Being a Part of a Society

As you are looking forward to starting your university adventure, I am sure you are wondering which societies are available and which ones you would want to join (or if you want to join any at all). In my first and second year I hadn’t joined a society, but had experienced going to socials such as the football social. Anyone is welcome to join nights out and meet new people… that is what is so great about societies and socials at Edge Hill!

Sports Teams

This year, I am currently playing basketball with the basketball society (Edge Hill Ducks!). Although I used to play GA in netball during high school, I can’t say Basketball is my forte. Going to training has made me appreciate how different these two sports actually are! However, everyone at basketball has made me welcome and part of the team. This shows you that you can join a sports team no matter how experienced you are… just go for it!!!

Create a society

You can find the list of Edge Hill’s current societies on their website. However if there’s
nothing that interests you, you have the option of creating your own society. Edge Hill Student Minds society is a great example and was created last year by a fellow primary education student. It is open to anyone struggling with their own mental health, wanting to support others, to learn more about mental health and helping to remove the stigma around it.  You can follow their page here.

If you have any questions about societies at Edge Hill, drop me a comment! If there is a specific society in particular, I will do my best to put you into contact with them.

Anna 🙂

Welcome Week Wonder

Are you wondering what your first week at university will be like? I certainly did! Welcome week (or freshers week) is the time to make the most of new pals and new places. Welcome week at Edge Hill was beyond my expectations. Not only do you get to enjoy nights out in Ormskirk and the students’ union, you have the option to spend nights out in Liverpool too.

How should I prepare?

You can read about Edge Hill’s welcome week here. On your first day (welcome Sunday) you will receive your student ID card which will allow you entry into the students union on campus. You can also buy wristbands which will get you free entry before 9:30pm on certain days. Beforehand, I also made sure to have an NUS student card which makes entry cheaper on social nights.

How much money will I spend?

The welcome week outline gives you an idea of entry prices. Yoyo is a great app to get as you can earn points in the students union when you buy drinks from behind the bar. With points, you can select vouchers for food, drinks and Edge Hill merchandise throughout the year. If you want to give yourself a budget for each night, I suggest you get the cash out beforehand instead of relying on your contactless card (that can be dangerous!).

What if I don’t want to go out every night?

Of course, welcome week is not all about going out each night; it is about meeting new people and joining new things. Examples of different events in the evenings/nights are as follows:

Board Games

Free Film Nights

Campus Sport Pool Party

Kareoke

Roller Disco

The Stickmen

SU Quiz

What can I do during the day?

I advise that you have an explore! Take a walk into Ormskirk, use the train to get into Liverpool, or simply have a wander around Edge Hill’s beautiful campus. One of the most exciting parts of welcome week is the welcome fair on the Wednesday. This is your chance to learn all about what Edge Hill has to offer, join new societies and, of course, grab all the freebies! Other events are put on each day for you to enjoy such as:

Vintage Folk Clothing Sale

Giant SU BBQ

Campus Scavenger Hunt

DIY Room Decorations

Yoga

The Big Student Resale

When I think of my welcome week (which was waaaay back in 2016) the paint party comes to mind. My flat mates and I were dancing in each others sweat when we hardly knew each other… 2 years down the line, we are closer than ever. As cringey as it sounds, the people you meet will change your life and your university life will change you, SO ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!

Wishing you all the best of luck! Feel free to ask away if you have anything in particular you would like to know!

Anna 🙂

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.


 

EHU Women’s Rugby Union – They nearly beat the footballers at their own game!

Womans Rugby Union vs Football girls charity match


Sporting matches at Edge Hill are always fun and exciting. Competitions between rival universities always draw a crowd and we are proud to host some of the best games from rugby to volleyball. Sometimes, however, our games serve a different purpose.

On the 18th of April both the Women’s Rugby Union team and Football team took to the grassy pitches in support of the charity MIND. In memory of rugby coach Paul Reid the teams faced of in a day of fundraising and extraordinary sportsmanship.


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The match itself, set amongst the lush summer sun was a huge laugh. The rugby women, head to toe in fancy dress, took on the bibbed footballers. We also had the amazing Scott Avis, of mens rugby union, took the field as referee. I’d like to give him a big shoutout for spending the whole day in the sun without any sunscreen.

But there is a serious point to this blog. The sense of community within our sports teams I believe is unmatched. These ladies deserve a massive round of applause for their tireless work organizing this event for the benefit of the noble charity.


Image result for mind charityMIND UK, the charity at the heart of this day out, provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They serve the community in ways that often go unseen and this blog would not be complete without mentioning them. If you would like to find out more about the charity check out this.


