My journey to Edge Hill and some tips for yours! ✈️👩🏽‍🎓📜

The Proclaimers may be willing to walk 500 miles, but what about 4,056 miles? Granted I didn’t walk from Saudi Arabia, but with it being my home for so long, moving across the world was pretty daunting.

Hi, I’m Amy! 😊 I moved to Ormskirk all the way from Saudi Arabia, it’s been my home for almost 13 years so it’s quite a big change, in routine, culture but most importantly, weather. ☔️

Moving away from home can be scary, even if you only live down the road. I’ve moved around a lot in my life so I’m kind of used to it. However, this was the biggest move so far for me, as I was moving away not only from home but from my family.

It feels like yesterday I was panicking about my personal statement and UCAS application and now I’m 8 weeks into the course and loving it. I miss home every now and again but I love what I’m doing and that makes it worth it. It’s hard in the first couple of weeks having to adjust to the new life and routine but once you get settled in and you meet lots of great new people you’ll start to see why people love uni life so much. It is very unique and something you have to experience. 🍻

Here are some little tips to keep in mind:

1.  Stay calm. 💆🏽 Your personal statement and application are, of course, important but trust in yourself and you will be fine. Try and get to an Applicant Visit Day or Open day and if your desired course requires an interview, make sure your prep for it! The interview process I went through was challenging and I was the most nervous I’ve ever been but stay calm. The staff at Edge Hill are so supportive, you will be fine.

2. Be organised. 🗂 The to-do list is never ending and there’s so much paperwork coming from all over, it can get on top of you if you let it. Grab a file and make sure you keep all the paperwork together. Make sure you meet deadlines for conditions and student finance and any pre-summer work you may be set. It’s good to get a head start on your organisation so you don’t feel too overwhelmed before you even get here!

3. Save and budget. 💰 Try and get in the hang of budgeting before you come to uni. You may save up a nice bit of money during the summer but it goes, fast. There is luckily a lot of work around Ormskirk, as there are so many little cafes and restaurants. Getting a job will be a big help but remember to budget. You may feel like a celebrity when your loan goes in but if by the second week you’re eating noodles three times a day, you need to look after your pennies! Before you move, maybe start to budget so you can get the hang of it!

Well, that is it for the first post of the year.
I’m excited to share my experiences with you all.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions,
we’re here to help!  💕

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Sean’s Random Encounters – Welcome Sunday 2018


Working on Welcome Sunday 2018 as a member of the Campus Life team gave me the opportunity to talk to many of the incoming first years at the university. You would think that this blog would be about freshers moving into halls. Or even a 3rd year returning to a new style townhouse in Woodland Court. But I have a much more interesting person in mind for this month’s edition of random encounters. Michael the student helper.


Image result for edge hill welcome sundayOn Welcome Sunday you will see about 40 or so students running around wearing yellow high visibility vests. Michael was one of these ‘student helpers’. He had given up the last Sunday of his summer to help students move into their on campus accommodation. I had the chance to ask him why.


Image result for edge hill welcome sunday‘I like helping people and I know it was hard for me to start out, so I want to put a smile on someone’s face.’ was the reply when asked why he wanted to work on this stress filled day. He also had no complaints about helping move boxes up and down stairs. ‘Someone did it for me, and i’m doing for them. Circle of life!’


As I thought about the day itself I realised that the student helpers around me were not tired, stressed or burnt out. They were smiling. These people had just spent a full day helping people move into their new homes and it gave most of them a sense of good karma. People like to help other people, and I honestly can say that the people that study, work and volunteer at Edge Hill University are some of the most helpful that I have ever met. The people make the place.


If you want to read more about Welcome Sunday check out my other blog here:

3 Tips for moving to Edge Hill University – Getting ready for Welcome Sunday



That’s all I have for you on this edition of random encounters but if you want to find out more about what to expect on campus you can check out Campus Life at EHU here. And please leave any questions you have for moving in below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Edge Hill University 1st Year Review – Taking a look back

EHU 1st Year Review


Looking back on my first year I have accomplished a lot. I’ve made friends, had experiences and changed my life forever. In most of my blogs I try to follow the simple strategy of writing about things that I would want to have known when I started. So here is the things that I know now about first year that I wish I had known when I moved in. Hopefully they can relate to you and help someone out there.


Image result for ehu accommodationAccommodation: The accommodation on campus is some of the best I have ever seen. It might be annoying that the windows are child locked so it can get hot, but in the winter it’s amazing. Lots of space, underbed storage and a massive wardrobe.

