My mission to read over the summer.

First year is well and truly over for me now, last assignments are in, grades are coming back, I haven’t opened Blackboard for a little while now for anything other than checking said grades. I’m in my summer, whatever summer social distancing can offer, and have begun to think about goals, what do I want to achieve?

It’s something I don’t talk about often but I’m very bad at reading, I’ll start a new book, get a quarter way in, maybe half if I’m lucky, then put it down, not to be touched again. While I write this I’m imagining the Woody’s nightmare Toy Story clip. Humour aside, I’m bad at reading. My last victim was a memoir by Carole Radziwill called What Remains, I was gripped by it but found myself just not having the willpower to finish it. As I write this it’s sat in my bedside table, taunting me.

Not my copy of What Remains, but it’s in a similar condition.

So, my goal this summer, getting back on topic. My goal without a doubt is to read more, to finish books I have purchase. To do this, I’m considering alternative methods, first one being that I’ve stolen the family iPad to turn it into my new kindle. Following my acquisition, I also bought an eBook from Amazon to get stuck into, and so far, I’m about 100 pages or so in. Theft of the iPad aside, I’m so far succeeding in reading this book.

A big part of what I need to figure out is, what I enjoy reading. So far, I’m loving The Gatekeeper by Kate Fall, it’s a political read so be warned. Next up I really want to read Dune before the movie releases this Christmas (The day before my birthday for anyone interested).

A fanmade Dune poster – Sadly the official one isn’t out yet.

However, I feel drawn back to asking a key question; why am I so interested in reading more? To simply put it, I really want to improve these skills, so they’ll assist me better in second year. My summer is set to be long, I don’t have much lined up, so I certainly have the time to complete this goal, hopefully also turning it into an aspect of my lifestyle.

I’m sure my summer goals will alter and expand more as time goes on, and I intend to document them as much as I can in my journey to prepare for second year.

Alice

Life after Edge Hill

Hi everyone,

Something that has been on my mind a lot at the minute is what am I going to do once I have graduated?

For me, I think I will be attending a different university to do a Masters degree as it is closer to where I am from but I will be so sad to be leaving Edge Hill!

Its so important to remember that we don’t need to figure out a definite plan just yet. There are so many options available to graduates from internships, postgraduate courses, scholarships as well as so many graduate schemes. Even if you don’t have job lined up straight after graduation there’s no pressure, you could even get a job just to pay the bills whilst you figure out what you would like to do!

Edge Hill offers lots of postgraduate courses which you can see below:

Postgraduate Courses

These include, postgraduate certificates and diplomas as well as Masters and Phd degrees!

A really useful tip I have found is the website prospects! It is so brilliant for helping to find graduate jobs as well as providing lots of advice for graduates. You could also find a job profile for a role that you find appealing and it will tell you about entry requirements, salarys, daily tasks and how you could progress within certain roles.

The best thing to do as well is their career quiz in which you answer a series of questions based on your interests and what you are good at! It identifies jobs that match your personality so it is really useful!

https://www.prospects.ac.uk

I hope you found this helpful!

Ellie x

Things to do now exams are over!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying some well deserved time off, now that you have as much free time as you please I thought I would mention a few nice things to do to fill your time and enjoy your summer!

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  1. Go to the Beach!

Me and my friends have made a bit of a tradition of going to the beach every year – its really easy to get to Crosby beach by train and then its only a short walk to the seafront. Its such a nice beach to sit and chill and just enjoy some summer weather!

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2.  Explore Ormskirk

Now is the perfect time to explore Ormskirk and you could maybe visit somewhere that you haven’t been to before. Maybe visit a new cafe or go to a nice bar. Even go for a walk round Ruff Woods and through the countryside!

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3. Crazy Golf

I absolutely love crazy golf and in Liverpool you have both Junkyard golf and Ghetto golf which both are amazing and so much fun. They are both so different and offer some amazing food and drinks including different cocktails!

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4. Chill

We all worked so hard in the lead up to assessment period that we all definitely deserve a break! Enjoy being able to do nothing and have no deadlines for at least a few more months!

 

 

Pre-university Plans!

Hello everyone! It’s that Friday feeling – friYAY.

As your exams will be finished soon, if not already, you might be wondering what there is to do before starting university. Depending on your course, you may be asked to do some research or begin to do some academic tasks. For primary education, I was asked to do different research and subject knowledge based tasks within the programme handbook. For example, there was a maths website provided where we could practise our skills within certain areas of the curriculum. For English, we were asked to read and record stories either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. These tasks were really useful when beginning the course.

