Accommodation Guide!

So the weather is looking up and the last thing you want to be doing is revision inside away from the sunshine. But don’t worry it’ll all be over with soon and you’ll wonder where the time has gone! I’ve nearly finished my second year and it’s gone so fast it’s scary to think this time next year I’ll be done!

Enjoy this summer, collecting your bits and bobs that you’ll need for halls, equipment for lectures and being at home! The things you need will probably depend on the halls you have opted for. Such as if you have chosen Forest Court, Back Halls or Main Halls you will have to bring your own pots and pans and maybe a TV if you want one (remember to get a TV license); though in the other halls these will be provided (not the TV license though!).

For more information regarding halls watch the video below or look at the link here:

 

I hope this helps you to either choose what accommodation you would like or what to bring! If you’re not sure or want more information please do comment!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Holidays and Egg-xaminations

Hi everyone!

It’s the first day of spring today, so I hope that means the weather will start to pick up soon.

As term has just finished for a few weeks I’m back at home, but I can’t wait to be back on campus in a few weeks. I’m sure that it will look beautiful when spring is in full force. And there may be a better chance of seeing a rabbit around campus, just in time for Easter!

Many of you will have a few weeks off now too, and I am sure you’re all looking forward to the break.

I hope you have a great time, and recharge all your energy for the next term. I feel like we will definitely all need that energy sooner rather than later.

The Easter holidays mean a few things. One of them is the influx of chocolate in your life, another is that the examination period is not far away.

Most of you will have already started thinking about exams and/or deadlines that you have. Some of you won’t have exams at all (you lucky people.) And there will be some of you who haven’t yet realised how close the exam period is.

Let’s face it, the holidays always fly by. But it’s a good time to just make sure you’re prepared for the next few weeks.

I have an exam at the start of May (which seems further away than it is in reality) so I’m using the Easter holidays to do a little extra work. That way I won’t be drowning when I get back to uni in April and realise how much I need to revise.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have a break and enjoy your holidays. Make sure that you do! Just don’t spend two weeks ignoring all the work you should be doing, for the sake of your own sanity!

Plus, if you’re lacking motivation to work you can always reward a few hours studying with an Easter egg. It will definitely help slay that procrastination!

Quote for the day: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” -Abraham Lincoln

Hope you all have an amazing week! Until next time 🙂

Which Accommodation is Right for Me?

I’m back again with another accommodation post as a sequel to my previous post which gave you an insight into my university bedroom! However, while my accommodation is ideal for myself, it may not be for you! So explore your options shall we?

Edge Hill currently has over 2,000 single study bedrooms available located across campus. While some are catered, others are self-catered! (But lets face it, we all just want to live in a block that’s less than a 30 second walk from your faculty building – shhh, I know your secrets okay).

Students living in catered halls of residence will be issued with a unicard which is automatically loaded with a cash value which will then be used instead of money when purchasing food from various on-campus, including Starbucks!

Self-catered offers students a fully equipped kitchen which includes a cooker, microwave and freezer (there’s enough drawers and cupboards scattered around for both yourself and your flatmates to stash away your chocolate bars and multiple tins of ravioli). You are also provided with a kettle, toaster, iron and ironing board!

All rooms are furnished with  bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and you can personalise your space with posters, photos and other items of your choice! You will need to bring your own bed linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans (although flats with induction hobs include a small selection of pans already). Your communal kitchen also includes a TV which includes a TV license, which unfortunately the TV in your bedroom doesn’t include.

Those blocks of a newer build come equipped with a flatscreen computer which duplicates as a TV screen (excellent for watching Netflix on), a mini fridge and heated towel rails!

All halls of residence are based on a 40 week contract, running from September to late June. Prices for 2016 will range from £68-£115 per week which includes all of your utility bills (excluding your damage deposit fee of £150). Payment schedules will be arranged before you move in with details sent to your e-mail closer to the date.