 


Image result for edge hill campusCampus: Lakes, beaches, rolling hills and grassy parks. Campus ends up a lot more like a fancy holiday resort, the peaceful walks give plenty of places to stroll. I wish that I did more of this in the long evenings before winter set in. Don’t swim in the lakes though, £50 fines!


Image result for edge hill staffStaff: The staff at the university always have an open ear for students. In my first year I didn’t find a single member of staff was was unhelpful, intimidating or impatient. I honestly believe that their TEF Gold award is well deserved and the university is always ensuring that its staff is at the forefront of every project on campus, not to the side.


That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about EHU and first year then check out my first year blog posts here!

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Edge Hill Life Hacks – Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen


Coming to the end of my first year at Edge Hill University I thought it would be worth while writing a blog as a homage to one of my all time favourite songs and essays. The title of this blog might seem odd if you haven’t heard Baz Luhrmanns “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”, adapted from Mary Schmich’s column “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” – (You can listen here and read here) but here goes anyway.


If I could offer you only one tip for the future, studying would be it would be it. The long-term benefits of studying have been proved by professors, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own first year experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the experience and ease of first year. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the experience of first year until you graduate. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as far behind as you imagine.

Don’t worry about exams. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to write a dissertation by chewing bubble gum. The real exams in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 8 p.m. before social on Wednesday.

Give something a go every day that scares you.

Karaoke.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Invest in relationships.

Relax.

Don’t waste your time on social media. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s not on a mobile phone.

Remember firsts you receive. Forget the fails. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old essays. Throw away your old timetables.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what job you want from your course. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they were even studying. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds are still in classes.

Get plenty of sleep. Be kind to your ears. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Don’t expect anyone else to write your reports. Maybe you have a best friend. Maybe you’ll have a smart partner. But you never know when either one might not want to help.

Don’t mess too much with your looks or by the time you’re 40 your dyed blue hair will have fallen out.

Be careful whose classes you take, but be patient with those who teach them. Teaching is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the bin, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the studying.


 

Food Shop – Budgeting Your Money

For a lot of people, one of the biggest worries about coming to uni is money. Will I have enough of it? What happens if I spend too much in freshers week? How does paying for my accommodation work? All of these are things I worried about before arriving at Edge Hill, so I’m here to pass on some knowledge I’ve learnt in my time here.

Firstly, if you’re worried about spending too much of your loan before your accommodation payment comes out, you can arrange with the accommodation team to take the payment out as soon as it comes in, so you can’t be tempted to spend too much too soon!

Another way I learnt to keep track of my spending was to budget my weekly food shop. I was lucky enough to have parents that sent me £30 a week for this purpose, as my maintenance loan minus my accommodation fee wouldn’t allow for this.

£30 may not sound like a lot, but with some careful planning and shopping around, (as we’re lucky enough to have multiple supermarkets in Ormskirk)  I found out that it was plenty to keep me fed for a week, and I often even had a little left over for a treat or two.

Here is a basic break down of a generic weekly shop for me:

Aldi: I would usually use Aldi as a starting point, as it has lots of different food bits that I could pick up, such as sauces and salad kits, which I could then add to from Morrison’s.

Potatoes: £1. Sweet Potatoes: £1. Stir Fry Kit: £2.50. Instant Noodles (x3): £1.20. Cheese: £1.90. Apples: £1.30 Pasta Bake Sauce: 65p. Crisps: £1. Sweet and Sour Sauce: 85p. Spread: £1.90. Ham: £1.45.

Added together this cost me £14.75, about half of my weekly budget, and I now have the main elements of evening meals and lunch.

Morrison’s: I know would use Morrison’s to add to the dishes, and pick up any extra bargains I could see, as Morrison’s often have clearance areas, and these are great for finding meat, cheese and other treats.

Steak: £2.50. Chicken and Pork: 2 for £5 offer. Part baked baguettes (x2 packs): 90p. Pasta: £1. Pineapple: £1. Ice Cream: £1.50. Squash: £1. Milk: £1. Cereal Bars: £1.

Added together this comes to £14.90, giving an overall total of £29.65, keeping just under budget. Some weeks, this would be considerably less, as I wouldn’t need some items every week, such as the packs of meat, squash, and spread, leaving me some money left over for the occasional takeaway of fast food trip.

Hopefully this has helped some people, or at least given you an idea of what to expect when you come to do your very first food shop for yourself!

How Edge Hill University actively Listens to Students – Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions


Edge Hill University is one of the best in the country at listening to its students and acting on its feedback. Whether it be on campus or on course the university always has an ear out for what you, the student, has to say. It’s important to understand how these channels of information operate and how you as a student can both get involved and use them to convey your messages.


