Navigating the Limbo Between Christmas and New Years

Hello everyone, hope you all had a good Christmas and didn’t eat too much. Who am I kidding, who cares? For me that’s one of the highlights of the period, eating and drinking too much, which is easily done when there’s so much of it. Some of you might be feeling a bit lethargic or bored after the last few days so here’s a few ways to at least attempt to put a spring in your step coming into the new year.

Excercise: I know i know, not everyone’s gonna be feeling this and that’s fair enough but there’s plenty to be said for getting in the gym after all that over-indulgence, for one, it can help get rid of that lethargic feeling and two, it can give you a head start going into any fitness based new years resolutions if that’s what you may have had in mind. Some gym’s do promotions around this time of year to indulge all the people who say they will start going to the gym in the new year with discounted memberships and free weeks etc. If you get going now you will have a better chance of being one of the people who actually keeps their resolution for longer than a week!

Getting ahead of coursework/ revision: Again I know, a lot easier said than done but hear me out, even if you do a bit of work or revision before the New Year rolls around you will feel a lot better come early January when most other people will only have started. This is the perfect time to get work done as generally we have more free time around now after the Christmas rush so why not? If you have coursework due and maybe not in the mood to delve deep into a 2500 word essay yet, it might be an idea to research what you are going to write and plan it out even if you don’t feel like writing it yet, same goes for exam’s you could plan your revision if you don’t want to start it yet.

Whatever you choose to do coming up to New Years have a good one!

Jordan

Welcome to 2018 – Second Semester

Hi everyone!!

Welcome back to Edge Hill! I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas break and a happy new year. Most of you will have had your first day back in lectures today after the winter break.

If you are worried about starting your second semester at university then think of it as a fresh start! New year always means new beginnings and the world really is your oyster. Maybe you could join that society you have always wanted to be a part of or you could go to one of the many brilliant nights at our students union bar, such as karaoke!

As you begin the new term, it could be the perfect chance to reflect on the last couple of months and decide what worked well for you and what perhaps wasn’t as successful – this is the perfect time to break those old habits and start new ones.

Also, there is so many amazing events on at Edge Hill this term such as visits from guide dogs, the return of the frat party in the SU and many more exciting things to look forward to!

But, all in all let’s hope that this semester will be just as fun and successful as the last!

I wish you all the best of luck and as always Thankyou for reading 🙂

Ellie 🙂

Winter Holidays Away From Home

Although most students go home for the holidays in winter, some don’t! For whatever reason, be it preference or necessity, it can be a little odd to experience. The campus empties out dramatically towards the end of December in preparation for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and you may find yourself a bit lonely, especially if you are living in halls where most if not all of your cluster has migrated away for the short holiday season.
This year, since I was on placement in the USA, I couldn’t return home for the holidays, as the flight would cost too much money. It was a strange feeling to be in a different country around this time of year, as usually I would be with my parents and family for Christmas and usually with old secondary school or sixth form friends for New Year’s Eve (for the past few years, we’ve even held a pre-Christmas dinner party, lovingly dubbed “Mockmas”). There are a few ways to alleviate the weird feeling this time of year that may help as much at Edge Hill University as they did for me in Chicago.

Number one, in the lead-up to Christmas, my Dad visited me over here in the States. If you can’t be with your family on Christmas, bring your family to you instead! The same principle applies with friends if you’re going to miss seeing them over Winter Break, see if any of them can come to Edge Hill University beforehand and have a catch-up or mini Christmas dinner. Maybe exchange gifts!

My very own Christmas Trash Tree

Number two. One of the highlights of Christmas for me as a child (and a teenager, let’s be honest) was the presents, the gift giving and receiving always felt like the core event, since I was never big on roast dinner, or food in general. Perhaps you’ll be sent gifts in the mail, or maybe some money. You might feel silly, but if you buy yourself gifts beforehand and set them aside until Christmas, you’ll have something to look forward to!

Number three, call people! In the glorious age of modern technology, you can hear the voices of nearly anyone you know in an instant, and maybe even see their faces too. It’s one thing to greet family one by one as your family arrive at your gran’s house, but something else entirely to suddenly have them all there on your phone’s tiny screen as the camera is moved from person to person – quite overwhelming! Still, a lovely substitute.

