Freshers’ Week Fun

Hey all, I hope you’ve had a great week! I’ve been enjoying one of the few colder weeks back home.

One of the popular rites of passage of University and student life is Freshers’ Week. This is typically the week that new students would be moving into Halls, getting to know their teachers in informal lessons or workshops, getting to know the campus and the local town/city and getting to know the people you’ll be living with or on course with!

It really is a fantastic week, and not only do Edge Hill make 100% sure you’ve settled in, but they always make sure you’ve got some great events to look forward to too!

One of the great things I found about Edge Hill was the way they looked after new students; there are always help desks open and ready to help with any queries or worries, the well-being team offer their services to anyone struggling with the changes that come with University life or who are feeling homesick, and they do events such as the Freshers’ fayre, in which students can find both fun stalls and local businesses as well as general Edge Hill info. There are also some day time events, for example in the past there have been sports events or meet ups that students are more than welcome to come to.

As well as the support from the University staff and teams and the day time events, the Students’ Union do a range of events, mostly in the SU Bar on campus! There have been comedy nights, UV raves, Hodor from Game of Thrones DJing last year and, a popular annual event, the toga fancy dress parties! These are great if you’re looking to make more friends or get to know your classmates, because they often leave you with fun memories you’ll remember till you finish your final year and beyond!

As well as the campus’ events, the local businesses in Ormskirk usually do specific Freshers’ week events or deals, so it’s always lovely to check those out too! For example, Wetherspoons do a Freshers’ booklet with deals on food and drink and some businesses do a student discount for a certain time period.

If there are any past or current students reading this who would like to share their Freshers’ wisdom please do in the comments, and similarly if you’d like to know more about something specific just ask!

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 🙂

Ormskirk night life

Hi everyone!

It’s not unknown that for many student’s, nightlife is an important factor when choosing a university. So today I thought I would tell you all about what is on offer here for Edge Hill students.

First of all, there is the Edge Hill student union bar which is open all day everyday for students and they host lots of amazing events such as Bongo’s bingo, karaoke, medication, and a pub quiz. At the weekend they also screen lots of sport on large screens for you to watch. Every Wednesday is Social where all the different societies get together and have an amazing night in our club, venue! Also, the sports centre at Edge Hill has lots of activities on at night for students as well as the general public such as fitness classes, trampolining and sports teams.

If you fancy venturing outside of campus then Ormskirk has lots of pubs an bars for you to visit. Alpine is your best bet if you fancy a cheap night out, Lime Tyger does amazing cocktails and Styles is great if you fancy a more chilled vibe.

If you’re feeling really adventurous then you can hop on the 30 minute train to Liverpool where you can visit the ODEON cinema, Ghetto golf as well as the many bars and restaurants around the concert square area.

Always remember, especially if you are drinking, to know your limits and always drink responsibly to ensure you have the best time possible!

Ellie 🙂

Give It A Go with the Student Union

Hey all, I hope you’ve had a great start to your 2018! For some of you reading this, this will be the first year of you going into University. Whether this is exciting to you or nerve-wracking, I hope your interviews and auditions are going well.

One of the things that most people look forward to is student life itself. Edge Hill has a wide variety of activities and societies to fulfil any student’s wants in terms of this, and the Student’s Union caters for a lot of these. Not only are there the events they hold during Freshers’ Week in the SU Bar and the Fairs that they help organise, but they also have a wonderful programme of activities called Give It A Go!

There’s something for everyone; the most recent schedule for January to May has sports-based events such as a Taekwondo taster, Nature Walking events, Crafternoons such as candle making and cactus planting and advice workshops on topics such as assertiveness.

I’m not so interested in sports or the advice workshops myself, however, I have attended some of the Crafternoons and SOS sessions they have to ease students into exam weeks and such. My favourite SOS event they hold is the Guide Dogs event. They invite trainers and guide dogs into the University for the students to relax and stroke them. As a dog lover, I get excited whenever they put this on! I had an exam on the 10th and they had this event on, so after my exam I went and stroked the most gorgeous dogs for a bit and it made me feel a lot less stressed!