Image result for student classroomStudents can get involved in their course by becoming student representatives to the board. For example, I am a representative on the Computing Science board. Members of course boards are able to attend meetings with the faculty and express concerns that their year group may be having in the course. It is a great way to get involved.


Union CloudEdge Hill also has an excellent students’ union. The union is run by students for students. They have a hand in all aspects of live on campus. Not only is there specific posts for officers within the union but their board includes student trustees who have a hand in relaying information from the student masses to the union in order to support and ensure that the best possible experience is had by all. The students union have stated in a recent email that they ‘want everything we do here to be shaped by our students, and our mission is to ensure that Edge Hill student voices are heard, valued and acted upon.’


Image result for campus life edge hillFinally the campus life team work around the clock with a team of 10 campus connectors and 2 campus communicators, all students, who manage the halls and ensure that all students have a peer to turn to. These students are able to give constant feedback to the team and relay information through the relevant channels about accommodation and student services available. This team is a integral part of student feedback on campus and once again EHU are leading the way.


If you want to learn more about the Edge Hill Students union and the work they do I suggest reading this blog about their work:

Edge Hill Students Union – More than a bar, shop and Subway.



That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about EHU student services and how you might get involved in with them when you attend the university check out their amazing website here!

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Sean’s Random Encounters – Ormskirk Bus Station and Deadlines

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Fresh off my flight from Ireland back to Ormskirk I realized it had been a few weeks since I had made a blog post, let alone a random encounter article. On my way to catch the EL1 after a train journey from Liverpool Central I spotted a line of students. I decided to speak to one and ask them a simple question – ‘What do you know now, that you wish you knew when you started 1st year’. This is what 3rd year student Steven had to say.


Image result for studying edge hill‘Doing your work is important. Don’t leave anything until the last moment ever. As much as it seems like you can write that 500 word essay on the Friday that the task is due, you can’t. I learned the hard way that it’s best to get my stuff done about a week before’ said Steve. And I agree with him. You will never get the grade you want with quick write ups under stress.


Image result for timeWhen you are working against the clock you tend to make mistakes. Remember that when you start university you are still here to gain knowledge. Regardless of when you do the module it will still take roughly the same time so don’t try and cheat by leaving it as long as you can, it only pushes you to cut corners. That’s not good.


Image result for examEven myself as a first year, very much guilty of leaving things to the last moment, I have started to realise that it does not work. I hope that you do take what I have said in this article to heart when you start university in September. And trust me, if you do it will pay off. When everyone else is stressing you won’t be, and that’s important.


Here are some more blogs you might find useful about time management, stress and assessment.

Preparing for continuous assessment at Edge Hill – You won’t have to cram the night before!

Dealing with Stress at University – Stress is like the flu, everyone usually gets it


If you want to find out more about ways to deal with stress, time management and more at Edge Hill, check out the link here!

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!


 

Dealing with Homesickness

Although many people will try to tell you they don’t miss home, or that they were so busy with new things they didn’t even think about it, it’s very likely that it’s not true.

It’s completely normal to feel homesick at any stage of university life, whether you’ve moved across the country or just a few miles away. Here are a few tips to help overcome it.

1- Talk about it.

It’s very likely, especially in the first few weeks of a new term that you won’t be the only one missing home. Talking to your flatmates or coursemates about home can help you to remember the good things about home, but also help you remember why you’ve moved away and all the good things that will bring.

2- Home comforts.

No matter how old you are, there is absolutely nothing wrong with bringing things that remind you of home, even if that is a cuddly toy! Other items that work include blankets, posters, and fairy lights. Anything that makes your room feel like your space, rather than just an empty room.

3- Photos

On the subject of home comforts, I advise you to buy yourself a photo album or two and print out some of your favourite photos and memories from home. Although now a days we mostly store our photos on our phones, there’s something a little bit more special about a physical copy, and looking through them can really help if you’re having a hard time.

4- Call home.

Don’t be ashamed to excuse yourself from social areas in your flat to make a phone call to the family. It helps you to stay in touch with news from home, and to connect with the people who up until now, you’ve most likely been living with all your life. Using apps such as FaceTime and Skype can enhance this as you get to see faces and places, rather than just voices.

5. Make new friends.

Although you may at times feel like you’re betraying life long friendships by making new friends while you’re away, you’re not. Your home friends would want you to be making new friends and having new experiences, and although at times this may be hard to see, it’s important to remember you can always stay in touch with them in different ways, even if you’re not physically present. 