Lastly, is spending it with friends. Hopefully, you’ve made some friends either through your halls, societies, or course – and some of them might be local, or staying over the holidays too! You never know until you ask, so find out who will be on campus, or in the relatively close area, and arrange a meet-up. They might invite you over for Christmas or New Year’s, or you could just hang out in between, and easy the Winter Blues.
Happy Holidays!

Three New Years Resolutions as a Student

With the first semester over and assignments all submitted I found myself thinking about what New Years Resolutions would be good to have over the next year as a student. So here’s 3 resolutions that you could try, all of which would be great for any student and are easy to complete here at Edge Hill.

1. Look after your mental health
Keeping healthy extends further than your physical health. There are so many ways to look after your mental health here at Edge Hill and it is so important to find ways that work for you to keep you as happy, calm and as stress free as possible. Over the next few weeks there are loads of Give it a Go sessions which can help you do just that. From a visit from the Guide dogs to an afternoon of crafts. Check out the full list of activities here. If you feel like you would like some support then the team in Student Services would be more than happy to help too.

2. Be prepared for the semester ahead
Getting organised can save you lots of time throughout the semester. I find it helpful to keep my diary up to date and to have a folder for each of my modules. I use a laptop to type up my notes after each lecture and seminar so that all of my notes are in the same place when it comes to completing assignments. There are many ways to get organised, from checking that you know when your lectures start again and which room they are in to doing some reading to get yourself back into the routine of studying after a long Christmas break. If you would like any advice about becoming more organised why not arrange a meeting with your personal tutor or speak to someone in Student Services. The team are very friendly and approachable and will help with any questions or queries you may have.

3. Try out a new sport/exercise or society
The Sports Centre at Edge Hill has so many amazing opportunities for both students and members of the community. There are membership options to suit all budgets and why not take advantage of the latest offer from the Students’ Union too. If you’d like to try something new why not join a new club or society, many can be found here on the Students’ Union website.

Please do share any resolutions you have in the comments below, would be great to hear your ideas of what you are doing over the next Semester too.

My 2017 at Edge Hill

Hello all! Today is the last day of 2017… and what a year it has been! When I look back on this year there’s so much I could talk about, it makes it hard to focus on specific things! If it wasn’t for Edge Hill these things would have never have made my 2017 as fantastic as it has been. So I thought I’d take you all on a journey with me through the past year.

Feeling refreshed after Christmas break, I got back to Ormskirk ready to do something new! I had already been doing Pole lessons in Ormskirk with Inversion Pole Fitness, but I fancied a go at Aerial hoop!

I loved it! Aerial has become one of my favourite things in the whole world, and if I had not come to Edge Hill it’s likely I’d have never have even given it a try. I even performed a Routine at the first Inversion Showcase in April with the support of my lovely aerial family, something I thought I wouldn’t be able to do but smashed!

One of my favourite memories from this year came around Summer time. Above the campus there is a wonderful woods called Ruff Woods, and me and my friend went for a wander past the woods and saw the most beautiful things. It was super sunny, super relaxing and just lovely to wander and not know what we’d find!

One of the things I’ll never ever forget is the Circus Intensive I took part in in June. The wonderful Circus Sensible came and taught a bunch of us all kinds of tricks and we put on 4 public shows! In January I’d decided a goal of mine was to learn to juggle three balls, and in June I did more than that! I juggled, I learnt devil sticks and diabolo, and I clowned around! Teaching the kids who came to watch our second and third shows how to spin plates was probably the most rewarding part of the whole experience- they were just excited to get to learn what the clowns they just saw knew!

On the topic of clowning… I performed at Ormskirk’s very own Gingerbread Festival! I spent the day hula-hooping, juggling and teaching the local kids how to do tricks. It was during the summer, so I travelled back to Ormskirk to take part, and I’m so glad I did because it was an absolutely fantastic day!

