Things I Learnt in my First Weeks at Uni

It’s a known fact that you learn a lot at university, you don’t need me to tell you that. But a lot of the more practical aspects of your university education will often go unnoticed. Over the years I have learnt so much about how to effectively adult, but a lot of that actually cropped up in the first few weeks. Uni turned out to be a whole new world to what I was used to and I had to adjust to it. I’ve compiled a list of the this you can expect to encounter when you first start uni.

Cleaning

I’m a self-proclaimed neat freak, but I still struggled with trying to get my head around proper full-on cleaning. I wasn’t sure what each different cleaning product did, I mean I’m still not sure what all of them do. However, I gradually figured out how I would go about cleaning the spaces I was responsible for and came up with a sort of cleaning timetable that helped me figure out what to do when, this really helped me get my head around something I hadn’t always had to do in such depth.

Doing Laundry

I still laugh when I think about the first time I did my own laundry, I spent ages sending my mum photos of my washing asking if this top was light or if these jeans were dark. I hadn’t a clue! Laundry is a risky business, if you mess up you could end up with some really dodgy looking clothes. But it’s nothing to worry about once you get the hang of it. My advice for this is to ask for help, don’t risk messing up because you’re too shy, once you do it once, you’ll know what to do for next time.

Food Shopping

The food shop was one of the first things I had to conquer. On my second day at uni I set off to Aldi with no idea what I needed or what I even wanted to eat, that was a great start… I urge you to make a list when going food shopping, maybe even think of what meals you’d like throughout the week and get only the ingredients for them. This method will not only save you time and money, it will also stop you from buying random foodstuffs that don’t go together which will eventually end in you producing more waste.

Having to make important phone calls

This was the part of adulthood I was always dreading. I’ve never been good on the phone and the idea of booking an appointment for something or sorting out something important like bills over the phone still give me the creeps. But University has alleviated some of my fear, even in the first few weeks of uni you may have to deal with people over the phone – i.e. maintenance people, doctors, dentists etc – But there is nothing to worry about, these people are on the other end of the phone to help you, and you know, as they say, practice makes perfect!

Until next time! 🙂

Edge Hill Library- The Font of all Knowledge

Hello all, hope you have had a wonderful week and end to April!

I have done a post on places in which you can study (which you can find here) in which I mentioned Edge Hill’s very own library. I only went into brief information on the library, so I thought I’d do a post to explain what is on offer and how great it is!

The library is located in the centre of the campus, across from the Hub. One of the best things about it is that for students, it’s open 24/7! During the later hours, you need your student ID to get access, but if you work better at night like I do the fact it’s always open is perfect.

Within the library, there are three floors. The floors follow a noise-based system; for group work or if you are working with friends and want the freedom to take breaks and talk, the first floor has no noise restrictions, the second floor is a quieter floor but not silent, and the third floor is for silent study. These floors are also set up in a way that compliments the type of work you’re doing. If you’re doing silent work on the third floor, there are separate desks which allow you to focus purely on what you are doing, whereas on the first floor there are bigger tables for groups of people to sit together. There are computers on the first and second floor, however, if you bring a laptop to any of the floors there are plugs for chargers if needed!

On the first floor, there are group study rooms which are available to book on demand. These are rooms which have a bigger table in them for working on group projects, and the bigger of these rooms have access to a projector whilst the others just have a computer for your use. These rooms are great for if you need to focus more than if you were to sit in the open area on this floor.

On the second floor, there are also independent study rooms available for you to book. These are smaller than the group rooms but allow you the peace and quiet you might need to finish your assignments.

The library has a vast number of books to help you with your studies. Each degree has a section within the library where you find books to help you with your research and assignments, and a lot of the books have been requested by the course leaders or students so they are very likely to have just what you need.

If you need any help academically, there is a help desk located on the second floor. This is open 8-9 during weekdays and 11-6 on weekends, however, these times are sometimes different out of term time.

Possibly one of the coolest things about the library is the stationery vending machine by the entrance. If you run out of glue, or need a USB drive or folder, they’ve got you covered! It has more or less anything you might need to study. Also on the first floor, there are food and drinks dispensers so that if you are working for a long time you don’t start to get distracted by being thirsty or hungry.

I hope this post has given you more of an idea on what the library offers! If you want to read a little more about the library, click here to be taken to the University’s page on the library and its services.

Swimming in the Deep End

Sometimes being thrown into the deep end isn’t a bad thing, although if you’re like me you won’t like it!

I am currently on my third and final placement at a high school. Looking back to year one I was very shy and dreaded speaking up… whether that was in a presentation, putting my hand up or just anytime really! Ironically now this is what I want my pupils NOT to be! Promoting and encouraging them to be confident in a way that I never was!

So this brings me to year one, the first term, when we wee told we had to present a starter to the whole course (just under 30 people… but still!). I was dreading it, despite actually training to be a teacher I don’t think I realised how hard standing up and presenting something would be… never mind actually getting the class to do it! BUT I did it, despite being extremely anxious, and it wasn’t even a disaster!

What I am getting at is sometimes even if there’s an aspect of something that you’re dreading… maybe your upcoming modules at uni or moving away from home, you will be ok! It is good to know that you can tap into certain aspects of people or departments that are willing to help you if you begin to struggle. At Edge Hill you can speak to numerous people… your friends, tutors, heads of courses, Student Services, the SU…. (to name a few!) A handy link can be found here, enabling you to choose the right service you require, should you need it!

Even if you know that you’ll be fine, be safe in the knowledge that I have found, sometimes I thrive in a situation when it is forced upon me and it makes me a better more rounded person! I will never look back and now, if I had to just present a starter, I would love it and I’d have so many innovative ideas that I lacked two years ago! So it just shows what hard work and determination can do! So to that, I thank Uni for helping me develop and learn!