Independence at Edge Hill University – Freedom is more than 4 AM Netflix

Independence At University

Independence At University


Independence at university is something that I know you will be looking forward to in the coming year. Doing what you want when you want is amazing. So being able to have a full tube of Pringles to yourself at five in the morning is well within your grasp but being independent is much further away. Growing up takes guts, and practice. Learning how to live and survive on your very own is a serious of falling flat on your face before you figure out how to ride the bike of life. I can’t help you with that, but I can give you a few tips to help you when you move to Edge Hill in September.


Start small. Lets take it from day 1 when you move in. Get settled and know your way around your room. Start mentally planning how you are going to take care of yourself. Is there anything you need to buy or bring with you? Make a list if it helps. Learn how to do laundry if you don’t already. Start cleaning your room every day. All of these are going to be essential when you live alone. Starting now, today, gives you a jump-start on everyone else around you. And don’t be afraid to mess up.


Your TimeMaking sure your time is managed well is essential to becoming independent. Remember all of those teachers who said “it’s your own time you’re wasting” ? Well they were kinda right. You need to make sure when you tell yourself you are doing something you do it. If your washing day is on Wednesday then do the washing on Wednesday. And again, if you want your Independence, then start today. Using your time well  means you get more done. Getting more done means you don’t rely on others. That makes you independent.


The Cash MoneyThe last piece of advice I can give you is budget. There are many ways you can go about this, and if you find one that works tell me about it please. Money is hard to come by and easier to lose so make sure you spend it well. You need to think about more than the usual costs. Set aside something for the unforeseen circumstance. Starting out this is hard, but getting a part-time job is a great way to help. Make sure you don’t abuse an overdraft. It is not free money no matter what your mate who is 600 pound deep tells you.


These are the three best tips I can give you. It is important that you give it your best every day when you come to university and understand that it gets easier. You might find yourself struggling with money one week and the washing machine the other but we’ve all been there and it gets easier. I can only wish you the best of luck. I’ve linked in a few more blogs below that you might find useful.

Edge Hill Laundrette – Doing your washing is loads of fun

Volunteering and Part-time Jobs


That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about getting started at Edge Hill you can have a look at their website for information on any aspect of University life here.

And if you want more free and great information email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Open Days at Edge Hill

Hey all, I hope you are doing well!

One of the ways in which you can get to know a University before you actually go to it is an Open Day. These can sometimes be tricky to get to, as there can be clashes with other open days, however, the great thing about Edge Hill is that they have several Open Days throughout the year. They also have Applicant Visit Days, in which if you hold an unconditional or conditional place you get invited to check out the campus and its facilities. But if you want to do this before you apply, then Open Days are perfect for you.

The next Open Days are listed below, and if you wish to apply, the links are there for you!

  • Saturday 16th June 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 18th August 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now
  • Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am-3pm – Book Now

There are a few reasons that Open Days are a really good thing to go to before applying for a University:

  • See the campus: you get to see where you’ll be spending your years at University! You need to be sure that it’s a place you’ll be happy with. There are so many different types of campuses and places they are in; some campuses have the accommodation on campus (i.e. Edge Hill!), some have accommodation off campus, some are in cities, and some are in quieter towns! I personally don’t feel my happiest living in a big city all the time, as I come from a fairly quiet town. So Edge Hill, being in Ormskirk and also having on campus accommodation, was perfect for me.
  • See the facilities: University isn’t a breeze, I’m not going to lie to you about that one. You get what you put into it, and the thing that really helps? The facilities. You need to make sure that there are the right resources you’ll need to do your best and get the grades you deserve. By attending an open day, you can check these resources out in person!
  • Meet your prospective teachers: at Edge Hill Open Days, you get given a timetable so you can attend any talks that your prospective course’s teachers will be giving that day. The teachers also take time to talk to students about any questions that you have. So this is a perfect opportunity to get to know the people you’ll be getting taught by for 3+ years. It’s the same as with the campus and the facilities; you need to make sure you’ll be happy with the teachers you will be interacting with.
  • Info on applying- applying for University can be a little confusing. Sometimes the guidelines and requirements might seem like they’re written in a load of Uni jargon, so speaking with the teams within the University is a great idea. As well as the talks with your departments, Edge Hill organise for stands to be in the Hub with all the different teams there- such as the Accommodation Team, the Careers Team and the Wellbeing Team- so you can discuss anything that confuses you.

If you have any questions regarding the Open Days, feel free to drop me a comment!