Great Fun In Ormskirk

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post and I apologise. I was very busy with assignments and my exam, but I have officially finished my first year at university now.

It has been a very fun year, but it has absolutely flown by. If you’re finishing your year at sixth form or college you might understand exactly how fast the time can go.

The weather has been really sunny again here, which has made wondering around campus lovely. Those lazy afternoon strolls are much more enjoyable when you have finally finished a huge pile of work.

This weekend Ormskirk held a Medieval fair in Coronation Park, and since the weather was so nice me and a few friends decided to go and have a day out in town.

Some people worry about coming to university in a town like Ormskirk, especially if they think there won’t be enough to keep them busy. Honestly there is never a boring moment here!

Even if there isn’t anything happening at the university that takes your fancy you can head into town to try out the assortment of restaurants, pubs and shops – the finest Ormskirk has to offer.

A personal favourite of mine is the Open Mic night at Salt and Liquor, which I would recommend if you like live music and a unique atmosphere.

The Medieval fair was something so different and so enjoyable. It’s not everyday you can experience a huge battle in the local park, or even listen to some Medieval songs and stories.

There really is always something to do here, so long as you know where to go!

And if you ever do need a trip to the city then Liverpool is a quick train ride away.

I hope you have all managed to experience some sunny weather, and that you enjoy the rest of your week.

Quote for the day: “The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.” -Alexandra Elle

Until next time 🙂

 

Walking On Sunshine

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having an incredible week.

My week has been super busy but also so much fun. There has been so much sunshine, and that means being on campus has been even more beautiful than usual.
It means I’ve been able to take my huge stack of library books out to sit by the lake. Reading in the sunshine is a nice change (although the sun burn didn’t help!)

Campus was very colourful this weekend too, as Edge Hill hosted the Student Colour Run. It was a sight to behold, a lot of paint and a lot of people having fun getting active and taking in all the sights campus has to offer.

Due to all the sunshine the ducks on campus have been very active too. They even made their way into the main building last week!

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This week coming up is the last officially week of the semester for a lot of courses. I have a few lectures and seminars this week, but the big focus is on my assignments and exams.

I have a lot of research to do now, although the sun seems to have disappeared for a while, so now I will have to work inside again.

It’s strange to be so close to the end of my first year, it seems like I have only been here for a few weeks still!

I am looking forward to my next assignment, I get to write about a video game I have loved for a long time. Not many people doing English Literature degrees can say that, but I am so glad that I am one of them.

I hope you all have a great week ahead, although a lot of you may have exams and assignment deadlines just around the corner. If that is the case, good luck with everything, I am in the exact same boat as you right now.

We can all rise to the challenge though, even though eventually we will be ready for the summer break!

Quote for the week: “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” Betsy-Tacy and Tib – Maud Hart Lovelace.

Until next time 🙂

Home Life

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying your holidays, and that you had a good Easter.

It’s been weird being back at home for a few weeks after so long at uni. I  know a lot of people worry about not fitting in at uni, especially if they live in halls, but you adjust before you even know it.

I was surprised at how quick I managed to adapt to the independence of living alone. Granted there are moments when you need a comforting word from home, but they are always a phone or skype call away!

You grow a lot as a person when you have to learn new things. I remember the days when I would cry at the thought of making something more complex than a sandwich. But remember even the greatest chef started out as just a beginner!

Of course many people like living in halls because they can come and go as they please, with a university schedule this can be a blessing. But with that independence comes a lot of responsibility: cooking, cleaning, washing your own clothes and doing your own shopping.

Being at home is always a strange experience once you adjust to those things (but now you can appreciate how much work your parents do each day!)

I’ve also missed the friends I’ve made at uni, and even the lectures! It’s been nice to have a break, but I can’t wait to dive right back into university life next week.

If you’re planning to go to university this year, you’ve probably heard a lot of people tell you that it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. You might be a bit wary at first, especially since it’s such a big change, but it’s definitely the truth.

I’m going to enjoy my last few days at home, and spending a little more time with the family. I know I’ll be back from uni again before I know it!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Quote for the day: “There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” New Chronicles of Rebecca – Kate Douglas Wiggin

 

Hope you all have another great week, until next time 🙂

To Be or Not to Be

Hi everyone!

Hope you have all had an absolutely amazing Easter. Thankfully most of us still have a few more days before we’re back to work.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the last few days, even more so than usual. Reading week is usually the time I use to do research or finish off the reading list, but with an exam on the horizon my life is all about Hamlet right now.

