Earlier this year I wrote a goodbye letter to my second year of university but now, a few months and a global pandemic later, the fears of final year are taking hold.
I now have the looming thoughts of final grades, full time jobs and further study. I know I want to do a Masters but I can never decide on what to study. Should I continue straight onto a Masters? Or should I take a break and get some professional experience?
Speaking of professional experience…will anyone employ me? Should I be doing more now to improve my CV? Should I be volunteering on top of my placement hours, getting mentored, doing more research?
These things all depend on good grades…I’ve done well so far but who knows how I’ll do in third year? How can I possibly manage a dissertation?!
The point of this post is not to actually force you to answer my questions, don’t worry! This is just me showing you that we all get scared. We all feel unsure. But a degree is such a fleeting experience and your university experience is over before you know it. So let’s step back, breathe and enjoy it together. We’ll be okay.
Last week was graduation week at Edge Hill, it was honestly one of the best days of my life and I loved every second of it! However, I was so nervous and didn’t really know what to expect or how amazing it was going to be! So I thought I would let you know how the day went.
My ceremony was at 10:30 am and registration opened 2 hours before the ceremony, I would definitely recommend arriving two hours before your ceremony just so you can enjoy everything that is happening rather than feeling rushed as you need to be sat in the ceremony 45 minutes before it starts.
The first thing to do is collect your cap and gown, the process is really easy all I had to do was enter the business school and there were lots of people there to guide you as well as help putting your robes on and making sure you have the correct hat.
After robe collection it was time to register in the education building, this was super easy you just go the desk that corresponds with your surname and the people on the desk will do the registering for you. Upstairs in the education building was the professional photography area, if you running a bit late there is no worry as you can still go back to them after your ceremony, the photographers are really nice and make you feel at ease!
Then it was on to the ceremony, I was so nervous about walking in front of everybody but its fine! The ceremony was really enjoyable and there was some really motivational speeches and I felt so proud of myself and my friends for getting our degrees and I was so happy!
After the ceremony we took lots of photos by the lake outside of the health building and we were so lucky as the weather was amazing, there was a reception in the hub where there was lots of complimentary food and drink which we were so happy about as we were all so hungry! There were also lots of stalls in the hub where you could sign up the alumni service Edge Hill offers as well as the students union merchandise stand where I bought a keyring and a graduate t shirt! After this, my department threw a little party for us which was so nice!
Once we had finished I went for a lovely meal with my family! My graduation day was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again!
I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing day, I have finally found my outfit as well so that’s definitely made me more excited for the day. My ceremony is at 10:30 so it’s going to be an early start but hopefully I’ll be so excited I won’t care about the time!
At your graduation you also get the option to buy any last minute momentous such as the Edge Hill merchandise including a special 2019 graduation hoodies, teddy bears, key rings etc. Most departments are also throwing parties for students after ceremonies which is such a good opportunity to say goodbye to lecturers!
My plan is to go out for a meal afterwards with my family to celebrate me and my degree, it’s also going to be such a nice day to reflect on what have been an incredible three years!!!
Two weeks ago I attended the annual graduation ball organised by Edge Hill’s student union so I thought I would tell you all about it and how the evening went!
So, the ball costs £49 to attend it include a three course meal at Aintree Racecourse and entry to the afterparty held in the students union. The meal at the ball was really nice we had a ham starter, chicken dinner for main and a delicious chocolate tart for dessert, I really enjoyed the food and it was all so nice!
I pretty much spent most of the day getting ready and then at about 6 pm we made our way to Aintree by getting the train which only takes 15 minutes and it was really amazing, everyone was so excited so the atmosphere was incredible. The weather was amazing as well so it was so nice to get some pictures by the racecourse in the sun!
As you go in, there is a complimentary glass of Prosecco for everyone and its such a nice time to catch up and just get lots of photos and find your table. After the meal, everyone was dancing and there was some incredible entertainment including drag queens and magicians.