For my physical theatre module we got to go to Chester Zoo! I didn’t expect to be doing this, but it was so much fun wandering around the zoo and watching the animals. We had to pick one and observe it so we could act like it in class. I chose the sloth, which is surprisingly more active than you think! But of course, I could only catch a picture of it sleeping…

One of the biggest achievements of this year, if not the biggest, has to be what I’ve gotten from doing the aerial modules on my course. I chose both the aerial dance module and the aerial circus module, both taught by the fantastic Wired Aerial Theatre, and although I was skeptical of how well I’d do, I grew to love them both immensely and I got so strong from it! I’m so proud of the hoop routine I came up with myself on the module, and I can’t wait to perform it!

Something I hadn’t heard of before was the Student Union Crafternoons! Here students can get together with friends and do some crafts for free! I went to the dream catcher making session and I made this. It’s not the best, but I had fun!

And one of the highlights of the Christmas season was my house’s Christmas dinner! This year I chose to live in a house in Ormskirk town centre with 4 friends, and we all made a Christmas dinner together, which was delicious and fun!

The thing with all these memories is they would never have happened if I hadn’t come to Edge Hill. The clowning and the aerial modules were done through the Uni itself, and the others were done because of the people I’ve met along the way. I can’t wait for what 2018 and Edge Hill brings me!

And I hope you all have had a happy year, and have a fantastic New Year as we head into 2018 🙂

Make 2016 a Year You Want to Travel Back to! :D

So we’re in the second week of 2016 now and I hope everyone is enjoying the new year. Something which I find fascinating is how the world, in unison join together to set their year goals. This could be to lose weight, eat healthier or just try something new and out of the blue. It’s an interesting time of year for everyone around the world. What goals have you set?

With the theme of the new year I have decided to come up with some things that you could try this year to ensure you have the best year imaginable.

My first suggestion, being for those who want to reminisce the whole year once its finished. Why not use an old jar and every day, fill it with a memory. When December 31st comes back around you will be able to pick out old memories from the year.

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If you’re too ahead of times and prefer your technology over good old-fashioned pen and paper you could always create a second snap chat account. Using your main account send snaps to your new one. At the end of the year you will have a years worth of stories to watch.

One day, maybe in our lifetimes, time travel might be  possible. Make 2016 a year you want to travel back to.

Something that I have always wanted to do is be a representative for Camp America. This is basically travelling to America for the summer and working with different people running activities with other ‘Camp Councillors’. This, following on from last weeks blog is a perfect way of making your CV stand out from the pile and better yet you’ll be making life long memories. Whether you’re a student studying at Edge Hill now or a potential student arriving in September this could be a perfect way to make that extra bit of money over the summer and have an amazing time do so.

Camp-America

So far this year I have finally seen the inside of a gym (it wasn’t as bad as I thought) and I guess now that I have started I am going to have to continue with it. The great thing about this university is the newly developed gym on campus, plenty of high-tech equipment and an excellent staff to help with any queries or questions. Whats stopping you from doing any of these things this year?

Why not try:

  • Writing a book
  • Joining a sports team
  • Sky diving
  • Rock climbing
  • Learning an instrument
  • Taking that 3 day holiday to Amsterdam?
  • Spending three days watching pretty little liars…

The possibilities are endless.

So this week we lost an icon that is David Bowie. His music has inspired generation after generation, his films are recognised throughout the industry. He’s an influence to a number of musicians today and probably for many years to come so I thought I would include my favourite song of his.

I hope you all have an amazing day.

J x

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

So, 2015 has finally arrived and everyone wants to start the new year with a positive attitude, along with goals to achieve. I read somewhere that the majority of people give up their new year resolutions within the first 8 days, but we’re going to be optimistic and say we’ll make it until the end of the year (or at least 9 days ay?).

It took me a while to think of what resolutions I wanted to achieve this year, before deciding on 4 different ones. Firstly, I decided to dedicate one of my resolutions to my university studies. I want to make sure that this year, I use all the library facilities as much as I can. I felt that during my first year I didn’t use half of the resources I could have, so I intend to improve on this during 2015.

Secondly and thirdly, I chose cliché resolutions, of course. I want to lose weight and to stop biting my nails. I’m aiming for these to not only last the year, but to be as good as they can by summer… not just for an amazing beach body, but to be healthier in general.