If on-campus accommodation doesn’t suit your fancy, there is always off-campus accommodation available. Edge Hill’s accommodation team will be more than happy to help, providing you with advice and guidance when choosing private housing in the local areas surrounding the university.

But most importantly of all, let’s cut to the chase and discuss what you actually and probably only care about; wireless enabled internet access is readily available, free of charge and in all halls of residence! Yay!

The Arts Centre

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had an amazing week. It’s coming towards the end of February now and that means one more month closer to September. That means its one more month closer to fresher’s week (mark it on your calendars). As prospective university students or you’re a student who missed fresher’s this academic year I can honestly say it was one of the best weeks in regard to nightlife on campus.  From specialised theme nights to paint parties to foam parties or even a silent disco (I had never heard of one before uni), it is definitely a week worth attending.

Something in which people see university as is a drunken mess of hungover students topping up their systems with more alcohol day in and day out, perhaps making pizza at 3 am and powering through those 9am lectures. For many people, myself included, there are nights where i’d just like to do something different. Something fun and perhaps something out of the box.

One of the great things about campus is the arts centre. It holds a free film showing in the on campus cinema every Friday. I even got to watch Jurassic World again in full cinematic view which I can honestly say was epic. Not only that they also have open mic night. A night where people can showcase their talents and perform by singing, dancing or playing an instrument. Not only that they also have dramatic shows run by the drama society.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre/

If you yourself are interested in anything at the art centre, just follow the link above to find out whats on and when.

There are so many things in which people can attend to break up that week of lectures and late nights. I say, and I can honestly say it is one of the best decisions you can possible choose from time to time is by attending different things to ensure you get the true university experience.

Have a great week guys

J.x

So Valentine’s day is right around the corner. U redE?

So Valentine’s day is fast approaching and this post is dedicated to all the singles spending it alone. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to focus on all the positives of being single and that’s a great thing.

So, love aside, how are you? I’m good. This week I’ve given blood, studied so hard I fell asleep reading a book and had a great week social-wise. So overall great things. What am I looking forward to hmmm… Well after uni I plan on volunteering in southern Africa for a while until I work out my life plan. Coming to uni is hard when you don’t know where you’ll end up after. Some courses are more geared for the future, such as primary education or education ingeneral, but with a sociology degree the world is my oyster cause it opens up so many doors. It’s picking the right door to walk through which is the hard part… and that’s not a bad thing. Don’t arrive hear and listen to anyone who tells you you need to know what you’re doing after uni, cause you don’t. Having a degree will set you up for life and take you places you never would have believed.

So, don’t worry about the future, just concentrate on getting here and EHU will take care of you… I mean, they have taken care of me.

Until next time…

 

Campus Tours

Semester two is now in full swing which is excellent but I can’t help think, maybe the swing will snap or something and I won’t need to deal with my adult responsibilities because things are starting to appear way too real for my liking. It was fun buying my own food and making my own dinner but that costs money. I guess this is adult life. Build a bridge and get over it. Nevertheless all is well on this fine Wednesday.

So edge hill is quite a large campus with so much to see. Recently developed sports centre. Brand new accommodation buildings and plenty more. I would suggest taking any opportunity to come and see the campus. The great thing is the campus tours which are offered. They are run by students themselves who will be able to give you as much information as possible about life on campus. The next campus tour is on Wednesday 17th February at 3pm.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/open-events/campus-tours/

By coming to the tour you will be able to speak to students who have been through what you are going through now. They will be able to discuss with you any issues you are having and how you will be able to overcome these before you arrive in September. Not only that you will also receive a beneficial presentation covering student finance, accommodation and student life. You will also be able to see the state of the dreaded halls in which everyone dares to discuss… But in all seriousness they aren’t as bad as they appear.

Whether you’re going to be studying dance or politics a campus tour will benefit you in some way and to give you a brief insight as to what campus looks like I have included a short video below.

Hope this information helps. Have an excellent week.

J.x

Lectures? Seminars?

Hi everyone!

