my 2017 as fantastic as it has been. So I thought I’d take you all on a journey with me through the past year.

Feeling refreshed after Christmas break, I got back to Ormskirk ready to do something new! I had already been doing Pole lessons in Ormskirk with Inversion Pole Fitness, but I fancied a go at Aerial hoop!

I loved it! Aerial has become one of my favourite things in the whole world, and if I had not come to Edge Hill it’s likely I’d have never have even given it a try. I even performed a Routine at the first Inversion Showcase in April with the support of my lovely aerial family, something I thought I wouldn’t be able to do but smashed!

One of my favourite memories from this year came around Summer time. Above the campus there is a wonderful woods called Ruff Woods, and me and my friend went for a wander past the woods and saw the most beautiful things. It was super sunny, super relaxing and just lovely to wander and not know what we’d find!

One of the things I’ll never ever forget is the Circus Intensive I took part in in June. The wonderful Circus Sensible came and taught a bunch of us all kinds of tricks and we put on 4 public shows! In January I’d decided a goal of mine was to learn to juggle three balls, and in June I did more than that! I juggled, I learnt devil sticks and diabolo, and I clowned around! Teaching the kids who came to watch our second and third shows how to spin plates was probably the most rewarding part of the whole experience- they were just excited to get to learn what the clowns they just saw knew!

On the topic of clowning… I performed at Ormskirk’s very own Gingerbread Festival! I spent the day hula-hooping, juggling and teaching the local kids how to do tricks. It was during the summer, so I travelled back to Ormskirk to take part, and I’m so glad I did because it was an absolutely fantastic day!

For my physical theatre module we got to go to Chester Zoo! I didn’t expect to be doing this, but it was so much fun wandering around the zoo and watching the animals. We had to pick one and observe it so we could act like it in class. I chose the sloth, which is surprisingly more active than you think! But of course, I could only catch a picture of it sleeping…

One of the biggest achievements of this year, if not the biggest, has to be what I’ve gotten from doing the aerial modules on my course. I chose both the aerial dance module and the aerial circus module, both taught by the fantastic Wired Aerial Theatre, and although I was skeptical of how well I’d do, I grew to love them both immensely and I got so strong from it! I’m so proud of the hoop routine I came up with myself on the module, and I can’t wait to perform it!

Something I hadn’t heard of before was the Student Union Crafternoons! Here students can get together with friends and do some crafts for free! I went to the dream catcher making session and I made this. It’s not the best, but I had fun!

And one of the highlights of the Christmas season was my house’s Christmas dinner! This year I chose to live in a house in Ormskirk town centre with 4 friends, and we all made a Christmas dinner together, which was delicious and fun!

The thing with all these memories is they would never have happened if I hadn’t come to Edge Hill. The clowning and the aerial modules were done through the Uni itself, and the others were done because of the people I’ve met along the way. I can’t wait for what 2018 and Edge Hill brings me!

And I hope you all have had a happy year, and have a fantastic New Year as we head into 2018 🙂