Reading Week

Hi everyone!

Hope you have all been having a great February, how is it almost the end of the month already?!

An important change from college to university is the implementation of reading weeks.

If you know people who already go to uni you’ve probably heard about these by now, but if not never fear! Hopefully this blog will serve to enlighten you a little more.

Reading weeks can vary depending on your course and module choices. Most courses do have one though, since independent studying is such a huge part of university studies.

As a literature student reading weeks are always busy times. Although they occasionally fall at the same time as half terms, I would advise that you use this time to actually get some reading done!

You’ve probably been working hard, and you do deserve a break. Never overwork yourself! But reading weeks are a great time to work on any work for the next part of the semester.

If you’ve got a few big assignments coming up, or you haven’t opened that book you took out of the library three weeks ago there is no time like reading week.

Basically when reading week comes around there are no lectures, seminars or workshops for the week. Some teachers will still be around during teaching time, especially if there are assignments due after reading week. Again this is something that varies depending on your course and its assessment.

Although it can be tempting to use the time to catch up on your sleep, and relax from all the work you’ve done in the first half of the semester, reading weeks are invaluable.

My number one tip is to use them wisely! There is nothing worse than being the one student in the seminar who didn’t do the reading and now has no idea what people are talking about.

Independent studying is a huge responsibility. Although it can be a little hard to adapt to, it’s definitely possible!

All it takes is a bit of hard work and determination.

And trust me, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to cross that last thing of your reading list, and actually being able to answer a question your tutor asks the first week back.

Work smart, and start reaping the rewards!

Quote for the day: “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Horseradish –Lemony Snicket

Have a great week, and don’t forget to read, read, read!

Until next time 🙂

The Bare Necessities

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all having a good week.

This blog post is just to give you a bit of a heads up about what kind of things you will need to embark on your university adventure.

I’ll try to break it down as much as possible, here we go!

Kitchen
This might vary depending on if you live in catered or self catered halls. Some flats will decide to all pitch in for essentials like pans and crockery, so this is something you can talk about on facebook before the big moving day.

-Saucepan and frying pan
-Dinner plate, side plate and bowl
-Knives, forks, spoons
-Baking tray
-Scissors
-Glasses and mugs
-Tea towels
-A recipe book!

There are a few other things you should probably bring with you, but these essentials will keep you going a while. Especially if you are a newbie in the kitchen.

Bathroom
Again this will depend on whether you are in en suite accommodation or have a shared bathroom.

-Toilet roll (even if you all pitch in having a spare is useful)
-Toothpaste
-Toiletries
-Paracetamol (do not underestimate the notorious freshers flu)
-Towels

Bedroom
Especially if you live in university halls your bedroom will be the one place where the space is all yours, so personalise it any way you wish!

-Bed sheets
-Duvet and pillows
-Mattress Protector
-Laundry Basket
-Alarm clock
-Door stop
-Clothes (for all seasons, just in case)
-Coat hangers
-Posters/photos to make your room your own space

Academic Essentials
These will be invaluable whether you are living on or off campus, and things that would be really useful to already have with you when you start university.

-Pens
-Pencils
-Highlighters
-Textbooks (Some second and third year students will sell their old textbooks relatively cheap, but if not amazon has pretty good deals)
-Notebook (for all those lecture notes)
-Folders and dividers
-A laptop
-Sticky notes

Life at university will be a lot easier if you have access to these essentials. For a definitive list click here.

There are a lot of websites that will give you guidance on what to take to university with you. I would advise that you use your own judgement, and don’t doubt the knowledge of your mum and dad! When they ask you for the third time if you need a vegetable peeler they have your best interests at heart. Trust me, there will come a time a few weeks down the line when you will wish you had taken them up on that offer.

Quote for the day: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” P.S. I Love You –H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Hope you all have another excellent week, until next time! 🙂

So, Sociology… we meet again?

Hey guys, hope you’re all well.

So what’s an average week like for a third year Sociology BA (Hons) student? Well…

This is my last semester (cry) which consists on 3 modules: Critical terrorism, childhood and sexuality and finally my dissertation. I’m in Tuesdays and Thursdays (x2, 2 hour lectures & x2, 1 hour seminars) which is very kind indeed. This leaves me a lot of time to work on my assignments, dissertation and catch up on my wider reading. Last semester was probably my favourite period (subject wise) during university, as I got to pick the modules I wanted to do. Hopefully this semester will be the same.