Hope you’ve all had an amazing January. This week I’m going to be giving you a little bit of an insight into what the lectures and seminars are like at university.

Some of you might not know what lectures and seminars entail, and sometimes they can be completely different depending on what course you decide to do.

In this post I hope to give you a little bit of an overview and help you understand what class sessions might look like for you.

In English Literature we currently study three modules a semester, and we have a certain amount of contact time each week- that’s basically the amount of time we spend in class with tutors.

For me it’s 4 hours per module, and 12 hours a week in total. It may not sound like a lot compared to your current timetable, but one of the major differences about university is the amount of independent work that you have to put in. This free time helps you do that without over-stretching yourself.

Each module I study has a one hour lecture followed by a one hour lecture workshop, and then a 2 hour seminar later in the week.

So the lecture will be delivered by one of your tutors and it will provide an overview of the main discussions point each week. It will introduce new ideas for you to keep in mind, and is a chance to make some helpful notes for yourself.

A little tip: most tutors make their lecture slides available online so you don’t have to copy everything down, just key points.

For my course each lecture is followed by the workshop. We move into smaller groups, and use this time to start discussions about the lecture, or to clarify things we don’t understand.

Workshops are also usually when your tutor will set you reading for the week. Often you have a few days between a lecture and a seminar, so you can go away and do some research before the seminar.

Seminars are used to take the new ideas and theories for the week even further. It’s basically a chance to discuss ideas with your peers and enhance your understanding.

Seminars are much less informal than the classes you may be used too. Tutors will usually prompt you to take over the discussions, and this is a really rewarding experience.

I hope this has helped with your understanding of how typical university teaching and learning works, and if you have any questions about lectures, seminars or anything else don’t hesitate to ask!

Quote for the day: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

Until next time! 🙂

What to Cook?

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas break doing what ever you’ve been doing with family and friends! Battling the sales discounts! Consuming all the discounted chocolate with your hearts content. With the holiday season coming to a close I hope you have all received much fun and love over the break. Never the less; If, like myself all you have gained over the break is weight, I have come up with some simple and easy meals you can make.


Spaghetti Bolognese

Speaking from experience, this meal is something quick and easy to prepare. Try something new for a change! What I really enjoy doing is putting my headphones in, listening to music and cooking in my own little world. Just remember to keep an eye out for the food burning. Also, speaking from experience the smoke alarm is very sensitive. There is nothing worse than trying to find shoes and a coat whilst it’s pouring rain or gale force winds and you have to walk to your safety point. Avoid setting the smoke alarm off at all cost. It is officially the walk of shame!


chicken stir fry

This meal works hand in hand with the massive wok you brought with you to uni. If you don’t have one id personally drop everything you have planned and make it your number one priority. They are worth every penny. £21.00


Tomato and Basil Soup

It’s also a good idea to know how to make a nice soup when you’re at university. With freshers being a big part of the first week experience, freshers flu creeps up on you rather quick. To counter act those awful couple of days, theres nothing better than a home made soup to make you feel that little less like death.


instantnoodlesThe last meal I could suggest from my food arsenal would have to be the one and only, flavoursome, reasonably priced instant noodles. There will come a time where the end of the month is too far aw
ay and the next student loan seems like only a forgotten dream! You will be either in the library or working on that assignment and have very little time to make the exciting meals above and so the only logical meal to make is… Instant noodles. I strongly believe instant noodles or insta for short are the meaning of university! For 15 pence a packet and noodles that cook in 2 minutes f
lat, who could turn down such an offer?

Marie Curie

Hey guys

I’m about to talk about something that means a lot to me
It’s the Marie Curie Foundation
What are they?
Well, they’re there for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. They offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.

They mean a lot to me.
And very soon they are going to mean a lot to my family.
A very close member of my family is, as I have said a few times before, suffering from cancer. It’s incurable.

I would ask that any who read this, please do what they can to support the Marie Curie foundation, and help those that need it, as my family and I certainly will soon

Enjoy this

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Quote of the Day
“A Single man tear”