So Many Opportunities!

Just in case you haven’t already heard, Jennifer Saunders has just payed a visit to Edge Hill. If you ever thought that Edge Hill was the kind of uni that only invited boring, crusty old academics to whom you cannot relate, you are wrong my friend!

She gave two talks last Friday: one in the morning (aimed at Creative Writing students like yours truly) and another in the evening (which was a more general talk).

Unfortunately I had lessons in the morning, so couldn’t go to hear her pearls of wisdom, but the point is not what I get out of it, the point is that this university is a proactive one. It literally can’t stop giving students (and the rest of the community) opportunities to learn and have a good time.

The problem, it seems, is that there’s so much to do but too little time!

More Newness pt. 2

This is an update about the new features of this year for me as an English and Creative Writing Student. Now that I’ve had lessons in all my new modules, I know what the assignments are going to be like. In the poetry module, we’ll have to write a collection of poems based on exercises that we have talked about in class.

This may seem like an irrelevant thing to say, but it reminds me that the first years’ modules have changed since I did them. They have a greater number of exercises to do that are based on what you do in class.

Personally, I think this is a great idea. Some people I know pay their money to come to university, only to not attend their lectures and seminars. Where’s the sense in that? Well, most of the people I know have gotten away with it so far, but this change to assignments is a good way to encourage people to do what they signed up for.

I’m sure readers of this post don’t need any encouragement, though, and if you want to come to Edge Hill you are passionate and have enough common sense to take advantage of everything the uni has to offer!

More Newness!

One of the most exciting parts of this time of year is the starting of new things. I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions (you’re a bit late if you haven’t already started them!). No, I’m talking about new modules. I have three new’uns this semester: Beyond English as my language module (analysing the aspects of languages across the globe) along with two new Creative Writing ones. There’s a poetry module, which is all well and good, but even more interesting than that is the ‘Writers’ Workshop’.

Due to the way my course breaks down (being half Creative writing, quarter Language and quarter Literature), I don’t get chance to do a dissertation. To some people, that could be a blessing, though I would like to try my hand. Instead of this, however, in Writers’ Workshop I get to do an extended piece. I’ve chosen to do an hour-long script, which is an awesome opportunity to hone my skills and will also give me something I can give to future employers so they can get a flavour of what my writing is like.

The times they are a changin’, and I love it!

Woop!

That’s my exams over for January (one more to look forward to at the end of the year)! All assignments in too.

This is a very rare and weird period. There’s no pressure for me to do anything for a while now, but this time of life is about seizing the moment! On with my 10 minute short film (that will hopefully be produced by the Edge Hill media second year students), on with reading books for literature and on with the rest of the show!

The fun literally doesn’t stop 🙂

Bricks and Mortar

I was looking at the Edge Hill website the other day, and noticed the accommodation page(http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/accommodation/livingoncampus), and it took me back to my first year when I lived on campus. I lived in EM Butterworth (one of the halls at the back of the uni) and I didn’t know I had it so good! The rooms are £56 p.w. with utility bills, that’s your internet, electricity, gas and water all sorted.

Don’t get me wrong though, living off campus is good too. I’ve lived on Wigan Road the past two years, but when I’ve been house-hunting I’ve seen really nice properties all over Ormskirk, we’re really spoiled for choice here. It’s not hugely expensive living off campus, but you’d be lucky to find somewhere as cheap as the back halls even without utilities included.

As always with uni, though, it’s not about the money you pay, it’s the experience you get. I came to Edge Hill not knowing anyone here, and living on campus was a fantastic way to meet loads of people, keep my finger on the pulse of campus activity and, if I’m honest, be really close to lectures and the uni bar! Now that I’m out of halls I’m still getting a lot of life experience (dealing with bills, keeping the house clean etc) and, fortunately, sharing that experience with four great friends who I’ll keep in touch with for the rest of my life, most of them I met in EM Butterworth in the first year.

Newness

Mendaliv's Example ScreenplayHappy New Year everybody! Here’s hoping you have a lucky year and also make your own luck as much as possible.

I’m a strong believer in making your own luck. The harder you work, the more luck you deserve and, often, the more luck you get. This year Edge Hill is giving Creative Writing and Media students a fantastic chance to make their own luck. Basically, if we want to we can write a ten-minute short script which will get handed over to the Media department. If any of the students there like the look of it, they can make it into a film.

It’s my dream to write for the screen, and this is an absolutely fantastic opportunity. Not only is it great fun, but if by some lucky chance my script is made into a film and noticed by someone in the business… Well, I guess I’ll have to start dreaming some even bigger and better dreams!