How to Handle the Summer Break

I’m not writing this post to make you feel as though your summer break must be used to complete 2 internships, 2 months of traveling, a stint of volunteering and to learn a new skill. All whilst attending all of the hottest festivals and keeping an enviable Instagram presence. Your summer is yours and there is no wrong way to use it.

However, the summer break at university is a unique period of ‘time off’ you will likely never experience again in your life. So, the purpose of this blog post is simply to encourage you to do whatever you like with your summer – just do it with intention and awareness.

If you don’t work or only work a few hours each week and will be moving home for summer, you may be faced with a mountain of options. Do one, do them all, or do none. That’s fine. Your summer will only feel wasted if you do something you didn’t want to do. If you want to sleep in until noon, binge watch Netflix and enjoy a slower pace of life…that’s fine. If that makes you feel good, go for it.

If that doesn’t make you feel good, and you’re keen to protect your mental wellbeing as a result of that, then you could set some small, achievable goals for the summer and replace each one as you complete it. For example, you may want to be able to run 5 miles, or want to save up £500, or learn to sew your own clothes. You might want to travel to visit 3 friends in 3 different cities or sign up to volunteer in a local charity shop or children’s summer club.

You might, like me, be a mature student and have to work a lot through the summer each year. Fear not – I still take on board my own advice listed above! I set a few small goals, book in plenty of overtime so that I can enjoy a more relaxed budget for the summer months and also make sure to plan in plenty of fun things that would normally be difficult to manage when trying to work, study AND attend university. I also try to think ahead to how I can make semester 1 easier for myself when I return to university. For me, this means booking any time off work that I might need to accommodate assignments, arranging a weekend away somewhere nice before Christmas to unwind, and, most importantly, saving up some money whilst I can work more to ease the financial pressure when I go back to university in the autumn.

There is no wrong way to use your summer break, as long as what you do is making you feel happy then that is fine. Don’t let the carefully edited highlights that you see on your peers’ social media platforms get to you!

Sam xo

Getting to the Football from Edge Hill

If your an avid football fan like myself then wondering how to get down to a game at the weekend might be a question you have pondered already if you are not sure, but don’t worry Edge Hill isn’t that far away from civilization and travel links are readily available.

If you are an Everton fan looking to get to Goodison Park then the train to Liverpool Central will get you there, you can get off at various stops and catch the bus but if you would rather walk then getting off at Kirkdale is your best bet.

Alternatively for both Everton and Liverpool fans the 310 to Liverpool from Ormskirk bus station stops at Oxton Street for Goodison Park, and Woodhouse Close for Anfield, both stops are within walking distance of their respective grounds.

I personally am a Man United fan so I have to go a bit further afield by first getting the train to Liverpool central, walking across to Lime Street, (do not let Merseyrail deceive you, Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street are five minutes walk apart contrary to information I keep finding when planning my journey which lists the distance as a 40 minute walk.) I then go from Lime street to Manchester Piccadilly and then finally getting a tram down to the ground. This altogether would cost around £20 return but you can save money with a railcard which would bring the price to around £14/15 instead.  Regardless of who you support Liverpool Lime Street or Preston train station will usually be your main points of travel if going further afield.

It’s also important to keep in mind when the last buses and trains back are, I know the last train from Liverpool into Ormskirk is usually around half 12, i’m not sure about buses. Either way travel to grounds is accessible as long as you know how and plan accordingly, till next time!


How to get to Edge Hill University from John Lennon Airport!

Hey everyone! Since our first open day is happening this month (15th June), I thought that it would be useful to tell you how I get from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool to Edge Hill University the most budget friendly way. As I know some people will be flying in to Liverpool for the open days, I hope that this will help reduce the stress of travelling.

Since starting at Edge Hill University, I have gotten used to the travelling it takes to actually get from the university to the airport and vice versa in the most money efficient way rather than spending £30+ on a taxi.

This is how I personally get to Edge Hill University;

  • Locate a bus that takes me to Liverpool South Parkway – this can be via the Liverpool One bus or if you are still unsure, there should be someone around to direct you to the correct bus, do not be afraid to ask!
  • Once I get to Liverpool South Parkway, I ask for a ticket to Ormskirk (where Edge Hill University is located).
  • I can then either change at Liverpool Central or Sandhills to get on a train that is going directly to Ormskirk. I would preferably get a train from Sandhills as when I change there to get the train to Ormskirk, I am already halfway there.
  • Once I arrive at Ormskirk train station, I either walk up to the campus or take the Edge Link bus at the bus station which, normally has a charge for non Edge Hill Students but, on some open days it is free.Image result for john lennon airport


I know that this may sound quite scary especially if you are like me and not very confident with train changes but it is the cheapest way of getting to Edge Hill University. And always remember that if you are unsure about where to go or what train to get/change to, do not hesitate to ask someone.

Alternatively, you can book a taxi from John Lennon Airport to the University or hire a car for the day but, like I said, this can be quite expensive.

I hope that some of you find this useful. I wish someone had told me how to get to the University from the airport when I first flew over as it would have saved a lot of confusion and detours…

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

“Dare to ask questions. There are answers to any question.”

