Hi, I’m Victoria Loftus – though I tend to go by Vicky most of the time. I’m currently in my third year at Edge Hill studying English literature and creative writing. Being in third year you’d think I’ve had a good couple of years to get used to the whole independent adult thing, but I’m still learning new things every day. That’s the great thing about uni, it gives you a safe, supportive place to learn how to adult, without being thrown into the deep end and ultimately being left to drown in all the crazy responsibilities. I thought for my first blog post I’d share with you the highlights of my Edge Hill experience so far…
I’ve become more independent.
Of course one the most important (non-academic) lessons I’ve learnt during my time at university came at the beginning of first year, and that was how to fend for myself; including getting over my fear of using an oven after living off pasta and takeaways for the first few months. I also learnt that bathrooms don’t clean themselves (sorry mum!) and often need cleaning a couple of times a week, typical.
As well as the obvious domestic things, I also learnt a lot about dealing with things like bills and finances. I can now confidently budget and organise bill payments with my flatmates, as well as being able to actually talk on the phone with internet and electricity companies without turning into a babbling mess. In terms of organisation, I have finally got my head around how to arrange my timetable and social life so I can enjoy myself without my work getting on top of me – if that’s not a win I don’t know what is!
I’ve made loads of friends from different backgrounds.
Edge Hill is such a diverse university and is so different to the small town I come from. Since I’ve started uni I’ve made so many friends from so many different backgrounds. Not only have I made friends from different regions of the UK, I’ve also met people from places such as China, America and France. I’ve learnt so many things from my friends, from slang (‘boss’ and ‘chunder’) to recipes – would you believe me if I said I’d never tried sprinkling crisps on top of a pasta bake until my flatmate showed me in first year? Meeting such a diverse group of people has really helped open my eyes to everything I’ve been missing in my little corner of Wales.
I’ve gotten involved in societies/student projects
Lastly, I’ve had so many chances to develop new skills and take part in loads of fun projects. I’ve been a part of Hillstart Dance Society and Edge Hill Musical Theatre Society during my time here and I enjoyed every minute of it. In my first year I even got to perform in a production of my all-time favourite musical (Rent) which of course I jumped at the chance to be a part of! I’ve even tried out a few new hobbies, including pole fitness – I recommend it, though it’s very hard work.
In my second year I performed in a student production called ‘Grim Repercussions’ organised by a group of creative writing students and I am now the production manager for their second production ‘Meat and Greet.’ It just goes to show how supportive Edge Hill is with fostering creativity. Seriously, if you have any good ideas speak to one of your tutors or another relevant staff member about it, they could point you in the right direction. University is probably the best place to begin making big ideas into something more, you have great facilities and tonnes of support to make it happen!
Until next time. 🙂