Sociology library days? Yes, I have to admit these are required more and more as you pass through your years at EHU. I’m going to be honest (like really honest, so please don’t tell my tutors…please), in first year I could probably count on my hands the amount of times I actually used the library… which is pretty bad. Second year I stepped up my game, realising uni isn’t all about partying and my social life… and my grades shot up dramatically. Third year the library is practically my home. My advice? USE THE LIBRARY, IT HELPS.

My course outside of the classroom? Sociology is everywhere you look. You only have to turn on the news to be able to pick a starting point or even over hear a conversation in a café. Studying sociology has changed my opinion on a range of different issues and I’m so glad I picked it.

So that’s a brief insight into my week, but what about you?

Let me know if you have any questions regarding a sociology BA (hons) or anything to do with the social science department or EHU in general.

Until next time…

 

First Impressions

Hi Everyone!

Since the start of the second semester I’ve really started to reflect on my time at uni so far. It doesn’t seem that long ago I was nervously awaiting my A Level exam results, and ever since then life has been a little bit crazy.

Getting into the university you really want to be at is one of the happiest moments of your life. I stayed up the entire night beforehand and had cake for breakfast to celebrate my results!

Then there’s always that little bit of nervous anticipation about what life is going to be like once you move to uni. It’s a big step, so this is only natural and you will have heard it a million times by now I know, but everyone is in the same boat as you.

So first impressions. They are pretty important, but nothing to be worried about! When I first moved in to my accommodation I was scared about meeting my new flatmates, but everyone was so friendly and we all get along really well.

I still remember everything that I did in the first week, and I know this is common amongst Freshers. From the nights out, the lectures, that very first seminar and the really awkward department socials!

The English department held a quiz for us all, with prizes for the top three teams, and the losers. It was a great way to meet people from my subject, and from other subjects across the department. Let’s not forget to mention it will be the first time you the tutors who will be teaching you over the course of your degree.

The best advice I can give is to just throw yourself in to everything you possibly can! At Freshers Fair sign up for as many societies that interest you (there will be a lot) this is a great way to meet new people, create long lasting friendships and try something exciting and different too.

When I first came to uni I thought it would be really hard to make friends. But there are so many people from so many places here that meeting someone with the same interests as you is as easy as possible!

And trust me, before long you will be at the end of your first year looking back at all the great memories you’ve made.

Quote for the day: “Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” The Story Girl –L.M. Montgomery.

Until next time guys, bye! 🙂

It’s just another manic Monday…

I wish it was Sunday…

Anyway, enough of the Bangles, how are you?

I’m good. Actually, I’m really good. All my assignments are finished and submitted, my presentation went super well and our group worked so well as a team (well done guys) and lastly I have my first and only exam of the year on Thursday. I can’t even describe how excited I am to get it out of the way and to finally say goodbye to exam stress, revision and worries about results.

I feel like 2016 is looking good already. One of my new year resolutions was to be more optimistic, so maybe that’s why I see a silver lining for everything at the minute, but positivity is actually making me smile way more, yay. Once this exam is out of the way, my dissertation is going to be my main focus, then assignments, graduation and then, well, life I guess. I’ve started to think what’s after uni and I have a range of options. I’m most likely going to take a year out, hopefully travelling, exploring and getting lost half way around the globe… but after that I need to start with a career direction. I’ve been thinking about whether to do a post-grad qualification, or maybe an extension to my course to possibly go into counselling? But who knows.

Anyway less about me, more about you… How’s college? Decided what course you’re studying at EHU next year? Excited? You should be! Uni is a whole new ball game. You’re going to love the independence, from learning how to manage your own money (sometimes poorly, but it’s all a learning curve) to deciding what to have for tea, it’s all very exciting. The social life is fantastic and you genuinely will meet your friends for life here (I definitely have) and studying a subject that you love makes everything worthwhile.

I’m jealous I can’t start again with you, but I’m very excited for the next chapter to begin…

Until next time…

Concerns About Starting University

The night before my first day at Edge Hill I was incredibly nervous, in fact even when I woke up that following morning I felt physically sick. A million and one things were going through my head as I drove to the university that morning but once I walked into the building where my first introductory lecture was I realised I had nothing to worry about.