After pretty much dancing the whole night away, we got the train back to Ormskirk and we made our way to the students union for the afterparty. Venue was decorated like a marquee and it was incredible!
I had the best time ever and I would definitely recommend going to grad ball when you graduate as it is something I will never ever forget. It was so nice to spend time with my friends and celebrate finally finishing our degrees!
I hope you have had a lovely weekend. As I finish university next week, my friends and I enjoyed our Saturday night at Edge Hill’s graduation ball and we were NOT disappointed! The past 3 years have gone by too fast. However, a night like this while being surrounded by close friends made it the perfect way to finish university.
Before heading to Aintree Racecourse, we all enjoyed some champagne and took some group photographs. We had one rule for the night – don’t talk about leaving university because we do NOT want to leave!
The venue at Aintree consisted of 2 rooms – both with DJs and entertainment. Our table was right next to the dance floor and it had a fantastic view of the racecourse below. Each table seated 10 people, however it was easy to walk around to speak to others nearby.
Even though there were a few days of typical British weather, we were lucky that the sun came out just in time! The dinner itself was deeeeelicious. I chose the vegetarian option – roasted carrot hummus, Moroccan chick pea stew and a chocolate tart for dessert! We danced the night away on the dance floor in between courses and after dessert, until it was time to head towards Edge Hill’s student union bar. The SU was decorated like a marquee and there was a sale on drinks for everyone who attended the ball.
Edge Hill’s 2019 graduation ball was a night to remember, thanks to everybody at the university who was involved in its organisation! Until next time…
As I enter my penultimate week of lectures as I am in my last year I thought it would be nice to look at my highlights of being at Edge Hill over the last three years! I have had a great time and I am definitely going to miss it!
This year all my friends are turning 21, and whilst my birthday isn’t until June, it has been amazing celebrating with my friends! For example, we have been for meals, attended parties and even just had a sleepover and film night!t!
This year I went to Ghetto Golf for the first time! This is located in the heart of Liverpool next to the baltic market, for £10 you can play an 18 hole round of crazy golf, the decorations are incredible and its such a fun night out!
I had been to Liverpool before coming to Edge Hill but I feel that in my time here I have really got to know the city and I love it there its such an exciting and thriving place. In September last year, we went to see the Giants as they returned to the city. They were incredible and it is a day I will never forget.
In the summer months, me and my friends make the most of our free time and we try to go on as many days out as we can! We have been to Southport a few times, which is just a short train or bus journey away. It is so nice to just walk around the gardens and along the pier, I really love playing on the 2p machines!
Finally, getting to celebrate special occasions with my housemates have been some of my favourite memories of university! I made us a Christmas dinner last year and we all loved it, we even had some bucks fizz! Living one of my friends has definitely been my favourite part of university and I will really miss them when I move home!
For the past 2 years I have scrolled past the advertisement for the graduation ball thinking “oh that’s not going to be me any time soon…” And suddenly… it is. I have actually bought a ticket for my graduation ball and I can’t really believe it!
Edge Hill University has given me so much and I don’t think I feel ready to leave!!! (I know I’m not quite leaving yet… but I’m sure that the last few months will go pretty fast). This makes me realise how JEALOUS I am of you freshers!!! SO my point to you is… do not wish university life away. Soon, you will NOT be scrolling past the graduation ball advertisements too! Here are some of my favourite things about the past couple of years at Edge Hill:
Ormskirk has been the perfect place to enjoy university life. The beautiful countryside does not stop the town from having a buzzing nightlife filled with bars, live music and pubs.
My primary education course has provided brilliant teaching experience and interesting seminars where I have made life-long friends.
Edge Hill’s campus is the main reason why I decided to apply here. The modern accommodation and never-ending list of things to do makes it a wonderful place to be. Wednesday night socials, karaoke and the student quiz nights are some of the wonderful events that take place at the SU.
