Best things about Ormskirk

Hey all, hope the end to your June has been good and you’re all doing well!

Edge Hill is in the town of Ormskirk; a small but lovely place. Not a lot of people outside of Liverpool that I’ve spoken to are aware of where it is, so I thought I’d let you guys know a little bit about the town!

Location

Ormskirk’s nearest big city is Liverpool; by train it takes between 30 and 40 minutes to get into the Liverpool Central train station. It is also a 15-20 minute train away from Aintree, the home of the Grand National. The trains run fairly regularly, so it’s great if you love going on days out to big cities but don’t like living in one! It’s also great if you’re a fan of night life, because the trains don’t stop until 23:37 at night!

What to do

In Ormskirk there are some really lovely shops. Not only do they have the usual you see on high streets, such as Waterstones and Clarks, but there are also some really lovely local businesses. There are the likes of cafes and pubs, but also gift shops and some shops that sell a unique array of goods.

I also really love the range of food places there are in Ormskirk; there’s a beach-themed restaurant and bar opened up the other month called Dinky Dory (where you get served your fries in a sandcastle bucket!), Wetherspoons, a couple of Bistros of the likes of Barnyard and Nordico Lounge and then takeaways galore!

There’s also the loveliest park called Coronation Park which you can go to if you want a walk or want to sunbathe during Summer!

The atmosphere

I think everyone who you ask about Ormskirk’s atmosphere will agree when I say it is such a lovely town. The people there are lovely and all the shop owners and people you pass in the town centre are so polite and kind. It’s the kind of place that you wouldn’t have to worry about feeling unwelcome in.

Like I said earlier, if you don’t like living in big cities, for example I come from a small town so I would have felt totally unsettled if I’d moved to, say, Liverpool itself, Ormskirk is somewhere that would be good for you.

Transport

As I mentioned above, the trains are quite regular to Liverpool, but you can also get trains towards Preston too. The train station itself can easily be found, as can the bus station. When you come down to the town centre from Edge Hill, the bus station is the first thing you see at the end of the road that the University is on! From there, there is a small footpath you can follow to get to the train station. Once you’ve been there once, you’ll easily find it again!

So, Ormskirk has a lot of great things about it! It’s got such lovely scenery, shops, and is easy to travel to and from! If you have any questions about anything specific, let me know in the comments below, you could even ask me if Ormskirk has something that you’re interested in knowing about!

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 4]

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Its time for the final part of this 4 part blog. In this final part I will sum up the journey and answer 3 of the most asked questions I received about the drive itself. I hope these blogs have been genuine help to those of you who are thinking about making the drive to university from afar.


Is it worth it?

Yes, and no. Driving back to collect my things was more for the fun of it rather than anything else. I really enjoy driving so I knew I wanted to make this long drive. But the truth of the fact is I could have posted my stuff back home for a fraction of the cost.

At the same time, living in Ormskirk next year, I am considering keeping my car there permanently. It makes live easy to get shopping and whatnot and gives a real sense of freedom.


How much does it cost

TL;DR – £350

It really depends on the type of car that you drive and how you drive it. First thing first, fuel. It cost me £80 in fuel overall and when I got home I had a little to spare. That was in my 1.4L Citroen C3. Roughly it runs 100 miles to £10.  Alongside that the ferry cost around £225. That was for both of us back and forth.

You need to factor in food and other costs, but you can make it on about £350 or so.


What if something happens

It can be troubling to think that you car could break down or something could happen but its important to think positive. Make sure you plan for the worst possible outcome in any scenario. That could be breaking down, or running out of fuel. Remember that if you do end up breaking down on the motorway its not the end of the world. Check the basics before you start and as you drive.

If the worst happens keep a recovery companies number handy. It is also worth paying for a flexi ticket on the ferry so you can travel whenever you want.


You can read PART 3 here:

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 3]


That its everything for the last part of this blog. Please leave any questions you have for me below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic 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!

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 3]

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We’re coming to the end of the 4 part blog series on driving from Ireland to England and its been fun sharing my experience with you over the last 4 weeks. I think before I sum up everything that happened in the few days of driving between here and there I should give you 3 more practical tips for driving itself. Just like last week they pretty much apply to any long drive that you undertake.


Related image1. Check your car

Long trips can be hard on a cars engine. Make sure you take spare fluids with you. Water, oil, windscreen fluid etc. When you stop off take a few moments to pop the bonnet and take a look. If you don’t know how to check, read your cars handbook.


Image result for traffic report2. Listen to the Traffic Reports

Traffic reports on the radio will give you a good idea on what is up ahead. You can use this knowledge to pick times to stop and have a break while letting the traffic clear ahead. Make sure you also have a look at roadworks and road closures on your route. Google Maps is good for this.


3. Use a good sat navImage result for sat nav

It might be your phone or a classic Sat Nav. Make sure you have something that is going to give you good, reliable and constant directions to where you need to go. I use my phone paired with Android Auto. It works well.


You can read PART 2 of this blog here:

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 2]


That its everything for part three of this blog. I’ll post more on my trip with in depth photos and advice tonight in the last part of my blog. And please leave any questions you have for me below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic 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!

