Freshers’ Week Fun

Hey all, I hope you’ve had a great week! I’ve been enjoying one of the few colder weeks back home.

One of the popular rites of passage of University and student life is Freshers’ Week. This is typically the week that new students would be moving into Halls, getting to know their teachers in informal lessons or workshops, getting to know the campus and the local town/city and getting to know the people you’ll be living with or on course with!

It really is a fantastic week, and not only do Edge Hill make 100% sure you’ve settled in, but they always make sure you’ve got some great events to look forward to too!

One of the great things I found about Edge Hill was the way they looked after new students; there are always help desks open and ready to help with any queries or worries, the well-being team offer their services to anyone struggling with the changes that come with University life or who are feeling homesick, and they do events such as the Freshers’ fayre, in which students can find both fun stalls and local businesses as well as general Edge Hill info. There are also some day time events, for example in the past there have been sports events or meet ups that students are more than welcome to come to.

As well as the support from the University staff and teams and the day time events, the Students’ Union do a range of events, mostly in the SU Bar on campus! There have been comedy nights, UV raves, Hodor from Game of Thrones DJing last year and, a popular annual event, the toga fancy dress parties! These are great if you’re looking to make more friends or get to know your classmates, because they often leave you with fun memories you’ll remember till you finish your final year and beyond!

As well as the campus’ events, the local businesses in Ormskirk usually do specific Freshers’ week events or deals, so it’s always lovely to check those out too! For example, Wetherspoons do a Freshers’ booklet with deals on food and drink and some businesses do a student discount for a certain time period.

If there are any past or current students reading this who would like to share their Freshers’ wisdom please do in the comments, and similarly if you’d like to know more about something specific just ask!

The Things You Don’t Think About…

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t give a second thought as to my doctors/dentist situation before coming to uni! The first time I thought about this was when it was mentioned at freshers’ fair during the first week!

At the freshers’ fair there are stalls of local doctors and dentists in Ormskirk which offer more information on signing up. I highly recommend that you do this as you’ll be at uni for around 9 months and unfortunately there’s a high chance you’re going to get ill – especially with freshers’ flu knocking about!

I was ill quite a bit during my first year, I didn’t have the best luck! I would suggest that you visit your doctors before you come to university, they may suggest getting a meningitis jab, something worth thinking about it to stay on the safe side.

Anyway as a heads up I can tell you what’s available at Edge Hill/Ormskirk, the best facility I’ve found is the walk-in centre at the hospital. It is literally a 5-minute walk from the back entrance at uni, not far at all! You don’t need to be signed to a GP either to visit which is great if you’ve forgotten or haven’t got round to it! Here’s a link for more information in regarding what they treat at the walk-in.

The Uni also offers a health and wellbeing service at Milton House, which again is about a 2 minute walk from the uni’s back entrance! The Student Wellbeing team provides a range of support on areas including mental health and wellbeing, sexual health, diet and exercise, and drugs and alcohol. For more information please look at this link provided by Edge Hill to the available health services on campus. Also via the link you can look at the nearby GP/dentist services in the local area.

Best of luck, take care of yourself!

Fun times to be had at university.

University is not just about studying a particular subject area for three years (or more) in order to get a degree in it. It’s also about engaging in all aspects of the university experience and that includes having some fun. The best way to do this is to join a club or a society. Most students join clubs and societies at Freshers’ Fair (during freshers’ week and refreshers’ week) where societies and clubs have tables out with current members at them promoting that club/society whilst explaining a bit about who they are (as a club/society), what they do, where they meet and when.

Like a lot of universities edge hill has a vast array of clubs/societies to suit all tastes and interests. A comprehensive list of these can be found here:

Edge Hill University Societies and Clubs

Whilst I was at Edge Hill University, I was a member of a few societies. The first one I ever joined of these was the fantasy and sci-fi society which I joined in first year, and continued going to even in 3rd year when I could. At the Freshers’ Fair in first year they were a new society and so didn’t have a table to promote themselves, but I still joined up 🙂 I was also a member of the psychology society (made up of members of my course), a member of the creative writing society (for a time) and a member of Edge Hill’s Christian Union in third year after becoming a christian in second year.