The summer before university is also the time to ensure you have everything you need! Remember the essentials: bed linen, duvet, pillow, towels, cutlery, clothes hangers and toiletries. One of my favourite things about moving in was the decoration side of things! Fairy lights, pictures or a small rug can can make it a bit more homey! For pictures, I recommend the app ‘free prints’ if you do not have it downloaded already.

And of course… this summer is your chance to spend lots of time with your friends from college or sixth form. It can be hard when everyone from school moves to different parts of the country! Nights in with the girls, painting the town red and trips to the beach are just some ideas for summer plans!

Hope these few tips have been helpful! Have a fantastic weekend,

Finishing Third Year

Hi everyone!

Well, that’s it! I have finished my third year at Edge Hill doing my literature degree.

I had quite a lot of work due in over the last few weeks and I am so glad I can finally just chill and be able to do what I want – as well as no longer living in the library! It really did become my second home for a good few weeks.

I’ve now got all my final marks back and I got a 2:1*  on my dissertation which I was so happy with especially as it is something that I put so much effort into and worked so hard on!

*University grade boundaries work as follows

70%-100% = First

60-69% = 2:1

50%-59% = 2:2

40%-49% = Third

I found it so strange when I discovered university grades so I thought I would include this just to help any of you!

Campus also feels very quiet now as most students have finished their studies for the summer and I definitely miss seeing campus so busy. It feels so strange to know that I have now finished my undergraduate degree and now I just need to graduate which I am so excited for!

Congratulations to all other third years on finishing our degrees! As well as all the other students for finishing the year!

I hope you all enjoy your well deserved summer!

Ellie x

 

When the sun comes out!

Hey everyone, since the sun has finally come out here in Ormskirk, I thought I would dedicate a blog about what I recommend you and your friends do when it is a lovely spring/summers day.

Enjoy!


Ruff Woods

This is located on Ruff Lane and can easily be found across the road from the fitness trail around the back of the Sports Centre. Since the weather started to get nice, my flatmates and I have come here for a walk whilst taking a break from assignments and studying for exams. I also come here every morning for a walk before breakfast and it is great way to start the day!

Victoria Park and Garden

When walking down from Edge Hill University into town, you can see this park on Ruff Lane. During the spring and summer months, the flowers bloom and there are so many colours. It is not very big, but it still is a really lovely spot to sit with a coffee or a take away drink and bask in the sunlight.

Edge Hill Gardens

If you don’t want to venture too far from the campus, why not take a walk down to the gardens next to the Health and Social Care Building? There is a scenic path through the plants, flowers and a wide patch of green that is perfect for outside study sessions or perhaps a picnic?

Man-Made beach

Okay, so this isn’t Southport Beach, but it’s the next best thing when you just want to relax on a sandy beach and not have to travel too much. Recently, this spot has been THE spot for students to come and sit on the grass, the sand and picnic table during exam season or just to catch up with friends.

Fitness Trail

You might just fancy a nice peaceful walk to break up the day and so this scenic walk is perfect for the occasion. It has a wonderful view of some of the campus and the playing fields and also a great place to sit on the grass and chat with friends.


I hope you enjoyed this little post on what you and your friends could get up to at Edge Hill University or Ormskirk, when the sun comes out. Remember, if you do picnic outside enjoying the sunshine, please keep our campus and surrounding green spaces clean and pick up your rubbish!

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”

-Unknown-

Staying through the summer – Living in Ormskirk year round

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Ormskirk is a busy place with people coming and going for Edge Hill University during term time. Outside of that it can seem peaceful without the hussle and bussle of students. So living here for a prolonged holiday, through the summer, can be abit daunting. You might find yourself without friends that you had made in University itself. But for many foreign students, even though the world is constantly becoming smaller with low cost airlines, living here year round is a fact of life. So here are my three tips for living in Ormskirk through the summer months.


Get Ahead by finding some work that fits your degree. Plenty of firms will have summer internships for you to get ahead and pack into your CV. Apart from that the cash is great. Could save enough for a holiday, or even a car because you will have plenty of time to get your hours in.


Discover Ormskirk and find yourself all the amazing places that you would be otherwise too busy with study or class to visit. There are loads of these, Ruff Woods to the Water Tower!  Or check out the local shops, there are plenty of places you might not have visited before.


Find the fun at all of the local events going on. Comedy night at Mylo, Quiz night at Styles or just a quiet pint in the Horseshoe you will always find some vibrant night life in the town during summer. The weekend markets will give you something to do in the morning also.


Thats all for this weeks blog, but if you want to check out more to do in Ormskirk you can visit the Google Travel guide here.