I also went to a Crafternoon last year where I got to make my own dreamcatcher from scratch. I had wanted to make my own dreamcatchers before, but as it can be an expensive hobby I hadn’t managed to do it. But this required no payment at all, so I managed to make a dreamcatcher because of this event, so even if I can’t make any more I have my very own handmade dreamcatcher hanging by my bed now. Another of the Crafternoons I went to was the cactus planting session. I’d been wanting a house plant so this seemed to be perfect timing!

One of the events I’m looking forward to is the SU Drag Race which will be taking place next month during the Student Union’s Pride Week which they hold on campus. Lots of students are looking forward to not only watching this event, but taking part in it too.

So that’s a little overview of the Student Union’s activities on and around campus! If you have any questions about Edge Hill’s Student Union’s activities or just what they do in general, then either pop them in the comments or check out their website here.

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 🙂

How to be a Fresher

Hey all, hope you’re having a wonderful Summer and enjoying the warm weather when it’s happening!

In only a couple of months it’ll be Freshers’ Welcome Week at Edge Hill. This is the week that you should definitely take advantage of as a new student, as not only do you get to know the campus and your course, but you get to go to some awesome events and get some really cool student offers!

I’m going to split Freshers’ week into day and night, as there are different things happening in the daytime in comparison to what’s happening at night.

Day

During the week, there’ll be the talks you’re expected to go to about your course so you can get to know the staff and the outline of your year, but there are also fayres the Uni put on. At these fayres, there are both stalls that are useful for independent life and social life. At the fayre last year there was a whole range of stalls by people like the Police, the Recycling team, local beauticians, driving instructors, and my personal favourite: Domino’s! And yes, there was free pizza! In fact, there were a lot of awesome free stuff, I grabbed myself some practical things such as water bottles and lots of vouchers for local businesses such as hairdressers and food places.

There were also a lot of stalls for the societies that are at Edge Hill. At these you could sign up to become a member of the societies and meet the people who run them or go to the meetings.

The course talks were also great. It made me feel a lot less nervous and also gave me a bit more information on what I would actually be doing on my course. It was a chance to meet my course mates for the first time too.

Night

There are a variety of events put on by the Student Union at night that cater to everyone. The events of last year might be slightly different to the ones that are planned for this year, but I can definitely tell you the kinds of stuff that I went to. There were a number of bar-based events, such as a UV paint party which was DJ’d by Scott Mills and another famous radio DJ and the toga fancy dress party, however there were also events such as the comedy night, which was a great laugh. The events will be advertised on the SU’s page once they’ve been organised and you can get your tickets, so keep an eye on this page.

 

So I’d definitely suggest you take part in as much as you can on Freshers’ week, as it will be something you think about for the rest of the year, and gives you some great opportunities, plus a chance to meet new people!

Election Time!

Hello all, hope you’ve had a great weekend and feel ready for what the next week has in store for you!

Around campus, we’re currently suffering from election fever! The Student Union elections are currently taking place, so the campus is currently bustling and colourful, with sights such as below throughout the Uni!

I thought I’d take this chance to let people know just what the Student Union is and what they do at Edge Hill.

The EHSU are a board of current students that handle issues brought to them by other students at the Uni. These can be anything from opinions on improvements around and to the campus to ideas of events that students want to occur throughout the year. They take the students’ voices and make them have an impact on Uni life!

They also help to organise events, such as this year’s Freshers’ Week. Below are a few of the events that were on offer last September:

The Student Union Bar is located just by the Hub, which is staffed mostly by students, and run events such as Pub Quiz and Rock n Roll Bingo. The Student Union also have their own shop to sell Edge Hill hoodies, shirts, sports gear and much more!

So the SU is a huge part of student life at Edge Hill! If you were to ever have any suggestions on what can be improved at the Uni these are the people you can turn to.

If you wish to check out their website for yourself, click here, and I hope you all have a relaxing end to your Sunday night!

Swimming in the Deep End

Sometimes being thrown into the deep end isn’t a bad thing, although if you’re like me you won’t like it!

I am currently on my third and final placement at a high school. Looking back to year one I was very shy and dreaded speaking up… whether that was in a presentation, putting my hand up or just anytime really! Ironically now this is what I want my pupils NOT to be! Promoting and encouraging them to be confident in a way that I never was!

