5 Things every student will love about Edge Hill

Hi everyone,

I’m Ellie and I am currently in my second year at Edge Hill studying English Literature. I thought as my first post as a student blogger I would tell you all about five of the best things about there is at Edge Hill!

1. Living on campus

When you enter your second year you will soon realise how much you miss living on campus. Campus is the best place to be, especially in your first year, the convenience of being a two minute walk from McColl’s is perfect for any midnight cravings. Also, Subway which is situated in the Students Union can be equally as tempting. Whether you live in Chancellors Court, Forest Court or Main Halls, living on campus really does mean you have everything the University has to offer at your very fingertips. Did you know that Edge Hill was voted as best value for money in the National Student Housing Survey awards 2017?

2. The Chancellors Beach

Many of you probably thought your nearest beach was Southport, well Edge Hill offers its own beach situated right in the heart of Chancellors Court. It is the perfect backdrop for some summer reading or just chilling in the sun, don’t forget SPF! You may even be visited by the campus ducks waddling round campus; they have previously been seen wandering around the Hub.

3. Student Nights

One of the best things about Edge Hill and Ormskirk in general is the night life available to its students. Whether you go to Alpine Tuesdays for £1.50 drinks or would rather stay closer to home and attend Social on a Wednesday night , you are guaranteed an excellent night out wherever you go! This year is extra special as the Students Union announced ‘Frat Party Thursdays’ cheap drinks, great music and celebrity guests, for example; Kem and Muggy Mike from Love Island! What more could you want?!

4. Ormskirk

Whilst Ormskirk is a small town it has some amazing places to boast about. Cobble Coffee does the best potato wedges you will ever have in your life, we also have New Look, Dorothy Perkins and Hype for all your fashion needs! And don’t forget the famous Ormskirk markets! There is always something to do and always somewhere to go as we are only a 30 minute train journey from Liverpool. You won’t ever get the opportunity to be bored!

5. Student Support

Finally, last but not least, the support for students provided by Edge Hill is outstanding. If there are any problems you can always find someone to help whether it’s a lecturer, student assistant, or even a flatmate there will always be help right around the corner to ensure that your time at Edge Hill is a happy one.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and if you decide to join us at Edge Hill, then you will fall in love with it just as much as I have!

A Week in the Life

Hey everyone!

First I want to congratulate everyone who received their results last week and are starting Edge Hill in less than a months time.

Well done and welcome to the family!

I thought since you would all be First Year students in a few weeks it would be useful to give you a rundown of a typical week at uni and an insight into Student Life.

To find out more about your course or moving into halls you can visit the Edge Hill Getting Started page here.

For now though here’s an example week of my second year studying English Literature.

 

Monday

I chose to take a Creative Writing module in second year, Writing for Roleplaying Games, and this commenced my week with a one hour lecture followed by a two hour workshop.

The lecture often introduced a new topic and terms, then the workshop involved group discussion and activities.

This was my only class for the day so the afternoon often involved time in the library for research or to work on assignments.

In the evenings our tutor ran a Roleplaying session for us to try out tabletop games and was a fun extra to the module.

 

Tuesday

A day off today! I usually used Tuesday’s to recap any readings for classes later in the week.

I also had a part time job and worked shifts on Tuesday’s, this worked around my course and brought in a little extra money.

 

Wednesday

Back to lectures today, a 9:00 am start on Renaissance Literature.

I often spent Wednesday afternoons with some friends, we would grab lunch at the SU or play cards outside if there was some sunshine.

Caution: if you bring snacks while sitting outside on campus you will attract the ducks.

Thursday

I had two lectures on Thursday’s, Vampire Fictions and First World War Poetry.

I found it useful to spend some time going over the lecture PowerPoints before the class, otherwise the classes tended to blur into one mass of information.

Edge Hill has Go is usually regularly uploaded with resources for modules by your tutors and I would highly recommend taking advantage of that!

Friday

After Thursday’s lectures it’s time for two seminars to discuss the weeks texts and ideas for assignments.

This usually required a lot of preparation the night before to make sure I had the right books to use in class!

Weekend 

Finally the weekend and a chance to visit home for a couple of days, get a head start on the upcoming reading or meet up with friends in Ormskirk.