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 2]

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Last week I wrote about driving to EHU and gave some tips for what to bring with you and how to get started. Getting started is one thing but actually undertaking the journey is another. So here is another three tips when your on the road. They pretty much translate to any journey.


Image result for citroen c3 speedDrive with your brain.

There is little to no point in driving like you stole your car. Not just because you could crash but because its a long drive. Driving faster reduces your fuel economy and can cause issues with the car itself. Stick to the limit, there are cops too ya know.


Image result for motorway servicesStay alert and take breaks

Services on the motorway are usually frequent and worth stopping at. Don’t bother with fuel, it’s usually far more expensive than the likes of ASDA and Tesco, but coffee and food is alright. Driving can take its toll, especially at night. If you feel tired remember, stop sip and sleep. Stop, sip a coffee and have a nap. If your chronically fatigued the only cure is a good nights sleep.


Image result for android autoBring the music

Finally on the trip make sure you bring some music and entertainment. There is no point in sitting in silence. Its also worth downloading the songs in case you loose signal or run out of data. That’s not fun.


You can read PART 1 of this blog here:

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 1]


That its everything for part two of this blog. Over the next few weeks I’ll post more on my trip with in depth photos and advice. And please leave any questions you have for me below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic 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!

Driving to Edge Hill University – 400 miles in 8 hours [Part 1]

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When I first moved to Ormskirk I knew at some point I would want to make the drive from home, just outside Letterkenny, Ireland to Ormskirk. 60% for fun and 40% to pickup all my things and take them home for the summer. Over my first year at university I passed my driving test so as soon as I few home I began to plan my journey back to pick up my things and fully move out. If you’re thinking of doing the same hopefully this blog will give you a few useful tips.


Image result for citroen c3 2004 blackStep one, acquire wheels.

After passing my driving test the first task for me was getting a car and insurance. For almost nothing I acquired this lovely little 1.4 Citroen C3. You might say it looks like a mums car, but with a full service history and one of the best little engines on the market this quirky car was my first choice. I also got it from my mum but I mean free is free.


Image result for google mapsStep two, plan your route.

I spent a good week looking at different routes and ways to get from here to there. It all turned out to be in vain because I only looked at one ferry company and actually could have had a much easier and cheaper trip. So do your planning if you are thinking about making a big journey anywhere. 15 minutes could save 15 hours.


File:Two friends adventure.jpgStep three, find a companion. 

You think you want to drive alone, you think you can make it 10 hours without falling asleep. You can’t. Find someone to go with you. I took my girlfriend and made a bit of a holiday of it. Completely worth it. Plus they can kick in petrol money if you’re tight! Just make sure its someone who won’t pull out last second.


That its everything for part one of this blog. Over the next few weeks I’ll post more on my trip with in depth photos and advice. And please leave any questions you have for me below. You will get a personal response, fast.

And if you want more free and great information on any topic 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!

Travelling Tips

Hey all, hope you’ve had a great week and you’re looking forward to the summer you’ve got ahead of you!

As this Uni year has drawn to a close, travelling is the main thing on my mind. I live in West Yorkshire, so by train it’s about 3 hours away from Ormskirk.

Before I came to Edge Hill, I didn’t really travel much, especially not by train. I think I’d been on 2 trains in my life, so travel was one of those things that brought me a lot of nerves when I thought about it. However, after a few trips there and back, I started to get a lot less nervous!

There are a few things that I’ve noticed help when it comes to preparing for travelling, so I thought I’d share these with you:

  • Make a list: listing what you need to take with you before you pack makes life a heck of a lot easier. I’ve found that when I’m packing without a list I tend to forget things, whereas when I have my list I can just grab those things to pack and then pack anything like books and that that I want rather than need for travelling.
  • Keep your tickets in the same place: this one seems obvious, but there’s been times that I haven’t done this and let’s just say there’s nothing worse than coming up to a train station ruffling through your wallet finding the correct train ticket. I guess it comes as a second point of this that you should bin old tickets, cause it can get confusing!
  • Give yourself time: if you’re getting multiple trains like I do, make sure you give yourself enough time between the trains. Even if you’re just changing platforms, it’s much easier and nicer to wait than rush across a train station.
  • Off-Peak: if you’ve got a big suitcase, it’s much easier to go for off-peak times, and avoid lunch and the times when people will be travelling to and from 9-5 jobs. You’ll get a hang of when these times are the more you travel, but it’s a good thing to keep an eye on to begin with.

So those are just a few things that I’ve found help ease my nerves. I hope these tips help anyone who is reading this!

Thinking of Starting Driving Lessons?

The summer after sixth form, I began to have driving lessons in the hope that I would pass before starting university. Many of you might also have the same idea so I thought I would share a few handy tips that helped me!

  1. Buy/borrow the CD

Before your theory test, use the official DVSA hazard perception and theory test DVD/CD. I can’t stress enough how much these helped me! It allows you to practice the test which is EXACTLY the same as your actual theory test – even the questions provided. Even if you find it difficult to remember every single answer to the question, it might help you feel more comfortable when actually taking the test. I certainly did as I knew what to expect on the screen…especially the stray sheep on hazard perception! If you’d rather not buy a brand new one, you can borrow from a friend (mine wasn’t the most recent version but still worked great!).