It’s really important to remember that everyone is in the same boat as you! I’m not the most confident person in the world but making friends is actually really easy at Edge Hill – you just have to remember that a good talking point is always going to be your degree, what college you went to, or what results you got etc.

Starting university is particularly scary, for me it was the first time I had ever gone to a new place not knowing anyone, but it’s a great opportunity to have a fresh start. The biggest concern I had was whether I would make as many friends as people who live on campus, but commuting to university actually has its advantages. A lot of my friends regularly invite me around to their flats on our free periods and offered to let me stay during freshers too.

I was worried that the lecturers would be unapproachable, but I was so wrong! The lecturers at Edge Hill made me feel really welcome and they actually care about you as a person. They are all so friendly, especially the law department (although I am biased of course!) It’s clear that they want you to do well and the feedback that I get on my coursework and exams is really helpful, the comments are based on how you can improve as opposed to what you have done wrong.

There are lots of opportunities available to new students to help you make friends too and broaden your circle, such as joining a sports team or joining a society. I, for example am a member of the Law & Criminology Society which offers regular socials and guest lectures with professionals in my area of study.

HELP! I need somebody…

So student support?

Well.. when it comes to student services EHU provides a range of different support systems in order for their students to get the best out of their university experience. Which of course is FAB. Areas such as essay help or academic support can be located in the library and meetings can be arranged at the help desks for further information. The black building located next to the hub is the home for all areas relating to student support. In here, you’ll be able to find a financial team ready to answer all your queries, and other help such as guidance for looking for a part time job.

This year EHU also has a FANTASTIC team of student mentors, who have been fully trained to aid students in settling into uni life. Some students may take a little longer to find their feet at university, but fear not, you’re not alone! The mentors will be around through out your years at the university, so whether you need directions to your next lecture or a quick chat, you’ve always got someone, yay!

Support network? Well, you’ve got your family (can’t forget them), your friends.. then there’s your personal tutor?, lecturers?, seminar tutors?, society friends?, student mentors?… the list is endless (well obviously it ends, but you get my point.. right?).

So basically, to sum up… you’re never alone at EHU and we don’t want you to feel like you ever are. Make sure you use your links to your support network when things get a little rocky, cause suffering in silence really wont help… trust me!

Until next time…

 

Library…

So the library is going to be a key part in your life for the next three years. When settling in during Freshers’ week, not only should you be taking in your surroundings and getting to know where everything is, you should be finding your level and area in the library for your course. During your first lecture you will be given key information regarding the texts you will need for your course and where to find them. When it comes to looking for a book- DON’T PANIC. Librarians are always around to help and assist you in your search.

The library had four floors, with a catering unit situated on the ground floor- which is often used for group work and discussions. The first to third floor consists of study rooms and a sufficient amount of computers, however during exam period you may find it incredibly hard to get a computer in the library. Due to this, EHU has created the LINC Building which is purely designed for computer work and doesn’t hold any books. The building is open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making the access easier and the times in which you choose to study flexible. When it comes to study rooms, you can book on the online Edge Hill Go, or simply ask a librarian to book one for you. Library hours usually increase around exam periods, I’ll get back to you on what times.

Happy studying!

Until next time…

Sociology (BA Hons)

Hey guys,

I always seem to write a lot about the university experience itself and what EHU has to offer, but always seem to forget to actually write about what it is I am studying. During college sociology quickly became my favourite subject which led to me choose it as my degree. After completing my first year as a joint honours student (Criminology and Sociology) I decided that criminology was not what I wanted to continue and therefore switched to a single honours degree.

Some of my favourite modules throughout the course so far have been identity related. Sexuality, race, gender and disability have featured throughout my degree and my love for the subject has only got stronger. Regardless of what subject you take it’s all about dedication. You have to want to give it your all, or you’ll walk away disappointed in the end. My biggest tip? Stay up to date with everything. Whether that means reading ahead, or watching the news, you must stay current.

I’m sure you’re well into your studies by now and starting to feel Christmassy? … No? Just me?

Have a great week!

Until next time…