The bottom line of this post is, it’s important to have some fun whilst at university, whether that’s being a member of a society/club or just going out with your mates for the night. Something my parents encouraged me to do alongside working hard for my degree.

Anyway I hope you are all enjoying your summer and if you have anything you want to ask me then do not hesitate to drop me a comment 🙂

Brace yourself: Freshers is Coming

Well it’s coming closer and closer.

Freshers Week is coming.
A week where you can get used to the university, meet people on your course and get to enjoy yourself.

There are many events taking place, and allow me to tell you about a few.

( BTW All events except Takeover Liverpool on the Tuesday night are pay on the door so make sure you get down as close to 9pm as possible to avoid disappointment.)

Sunday: The Freshers Launch Party – £4 – 9pm – 2am

Come and join Social Resident Elliott Smith as he welcomes back guest DJ Jason Fubar to the stage to officially open Edge Hill Freshers Week!

Monday: Rave of Thrones – £4 – 9pm – 2am

We are joined by one of the Biggest stars of HBO’s blockbuster series Game of Thrones as Kristian Nairn a.k.a. Hodor takes to the decks as part of his international Rave of Thrones tour. (That should definitely be worth a look-see)

Tuesday: Takeover Liverpool – £5 – 9pm – 3am

It’s one of the biggest nights of the year as thousands of Edge Hill Students head into Liverpool and invade the newest nightclub in Liverpool – Level. You can get your tickets NOW online (http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/events/liverpool-takeover-level) or from the brand new SU Shop starting from Friday 19th September

Wednesday: Social – £3 – 9pm – 2am

Resident DJ Elliott Smith provides the tunes as you can take advantage of the great drinks offers at the Quad.

Additionally, a Freshers fair will take place in the Hub with Many Societies taking tables to show of their wares and entice you to join their society
(I’ll be around)

Thursday: Ibiza Paint Party with Judge Jules & Randy Ron – £5 – 9pm – 2am

The dance music and Ibiza legend that is Judge Jules will be joining the boys from Randy Ron on stage in The Quad in a night that is quite simply not to be missed.
And to top it all off you’ll be covered in paint in what is sure to be the messiest night of the week!!
(If you like that kind of thing)

Friday: Top Banana Comedy Club – £5 – 8pm – 11.30pm

Join some of the region’s top comics for a night of hilarity. Tickets available from the all new SU Shop.
Free after party in the bar until 3am.

Saturday: Student DJs Quad Takeover – FREE ENTRY – 9pm – 3am

For one night only we’ll be letting some of our most talented student DJs takeover The Quad as they provide the soundtrack to your first Saturday of the year. Edge Hill DJ competition winners Santiago & Dunbar will be headlining with support from runner up Manu B along with other contestants

Sunday: Dejavu – The Return of Danny Howard – £5

Radio 1’s Dance Anthems host is back to the venue in which he made his DJ debut. It is said to be one of the most energetic DJ performances that The Quad has ever seen.

 

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“Magic. Faith. That is nature. I can show you the way, but in the end, it is up to you.”

– Psamamead

Fresher’s Week and how to Make The Most of It.

As you are well aware now (or at least should be), Fresher’s week is coming up very soon. This is your first week at university and will be a jammed packed one. Edge Hill SU have organised a whole series of events for that week. So there is a lot going on. One event is Fresher’s Fayre. I recommend you go, because it will give you a chance to sign up for societies, sports teams, the gym and the local health services. It was at Fresher’s Fare 2012 (two years ago now!) that I signed up for the Fantasy and Sci-Fi Society. I also signed up for the Disney society (I’ve only been once though, so don’t sign up to something you’re barely going to go to). Since then many other societies have formed so you will certainly have plenty to choose from. For instance I signed up for Edge Hill’s Christian Union a few days ago, and am looking forward to meeting those of you who sign up for that 🙂

Another piece of advice for Fresher’s week is to take a notebook and a pen (or your tablet/laptop) when attending information talks. Fresher’s week is full of them. From your departmental welcome talk to one from the library they’re all on during fresher’s week and they are jammed packed with information, so there will be a lot to take in.

On a final note if you do happen to get lost at all whilst you get used to your new surroundings, don’t be afraid to ask. Being lost is not a good feeling, so just ask someone and they should be able to point you in the right direction.