Lastly, I want to be more outgoing, trying new things and saying yes to more opportunities. When I looked back over 2014 (as amazing as it was) I felt like I didn’t try as many new things as I wanted to. So, 2015 is going to be the year of ‘YES’ and I’ll make sure to keep you up to date on all the new things I have been trying through out the year.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter how many goals you set and whether you achieve them all… if you complete one and try, that’s all that matters. Happy New Year everyone, have a super start to the year and I hope by the end of it you’ll be able to look back and say ‘2015 was amazing’.

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015.

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Until next time…:)

2015 Countdown!

So we are in the final three days of 2014! This year has gone faster than any I can remember, and it freaks me out a little.

So before we begin the month of writing 2014 and then trying to change it to 2015, lets have a look at what the year has in store for us.

As far as University is concerned this semester is going to be pretty exciting, it’s got the module in it that I’m most looking forward to studying, and it’s going to allow me to move away from the basics and getting stuck in with some work. Refreshers Week is also on the Horizon, the Student Unions way of getting us back into the swing of things for the rest of the year.

If you’re still haven’t sent off your UCAS application then you have 18 Days from today, Student Finance comes next but you don’t really need to worry about that till February

2015 is also bringing with it some pretty exciting Film releases, possibly the most anticipated being the new Star Wars movie, which will probably make or break JJ Abrams career. Were also getting the next instalment of The Avengers, which I am pretty excited about, I wasn’t a huge Marvel fan but their recent announcement of future films hooked me in.

The start of every year is also Awards Season, and I always get a little hooked, so I have a month of staying up till 4am so that I can watch them as they happen in America, what a non stop life I lead.

It’s also the time of year where people set New Years Resolutions that they know full well they wont keep but it makes for an interesting Tweet and a Facebook status that will get more than average likes. This year I’ve decided to do something simple, my resolution is to do something every day, whether its work or leisure, just to try and fill every day. I’ll let you know how it goes.

2014 was a pretty awesome year, and I’m looking forward to 2015, another year where I’m constantly anxious just in case Beyoncé decides to drop another album on us.

So for the last song added to the playlist in 2014, which really doesn’t mean much seeing as I only made it about a month ago. I thought I would add my favourite song from 2014. Now if you know me, then with the times isn’t a phrase you would usually associate me with, especially with music, so my favourite song of 2014 actually came out in 2013, but I only found that out the other week so let me off. Its Take Me to Church – Hozier.

My Favourite Moments of 2013

I can never work out what to do with myself on the days between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. The little angel sitting on my right shoulder keeps telling me how much work I have to do, but the little devil on my left shoulder keeps pointing out that this is the perfect time to have a few days off. Naturally, the devil has won and I have spent the last few days eating chocolate and watching House.

With New Year’s Eve looming, I can’t help but thinking back to my favourite things in the last year. There are three events that spring to mind.

In August I attended Leeds Festival for the fifth time. Headlining were Biffy Clyro, Green Day, and Eminem. Seeing Green Day was a really big deal for me because, while I rarely listen to them anymore, they were the first band I ever properly loved and I have wanted to see them for a long time. Biffy Clyro were really good also, as well as The Lumineers, Hadouken, Imagine Dragons, Jake Bugg, and Chase and Status. The only thing that put a dampener on Leeds was the weather; the rain was so heavy that our tents got completely flooded, and I ended up missing System of a Down because I was attempting to remove all my belongings from the lake that had formed around them.

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Before the rain came…
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…and after the rain came.

In July I attended my first music festival abroad; Festival Internacional de Benicàssim or Benicàssim Festival. We spent the days sunbathing and drinking cocktails on the beach and then watched bands in the evening, before dancing to DJ sets into the early hours. My favourite band of all time, The Arctic Monkey’s, was playing and was incredible. I met so many lovely people and can’t wait to go back.

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At Benicàssim festival

In September I started at university for the second time. After dropping out of university and starting full-time work I had been unsure if I’d ever go back into education. Seriously disheartened by my first experience, the idea of starting again scared me and I tried to think of alternatives. I eventually realised that I really did want to study to be a writer and that my best option would be to go back. Before I started at Edge Hill I was terrified. I felt that if I started and hated it there would be nothing that I could do because I wouldn’t want to drop out of university twice. However, after my first week I knew that I had nothing to worry about. I love my course and I’m so happy that I summoned up the courage to go to university again.

Bring on 2014.

Me looking happy after a good year
Me looking happy after a good year