My favourite spots on campus! 😍🌲

Hey everyone!

I’ve seen a few people on Twitter today saying they’ve had offers from Edge Hill, and on campus today people have been graduating. Full circle! If you’ve been offered a place, congratulations! Today I wanted to share my favourite spots on campus, and to try and persuade you that Edge Hill is not only the best university but also the most aesthetic! 😋 

Catalyst (The library) 📚 :

 

The Catalyst is where I spend most of my time, if not in bed sleeping or in lectures. It’s only just opened for this academic year and I don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s stunning and is a great place to study, on your own or with friends. They have isolated booths if you want to block everyone out or group rooms if you want to work with your friends. It caters for everything and everyone. (There’s a little clip here to show you a more detailed view of the inside!) It’s amazing to have this comfortable space to go to if on Tuesdays (student night) you have to work and the accommodation area is a little noisy.

The Hub 🏢 :

I don’t spend enough time in this place. Every time I pass through there always seems to be something on in there. I walked past the other day and captured the picture above – I loved this idea! 💕 There’s an abundance of places to get and grab food in here but they also have people come in on certain days and set up stalls selling food from Asian street dishes to homemade treats. Not only this, the real winner here is the fact they serve Starbucks! ☕️

The Lakeside and the duckies 🦆 :

I’m lucky enough to live in an area of campus where I get to pass these beauties every day. It’s adorable in the mornings when they’re all on the grass nestled into themselves. It just starts your day off the right way seeing such beautiful nature, literally on your doorstep and it’s a lovely stroll in the morning. As you can tell by the pictures above, it’s hard to get near them. You can usually find me in the mornings trying to stroke one, probably shouting something along the lines of: “Please come here and let me love you!” 

My room 🙋🏽 :

The Edge Hill accommodation is truly amazing. It, of course, differs on price range. I live in Chancellor’s South and it’s a perfect size, so cosy and the view from my bedroom window is amazing. I’m really lucky with where I was allocated. I spend the majority of my time here and it’s a great workspace. Make sure you try and look around the halls of residence if you come to visit!

 

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed a little insight into some of my favourite spots at Edge Hill. The university campus is stunning and I feel very lucky to live in such a nice place. Thanks for reading, see you in my next post! 👋🏼

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New Year, New Work, New Adventures

During my time not in the prairie, or at the Field Museum, I’ve been working on a project with another research assistant, Lane, comparing data from the prairie that she collected with her drone’s multispectral imaging camera with the biomass data I collected last semester. Processing both datasets and importing them into “R”, the software we use for analysis, was quite challenging, but in the end, we succeeded. The results seem promising so far but more analysis is needed, although it’s no groundbreaking research it’s very exciting! I even got to fly the drone the other day, something I’ve never done before. They’re amazing pieces of technology, although hearing one up close (it sounds like a swarm of bees), I can understand why some people might be wary of them.

Despite being all the way over in the United States, I’m still technically on four modules at Edge Hill University, placement modules. These modules cover personal reflections and activities, as well as two assignments on the placement organisation – specifically an issue with the organisation, and the solution to this issue. Although I would’ve much rather just carried on with the work at the arboretum and museum, they’re important assessments that show that you’ve gained something from your time in industry.

 

Halfway through the month of January, I took a trip over to Utah to visit a friend, Avery. We had originally planned to drive down to California, visiting more friends in Los Angeles but unfortunately that plan fell through. Instead, we’ve been based around central Utah, a couple hours south of Salt Lake City. So far we’ve watched many films, including The Last Jedi and Mary and The Witch’s Flower in the cinema; driven around the local mountains, specifically the Skyline Drive near the Manti-LaSal National Forest; and visited the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium and Natural History Museum of Utah. Although it was sunny and almost warm when I arrived, snow has now hit along with sub-zero temperatures. Seems like I brought the Chicagoan winter with me! It’s been a nice break from work, but I must say that I miss Chicago – the city must’ve really grown on me in the past few months.

 

Nature On Your Doorstep

Hey everyone!

Hope you’re all having another good week 🙂

This week I’m going to be talking about a unique aspect of Edge Hill Campus – the amount of nature that can be found here!

The Lakes

Not every campus can boast having a lake, never mind having two!

I lived in Chancellors Court in First Year, and my kitchen overlooked the lake on Eastern Campus. It was such an amazing view, and one I never expected.

The other lake can be found on the Western Campus, near the Faculty of Health and Social Care, so no matter where you are on campus you’re close to an amazing view and a lot of wildlife. Which brings me onto. . .

Ducks!

There are always a few ducks roaming around campus and Edge Hill is probably pretty well renowned for its duck population.

Be careful though, if you have food they like to come and try to steal it!

Plus they’ve been known to wander into the Hub every now and again, which is a pretty fun sight.

If ducks aren’t enough for you then there are rabbits hiding all across campus and even the famous Campus Cat. Definitely worth trying to spot whilst on campus!

 

La Plage

Along with the lakes Eastern Campus even has it’s very own beach!

With places to sit, enough sand to make an impressive sand castle and the feeling of being on holiday without even leaving campus the beach is one of my favourite spots.

In First Year I would always cut through the beach on the way to lectures and seminars (it’s impossible to be sad for those 9ams when the first thing you see is a beach.)

It’s also a great place to play some card games with friends in the sunshine, our personal favourite is Go Fish.

Nature is all around

Edge Hill’s campus is truly beautiful, and if you don’t believe me come and see for yourself!

The first time I visited I knew this was the place I wanted to spend the next three years studying for my degree. The course was perfect, the tutors were friendly and the excellent scenery was just an added bonus!

Quote for the day: “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’ ” The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Until next time!

-Becki 🙂