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 Ways to Stay Fit Without the Gym!

Hey everyone!

I love the gym at Edge Hill University, it has everything you need to keep fit and stay healthy. Although, if you don’t like the thought of signing up for the gym for any reason, I thought I would share some of my tips to keep fit and healthy without having to join gym.


1. Walking/Running 

I know I have mentioned walking on this blog multiple times but I cannot express enough how lucky we are to have a campus with such scenic and peaceful walking spots. 

Every morning, I go for a walk around the running track and up around the ‘trim-trail’ which is located just behind the new sports centre. It has amazing views of the campus and a little bit of Ormskirk.

I would also take myself into Ruff Woods on Ruff Lane and walk the track around the forest where you can find lots of cool wooden sculptures!

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2. YouTube!

If you don’t even feel like leaving the flat, why 

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not use your phone or laptop, type in some at home workouts and get your sweat on in the comfort of your own flat. Even better, if you still feel like there is not enough room, go to the flat kitchen and ask your flat-mates to join in! No better fresher’s week ice-breaker than a flat workout. 

Personally I love doing some Blogilates, Sarah’s Day, and The Body Coach workouts when I can’t seem to make myself walk the 20 steps it takes me to get to the gym…

3. Invest!

Getting your hands on some kettle-bells, dumb-bells and a yoga mat is so easy and you can do so many of workouts in your room and still keep just as fit and healthy!

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Pop down to the local Argos in Ormskirk and get yourself some weights and don’t worry about having to carry them all the way back to campus because we have a perfectly handy bus that comes to and from the campus to town every 20 minutes 😉

 

 


And there you have it, three ways you can stay fit and healthy without the gym, right here on the Edge Hill Campus! Maybe this will even inspire you to join the gym after trying out some of these tips?

I personally love the gym and use it very often but I also take advantage of the amazing walking facilities we have on campus!

Thank you for reading, see ya next time, Lauren x

“Wow, I really regret that workout.”

-Said No One….ever-

 

My University Highlights

Hi everyone,

As I enter my penultimate week of lectures as I am in my last year I thought it would be nice to look at my highlights of being at Edge Hill over the last three years! I have had a great time and I am definitely going to miss it!

Celebrating 21!

This year all my friends are turning 21, and whilst my birthday isn’t until June, it has been amazing celebrating with my friends! For example, we have been for meals, attended parties and even just had a sleepover and film night!t! 

 

 

 

Ghetto Golf!

This year I went to Ghetto Golf for the first time! This is located in the heart of Liverpool next to the baltic market, for £10 you can play an 18 hole round of crazy golf, the decorations are incredible and its such a fun night out!

 

Liverpool! 

I had been to Liverpool before coming to Edge Hill but I feel that in my time here I have really got to know the city and I love it there its such an exciting and thriving place. In September last year, we went to see the Giants as they returned to the city. They were incredible and it is a day I will never forget.

 

 

Days Out! 

In the summer months, me and my friends make the most of our free time and we try to go on as many days out as we can! We have been to Southport a few times, which is just a short train or bus journey away. It is so nice to just walk around the gardens and along the pier, I really love playing on the 2p machines!

 

 

Occasions!

Finally, getting to celebrate special occasions with my housemates have been some of my favourite memories of university! I made us a Christmas dinner last year and we all loved it, we even had some bucks fizz! Living one of my friends has definitely been my favourite part of university and I will really miss them when I move home!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ellie 🙂

University Awaits!

What have you been up to this summer? If you are about to enter your first year of university, it must be your first extra-long summer… more than 5 weeks of holiday is great isn’t it?

So far my summer has consisted of work, sleep, food and more sleep – ideal. A couple of weeks after finishing my second year placement in Primary Ed, I started working as an activity and dorm leader at a residential summer camp… I just can’t escape children!

I have also visited my family in Blackpool, which has been nice catch up with them. My brother came up from London for a long weekend whilst we stayed at my Grandmas. There is nothing better than the good ol’ Blackpool breeze and a Mr Whippy ice cream.

Next week, I am going on holiday with my house mates who I have missed these past few weeks!! If you’re planning a holiday with friends, I’d definitely look at Airbnb. With a group of people and splitting the price between you per night, you can get more than your money’s worth.

And finally… I have to prepare for my third and final year at Edge Hill! (sad times). This year, it is important to focus on our teachers’ standards portfolio which includes all our experience, observations and the ways which we have met each standard.

I hope you’re all enjoying the end of your summer and are feeling excited for your Edge Hill adventure!!