I’ve decided to take a bit of a break now (it is Easter Sunday after all) and am watching a production of the play instead. Still slightly productive, but slightly less work than researching the use of iambic pentameter in Shakespeare plays. . .

Which brings me to my advice for the week, and I hope it helps a few of you out. This week’s topic: revision!

Some of you might be sick of hearing the word already, and if so I apologise. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are more creative ways to revising than just copying chunks of text or re-reading your own notes.

Since everyone works differently, and enjoys different learning styles what works for someone else might not work for you. Don’t let that deter you though! If you haven’t found a way that works for you then you can try out a few of these techniques:

-mind maps
-music
-diagrams
-PowerPoints
-note cards
-videos

Personally I love putting on a specially selected work playlist, and making a mind map or two. It increases my productivity, and gives me an incentive to keep working.

The trick is to find something that will help you work, and not something that will distract you. If you find yourself doodling when you’re in class turn that doodle into a revision aid! Pictures might help you learn and/or remember things more quickly than just reading it.

Give things a go, until you find a way that works for you! That way you’ll stop putting off revision until the last minute, and when you do revise it will be a lot more productive.

Quote for the day: To be, or not to be: that is the question.” Hamlet –William Shakespeare.

I have an extra treat for you today, considering this post is all about revision I will share one of the songs on my work playlist with you. And as I’ve been reading Shakespeare, this one has been on repeat for the past couple of days.

I hope you all have a great week, and I shall see you again next time! 🙂

Broadening Horizons

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all doing very well.

Today I am going to talk a little bit about the things you can do at uni to really expand your horizons and gain lots of new skills and experiences. After all that is what uni is all about!

The job market is competitive, and even with your degree getting a job won’t be easy. You need to make sure you stand out a little more.

You might think that’s easier said than done, but there are lots of little ways that you can make a difference.

It can be something as simple as a part time or summer job (if you don’t already have one.) It doesn’t necessarily have to be directly related to the job you want to have in the future. I am sure your teachers have talked about transferable skills before. Most of these can be developed in the work place.

You can even use your degree to give yourself an edge. Some course options offer sandwich years or a year abroad. A sandwich year allows you to undertake a year of placement in an industry suited to your course. Usually after second year, then you will return to uni to complete your degree with a little more experience under your belt.

ERASMUS is a growing programme that allows students from the UK to go abroad for either a semester or a full year and complete part of their degree in a partner university. These experiences can be invaluable, not just to employers but to you as well.

Volunteering is another option. Again this can be something as simple as volunteering at a local charity shop, or volunteering abroad. There are also programmes like Camp America that allow you to explore the wonders of the USA and get paid whilst you do it.

If something like that isn’t really your cup of tea, there are plenty of other options. Something as simple as learning a new language can offer you more than you think.

Every little thing counts! So make sure that while you are having the time of your life, you’re also thinking ahead.

There’s so much to do that will give you the best job prospects  and a great life experience.

Quote for the day: The future depends on what you do today. -Mahatma Gandhi

Hope you all have a great week, until next time 🙂

Things To Do

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re all having another great week.

Today I am just going to be talking about all the things that you can get up to at uni. Although ultimately the goal is to leave with a degree and some good job prospects, it’s important to balance work with a good social life.

Ormskirk is a really good town for things to do. You can go grab a cup of coffee in one of the cute little cafes, connect with nature during a walk through Ruff Wood or try out the markets!

Ormskirk is known as an historic market town for good reason, and no matter what you’re looking for good chance is you will find it here.

Even if you’re not looking to leave campus for the day, there are enough opportunities to be social right at your doorstep.

Any societies you are a part of will be running various activities throughout the week, and these are always a great thing to be involved in.

The Arts Centre always has a range of shows, and the best part is being a student gets you cheaper entry. There’s guaranteed to be something to interest everyone. You can check out what the Arts Centre has on right now here.

The new sports centre also has a lot to offer to students. The gym and the swimming pool offer great places to socialise and get fit. You can even try out a few fitness classes (yoga is great to relieve any stress.)

The Students Union also has a range of things happening during the week. Open from 11am daily it’s great to grab a bite to eat with friends – I highly recommend the curly fries.

The quiz night at the SU is also great if you want to show off your knowledge and win a few prizes at the same time. Karaoke night is unmissable, there is no better way to bond with new friends than all singing along to the old classics!

And if all of that isn’t enough to keep you satisfied you can always head into Liverpool or Preston for some retail therapy (but try not to spend all your student loan!)

