The low-down on Freshers’ Week

Freshers’ week is basically a transition week where you become familiar with the uni, what’s available, the people and of course…the nightlife! During freshers’ week you will attend lectures which allow you to become accustomed to your new environment and the expectation of university.

However, it isn’t all as serious as this… you’ve probably heard of the freshers’ fair, at Edge Hill this occurs in the Hub where it’s filled with freebies and information from loads of different companies, local businesses and the uni itself.

However you probably haven’t heard of the cohort of societies that recruit freshers’ during this fair, there are a whole host of societies depending on your interests, best of all you can join more than one!

There are so many I’d be here forever listing them to you, so for a look click here to have a browse on what’s on offer to you in September! If there’s nothing that takes your fancy, you can always create your own society, there is more information about this on the link above (on the left of the screen.)

The nightlife during freshers’ week is crazy, there is always something going on with a few famous faces cropping up (i.e. Basshunter and Danny Howard!), and night trips to Liverpool to the nightclub Level.

It is certainly the most amazing and craziest week of the year and not one to be missed out on!

I hope you’re just as excited as me!

Primary Education – Placement

With teaching, comes experience. An awful lot of experience. So much so, that unless given permission to do so, talking about ‘little Billie’ and his ability to add two numbers together is forbidden outside of the classroom. Seriously considering introducing an “it’s okay to talk about placement right now” coupon scheme with my flat mates.

With having began my course of Primary Education here at Edge Hill University, I was so excited to finally be learning things actually relevant to my future, rather than all that trigonometry malarkey drilled into my naive head a few years back now. Terribly pointless – we’ve all been there.

Seminars and lectures cutting the small talk and getting straight down to business; safeguarding, the curriculum and placement.

Whilst feeling so vulnerable and raw, once having began what had felt like a whole new life, being informed that I’d be ‘shipped off’ to an unfamiliar school setting within just 2 months for 8 weeks.. 8 WHOLE WEEKS.. that’s 40 DAYS (*faints*). The thought was terrifying.. but I never thought I’d see myself where I am now.

Edge Hill University has been thoroughly supportive through this hectic yet super exciting time as I begin my journey of training, adapting and developing. I’ve grown so much already! Each morning, seeing my class walk in with a seemingly large smile on their innocent faces as they shout; “good morning Miss Pickering!!” never fails to put a smile on my face as I’m reminded why I chose to follow through with this stressful but magical career. (Although I must admit, it more often than not goes something like “Miss Pickerinsgings” – don’t ask).

So you’ve probably got a lot of questions – I know I certainly did. It’s a terrifying thought, but it’s so important in your self-development to become and outstanding teacher. I truly feel as though Edge Hill guided me through this process with their hand in mine, guiding me through the treacherous forest out into the yellow meadows. Ways in which they do this includes;

  • A professional practice partner – another year one student just like yourself in either the same class or school as you!
  • Edge Hill trying their best to make sure you’re in a school/location most convenient for yourself.
  • Providing you with all the information and documents you could ever possibly need to fill you in on all of their expectations of you.
  • Allowing you to claim back fuel and accommodation expenses.
  • Excellent support and guidance from staff such as your visiting tutor and personal tutor.
  • And much, much more!

Please don’t hesitate to comment below with any questions you may have!



So what’s new?

Hey guys, just a quick one…

So, what’s new in the life of Jen? Well, I have recently been to V Festival and had an amazing time but since I’ve gotten home I’ve clicked into gear and continued the preparation for my dissertation. I realise that this year is going to be one of the hardest of my life so I am doing as much as I can this summer to steady the ship for when I get back and prepare myself in the best way possible. I have used a variety of sources to prepare for my dissertation, which will focus on the impact of the troubles in Northern Ireland upon the youth, such as journals; books; Ebooks; podcasts and documentaries.

I am very excited to get stuck into my new modules this year as well as balancing my dissertation alongside my part-time job. Hopefully this year I will immerse myself in a range of activities around EHU and finish my university experience on a high.

Enjoy your freshers experience and I hope to see some of you around the campus.

Until next time…:)

Sleep, I miss you dearly!

When I left home I said goodbye to a lot of things that had previously been a constant in my life. Family, friends, home luxuries and the one that breaks my heart the most… SLEEP! Obviously the goodbye would only be for a short while, as I would be home during the Christmas, Easter and summer period. However I feel like I haven’t slept in forever.

I don’t want to put you off uni, but say goodbye to sleep. For 3 years you are going to be sleep walking around, wondering what it used to feel like to have sleep in your life. During my first year I think I averaged about 5 hours per night. I’d say you’re tired 30% from uni (attending lectures and seminars, along with the workload), 60% from your social life (you’re a fresher so enjoy year one as much as you can!) and 10% from, well, even I don’t know what I was doing with my life the rest of the time… but this will be my anything else category (gym, travelling, work, etc).

My first year consisted of cheap vodka, drinking games (it’s safe to say ‘never have I ever’ and ‘ring of fire’ were practically routine when it came to pre-drinking) and partying 24/7 (exaggerating of course, but you get the picture). Heading into year 2 I thought I’d get my sleeping pattern back, blaming drunk me for losing it last year… but this was a mistake. Last year I thought the drunken-antics/partying/’go hard or go home’ attitude was the reason I was missing sleep so much, but it wasn’t. This year a lot has changed when it comes to my social life. We still go out (not as often) but uni is definitely our main priority. I think this year, my sleeping has been ruined from studying and spending more hours in the library than in bed. I only hope that I find it again soon. Roll on summer 2015 so I can sleep it away.

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Dreading year 3’s sleeping pattern… but it’ll be worth it in the end, right?


Until next time…:)