New York, New York

I’m writing this from the lobby of Hostelling International in New York City! At the moment I’m just waiting for the bus to get here to take us to the airport to go home, but this is the end of a truly amazing week!

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Mural in the lobby of the Hostel

We arrived here on Monday evening US time, after having been awake since 3am the previous day to travel from Edge Hill to Heathrow, then fly to JFK, but the first evening out in Times Square made that completely worth it!

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Times Square

The trip has been completely organised by the Computing Department at Edge Hill, and was really well priced for everything that was included. It cost just £860 for the trip, which included:

  • Transfers to and from Edge Hill
  • Flights from Heathrow to JFK
  • Transfers to and from the hostel
  • Stay at Hostelling International
  • Ferry to Liberty Island and Staten Island
  • Entry to the Empire State Building
  • One week subway pass giving unlimited travel on the subway system

If all that wasn’t enough, the hostel also run a variety of tours and other activities that range are either included in the stay or come at a small extra fee. Although I didn’t go on any of them, I’ve heard from other people that they are a really good way to see extra things in the city.

I think the best parts of the trip for me have been:

  • Visiting the Ground Zero memorial
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9/11 Memorial

  • Going up the Empire State Building
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View from the Empire State Building

  • and making a brilliant new group of friends!
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Breakfast at Metro Diner

so I’d definitely recommend going on this trip next year for any of you who are coming to Edge Hill in September! Watch out for the information in Fresher’s Week!!

 

 

All over…for now!

So, I finished uni for first year completely last Wednesday at 10:30am when my exam finished! And yet, I have still been on campus most days! As you can probably guess from that, there have been a few things going on here since classes and exams have finished:

  • First Year Transition Meeting

This was a meeting which the Computing Department held straight after our exam to talk to us about what we should expect from second year and need to do over the summer to prepare. I know you might not expect to have “summer homework” from university, but its not really that…its more just things to practice really…like not stopping programming for 4 months!!

  • New York Trip!

Its now less than a week until I go to New York with the university too, which is no doubt going to be an amazing trip! Its still going to be running next year as far as I know, so I’ll post again about it when I get back, but so far I’d definitely say if you get the chance to go, do it!

  • Peter Tatchell Event

As you might have seen from my post a while ago, Peter Tatchell came in to give a talk titled “The Unfinished Battle For LGBT Rights”. This went really well, and we had about 100 people who attended!

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Some of the LGBT+ Society at the Peter Tatchell Event

  • IDAHO

This is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, which is today. At the moment, I’m sitting in the Hub with others from the LGBT+ society here at Edge Hill, encouraging people to submit “Post Secrets” to us (give it a search if you don’t know what it is) and generally raising awareness 🙂 I’ll probably post some pictures from this once I have some 🙂

Well, that’s it for now. Good luck with exams if you have any this week, and don’t panic too much!

The Final Stretch

This is my last week in uni for first year, and to be honest, I’m only timetabled to be in for about 2 hours! One for an exam, and one for a transition meeting. As you may have guessed from last post about exams back in January, I tend to panic at the last minute because I don’t feel I know enough, but this semester I’ve followed as much of my own advice as possible. I’ve finally gotten used to revising from a computer screen instead of needing everything on paper, which means that at last I don’t need to print off EVERY powerpoint presentation we’ve been given. For anyone that hates exams and is coming to Edge Hill to do Computing, don’t worry, the exams in first year aren’t as scary as you may think. They are multiple choice for the most part, and as long as you have good attendance, and follow the revision guidance the tutors give you they’ll be fine! I’m feeling fairly confident about my Computer Systems Architecture exam on Wednesday, but we’ll see how I feel after I’ve done it!

Despite only needing to be in for 2 hours all week, in reality I’m probably going to be on campus most days, trying to organise society stuff. I’m running as Vice President for the LGBT+ society for next year, so I’ve been helping to organise events that we have coming up to get ready for running my own campaigns come September, which means that I’ve been sticking up posters to advertise the public lecture we have this week (see my post a couple of weeks ago if you want to know more) and making campaign videos and having meetings with staff at the uni to find out what more we can do next year. Its all exciting times and I’ll no doubt write more about what we are doing later, but for now, I should probably go do some revision!