In total both teams raised £172 through donations, raffles and a cake sale. The total raised has been donated to MIND. Jess of EHU WRU says ‘It was a great day out, we thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to thank everyone for taking part.’ With all said and done the rugby women were only one goal behind at 4-5. But the score wasn’t what the day was about was it.


If you want to find out more about Edge Hill  Womens Rugby Union then check out their facebook page 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!

UCAS offers from Edge Hill University – No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

I Choo Choo Choose Edge Hill

I Choo Choo Choose Edge Hill


Many of you will have started to receive all five of your offers now from universities up and down the country. It’s exciting, thrilling and mindbogglingly complicated looking through all of these different emails and letters promising the best student experience of them all. Before you start anything, think about this quote;

 

No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

(1885 – 1945) U.S. Army general

 

Get out and visit the place before you even consider choosing the next 3, 4 or even more years of your life. A bus journey lasts a few hours, a mistake is a lot harder to live with. This blog will help you understand how you should go about choosing your experience for next year and what the different types of UCAS replies mean for you.


If you want to find out more about Open Days or Applicant Days at Edge Hill University you can read these blogs from myself and fellow blogger Rhiannon Thomas;

Edge Hill University Applicant Days – Seeing is believing

Open Days at Edge Hill

I recommend seeing as many universities as possible, but make sure Edge Hill is on your list. I promise that no university will compare to the friendly staff, amazing campus and brilliant people who you will meet at Edge Hill. If you don’t believe me then come and see for yourself. But it is important that you take time and look into the universities that you choose no matter what they end up being. Next, it’s onto your choices.


Understanding your UCAS choices


Firm ChoiceYour firm choice (Hopefully Edge Hill University) should be the university that you, all things going to plan, want to attend. It should be the place that you know you want to spend the next however many years of your life studying.

Don’t just pick an unconditional offer for this just because you can. Pick what you really want!

 


Your Insurance ChoiceIf you’re choosing an insurance, go for something with lower offer conditions. Make sure it’s somewhere you’d still be happy to go to though.
You can’t choose between your firm and insurance when you get your results, so make sure you’re happy with which is your firm and which is your insurance before you reply.

I recommend choosing an insurance choice, in case things don’t go to plan.


Relax, you're finished.

Finally, relax. You have just sorted out your choices and it’s time to stick by them. Don’t spend too long bragging about going to a TEF Gold university for too long though. Its time to start looking at accommodation and making plans to move in. You want to know where to get the best advice, tips and tricks for making all of that easier? Right here on Inside Edge.


That is all I can say about UCAS offers at Edge Hill. I hope you take my advice and visit on an applicant or open day at Edge Hill, and I hope you also understand the difference between your UCAS choices. If you want to find out more about deadlines, responses, and more for UCAS you can visit their 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!

Edge Hill University Applicant Days – Seeing is believing


Edge Hill University applicant visit days are the reason that I am here today, blogging for this fantastic university. In February 2017 I made the trek across the sea to see what all the fuss was with Edge Hill. I did it mainly to meet a few friends of mine who were starting the university in September, and I honestly had no plans to move away from home and start a new life here in Ormskirk. That all changed on my applicant visit day. I want you to experience the same feeling I did when I first saw the campus and realized that I wanted to be here for the next 3 years. Here are three reasons why you should get on campus.


Image result for applicant day edge hill1. Experience the campus

The campus at EHU is one of the most beautiful in the country. Just seeing the modern buildings, scattered lakes and amazing views are just some of the sights to take in. I guarantee you will not find another university in the country as beautiful as EHU.


Image result for applicant day edge hill2. Get a look at your course

Getting to have a look at your course and meet your tutors will get you excited for university in general. But heading into what could be your classes next year will do the same, but for EHU. Every tutor is friendly and there to help you. Meeting them face to face is a great opportunity.


Related image3. Meet some of your new friends

I arrived on campus knowing nobody apart from one person I had met online. When I left the applicant day I had 30+ new facebook friends. The applicant day will show you just how many legends like yourself are on the way to EHU in the new year.



That’s all from me, but if you want to find out more about Edge Hill Applicant or Open days and how you might get involved in hosting 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!

Meeting New People at University

I don’t know about you, but before coming to University one of my main worries was ‘making friends.’ Where will I meet new people? What if I don’t fit in? How do I introduce myself? Well…here’s some tips.

Be Yourself

First impressions are important. But if you’re not yourself, what is the point? You’ll only start to feel comfortable around others if they like you for who you are, and not something you’re not. That way, you’ll gradually learn about one another’s common interests which could lead to a close friendship.