When you arrive at Edge Hill on move in Sunday, you will see for yourself how great your university experience will be… so enjoy every single day and make the most of it!
On the 17th July, the Biology class of 2018 (as well as other 2018 classes such as drama) graduated. This class was the one that I had spent first year and second year with – getting to know and studying alongside. However, because I chose to complete a sandwich year on a work placement in the USA, I effectively delayed my graduation. Whilst I was away, my friends were undergoing their third and final year! I may still have one year to go, but they’re all done and dusted–and graduated!
Since I’m doing a summer internship up at Edge Hill in the biosciences department, it was easy for me to pop down and see my former classmates. I didn’t attend the physical graduation or watch from the SU bar on the projector, but I did manage to see most of the class afterwards, even getting a few pictures with them all in their robes and hats. Just because I didn’t graduate at the same time, doesn’t make me feel like any less of their classmate!
Having not seen some of them in over a year, it was lovely to speak to them again. The day wasn’t without its troubles though – the university being filled to the brim with people and families was a little anxiety-inducing–and it wasn’t even my graduation!
Despite the fact that I should’ve graduated this year, according to the original plan, it still feels wild that I will (if all goes well!) have graduated a year from now… From then on, it’s a mystery where I’ll be! Although with masters courses on offer here at Edge Hill and casual work being offered over the summer like the summer internship I’m currently undertaking, maybe I won’t be far away in a year’s time–only time will tell!
With many students graduating this month, including myself, the time toapply for jobs is now! However, this may seem like a daunting task if you’ve never applied for a job or even made a cv before. That is why today I will be giving advice to help you get a job!
When it comes to writing a CV there are many great websites and resources that can help walk you through this process to make sure you are writing it correctly. A few tips that may help you are:
Keep it short, two sides of A4 at most.
Choose a clear, professional font to use throughout to ensure that your CV can be easily read.
Lay it out in a logical order, with Work experience first and things like Education after.
Order your experience and education in reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements
And triple check that your grammar and spelling is correct throughout. Using these tips and more will guarantee you a great looking cv.
Another importantelement you will need to apply for jobs is, of course, a cover letter. While writing a cover letter you must remember to keep it personalised for the company you are applying for as it is directly addressed to them, unlike your cv. Tips for writing a cover letter that I think are particularly important are:
Don’t repeat your CV throughout your cover letter.
Give examples of what you can bring to the company you are applying for.
Don’t highlight skills you do not have, instead focus on the positive.
Start with a template, but customise your letter throughout. With these tips, hopefully writing a cover letter will be easier!
Make sure you try a variety of different job websites, for example: Totaljobs, reed, etc. This is important because an employer may post your dream job you haven’t tried yet. Alternatively, just type what you’re looking for straight into google as you never know what job opportunities may pop up.
Finally, the last thing you should consider is your social media footprint. When you apply for jobs, the employer might want to check your social media accounts, which could make or break if you get the job or not. I did a whole blog post on this topic which you can see by clicking here, however, to summarise: make sure all your public information is professional. If you use Facebook there is a button on your profile which will let you see what strangers can see on your wall, so start hiding or deleting those old and cringe posts!
Thank you for reading this post, I hope you found it somewhat useful when it comes to applying for jobs. Just remember to stay calm, keep applying, never give up.
Until next time!
In September I will be starting my third and last year of university at Edge Hill. It’s something I have been thinking about a lot and the idea of graduating in just over a year is so terrifying as it feels as if I started uni last week!!
Many people will already know that your third year is the most important year of study in your degree programme as it it worth 60% of your overall grade. This year I will also be doing a dissertation which I am both excited and nervous for as I get to research a topic I am really passionate about and explore it in more detail than I ever have before.
The prospect of leaving uni is also nerve wracking especially as the friends I have made are all scattered across the UK, and i will be so sad to not be living with them anymore. I definitely want to make the most of third year and create some unforgettable memories with my friends.
If you have any questions about anything I have mentioned then please leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!