Film and TV Production: What’s it like?

Hi guys, for today’s blog I’m gonna talk about the course I am currently studying within the media department, and some things that you may not know if your thinking about doing this or something similar.

Type of material studied: Film and TV production is at its core a creative subject so you know that there will be lot’s of practical work throughout the course, but what you may not know is that there is a fair bit of theory behind the material as well. This is down to it being an honours degree so there has to be an element of theoretical understanding behind what you are studying. Now, I honestly can’t say I loved all of it! But, it’s definitely not all bad and some if it is pretty interesting and in some aspects can feed in nicely to your York Passunderstanding of the production side of things.

Travel opportunities: If you are interested in trips away then there are things available, this year there was a placement opportunity in Greece if that interest’s you. Closer to home last year we went to York for the annual film festival which is a neat day out.

Events within the University: The Festival in a day is a big one for the media department as they get in different speakers from various roles within the industry, there are also raffles for work placements as well. Speakers can also come in at other times of the year to give masterclasses and are usually free to attend if you are a student, most recently David Yates visited, the director of four Harry Potter films and both Fantastic Beast’s features. These events are definitely something to look out for if your thinking of, or already are studyFestival in a day postering at Edge Hill!

That’s all for today, any question’s let me know and thanks for reading!

Jordan

Uni Top Tips

Hello again!

Freshers week seems like so long ago for an old biddy like me… but there are certainly things that I wish I knew before coming to university! Here are a few:

  1. It is impossible NOT to make friends

Like a lot of people, your main concern right now might be finding those you’ll get on with. And trust me… you will definitely find them. You will meet soooo many students who are likely to also have the same concern! Take your time and enjoy speaking to new people.

  1. You probably don’t need that extra tea towel

I bought SO much stuff that I have barely used. You DON’T need 3 frying pans, 4 tea towels and 15 spices. Okay maybe I exaggerated a little. However once I settled in my accommodation, I realised that I bought too many things with such little uses. If you forget something you actually need, you can always pick it up next time your home.

  1. Cutlery goes missing

No matter how much you buy and no matter where you put it, it gets lost. And I don’t mean there’s a cutlery thief…there is a cutlery ghost. I have no idea how it happens or where my forks end up, but I am now down to one tea spoon and a pair of scissors. Honestly it is a MYSTERY. So ignore point 2 – bring as much cutlery as you possibly can.

  1. Library luck

I never went to the library to do my work for sixth form as I was never really a fan (or thought I wasn’t). HOWEVER, it has now become my second home. Edge Hill’s new Catalyst building offers 4 floors of work spaces of different noise levels, with meeting rooms, printing hubs and even its own café. I would highly recommend visiting, as I wish I had visited more for my first couple of years at uni!

  1. HAVE FUN

Balancing work and play can be easy to preach but harder to do. Edge Hill have so many people who are there to support you such as student guides, tutors and the student help desk where you can find one-to-one support if needed. No one should be working 24/7, and university is the time to go out n about!! So make sure you look after yourself, and treat yo’ self to day trips and nights out with your mates.

Thanks for reading, have a fantastic week!

 

 

Quriky Differences between Edge Hill and N. Ireland – Dont get caught out with Ulster Bank notes

Quirky Differences between EHU and NI


If your like me and grew up in the North of Ireland your’ll know we’re a different breed to the rest of the world. It goes without saying that things are a little different there. When I first landed in Ormskirk and realised that getting a packet of Tayto at the shop wasn’t going to happen I was surpirsed. The little things about home seem to fade away here. In cases that can be annoying but in others it can be downright disastourous. I want to take a look at the differences that can acutally impact you.


The money might be sterling but dont expect to spend your hard earned Ulster bank, Bank of Ireland or First Trust notes in shops or out and about. Some places will accept them but more will give you a look like you have two heads. Its unfortunatly not against the law for shops to refuse to accept these notes and many do refuse to take them. Paying by card is an easy way to go, but if you do have N. Irish notes to exchange the post office in Ormskirk town will gladly help you out.


You might not find your bank on the main street in town. If you have a account with an N. Irish bank account like First Trust, Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland or Dankse Bank you can forget about dropping into the branch for anything. If you bank with a bigger bank or building society you will find these, Ormskirk is home to a Halifax, HSBC, Barclyes, TSB, Santandar, NatWest and Nationwide. Unfortunatly the RBS branch has recently closed.


