So, Sociology… we meet again?

Hey guys, hope you’re all well.

So what’s an average week like for a third year Sociology BA (Hons) student? Well…

This is my last semester (cry) which consists on 3 modules: Critical terrorism, childhood and sexuality and finally my dissertation. I’m in Tuesdays and Thursdays (x2, 2 hour lectures & x2, 1 hour seminars) which is very kind indeed. This leaves me a lot of time to work on my assignments, dissertation and catch up on my wider reading. Last semester was probably my favourite period (subject wise) during university, as I got to pick the modules I wanted to do. Hopefully this semester will be the same.

Sociology library days? Yes, I have to admit these are required more and more as you pass through your years at EHU. I’m going to be honest (like really honest, so please don’t tell my tutors…please), in first year I could probably count on my hands the amount of times I actually used the library… which is pretty bad. Second year I stepped up my game, realising uni isn’t all about partying and my social life… and my grades shot up dramatically. Third year the library is practically my home. My advice? USE THE LIBRARY, IT HELPS.

My course outside of the classroom? Sociology is everywhere you look. You only have to turn on the news to be able to pick a starting point or even over hear a conversation in a café. Studying sociology has changed my opinion on a range of different issues and I’m so glad I picked it.

So that’s a brief insight into my week, but what about you?

Let me know if you have any questions regarding a sociology BA (hons) or anything to do with the social science department or EHU in general.

Until next time…

 

Sociology (BA Hons)

Hey guys,

I always seem to write a lot about the university experience itself and what EHU has to offer, but always seem to forget to actually write about what it is I am studying. During college sociology quickly became my favourite subject which led to me choose it as my degree. After completing my first year as a joint honours student (Criminology and Sociology) I decided that criminology was not what I wanted to continue and therefore switched to a single honours degree.

Some of my favourite modules throughout the course so far have been identity related. Sexuality, race, gender and disability have featured throughout my degree and my love for the subject has only got stronger. Regardless of what subject you take it’s all about dedication. You have to want to give it your all, or you’ll walk away disappointed in the end. My biggest tip? Stay up to date with everything. Whether that means reading ahead, or watching the news, you must stay current.

I’m sure you’re well into your studies by now and starting to feel Christmassy? … No? Just me?

Have a great week!

Until next time…

Decisions…

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes worry about getting old and grey. I used to worry that I’d skate through life and before I knew it, I’d be sat replaying my yesterdays wishing I had done things differently.

Before I came to EHU I was clueless about what to do after my Sociology degree. If I’m being honest, I’m still not 100% sure of my life plan, but I’m getting there. EHU has opened doors that I never even knew could be opened. I used to think I had limited options with my degree, but after talking to my lecturers and staff members I’m literally blown away with the range of choices I have. From working in the social sector such as in the police institute, social work or teaching, all the way to graduate jobs in retail, administration and charity organisations. I’ve been advised to take my time making decisions and not to jump head first into a job I’m not going to love.

Thankfully decisions don’t have to be made over night, so I have all summer to work things out… But I’m glad I have EHU to fall back on when I need help understanding my options and making decisions.

Until next time…:)

Things are good… for once!

For once, I haven’t got too much to moan about.

Usually, I’ve got a million and one things going wrong in my life (well that’s a lie, its more like one or two things, but we’ll go with that for now) and it’s nice to have very little to moan about.

Firstly my course is going better than ever. Last year I sort of skated through the year, doing enough work to pass but nothing else. If I’m being honest, I had a bad attitude and I knew that coming into year 2 things had to change. After a recent run of good results I’m not only enjoying my course, but I’m more confident than ever when it comes to my studies. I spend hours in the library- mostly searching for books, but at least I’m doing more than last year. I ask questions and get involved in seminar tasks more than ever, along with my attendance being twice what it was last year. Go me.

Socially things are also amazing. My friendship group has always been close, with the odd disagreement here and there, but we still manage to put up with each other. I’ve managed to get a part-time job! FINALLY! With receiving the minimum student loan I rely a lot on the support from my family, so I’m happy to finally be contributing something.

So yeah I don’t have a lot to moan about… yet. No doubt I’ll be back to normal in a few weeks, but for now let’s just enjoy a moaning break.

Until next time…:)

Lecture, seminar, assignment… Repeat!

So what’s going on in my course recently?

(For those who have just started reading these blogs, I’m a second year Sociology (BA Hons) student.)

