So, what’s new in the life of Jen? Well, I have recently been to V Festival and had an amazing time but since I’ve gotten home I’ve clicked into gear and continued the preparation for my dissertation. I realise that this year is going to be one of the hardest of my life so I am doing as much as I can this summer to steady the ship for when I get back and prepare myself in the best way possible. I have used a variety of sources to prepare for my dissertation, which will focus on the impact of the troubles in Northern Ireland upon the youth, such as journals; books; Ebooks; podcasts and documentaries.
I am very excited to get stuck into my new modules this year as well as balancing my dissertation alongside my part-time job. Hopefully this year I will immerse myself in a range of activities around EHU and finish my university experience on a high.
Enjoy your freshers experience and I hope to see some of you around the campus.
A big hello to all you brand new Edge Hill freshers out there! Well done for working hard and getting your place here! My three years at Edge Hill have been full of so many happy memories and now I am walking away with a fabulous degree from the University of the Year 2014! You have so many great things ahead of you and I bet you can’t wait to get started.
Before you have to get stuck in to all the hard work though there is of course Freshers Week! In case you haven’t seen it already, I’ll stick the line up below. I am especially jealous of the headphone disco on Saturday; during my freshers week we had one of those and it was such a blast! The Freshers Carnival also sounds like it will be loads of fun!
As exciting as all of that is, freshers week isn’t just about going out and drinking loads. For a lot of people, myself included, that wasn’t even really a big part. I went to a fair few freshers week events, but I spent the majority of my time meeting new people and hanging out with them. I’m not really someone who enjoys going out clubbing a lot (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) so it was nice just to take a few nights off and have an evening in at my flat with my new friends. There’s also probably a few talks that you will have to attend related to your course, as well as talks about things like finance and accommodation. You’ll get given information about these before long!
Freshers week is also a great chance to get to know the local area if you’re not familiar with it. It’s definitely worth trying out a few places in Ormskirk, and don’t leave it too long before you travel to Liverpool because there’s lots of fun to be had there!
Edge Hill University is a truly special university with an amazing campus, so I hope all of you love it just as much as I do!
Packing takes forever and unpacking is even more annoying, but once your room is set up you’ll be ready for freshers week. To be honest, you’ll probably forget more than one item but either your roommates will have it or you’ll be able to run the shop, so don’t worry. Truthfully, the biggest hassle will be getting your parents to leave and if they’re anything like my parents they’ll most likely cry.
Take a door stop- This will help you socialise will the people around you easier and lead to more friends.
Make a list- You can always check online for lists that have been premade, but it helps to do this a few days before packing so you can add anything that you remember over the days.
If you have contact with your new roommates it may be helpful to decide who should bring certain items such as a toaster or kettle.
Remember to bring your ID (passport/driving licence) for when enrolling, along with getting your student card.
Familiarise yourself with your surroundings- whether this be your local town, city or the university itself, make sure you know where to go when you need something.
Apart from anything, moving in day can be stressful but it is also the start of your university experience so make sure you enjoy yourself! EHU is looking forward to seeing you and enjoying the next three years.
So the time has finally come that you will receive your A-level results (Thursday)!
As much as you might have wanted summer to drag out, it’s time to face the music and your fate (slightly dramatic? I think so). But listen… obviously you want amazing grades, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get them. EHU ha a range of amazing students with all different grades. A piece of paper does not determine who you are and luckily or for you EHU is willing to try and help any student who wants a place.
CLEARING: Clearing lines will be open and can be accessed through the EHU website, so don’t fear the worst if it all doesn’t go to plan on the day.
For anyone coming in September- you’ve made the right decision. Hopefully summer speeds up even more and we can all be united in Ormskirk very soon! GOOD LUCK ON RESULTS!!!!!!!!!!
The next most exciting thing to look forward to is Freshers’ Week! I remember seeing a list of all the events that were taking place on the SU website before I started. It ranged from silent disco, to special guest DJ’s to UV paint parties! I was so excited, it’s like nothing you will ever experience in your life, but I had two main concerns:
1. Do you go out as a house/flat? Will it not be awkward going out with people you don’t know!?
2. What do you wear for the events?!
I lived in halls for my first year, and as we were moving into our rooms we all got chatting helping each other make the beds! We were all so excited that it felt like we had known each other for years, so going out wasn’t a problem!
Outfits… I really wouldn’t worry about this. Freshers’ Week is not about wearing the best dresses or the best shoes, because they won’t stay in the condition you bought them in… not at freshers anyway! So don’t over-think your outfit. In the end, me and the girls ended up borrowing each others clothes anyway.
Freshers’ Week is the time where you make memories straight away with the people you live with. During the day there’s the Freshers’ Fair where you can sign up to societies. They have everything from dance societies, football societies, Christian societies right through to Harry Potter societies, so there really is something for everybody!