Your car insurance needs to be updated. If you hold a policy in N. Ireland and take your car to England for more than 90 days you must inform your insurance company or it will be invalid. If you decide to swap your license over be aware that the issuing autority is differnt also, nolonger the DVANI but simply the DVLA. Fun fact on things that are also differnt, ‘R’ plates dont exist in England, there’s no restriction.


Thats all for this blog. If you want to read more about Edge Hill in general check out this blog on Edge Hill life hacks:

Edge Hill Life Hacks – Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)

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!

Ways to keep your room clean and tidy at uni!

Hi everyone, hope you’re well and have had a good week! For today’s blog I thought I give some tips on how to keep your room tidy and clean in your flat at uni.

Personalising your room                                                                                                                    It’s a great idea to make your room personal to you, but something I’ve found is that if I have alot of things in my room, it is easy for your room to get cluttered and messy. A nice idea is having photos up with white tac and posters on your wall and make your room more you without it becoming cluttered. I have a cork board in my room that i like to stick sentimental cards, letters and photos as well as having a few frames photos on my desk that make my room more me!

Having a certain place for everything                                                                                          Something I like to do is have certain place for everything. So I have little boxes for bobbles and hairgrips and a jar for all my pens and pencils. This really helps when my room gets really messy and I can pick everything off the floor and put it all in the right places they belong, it makes it alot easier for me. Like for when I do my laundry, straight after I’ve brought it back up all my stairs ( a right nightmare), I hang up my laundry on my clothes airer and when it’s all dry I fold or hang everything back up in my wardrobe. I always like to do it like this as it means I don’t keep putting off tidying it all away!

Take time out to keep your room clean.                                                                                      There is a difference between keeping your room clean and keeping your room tidy. When my room is very messy, I first put everything in the places they belong and tidy everything away. Then I clean, hoover and clean all the surfaces and clean my bathroom. I like to tidy my room properly twice a week and give everywhere a good clean once a week. I used to hate tidying my room, but I find that if I pop on a good playlist and have a good dance while I get it all done, I actually really enjoy it! Or I’ll facetime a friend while I’m putting fresh sheets on my bed or organising uni work. By having a certain day each week that I clean and do my laundry means it gets done and I won’t just put it off because I know it has to be done!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and it has given you a few tips of how to keep your room clean and tidy at uni! It can be hard to stay on top of it, and sometimes mine gets into a right tip but if I try to keep it tidy, it means it saves me time in the long run and makes a room that’s a lot nicer to be in!

Have a good week,

Alice 🙂

 

 

Prepare Yourself for University – What no one tells you!

Hello everyone! I thought I would do a post all about how to prepare yourself for a university life and becoming more independent as it is rather different to living at home. I really wish I had prepared myself more for starting university as I got the shock of my life when I arrived and my parents left me all alone.

Really hope you enjoy this post and find it useful!


Start to cook for yourself!

You might be thinking, “it’s fine, I’m pretty sure I know how to turn the oven on and throw in some frozen chips etc.” This may work for the first few weeks of cooking for yourself but there comes a time when you crave a good, healthy, wholesome meal that didn’t come out of the freezer. 

Picture courtesy of @aliceliveing on instagram!

Being able to make your own meals from scratch that are healthy and make your flat mates jealous is such an essential skill for university. Luckily I cooked a lot for myself before I moved out but since living on my own, I have explored many dishes that are super easy to make and are so good for me! Start now and discover your love for cooking!

Do the washing!

Not going to lie, I did not do a lot of my own washing before I came to university. The only time I did do any washing was when I had to get it out of the washer and hang it up on the line. Let me tell you now, washing all your own clothes is not fun so I would highly suggest to start early and get used to it.

However, saying that, it does feel strangely rewarding to come back from the laundry room and have lovely clean clothes. Always a silver lining!

Push yourself!

This is something I was wish I had done before coming to university. I was never very good at conversational skills and kept to myself a lot. When I came to university, socialising and talking to new people was a whole other concept to me. I came to campus as a really shy, introverted  Irish girl who couldn’t hold a decent conversation for more than 3 minutes.

I wish that I pushed myself more to open up to people and learn how to talk to new people before coming to university as I know for a fact this would help me make friends quicker and not feel so nervous about the situation. You could do this by joining a club in your hometown so that you can familiarise yourself with talking and socialising with people you have never met before.

Be more independent!

The above pointers all kind of link to this one but I want to speak about this one more generally. What I mean about being more independent is not relying on the people at home to do things for you like cook, clean, washing the clothes, do the food shopping etc.