-Lailah Gifty Akita-

Moving Out

Hi guys, considering it’s what most students will be doing around this time, I thought it would be a good idea to  talk about moving out of accommodation for the summer and what to expect when it’s your time to do the same.

Whether you live on or off campus you will probably be expected to have the place tidy for when you leave, obviously out of courtesy but also because it’s usually in the contract to leave the place in the state you first found it and naturally you would want to avoid any possible dispute. This can be tedious, especially if your room’s a bit of a mess come summer time after being bogged down in work but just take it step by step and you should end up with a floor you can actually see! I always take photographs of the place before I leave just in case any issues arise afterwards you can say “yes it was left tidy”.

Throwing away food will probably be necessary, in my experience no matter how hard I tried I always ended up having to throw away food because I keep buying stuff. Just make sure you  make sure it needs to be thrown away, certain stuff can be fine to keep onto next year if your in the same flat. Additionally if you are in  uni halls it’s worth offering spare food to your flatmates who may be staying longer, who can argue with free food?

In terms of travel, coming from Northern Ireland I have brought stuff back by car on the boat as I have too much stuff to take on the plane so that will be an option for some if you live somewhere overseas.  If you don’t have that option there are moving companies which will transport your boxes of stuff for a fee.

Also, if living on campus you have to let the uni know when your leaving and most importantly remember to drop your keys off to the security hut, or if off campus, return to the estate agents/landlord.

Hope this helps, thanks for reading.



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


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 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!

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 🙂

How are you getting to Uni?

So how are you thinking of getting to uni? Well, there are a bunch of ways you can get to and from uni! The method I use to committing to uni is walking but that’s only because my uni house is located only a few streets away from Edgehill. It only took around 10/15 minutes which is fab!

If you’re traveling by car it’s important that you account for all the things that will make your journey easier! Like making sure there is enough petrol in your car, there is nothing worse that running out of petrol! So my advice is to always keep your car above the quarter level on the petrol gauge! Then you can be sure that you will never run out!

Also make sure you can account for traffic, sometimes the traffic coming in and out of Ormskrik can get fairly busy! So I’d suggest doing a few trial runs seeing how long it takes you to get there! There is nothing more frustrating than being late to your lecture or tutorial. So remember to always set off that bit earlier to be on the safe side! It’s always better to be early than late!

If you live in Ormskrik and your way of commuting would be to walk, like me, then I would do either do a couple trial runs to make sure you are taking the right route when it comes to the main day or set off extra early! There are lots of entrances to Edgehill, so on your trial walks, try spot out some of the gates that’s you can use, you never know, taking these shortcuts could save you a load of time and prevent you from doing any unnecessary walking!

So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to commuting to and from Edgehill! Hope to see you soon!


All I think about recently is travelling. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but with assignment deadlines and exams fast approaching, I need to get my head in the game (Cheesy blast from the past with HSM, am I right?).


I miss America. Buy me a one way ticket to NYC and I’d never come back. I want to see everything and when I say everything I mean everything. I know that is physically impossible, but that won’t stop me from trying. France, Germany, China, Greece, THE WORLD, ahhh I just want to put my backpack on and set off.

But sadly I’m here, stuck in Ormskirk, reading books and stressing over exams… it’ll all be worth it, right?

Exams are stressful, there’s no two ways about them. When it comes to exams I have some useful tips which will hopefully help you out.

1- I love post-it-notes. Stick them everywhere you can. Shower doors, on your ceiling, all around your room. BUT, remember to look at them. There’s literally no point going to the effort of making them, if you’re not going to use them!

2- Cram/Don’t cram. I’ve always been told that you should never cram read the day before an exam… but for me, it actually helps. I don’t read loads, but revising key points actually relaxes me. If cramming is a bad choice for you, just relax and no doubt you’ll do great, whichever approach you take.

3- Take extra pens. The amount of people who used to arrive to college exams and either ask for a pen from not having one/ask for a pen from it not working, was ridiculous. Remember it’s better to have too many than too little, so yeah, take extra!

Anyway good luck on upcoming exams and college deadlines! I’m sure you’ll do amazing!

But for now, I’ll just plan for the future and pray that I will be ticking things off my bucket list before I know it. Fingers crossed ay.

Until next time…:)


Travel, travel, travel…

If I won the lottery what would I do?


After uni (and when I’ve saved up enough money), I want to go travelling around Europe. I constantly daydream about where I’d go, the sites I’d want to see and how long I’d stay in each place. Travelling 2

I’ve been pretty lucky so far, in that I’ve managed to tick a lot of places off my bucket list. Places such as New York City, Rome and Amsterdam are now distant memories, but some of my favourite at that.

The plan (dream) is to go inter-railing using the Eurostar, starting in Norway and then heading clockwise around Europe before ending back in London. I have a list of must see sites, including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the remains of the Berlin wall. I then have a list of places I want to travel through just to see their culture, including: Athens, Copenhagen, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Prague and Lisbon… so not many then.

Anyway that’s the plan/dream/hope. I first need to get my degree. And then a job. And then enough money to make it worth my while going. So it seems like I need to get my head down and start working.

By the way, UCAS’ deadline has been and gone (15th Jan) so if you have questions or queries about your form, check out for help.

Until next time…:)