Changes: First to Second Year

End the end of second year, a number of things had changed since the end of first year – surprisingly, time does that. Over the course of the year, many opportunities presented themselves to me. First of all was this, the position as a student blogger! It’s been a worthwhile endeavour not only to contribute to my university but also to diversify my skills. Being in a STEM field, I don’t do this kind of writing all that often, so this was definitely beneficial for me.

 

My course, in fact, also changed. At the end of first year, I decided to switch from straight Biology to Ecology and Conservation, however, not even a week later, I made up my mind and chose to specialise into Genetics instead. Ultimately, it all came down to module choices and which course allowed me to take my preferred selection of modules. You may come to the end of your first year and realise that another field entirely is calling to you, in which case you may be able to make an interdisciplinary transfer. I have two friends who have transferred from Creative Writing to Human Biology and from Games Programming to Music Production!

As for my societies, I remained in the LGBT society, but I became less active in the volleyball club and more active in the historical reenactment society. Towards the end of the year however, my dedication was primarily with the newly minted sustainability society, and mainly on the allotment that we have given new life. Next year I may join the climbing society, who knows what’ll happen!

Another change from first to second year is accommodation, since I lived in halls for my first year (the lovely chancellor’s court), and had moved into a rented student house for my second year, sharing with one former hallmate, one coursemate, and two others from the year above who my hallmate knew well from societies.

Now, two years after first attending Fresher’s Week on campus, I am in Illinois, USA, acting as a research affiliate for the Morton Arboretum during my sandwich year. Not only that but I completed an Erasmus internship over the summer in Sweden. There are many opportunities for engagement, change, and evolution at Edge Hill University. I’ve been lucky enough to experience quite a few of them and you may too!

Last Minute Guide… Choosing the Right Course!

Oh how depressing that Christmas is over and there’s only a few days until the new year! This means it’s nearly the year of intense revision, exams and results- but boy is it worth it! Hopefully you’ve submitted your UCAS application, but if not and you’re unsure of what course to choose I’ve decided to help you out a bit…

I first found my course looking through the Edge Hill prospectus when I wasn’t 100% sure what degree I wanted to pursue. This page of the prospectus broke down the course into the main things I needed to know, such as what content was covered and what grades I needed amongst loads of other useful information. The prospectus is definitely worth a look as it has information on every course at Edge Hill, if you’d like a copy you can order one online, to do so please look here.

However if you can’t wait and want more information on the vast array of courses available look here on our website!

You should ensure that you’re happy with every aspect of your course, such as what you will be learning and also how it is assessed! The worst thing would be to choose a course that is mainly exams when you love coursework or the opposite way round!

My specific course involves exams, some in January and April, and also coursework, essays, portfolios, placements and presentations! Phew! It sounds a lot and honestly it can be overwhelming at times but when you manage your time effectively and organise yourself it isn’t bad!

If I could advise anything it would be to create a check list ranked on the most important aspects of a course for you. Therefore you can make an informed decision, and if you’re missing anything that you need to know you can reach out to us so we can help you!

Feel free to comment if you have anything you’d like to ask!

Now, best of luck and have a fantastic New Year!

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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The importance of Open Days (and Course Titles)!

I have just remembered the biggest ever mistake I have ever made in my academic career. This was a long time ago (and I have gotten passed it) but I just want my readers to be aware of what that mistake was so that they don’t make it themselves if they have not already. I don’t regret choosing Edge Hill, but I look back to when I applied to my Uni courses and wish I went to more Open Days BEFORE applying!

The EHU Open Day that I went to saw me visit a University for the first time. I had discovered the course on the internet and liked the title so, even though it was in uncharted territory (very far away from my home) I decided to see what it’s like. It was scarily bigger than I imagined, but I liked how pretty the campus was and the presentation on the course interested me. Notably, during the presentation, the tutor also talked about a related course and that interested me also! And so, two of the five choices were made before I applied and I knew that the two were right for me. I can’t say the same about my other choices – The titles sounded cool, the descriptions sounded cool, but when I went to the open days (or more specifically Applicant Visit days) for those courses they were COMPLETELY different to what I imagined (good for some, but not for me), which was really bad considering I already applied to them and received offers from those courses ([ultra dismayed face])…

I know it’s a weird mistake (judging books by covers) but I’m not ashamed of telling my readers because I have learned from it. I’m currently sorting out visits to Open Days for my postgraduate studies of which I think applications for opens in late November this year – I now refuse to apply to any course without going to an Open Day first for I realise now that courses (and most other things, I suppose) are very different in real life compared to what it is on paper. And be careful of course titles as well – degrees can be quite broad (especially mine – yes it’s “Media, Music and Sound”, but it’s also a bunch of other things like Sociology, History and Psychology – which I’m cool with) and hopefully presentations about the course from course tutors will truly open your eyes to what you could be investing a LOT of time of money into. Don’t waste course choices! (The same goes for accommodation – view as many places as you can before choosing which one is right for you 🙂 )

EHU Open Days – http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/opendays

Campus Tours – http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/events/campustours