Before I moved out of my home, I made the conscious decision to do more things for myself. I generally was already quite independent but I wanted to make sure that I could handle the things that my mum or dad would normally help out with. For example, the summer before university started, I started to do the food shop by myself instead of my mum and I going together. It was hard shopping for five people but it definitely prepared me for when I started to do my own shopping. Another independent task I started to do for myself was the dreaded…booking your own doctors appointment. I know, I know, it seems scary but, that is what independence feels like sometimes!

 


All jokes aside, becoming more independent before coming to university 100% helped with the transition. It may seem awful to start with but it has to happen sometime, so why not start now?

I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful! See ya next time – Lauren x

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

– Coco Chanel-

Dealing with Illness at Uni

I’ve currently got a bad cold  and am feeling pretty lousy at the moment, so I thought this would be a great time to give some ideas on how best to look after yourself if you do find you’re not feeling your best, especially if your not used to not having your parents around.


Don’t push yourself: If you’ve got a lot going on it may seem tempting to just ignore your illness and push on. I personally like to go to the gym a few times a week and have in the past gone while I’m still recovering from illness, but trust me your much better suited to just waiting till your better rather than getting too tired halfway through a workout.


Stock up on medicinal items: Before you have the chance to catch any illness like the famous ‘freshers flu’, make sure you have a few different things that will help make your life easier if you do get sick, things like a box of paracetamol, lozenges, honey etc.


Going to class: Sometimes at uni you simply can’t afford to not go in for a seminar or for group work, so occasionally you might have to venture outside even when under the weather which is completely fine. But just make sure you really need to first, it is important you attend your classes since you are  probably paying a lot for them. But if your too sick the only thing you’ll be doing by going to class is spreading any illness you may have. If you are worried about your attendance just email the lecturer relevant to the module and tell them that you won’t be able to make it, that’s all you have to do.


So there’s a few things I find are useful to know especially if your new to university, anyways thanks for reading and till next time.

Jordan

Essential Uni Kit

Hi guys, for today’s blog I wanted to talk about stuff, more particularly what stuff I find is essential for university living, this list won’t include things like clothes or pans because I shouldn’t need to tell you why they are important.

  1. Head/earphones: An easy thing to forget but if you listen to music at all or a lot like me then these are an absolute must. Useful for studying, exercising or just relaxing, I don’t know where I’d be without them personally. If you’re looking for the best listening experience I suggest a pair of decent bluetooth headphones, you don’t have to break the bank but I would suggest spending at least £40. Alternatively £10 earphones are great as well!

  2. Laptop/tablet with keyboard: The university does have loads of computing spaces throughout campus so I wouldn’t class it as an essential, but a good computer is useful for doing work without having to leave your room, or cracking on Netflix in the evening, you could also use a HDMI cable to connect it to your rooms  TV (if you have one), perfect for late night bingeing.

  3. A USB/SD Card: Obvious, but again easily forgettable, saving your work on a computer is alright but to be extra safe you want to make sure you back-up all uni work on a USB. depending on what course you study might affect what size you need, For just basic essays and coursework a 4 or 8gb size is more than enough but if you study something that requires using advanced software or videos/pictures etc then a 16 or 32gb might be more suitable. Specifically for media related courses people like myself, when you rent camera equipment out they don’t give you an SD card so getting your own one is definitely important for these types of courses.

So there’s just a few things I would definitely recommend having if you haven’t thought of them already. Till next time!

Jordan

Five Top Tips for Completing Your Student Finance Application

Hi everyone, since Student Finance has opened, I thought I would use this blog to provide five top tips for completing your application!

 1. You don’t need an offer to apply

If you are still waiting for offers, no problem, you can still apply! Complete your application using your first preferred university and course, and if this changes you can update your application later on.


2. Make sure your application details are correct

Have your UCAS course code to hand and choose the correct academic year and mode of study i.e. full-time – this is very important if you don’t want your loan delayed.


3. Provide any supporting documentation quickly

You might be asked to send original documents with your application, if you are, send any documents requested from Student Finance by recorded delivery and track the delivery as you definitely won’t want them to get lost in the post.


4. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions

Lots of support and guidance is offered by Student Finance themselves in the Student Finance Zone – scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to your correct student finance as they are different depending on where you live in the UK. Just make sure you apply before the deadline to get your money on time.  In my case I applied through Student Finance NI. Additionally, if you still have any questions you can email think@edgehill.ac.uk


5. Enrol promptly to release your funding in September

Your first payment is usually made around 3-5 working days after you are registered on course and the Uni has confirmed your attendance with Student Finance so it is important you complete your enrolment. Details are sent out to firm choice students over the summer so look out for that.