Well, for starters, I’m half way through a 3000 word essay- I’m so beyond stressed it’s unreal. I seem to enjoy leaving everything until the last minute to finish. I have moments of panic, waves of stress and on some rare occasions I have shed a few tears over essays (a bit dramatic or?). I do this every time to be honest. About a month before an essay is due, I have a really positive attitude. I’ve got my books all set to read, I’ve booked into my academic diary the days I’m going to dedicate to it and I’ve done my research. I’m ready…

Fast forward three weeks and I’m not even close to being ready. The positive attitude has faded and my lazy side has arrived. The books I got out three weeks ago have hardly been touched- and I forgot to renew them so I have a lovely big fine, yay. I look through my academic diary and count all the days I didn’t bother to do any work that I scheduled in and regret it instantly. But, and there’s always a but that saves me, I still have a week to fix things. So I have been reading non-stop for 7 days now. When I do stop for an hour here and there, I’m researching case studies to back up my evidence. I’ve started typing up my findings and I’m almost halfway through. Things are looking bright.

Aside from my essay stress, my course has been interesting. I’m currently doing modules covering Conflict, focusing on the troubles in Ireland. In another module I’m studying Diversity and Equality. This is my favourite topic as we cover gender, race, disability, class and education (all very interesting issues). I’m also doing a module on Sexuality and Research Methods.

So, yeah, things are busy with loads of assignments and exams coming up. LUCKY ME!

Until next time…:)

What am I going to do?

I think when it comes to picking a career path we are all a little bit lost. Well, I am, and to make myself feel better I’m going to say that you are too. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what to do after uni. Sooner or later I’m going to have to start getting some plans together and that worries me haha.

The last time I knew what I wanted to do was year 8, when I was adamant I was going to be a secondary school history teacher. But things change, and somewhere between my 12 year old self and now I fell out of love with history.

I’m currently undertaking a BA Honours degree in Sociology (which is no doddle). The workload in uni is challenging and if I could give you one tip, it would be to work out referencing before you come. Believe me, you’ll thank me later and no doubt hate Harvard referencing for the rest of your life. I believe Sociology will open doors to a range of different career paths and I’m hoping that by the time I graduate, I will either know, or have a better idea of which path to take.

So, fingers crossed ay!

Until next time…:)

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now Jen…

IMG_0310It’s just occurred to me that I didn’t introduce myself properly in my first blog entry… and I don’t know how to feel about that (cry).12

Well, my name is Jennifer McAlister- but I’ll let you call me Jenny. I was originally born in Scotland, however due to my mum’s job I have moved around various parts of England. Where is my home? Widnes! It’s one of those places that if you’re not from there, you don’t wanna go, but nevertheless it’s still home.

This is the part where I usually drag on about what hobbies and interests I have, but I promise to make it as brief as I can. I LOVE MUFC.♥ Actually, it’s more than love if I’m being honest. I eat, breathe and sleep football. From as far back as I can rememIMG_3250ber I’ve been football mad and completely United mad… but let’s move on. I love music, TV shows (Sorry but Grey’s Anatomy just isn’t the same without Christina… FACT: I can quote every episode of friends, go me) and socialising with my friends.

Why did I pick Edge Hill University? For me it was an obvious choice. EHU provided me with the course and facilities I needed. The staff on open days went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. The campus pretty much sells itself and even on dark and gloomy days, it still feels like home. I am currently in my second year undertaking a degree in Sociology (BA Hons) and I love it. I’m still undecided what profession I want to go into after Uni, but I’m staying optimistic that between now and graduating I will have a life plan. I know I want to go into the public sphere and help people, but into which area? Who knows. After uni I want to take a gap year, volunteering in Africa for 6 months and then travelling for two months around Europe or the USA. So, the way I look at it, I’ve got ages to find who I wanna be. Too deep?

Anyway, that’s me in a nutshell. I’m going to post weekly blogs, filling you in on what Edge Hill University is like. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and I will respond as fast as I can!

Until next time…:)

 

 

Fresher year in a nutshell!

Year one of being a fresher can be a mix of emotions. On one hand you’re excited to move away; to make new friends, memories and to have your first real taste of freedom. However, on the other hand you face budgeting disasters, a level of stress to produce good work for your course and waves of feeling homesick… but despite these small setbacks I personally wouldn’t change my fresher’s year for anything.

During my first year I commuted from student accommodation based in Liverpool. I went from my mum’s fabulous cooking to ready meals and cheap vodka. From her washing all my clothes, to learning how to use the washing machine myself. From watching my mum fix all my problems, to having to sort them out for myself. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to look after myself. But thanks to uni life, I found my inner independence and learned more in my first year than my previous 18.

When it comes to being a fresher, I can’t speak highly enough of the support provided by the University. From form tutors all the way to student services, Edge Hill University puts every student first and solely concentrates on their well-being. The student union puts on amazing events throughout the year to make 1st -3rd year as memorable as possible. Societies, whether social, sports or alternative clubs, encourage freshers to get involved within the other areas of uni.

So, whether you’re moving out or commuting from home, freshers’ year will be unforgettable. Everyone is in the same boat as you; nervous, scared, excited. Just take a deep breath and enjoy every moment.

 

Until next time…:)

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