 

It’s not all work and no play at uni, but a strong balance is something to strive for 🙂

 

Until next time

-Becki

What Exactly Am I Studying?

Over the last three years I have really enjoyed studying English literature and creative writing, I’ve had the option of taking a whole load of different modules that cover so many different areas. This post is going to list some of my favourite modules that I have studied since first year and I’ll you a little bit about them.

  1. Periods and Genres one – First year

This module ran for one semester in my first year. It was a literature module in my first semester and was a great way to ease me into the course. It covered genres from Romanticism to post-modernism and gave me a good over-all knowledge of the literature periods which I have now built on. It also started my particular interests in romanticism and modernism.

  1. Writing Short Stories – Second year

This module ran over both semesters in second year, It was one of the core creative writing modules. It built on the fiction module from first year and extended our knowledge of short story writing. It really opened my eyes to the short story form and I have a newfound appreciation for it both from a reader’s perspective and a writer’s perspective

  1. Film Adaptation – Second year

This was a literature module that was also available for creative writing students. It ran in my second semester of second year. It looked at a series of different book/film pairings and used film and literature theory to analyse how books are adapted into films. This has been, by far, my favourite module because I learnt so much; I realised that films don’t particularly have to be ‘faithful’ adaptations of a source text to be successful and there’s a lot of thought that goes into the process. I also got to choose what film/book I wrote my assignments, I chose Matilda for my final assignment – nostalgia much?

  1. Special Author two: Jane Austen – Third Year

This module ran in my first semester of third year, it focused on the work of Jane Austen, looking almost her entire catalogue of literature and a few contextual novels that linked to her work. I enjoyed Jane Austen novels before as I had studied them in my romanticism module in second year, but this module made me all the more interested. We had an incredibly enthusiastic lecturer who made the experience even more fun and I now have a new favourite book – Emma, which I wrote an essay comparing to the film Clueless for one of my assignments.

  1. The Art of Screen Writing – Third Year

Another core creative writing module that runs over both semesters in third year. It looks at screenplays, how to write them and the theory behind them. As I’m mainly accustomed to writing stage plays, this module has been a challenge for me to adapt to screenwriting and how different it is to writing for stage but it’s nonetheless a welcome challenge. I’ve enjoyed studying different screenplays such as The Graduate and When Harry Met Sally and I am now in the process of writing my own.

A day in the life of a creative writing and English lit student – sort of

Different university courses have different timetables, unlike school the subject you choose can drastically change the amount of contact hours you have. With creative writing and English literature, I tend to have two to three contact hours per module (six modules in total) which is not a lot in comparison to perhaps a nursing student. However, I have a lot of coursework that is required to be completed in my own time. It’s important to know what is expected of you on your chosen course and to make sure you are prepared to put in the necessary hours. To give you a bit of insight I’ve decided to give you a bit of a ‘day in the life’ post to give you an idea of how I spend my time.

Waking up

Like any self-respecting student, I hate leaving the warm cocoon that is my bed, on Mondays and Tuesdays especially (my dreaded 9am days), I have to set a number of alarms to coax myself out. I’m one of those high-maintenance people who need at least two hours to get ready in the morning, half an hour of which is spent waking up. When I do eventually emerge I zoom through breakfast, shower, general hair and facial improvement and leave the house half an hour before my class starts (at least in an ideal world I do).

Classes

After getting to uni – at a leisurely pace, usually accompanied by a podcast or some music – of course I have to go to class. My timetable is as follows:

  • Monday – 9 – 11
  • Tuesday – 9 – 1
  • Wednesday – 11 – 1
  • Thursday – free day (yas!)
  • Friday – 2 – 4

It may seem far less packed in comparison than someone at school or on a course that required more contact time but it’s still hard work! After class I tended to meet up with my friends, have lunch and just generally unwind for a couple of hours in The Hub.

Homework & errands

Once I get home it’s time for me to begin to mark stuff off my to-do list. I tend to spend a few hours every day doing the uni work that needs to be done, but on some days I also do house work or nip out to the shops or do other general adulty things like that.