  1. Trust your instincts

At first, I struggled to overcome natural hesitation as a driver. Hesitating can be as dangerous as careless driving! If in DOUBT, stay OUT. I.e. if you think you can’t fit through a gap between an oncoming vehicle and a parked car… don’t try!

  1. Don’t let other people pressure you

One of the BEST tips anyone can give to you is to stay calm. Even with my P plates (curtesy of my dad) drivers automatically got frustrated at the sight of a new/learner driver. Remember that you’re bound to get beeped multiple times, but better that than risking a crash!

  1. Enjoy it!

Most of all, try to enjoy the new responsibility! The thought of being let loose on the roads might scare you at first… but it’s definitely an exciting step to adulthood, and a worthwhile one!

I wish you the best of luck! Anna 🙂

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

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen


Coming to the end of my first year at Edge Hill University I thought it would be worth while writing a blog as a homage to one of my all time favourite songs and essays. The title of this blog might seem odd if you haven’t heard Baz Luhrmanns “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”, adapted from Mary Schmich’s column “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” – (You can listen here and read here) but here goes anyway.


If I could offer you only one tip for the future, studying would be it would be it. The long-term benefits of studying have been proved by professors, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own first year experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the experience and ease of first year. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the experience of first year until you graduate. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as far behind as you imagine.

Don’t worry about exams. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to write a dissertation by chewing bubble gum. The real exams in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 8 p.m. before social on Wednesday.

Give something a go every day that scares you.

Karaoke.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Invest in relationships.

Relax.

Don’t waste your time on social media. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s not on a mobile phone.

Remember firsts you receive. Forget the fails. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old essays. Throw away your old timetables.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what job you want from your course. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they were even studying. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds are still in classes.

Get plenty of sleep. Be kind to your ears. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Don’t expect anyone else to write your reports. Maybe you have a best friend. Maybe you’ll have a smart partner. But you never know when either one might not want to help.

Don’t mess too much with your looks or by the time you’re 40 your dyed blue hair will have fallen out.

Be careful whose classes you take, but be patient with those who teach them. Teaching is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the bin, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the studying.


 

A Fund for Student Opportunities

If you follow my blog posts here on Inside Edge, you know that I’m currently in the United States of America, on a sandwich placement at the Morton Arboretum. I was fortunate when arranging up this work placement that Edge Hill University had just set up its Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) – a fund that students can apply for to help them make the most of career enhancing opportunities. The fund’s goal is to make sure that no student at EHU passes up a potentially life-changing experience because of the financial burden it might impose.

When I was in the midst of applying for my placement as a Research Affiliate at the Morton Arboretum, I realised quickly that costs would add up. An updated passport, a visa, flights and insurance would quickly put a hefty dent in my finances, leaving my maintenance loan severely lacking for the year abroad. Thankfully, my personal tutor, Paul Ashton, and the Money Advice Team (for whom I was working for at the time as a Money Buddy) informed me about the Student Opportunity Fund and that I could potentially be successful in acquiring additional funding.

Any student on an undergraduate or PGCE course attending EHU can apply for the fund, which will supply them with up to £2000 to support the proposed activity. The projects can be near or far, large or small, requiring the maximum amount available or a portion. Applications could cover travel and accommodation expenses, for example, for unpaid work experience or volunteering; interviews or assessments not covered by the employer; or conferences, festivals, or events where you’re showcasing your work. The fund could also cover costs of developing and making creative material.

Many students have already made use of this amazing fund to enable them to experience some wonderful opportunities that improve both their transferable and career-focused skills:

Applications are judged by a panel and must be submitted over ten working days before the panel convenes. For this academic year, 2017-2018, the remaining dates of convention are:

  • Friday 13th April 2018
  • Thursday 3rd May 2018
  • Wednesday 6th June 2018

Travelling to Uni

Hello everybody! Welcome back to university / college after the Easter break… it went too quick didn’t it?

You might be wondering how long it takes to get to Edge Hill University, whether you live at home or in Ormskirk. Last year, I took for granted how easy it was to roll out of bed at 8:50am to make a 9am lecture…that is definitely a perk of living on campus!

Now I live about a 20 minute walk away from campus, which I can’t really complain about! The morning walk in the fresh air makes me ready for the day ahead! There are lots of entrances to Edge Hill’s campus and it is easy to get confused at first… I definitely did! It is best to see where your seminars or lectures are located that day, so you can decide which entrance is best to use. I suggest downloading Edge Hill’s campus app (Edge Hill Virtual Tour) which shows your location and a clear map of the buildings! This was really useful in freshers, and although I looked like a lost duck, it is GENIUS.

If you’re travelling by car, make sure you apply for a parking permit in the Edge Hill’s car park – this will make your life much easier! Check the best route before you leave by considering roadworks and the weather, by using apps like Google Maps, Traffic England and BBC Weather. I would also suggest doing a trial run by the time your real commute comes along!

Hope you travel safely and good luck with your studies! Speak to you soon,

Anna 🙂