Thanks for reading and good luck 🙂

 

 

 


Get Ready With Me For the Week Ahead!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having an amazing weekend. Some people dread the weekend coming to a close and we all have experienced the Sunday night blues when you know that you have a long week ahead of you.

I still sometimes experience this but ever since starting university, I love using my Sunday to relax but to also prepare myself for Monday morning. Keep reading to find out what I do!


Meal Prep!

As I am currently on my first professional practice as a trainee teacher, finding time during the week to make my lunches everyday is quite hard as I don’t return back to my flat until 6pm. This is why meal prepping is so handy. 

On a Sunday night, I dedicate at least 30 minutes or an hour to prepare my lunch for the week. This means that when I get back from school, I don’t have to worry about taking time out of my lesson planning to make my lunch for the following day. Even if you are not on placement, preparing your lunch or dinner for the week means that you have so much more time to work or write your assignments.

Disclaimer – my meal preps do not look as aesthetically pleasing as this. Thanks Google!

 

To Do List

As I have mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I am a huge fan of diaries. It wasn’t until I started university did I fully appreciate keeping a to do list in my diary. 

Every Sunday morning, I sit in the catalyst, open my diary and plan out what I need to get done this week, when I can fit in a gym session and what lessons I am going to be teaching. In a weird way, making a to do list for the week makes me feel less stressed about all I have to do. I can see what needs to be done and I have made sure that I have to the time to complete them whilst also fitting in when I can do the things I enjoy.

What my Sunday mornings look like!

 

Pack!

This one may sound very condescending and bring you back to the days in high school when you forgot a book and your teacher said, “did you not pack your bag the night before?” Just me?

Anyway, I always make sure that I pack my bag for the following day. On a Sunday, I check that I have all the books I need for classes throughout the week meaning I have time to go to the catalyst and get any books that I do not have.

Packing your bag the night before also allows for extra time in the morning to make a good breakfast rather than rushing around trying to find a missing book.

My school bag is not as nice as this and so, Google images comes to the rescue once again!

 

Mentally Prepare Yourself 

Many people find Sunday nights quite stressful because of the looming week ahead and this is not a good way to start your week. 

As well as preparing everything and making sure I have everything sorted for the week, I also try to prioritise some ‘me’ time. This usually consists of going for an early morning or late evening walk, going to the gym, watching a TV show or reading a book. I try to do at least three of these things on a Sunday to give myself enough time to relax and calm my thoughts before starting a busy week!

One of my early, Sunday morning walks!

And that is how I prepare myself for a busy week! I genuinely love my Sunday ‘ritual’ because I feel so much more organised and relaxed about Monday morning.

Remember, the start of the week does not have to be so horrible, take it as an opportunity for a fresh start, a clean slate and not look at it so negatively. I hope you enjoyed this blog, see ya next time!

“Have a wonderful Monday and make the saying by Dennis P. Kimbro: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it” your motto.”

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My Experience Working for Edge Hill

Hi guys, in my last blog which you can read here. Working at Edge Hill

I talked about the various job opportunities available on campus, following on from that I thought I would talk a bit about my experience working for the university and what you can generally expect.


At the start of my first year at Edge Hill I was looking for some basic part-time work which unfortunately wasn’t going very well, because of my want to go from home in Northern Ireland to Uni over various holidays it was difficult to find something this flexible to fit around that. While searching for roles I came across one being advertised by Edge Hill to become a student mentor, after a read of the role itself I submitted an application which involved giving some test answers. After this I received an email a few weeks later saying I had been successful!


Once I had received the email, a suitable date was arranged between me and the other applicants to attend a training session on campus, where I was trained on the role itself and it’s responsibilities as well as meeting the staff in charge of overseeing the work, and the other students who had also been chosen for the role. The training itself was really well explained and done in a relaxed atmosphere so there was nothing to worry about.


The role itself is one that is done online from your own phone or laptop and while it varies a bit, it generally involves you putting in a couple of hours a week. The best thing about this online work is that while you do have to make sure your checking up on it and doing what is required. You are allowed complete flexibility in when you want to work which is something that is really nice to have. The Edge Hill staff I have been in contact with when working for the university have also been really helpful and provide plenty  of information for me to make sure I know what I’m doing.


So, that’s my experience so far and I think if you are looking for a bit of extra work to compliment your studies then these roles are here to apply for when available if your interested. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/careers/students/part-time-jobs/

Jordan