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
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Quote of the Day
“A Single man tear”
When it comes to being scared of things, for me, the list is endless; spiders, heights, public speaking. Literally anything you can think of, at one time or another, I was probably scared of… but nothing even comes close to my fear of needles. I don’t know whether it’s the thought of them breaking through my skin which scares me, or that I associate them with hospitals/doctors/something being wrong, but whatever it is, they are my biggest fear. Correction;
They were my biggest fear.
Last semester I was looking into ways that the RAG society (Raising and Giving) could improve people’s lives with limited funds to begin with. After looking through different fundraising websites I stumbled onto the NHS- Give Blood campaign and realised that I could help people in more ways than giving money. Anyway, I registered, went and gave blood (which is not as bad as I thought it would be) and I have recently signed up to give it again.
I found out that my blood group is O RhD positive, which I share with 37% of the population and can be given to anyone who is RhD positive (regardless of their blood group) – and that’s a staggering 83% of people. So, I may not be making scientific discoveries or changing the world, but I am proud that somewhere out there; a baby, a cancer patient, anyone, will still be alive because of me.
Anyway, I just wanted to fill you in on my (very small, yet proud) accomplishment, as well as hopefully inspiring you to try it. With local blood collections happening all around the UK, you don’t have to wait until you arrive in Ormskirk to help, you can start today in your local community!
Feel free to check out http://www.blood.co.uk/index.aspx
DON’T FORGET UCAS DEADLINE IS ON THE 15TH OF JANUARY 2015!
Until next time…
Hello one and all!
Work has been hard, and I have been working hard on it. It has been the last long stretch for the end of the semester, working up to our final peices for the end of Semester.
It has been a long semester, but at the same time, time has gone extremely quickly.
It seems like only yesterday that I just came down to University to start up my second year.
Already, time has flown by. So much work has been done, I have made new friends, running new societies, gained a partner for life.
Life has been good.
On a Side note, I have been working on many different things.
In Animation, I have sat and worked on some new animations and drawings. For example, see here my attempts at drawing.
Alongside this, I have also been taking part in Student Film work again
and I took part in these two little productions.
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“I will say this Last Goodbye” – Billy Boyd
Hello one and all!
This week is currently reading week, which means I have a week of non stop reading, studying and revising. So It means pulling out the stops and making sure I can collect all the materials I need.
Reading week at Edge Hillis perhaps one of the most useful weeks for a student. However, it can also serve as a relaxing break for those that need it.
Those that can go back home during this week, often do so.
Sadly, for someone like me, a 250 mile trip just to do that is a little bit difficult.
But who knows!
Perhaps you will (or have) been able to and I wish all the luck to you.
Next week marks the return to hard work, and the short stretch to christmas
(Which is a horrifying thought)
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“Our brains are all wired wrong”
I come before you now with one purpose
To Push a brand new society that I am Joint President of.
It is called the Pagan Society
The Society aims to welcome all people from whatever various branches of the Pagan lifestyle, and get them to know one another.
What is Paganism you ask?
Paganism is the ancestral religion of the whole of humanity. This ancient religious outlook remains active throughout much of the world today, both in complex civilisations such as Japan and India, and in less complex tribal societies world-wide. It was the outlook of the European religions of classical antiquity – Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome – as well as of their “barbarian” neighbours on the northern fringes, and its European form is re-emerging into explicit awareness in the modern West as the articulation of urgent contemporary religious priorities.
The Pagan outlook can be seen as threefold. Its adherents venerate Nature and worship many deities, both goddesses and gods.
The Pagan Society hopes to be a place where people from all walks of Paganism may come and speak with like minded individuals, relax and make new friends.
Are you A Pagan?
If so, come and give us an add on the SU page, or join on facebook Here
Quote of the Week
“Interfere? Of course we should interfere. Always do what you’re best at, that’s what I say!” – The Doctor
As we can all be aware, University is a rollercoster of an experience. There are so many exciting things to do that sometimes you can be unaware of the additional help and guidance you can be given.
Well worry not! Whatever your problem is, be it an accommodation issue or a something to do with your finances, there are many people at hand who can be there to help you out.
Edge Hill University thankfully has the latest technology to help you out too.
Situated in the central part of the campus sits a library with wide and extensive features, quoting a fabulous IT and study support facilities, 15,000 e-journals, over 150 online databases, 70,000 e-books and 230,000 books and DVDs. A brilliant amount for any Library to have. Included in the library are multiple silent study areas, just in case you want a place to sit in peace and quiet to finish your work.
There’s 24 hour PC access in the LINC building (situated right behind the library), completely free wireless internet across campus (which is currently being used to write this Blog) and teams to support students with a range of skills.
Since there is an increasingly competitive jobs market, there is a Careers Centre on hand to lend you assistance in guidance towards your chosen career path, or in your current job. Along with that, the Student Services team provide advice and support and can help with anything from accommodation support and advice to finance and welfare advice. The aptly named Inclusive team are also on hand to support those with disabilities or learning difficulties.