Quote for the day: “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played.” – Dr Seuss

Hope you all have a fun filled week! Until next time 🙂

Make 2016 A Great Year!

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all having an amazing New Year. I know a lot of you have already started getting offers, so congratulations and good luck to anyone awaiting university offers 🙂

I’m not usually a person who makes New Years Resolutions, but this year I have tried to make a few changes to make life that little bit easier.

This year I’ve decided organisation is key. My christmas gifts all revolved around uni. I got cute notebooks, pens, storage boxes for my room and a calendar or two so I can track everything that I need to do.

Might sound a little boring to you now, but little gifts like that can be super helpful. And often not something you’d think about getting for yourself.

I’m currently filling in my calendar with all my assignment deadlines, lectures, seminars and (thankfully) a few social events. It can really help reduce stress levels, and it’s useful to have a visual reminder of important dates.

A fresh year is a great time for a fresh start, you can try out new things, experiment and find things that suit you.

Another thing that really helps you with that is university. Since I came to Edge Hill I’ve studied things I never even thought of (how many English Lit students do you know who study comics?) and met people I never would have met at home.

Coming to university is definitely a challenge, but it’s also super rewarding. The happiest moment is when you finally hand in that essay you’ve been working on for a few weeks, or when you did the reading for the week and actually understand some of the more advanced points in the lecture.

As with most things in life, you get out what you put in. So put in some time, dedication and organisation and just watch how much easier things get. Trust me, that’s a great tip for A-Level exams and BTEC assignments too!

Quote for the day: “‎Determination, effort, and practice are rewarded with success.” The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy. Mary Lydon Simonsen

Hope you all have a great week, there are many more to come!

Until next time. . . 🙂

Christmas time! Mistletoe and… Something.

Hello one and all!

Well Christmas has been interesting this year.
A Small family gathering it was, and it was a nice calming and relaxing time.
I got to see my mother again, and my siblings and my dad and it felt good.
I also got to spend a good amount of time with my Fiancee and my friends from home.
We managed to go out for a few days out, going Bowling and Cinema.

It was good being able to see my friends again. You don’t realize how much you miss people until you spend a huge period of time away from them.

Then, of Course, came Christmas.
Got up early Christmas morning, opened presents with the family.
Got a lovely selection of T-Shirts, some Graphic Novels, an Alarm Clock and a New memory stick! Among other things.
Small little things, but good things.
Then there was the Christmas Breakfast, followed by Lunch, opening the Stockings, and then A Dinner of Nibbles!

And of course, soon, I will be returning up North to the University. I will be back up to the University, back in my room and back in comfort of my own solitude.
And back to working

Until next time!

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Quote of the Day

“It’s Christmas eve, at the North Pole. Who you gonna call?” – the Doctor

The Arts Centre

Hello one and all!

For those who are still on campus, you should be settling in right now.
I hope you all are enjoying your time at Edge Hill University.

For those that are now starting to look at go to Edge Hill University, you’ll wonder what it is you can do at Edge Hill, what courses, where to live and what to do to relax?

One I have spoken about at many times, and blogged about before, is the Arts Centre

What is the Arts Centre?

The Arts Centre is the home of the Performing Arts Department and the Rose and Studio Theatres.

It hosts a wide range of productions, all of which are designed to entertain students as well as local and regional communities.
They have even quite recently upgraded the Rose Theatre.

Recently, I have had the Honor of performing at the Art’s Centre at the Open Mic Night they had last Wednesday (part of which you can see here)

If you’d like to find out more about the Art’s Centre, just follow this link here

Hopefully you will enjoy your time there when you turn up

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Quote of the Day
“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty”

Clearing and Doctor Who

Hello one and all!

By now, many if not all of you should have received your grades by now and will most probably be looking forward to joining the university.

Those at clearing will be on their phones at this moment, waiting to help you out at a moments notice.
I know many of the people working on the clearing desk, and I know all of them are more then happy to help you out.

If ever you have any problems, give those guys a call with the numbers provided to you and they will be around to give you a hand.

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Doctor Who is coming soon, with it’s premiere episode “Deep Breath”

This episode will see the return of Clara and the Paternoster gang return, with Peter Capaldi now taking the helm as the newly regenerated Doctor.

I am anxious as ever to see how this goes, and I hope some of you are too.
For those of you who have not yet seen it, here is the trailer for the new episode

 

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Quote of the Day

“But now you stand before me, Devoid of all dismay. Could it be? Just maybe… I’ll let you have your day.”

– Charles Dance