So this brings me to year one, the first term, when we wee told we had to present a starter to the whole course (just under 30 people… but still!). I was dreading it, despite actually training to be a teacher I don’t think I realised how hard standing up and presenting something would be… never mind actually getting the class to do it! BUT I did it, despite being extremely anxious, and it wasn’t even a disaster!

What I am getting at is sometimes even if there’s an aspect of something that you’re dreading… maybe your upcoming modules at uni or moving away from home, you will be ok! It is good to know that you can tap into certain aspects of people or departments that are willing to help you if you begin to struggle. At Edge Hill you can speak to numerous people… your friends, tutors, heads of courses, Student Services, the SU…. (to name a few!) A handy link can be found here, enabling you to choose the right service you require, should you need it!

Even if you know that you’ll be fine, be safe in the knowledge that I have found, sometimes I thrive in a situation when it is forced upon me and it makes me a better more rounded person! I will never look back and now, if I had to just present a starter, I would love it and I’d have so many innovative ideas that I lacked two years ago! So it just shows what hard work and determination can do! So to that, I thank Uni for helping me develop and learn!

So what is Freshers Week?

The line up for Welcome Week aka the infamous ‘Freshers’ Week’ was announced a few weeks ago! Are you ready for mini golf, headphone discos and Scott Mills!?

So what is Freshers’ Week? Well, it’s a time to get used to uni life. By that I mean, your classes, the location/your whereabouts, the people you’ll associate with and probably newfound cooking skills! Freshers’ Week is like an induction week, where you’ll go to a few classes that give you an insight into the course you’ve chosen as well as helping you use the facilities open to you.

During Freshers’ Week, as well as introductory classes, you will experience the infamous nights out at the Student Union on campus, in Ormskirk or Liverpool! Whatever you end up doing, even if it’s a movie night in with your new flatmates it will definitely be a night to remember!

There’s also a Freshers’ Fair which is my personal highlight as there is basically a lot of freebies from lots of companies and other businesses! This is also the time where you will have the opportunity to sign up to societies, whether you’re sporty or not there’s a society for you! On the Wednesday come to the hub and have a look around, grab some freebies, talk to societies and make new friends!

Can’t wait to see you!

What food is available on campus?!

I’ve been sitting here for about half an hour now trying to decide what to write about this week, and with a back log of about 50+ posts I was wracking my brains about what subjects I haven’t covered, when my stomach stared to rumble…FOOD. I suddenly realised I’ve never talked about the food that’s available on campus, which I think is probably a rather important one if you’re a massive foodie like me! So here’s a little break down of what’s on offer…enjoy!

Sages
This is the main cafeteria on campus that you’ll be eating in if you go for the catered option of halls. I can safely say that I stayed on campus for three weeks over summer working on the summer residentials and ate here for three meals a day and it was fantastic, there were at least 4 dinner options every day, absolutely LOADS of breakfast options and the salad bar was so nice just like the kind you’d find in Pizza Hut!

McColls and ‘Other Corner Shop (I’m sure it has a name but I can’t remember it!)’
We have two different little shops on campus which are pretty stocked up on all your essentials. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a meal deal lunch or quickly want to pick something up for dinner, its pretty much got everything you need and the staff are so lovely and helpful! – They are my flat mates after all!

Starbucks
We have two Starbucks on campus which although is absolutely fabulous, it’s really not working wonders for my bank account or coffee addiction…

Panini Bar
I like to call this Edge Hills answer to subway, you can pretty much just make your own customs baguettes, bagels, paninis and sandwiches, and they really do have all the toppings!

SU Bar
If you’re looking for classic pub grub this is the place for you. They have seriously cheap deals and the burgers are amazing, definitely worth checking out, we always tend to go on a lunch time after a big morning pitch to celebrate.

Nom Take Out
If you really just can’t be bothered to cook or are in serious need to chips after a night in SU, we have our very own take out on campus – what more could you ask for?!

Stalls
And of course I’ve saved the best till last. The stalls we have on a Tuesday are seriously the best thing since sliced bread. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried ‘The Cake Man’ (yes that’s really the name he goes by) his brownies and cakes are literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted. There’s also a great coffee stall that does every flavour under the sun and also a crepe stand.

There are also a couple of other places for food available on campus including: Water’s Edge in the Faculty of Health, one in the Performing Arts building! Theres so many options available on campus that you don’t even need to leave!