No matter what your need is, there is a vast and extensive team of people and services ready at hand to be there for you and give you a hand.
Your not alone in your University experience and you can always have the chance to turn to someone.
Well, It’s going to be happening soon. Your all going to be moving far away from home for the first time, and some of you will be moving onto Campus to stay in our lovely accommodation .
As I have already said in a previous blog, we have Founders Court, Graduates Court, and Chancellors Court along with my own Accommodation, Forest Court.
Your Room is your own little private space.
It is your to fill with what you wish and what you want. You can do what you want (within legal reason) in your room.
Of course however you are going to (hopefully) want to keep it clean.
A good clean and tidy room, with plenty of organisation means that you as an individual will be able to make your thought processes organised.
Lets face it, there is nothing worse then trying to work and being surrounded by junk and rubbish and being unable to move.
Lets face it, you do not want to particualry have to wade through rubbish just to get in and out of your room.
This is why bins are provided in every room (so you can throw all your spare junk in it), there are designated recycling bins in your kitchens (for those who actually have kitchens) and there is a set of large bins outside.
There is also a hoover and mop set in your kitchen cupboards, which is communal. You take good care of it, and it will take good care of you.
I recommend from personal experience, that you should give your room a hoover at least once a week, bare minimum. At the very least, it picks up all the dust and tiny stuff.
Speaking of, I need to go do mine right now
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“The world’s a mean place. It’s unfair, then it’s fair. It’s hateful, then it’s loving. It’s a very peculiar place on philosophical and metaphysical and religious levels.” – Tim Allen
I’d like to take a moment to talk about my place of work at Edge Hill University
I, of course, study Digital Animation SFX and that study takes place in the
newly created Creative Edge building.
The building opened for use last September (2013) just as my first year began.
Not only is it the new home for Animation students, it is also the home of other
Media courses in the department, which includes Film Studies, advertising and computing. It is designed to provide for us state of the art suites of industry standard facilities.
Available to us at the Creative Edge building is a beautiful set of TV studios with the ability to broadcast and and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work. We have fully working recording studios with sound-editing suites (something that comes in handy from time to time in animation), animation studios (very, VERY handy for Animation students, obviously), a photography studio, a multimedia laboratory, as well as networking, forensics and computer laboratories.
The Creative Edge Building also provides a dedicated space on campus for many businesses who wish to recruit students for internships and forge links with academic staff through research and consultancy projects. Because of this we have many visitors around, watching us work and often in turn teaching us some of their own knowledge.
It is an invaluable place for us and is certainly preparing us for work later on after university
Come over and see for yourself
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“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” – George Carlin
Hello ladies, Gentlemen and fellow Orangutan’s
This is it, I’m finally off on holiday and going to bask in the sun, sea and sand.
Which means I’ll get horribly sun burnt, damp, and sand everywhere.
Am I the only one to bring half the beach home with me in my shoes?
I suppose I could have stayed at Edge Hill and gone to the University beach near Chancellors Court, but that would mean I could not go swimming (not that I can swim) nor would I be able to pay outrageous amounts for ice cream!
As some of you may be aware, a phenomena began to occur earlier last month on social media websites, where women would be nominated by one of their friends to do post a picture of themselves, wearing absolute no make up what-so-ever and then nominate other female friends to do the same. This is was about raising awareness of Cancer and the ongoing quest to find a cure for it. People then donate £3 to Cancer Research UK by texting ‘BEAT’ to 70099. Men on the other hand had to put make up on, and after being tagged by my younger brother, I decided to go with it and dress up again.
Readers of this blog will know that I am no stranger to make up
This charity holds a special place to my heart, after losing my best friend when I was 8 to Cancer and nearly losing my mother around the same time to cancer. Even now, my Grandfather suffers from cancer of the brain, and that in itself is inoperable.
Thoughts of the Day
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”
Before applying to come to Edge Hill University I also looked at UCLAN and Manchester. That involved looking around the university’s. The major issue I had with those university’s was their location and how big and busy everything seemed. So that put me off them completely!
When I came to look round Edge Hill, yes it seemed busy because it was an open day, but everything was all in one area, everything was well sign posted and I knew that it wouldn’t take too long to learn my way around the place.
The campus is also very beautiful and calm, there are plenty of places to just chill out and relax in between lectures or when you have some spare time. For example, there are various seating areas in the main building and The Hub’s upstairs area has comfy couches where you can sit with friends and have a catch up and if it is a nice day you can go and sit near the pond or on the grass areas on campus, which is lovely!
Essentials that are on campus are, laundry services, a bar, swimming pool, library, 24 hour computer access, gym and outdoor sports facilities.
If you want to explore outside the campus town is only a short walk away so everything else isn’t so far, supermarkets, clothing stores, pubs, clubs and the train station etc.