Extra-curricular and social activities

I always make sure I have time to do something socially stimulating – or else I’d go insane! On a Wednesday night I go to dance classes, I find that’s a great way for me to relax and forget about work for an hour or so. I also enjoy meeting up with friends in town or just dropping by each other’s houses for a cuppa. It’s important to spend some time being social because if you get so absorbed in work that you don’t leave the house you will soon burn out and that’s not good!

Bedtime and chill

The last thing I do in a day is have a bit of chill time before I go to bed. I try to make a habit of winding down with a film or a book or else I tend to struggle getting to sleep.

Until next time! 🙂

So You Want to be a Combined Honours Student?

Being a combined or joint honours student has a lot of advantages that may benefit you over being a single honours student. As a Creative writing and English literature student I have had a lot of experience in both subjects and that has really helped me so far in my degree. Having the option of a joint honours can be incredibly beneficial if you enjoy more than one subject or aren’t quite sure exactly what you want to specialise in. In this post I will explain a little bit about my experience as a joint student and bust a few of the myths you may have come across when researching courses.

Advantages

In my experience I have found that there are a lot of advantages to being a joint/combined honours student, such as;

  • You get to learn skills in two different subjects that often complement each other.
  • You will be able to bring new and different ideas to both subjects.
  • It’s a good way to develop your adjustment skills and work to being more flexible. with your work, as you will complete assignments for both subjects that have different requirements.

Myth Busting

Now, you may hear a lot about studying a joint/combined honours degree that may not necessarily be true;

  • It’s more work than a single honours degree – Actually, in my experience, the work load is very similar, if not the same as those of my friends who are just studying single creative writing or literature. The only difference is that you may have a few deadlines at same time and thus have an influx of different assignments, but if you handle your workload it will be no harder.
  • It’s less of a qualification – Nope. It is just as valid as a single honours.
  • You do more modules than a single honours student – At least In my degree I study three modules in creative writing and three in English literature, as opposed to all six in one subject. If you were studying major/minor you would have more modules in your major subject but they would always add up to the same amount of modules as a single student in your field.

Final Advice

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to research thoroughly into what you want to study and get as much information as possible before applying. A joint honours degree may not be for everyone, as a single honours degree may not be, it’s up to you to figure out which you’d enjoy most and which would benefit you most. For more information on different courses you can visit the UCAS website, the subject page of the Edge Hill website and The Complete University Guide’s page on choosing your course.

Good luck to all those who have applied and to those beginning to look for a university course 🙂

My Edge Hill Experience So Far…

 

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. 🙂

Fancy a Cuppa?

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re all having a good week. It’s halfway through the semester which means it’s reading week, so I’m hiding away in my bedroom with a stack full of books and starting an assignment or two.

It’s not all work and no play at uni though, although it’s important to find the right balance!

Occasionally if I need a change of scenery I’ll wander over to uni and grab a Caramel Macchiato to help me relax. It makes finishing my reading list a little more sweet! Or it makes for a nice reward when I’ve submitted an essay I’ve been working on for a while.

The point is don’t drive yourself too hard! You’re going to put off work as much as possible if you don’t give yourself a reason to enjoy it (at least a little.)

Whether that means a group study session, an indulgent cup of coffee or a trip to the cinema just make sure you have a little something that keeps you on the right track and will give you that extra incentive to keep working.

Reading week is so important to me, it gives me the chance to prioritise any reading I need to do for the second half of the semester, do some research or work on upcoming assignments.

Trust me, it’s better to do as much work as possible during the semester and reading week than to leave it all to the last minute and be working over the Christmas break!

With that said, I better go and finish some work now.

Enjoy the rest of your week guys!

Quote for the day: “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” -Thomas Jefferson

Until next time!

-Becki 🙂

 

 

Walking On Sunshine

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having an incredible week.

My week has been super busy but also so much fun. There has been so much sunshine, and that means being on campus has been even more beautiful than usual.
It means I’ve been able to take my huge stack of library books out to sit by the lake. Reading in the sunshine is a nice change (although the sun burn didn’t help!)

Campus was very colourful this weekend too, as Edge Hill hosted the Student Colour Run. It was a sight to behold, a lot of paint and a lot of people having fun getting active and taking in all the sights campus has to offer.

Due to all the sunshine the ducks on campus have been very active too. They even made their way into the main building last week!