Worry Less About Social Media

I was also added to the group chats before coming to university – one for the course and another for the accommodation. It was really useful to get the chance to introduce yourself and ask any questions. However,  I wouldn’t worry too much about talking to everyone over Facebook beforehand, because you’ll have nothing to talk about on your first day! (plus, talking in person is better than over social media – ironic that I’m talking about this over the internet but you get the gist).

Keep Calm and Carry On

Just remember…everybody is in the same boat, so they are just as nervous as you are! For that reason, just take one day at a time and talk to everybody you meet. With time, you’ll realise who you’ll get on really well with.

Grasp All Opportunities

You’ll have the chance to meet new people through many ways; societies, lectures and going out. Grab any opportunity you can, not only to meet new people but for yourself too.

Don’t Judge

Be open-minded and accept everybody for who they are. Listen to others and learn from the people around you.

 

I hope these few tips will help you feel less overwhelmed. Feel free to ask me any questions below! Thanks for reading 🙂

Sean’s Random Encounters – Ormskirk Bus Station

Seans Random Encounters Text


This is a new format I am trying out, aptly named ‘Sean’s Random Encounters’. Its my job here as a blogger to give you information, making your life easier when you arrive here in September. There is, however, only so many things that I can think of to write about. Luckily there is about fifteen thousand students here than can lend me a hand and that is exactly what this blog is going to be about. I’m going to interview random students, randomly of course, and find out things like ‘Did you have a course you wanted to do from day one or did you change along the way’ or ‘Whats the best thing about Edge Hill’. So here it is, the first of Sean’s Random Encounters.


Edge Hill Bus StationWhile walking down through the Ormskirk Bus Station I noticed two students sitting on the bench near the EdgeLink stop (Read more about traveling to Orksmirk here). The question I put to both of them was this: If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before you started university what would it be? Now for the life of me I cannot remember their names (I will write them down next time) so if you are reading this and I spoke to you leave a comment and ill give you a mention!


‘Making friends is easier than I thought’

As we got talking one strong message that came up from the first year students was that making friends was easier than imagined. I asked a few more questions about how they started to socialize and meet people after moving to the university.

‘When I moved into my flat with 7 others they all felt the same way. Slowly after everyone’s parents had left we sat in the kitchen. I mean sure, we talked on the Facebook group chat before but it was still awkward meeting for the first time’ he said ‘but it got heaps easier when we got talking.’

He also mentioned the Students Union, Hub and meeting friends of friends.

‘So me and a few flat mates went to the SU and met with some of the people that they had known before university. Again awkward but because everything was going so fast on welcome Sunday we were all a little bit more out there anyway’

And at that the EL1 bus came and be parted ways.


Some great points were made here. Flatmates are people you will see almost every day so its worth befriending them. And they can even introduce you to friends that they have. Clubs, Societies and your own Course are great places to meet friends. You already have a mutual interests most likely! But there are so many ways that you couldn’t write them all down if you tried. The point is this; making friends is easy at university. So if you are stressing out over it, don’t. Everyone is on the same level as you and if you spark up a conversation anywhere from Aldi to Alpine or Bar to Bus you will find someone who is dying to talk back.


I hope you have enjoyed this blog and its new format. 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!

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.

Your First Year at Edge Hill University

Hello lovely people!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and you’re enjoying your holidays! With New Year’s coming up, it is a good time to reflect on my 2017. Earlier this year I finished my first year of Primary Education – I am no longer a fresher! So, I am going to share with you what I miss most about my first year of university.

My favourite things about first year:

 1. Exploring Ormskirk and the university’s campus

First year of university is special for everyone no matter where they are based. I miss first year because everything was new, including the places to visit and things to do. However, there are still hidden gems which I am still discovering!

2. Meeting new people

Although it was a scary thought of living somewhere with no familiarity, it was wonderful meeting new people with different backgrounds and cultures. First year allows you to meet the friends that you feel like you have known your whole life.

3. Going out (most nights)

Yes…first year of university does involve a lot of hard work. HOWEVER, after entering my second year, I realise how great it was to be able to go out multiple times a week. First year is definitely the opportunity to have a good balance of work and play (with more emphasis on the play).

4. Independence

Since many students’ first year of university is their first time living away from home, it allows you to have that extra independence. Making decisions off your own bat is liberating! (Sorry mum and dad 🙂 )

 

If you are hoping to come to Edge Hill next year and would like to look around the campus, there are tours taking place every month! You can click here to book a place.

I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the New Year! See you in 2018!