If I could give you one piece of advice… do everything you possibly can, because 3 years will go by so so so very quickly. 🙂
This week I finished my second year of university! The stress of coursework and exams has finally lifted, but now comes the stress of packing up to go home! I yet again have seriously under estimated the amount of stuff I own and am now panicking how to pack it all away on my own without the help of my mum (yes it’s true I still rely on my mum to pack!). So today I thought I’d shine a light on how I’ve managed to cram all of my stuff into a small space effectively – including my un-necessarily large lipstick collection, to give you some tips of how to pack for university, and a few tips of what not to bring!
1. Firstly, vacuum pack bags are your best friend! I’ve managed to fit a grand total of 4 towels, 4 pillows, 2 cushions, a coat, 3 jumpers and a hoodie into one squished bag! They are so worth the investment and a great way to transport your stuff, especially if you only have a small car.
2. Don’t just bring everything from your wardrobe, you never wear it all! Let’s be real, you’re a student and you’re going to live in trackies and a hoodie the majority of the time. ps. ladies you’ll only need the one pair of heels – and you’ll wear them once in freshers week and never again!
3. Don’t bring every single kitchen utensil ever invented – you won’t need them all and everyone else in your flat will bring them and you’ll end up with 7 potato mashers!
4. Shoe Boxes are a saviour – for transportation purposes these are amazing for all those little things that won’t go anywhere else! I think mine’s filled with sun glasses, fake lashes and all other sorts of junk – but they are really handy so don’t throw them out. I’m currently using my GHD box to store my lipstick collection – pretty inventive storage i think!
5. Bag for Life – Not only awesome for transporting things but you’ll need them for when you’ve got that trek from Morrisons back to halls with your weekly shopping.
ps. if you need any more packing inspiration, check out this video!
With summer nearly here, it’s time to start thinking about next year. Whether you’re moving away from home or commuting, there will be some purchases that are necessary for your first year at EHU.
So, for all the commuters…
If you’re travelling by train I recommend investigating into a railcard or buying a specific ticket to keep your costs down. At first being hit with a huge amount (something I experienced in my first year- £185) can seem like a complete rip-off, but in the long run it will work out cheaper and you’ll be glad you did it.
If you’re coming by car or bus I’d check travel routes and timings to make sure you will be able to get here on time.
And, for all the new arrivals into halls (or the occasional house)…
Moving away from home is exciting, BUT there is going to be so much stuff that you’ll need. You’ll even need the stuff your parents insist you take but you turn down. My top things to take are: a five way plug, a small bin for your room, a desk lamp, a medical kit, stationary, extra bedding, tea towels, as many bin bags as you can get your hands on, key documents (passport/birth certificate, driving license), a docking station, a hot water bottle, a door wedge and pictures from home (deep, but necessary for bad days).
When I left home I said goodbye to a lot of things that had previously been a constant in my life. Family, friends, home luxuries and the one that breaks my heart the most… SLEEP! Obviously the goodbye would only be for a short while, as I would be home during the Christmas, Easter and summer period. However I feel like I haven’t slept in forever.
I don’t want to put you off uni, but say goodbye to sleep. For 3 years you are going to be sleep walking around, wondering what it used to feel like to have sleep in your life. During my first year I think I averaged about 5 hours per night. I’d say you’re tired 30% from uni (attending lectures and seminars, along with the workload), 60% from your social life (you’re a fresher so enjoy year one as much as you can!) and 10% from, well, even I don’t know what I was doing with my life the rest of the time… but this will be my anything else category (gym, travelling, work, etc).
My first year consisted of cheap vodka, drinking games (it’s safe to say ‘never have I ever’ and ‘ring of fire’ were practically routine when it came to pre-drinking) and partying 24/7 (exaggerating of course, but you get the picture). Heading into year 2 I thought I’d get my sleeping pattern back, blaming drunk me for losing it last year… but this was a mistake. Last year I thought the drunken-antics/partying/’go hard or go home’ attitude was the reason I was missing sleep so much, but it wasn’t. This year a lot has changed when it comes to my social life. We still go out (not as often) but uni is definitely our main priority. I think this year, my sleeping has been ruined from studying and spending more hours in the library than in bed. I only hope that I find it again soon. Roll on summer 2015 so I can sleep it away.
Dreading year 3’s sleeping pattern… but it’ll be worth it in the end, right?
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.
I have now officially moved in and can now sit and rest in the comfort of my own individual spot.
I have also watched the freshers come and arrive, and them party their lives off.
There has been copious amounts of celebration from all the freshers and they have all had a fun time.
Freshers fair, which was last wednesday, was a lot of fun and has allowed many freshers to join many new societies, including my own led societies (Cosplay Society, Pagan Society and Murder Mystery)
And I got to dress up for it
I’m hoping to meet many new university students and hope I can help anyone in the problems and thoughts that come before them.