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This week coming up is the last officially week of the semester for a lot of courses. I have a few lectures and seminars this week, but the big focus is on my assignments and exams.

I have a lot of research to do now, although the sun seems to have disappeared for a while, so now I will have to work inside again.

It’s strange to be so close to the end of my first year, it seems like I have only been here for a few weeks still!

I am looking forward to my next assignment, I get to write about a video game I have loved for a long time. Not many people doing English Literature degrees can say that, but I am so glad that I am one of them.

I hope you all have a great week ahead, although a lot of you may have exams and assignment deadlines just around the corner. If that is the case, good luck with everything, I am in the exact same boat as you right now.

We can all rise to the challenge though, even though eventually we will be ready for the summer break!

Quote for the week: “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” Betsy-Tacy and Tib – Maud Hart Lovelace.

Until next time 🙂

To Be or Not to Be

Hi everyone!

Hope you have all had an absolutely amazing Easter. Thankfully most of us still have a few more days before we’re back to work.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the last few days, even more so than usual. Reading week is usually the time I use to do research or finish off the reading list, but with an exam on the horizon my life is all about Hamlet right now.

I’ve decided to take a bit of a break now (it is Easter Sunday after all) and am watching a production of the play instead. Still slightly productive, but slightly less work than researching the use of iambic pentameter in Shakespeare plays. . .

Which brings me to my advice for the week, and I hope it helps a few of you out. This week’s topic: revision!

Some of you might be sick of hearing the word already, and if so I apologise. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are more creative ways to revising than just copying chunks of text or re-reading your own notes.

Since everyone works differently, and enjoys different learning styles what works for someone else might not work for you. Don’t let that deter you though! If you haven’t found a way that works for you then you can try out a few of these techniques:

-mind maps
-music
-diagrams
-PowerPoints
-note cards
-videos

Personally I love putting on a specially selected work playlist, and making a mind map or two. It increases my productivity, and gives me an incentive to keep working.

The trick is to find something that will help you work, and not something that will distract you. If you find yourself doodling when you’re in class turn that doodle into a revision aid! Pictures might help you learn and/or remember things more quickly than just reading it.

Give things a go, until you find a way that works for you! That way you’ll stop putting off revision until the last minute, and when you do revise it will be a lot more productive.

Quote for the day: To be, or not to be: that is the question.” Hamlet –William Shakespeare.

I have an extra treat for you today, considering this post is all about revision I will share one of the songs on my work playlist with you. And as I’ve been reading Shakespeare, this one has been on repeat for the past couple of days.

I hope you all have a great week, and I shall see you again next time! 🙂

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all doing extremely well. It’s been a very busy week for me so far, so I apologise for the lateness of this post.

One of the great things about uni is the chance to create your own degree, you get a lot more flexibility and choice than you at school or college.

As it’s March that means it’s time to decide on module choices for next year!

It can sound very scary at first, especially if you’re not great at decision making (I am guilty of this too, don’t worry.)

Since you’re paying for your education, and the end goal is to get a degree and (most likely) a job at the end of your studies, tailoring your degree to reach that end goal is super important.

The amount of choice can vary depending on your degree type, typically single honours students will get more choice than major-minor or joint honour students.

But there is usually a great deal of flexibility no matter what your programme.

In first year there may not be as much choice. There are compulsory modules for each year of your degree. This year, I didn’t get to choose the modules I studied, but this gives you the opportunity to study some things you might not even have thought about before.

Tutors are around for each stage of the choosing process, so no matter what there is someone to talk to.

We had an initial briefing session, which gave us all the information we needed to know about timetabling and how to choose modules.

Every subject then posts a module description online, so you can find out what type of things you will be studying, the assessments that comprise the module and the module leader’s email. If you have any specific questions about the module they are the one to ask!

I am really looking forward to the second year of my degree now. I was slightly scared, but now I have more knowledge about the modules I will be studying, and I can’t wait to start studying them.

It is a nerve-racking experience, but it’s an opportunity too great to be missed. As long as you take advantage of all the great experiences uni has to offer you, and ask for help if you need it then you are on your way to making your time at university the best it can possibly be.

Quote for the day: “Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.” Fall of Kings – David Gemmell

Hope you all have a good week, make good choices!

Until next time! 🙂