It’s Like a Heatwave!

Right now there’s only one word on everyone’s lips, and that’s ‘sunshine’! I’ve touched on some of the good things about Ormskirk before – the beer gardens and whatnot. The day today has just emphasised how fun the market town really is, for me, and I want to tell you about the things you can do when you come to study at Edge Hill (I can’t promise it’s all very mature though!).

So me and some of my friends were originally planning to go to Park Pool, a gym and pool located in Coronation Park. We went there mid-afternoon in the fantastic weather and most of Ormskirk seemed to be there sunbathing, having a kick-around and slurping on an ice-cream. It was thriving, but not packed like sardines in a can, and if we hadn’t been going swimming I’d have loved to lounge around on the grass for the afternoon. Unfortunately the pool closed at 3 pm on Sundays, but guess who came to our rescue?

Edge Hill, of course! Their Sunday pool sessions currently run from 4-5.30 pm, meaning that, after stocking up on water guns in B&M Bargains, we were raring to go (only cost those of us without a membership a pound, cheap at twice the price! There are memberships currently available at Edge Hill’s Sporting Edge that allow free use of the pool though).

So we went there, having a little waterfight along the way, and had a great time at the pool as well. It was lovely to cool down in the water, a fun way to spend time with friends and meet new people but also a fantastic way to stay in shape. I apologise for the ‘diary-style’ post today, but I hope you see why I wanted to share with you the best day of summer 2012 so far!

Don’t Be A Stranger

So as the uni year draws to a close for more and more students at Edge Hill, what’s going to happen now? Is the university closing its doors, battening down the hatches and generally going into hibernation? NO! Of course it’s not, Edge Hill is still very much alive with activity, and you might want to come and experience it.

Whatever stage you’re in for applying to university, still come and have a look. If you’re unsure where you want to go to study, then there’s really nothing like a visit to inform you. Not only do you get more information on your course, but also you’ll get a flavour of the campus and Ormskirk. When I was applying, I even came here after making my choices with UCAS, partly because I liked the place so much but also to familiarise myself with it a bit more. Here’s a link to the open day page on the Edge Hill website with dates and booking information http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/events/opendays.

There are other reasons to come and visit too, such as going to the Rose Theatre, Edge Hill’s on-campus theatre. This is a great way to get the Edge Hill experience without being on an open day, you’ll get to see the campus and test out some of the facilities, all while being entertained. Can’t be bad, right? I’ve got my eye on an upcoming production by Edge Hill students called Wonderland: The Trials of Alice which is on the 25th and 26th of this month. It’s completely open to the public, as the Short Cuts cinema is too, so don’t be shy! Come down and have a good time 🙂 Here’s a link to the Rose Theatre website for more details and opportunities to see something amazing http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/rosetheatre/whatson.

So, what are you waiting for? Make sure that after you visit you come back soon!

Better than a Hammock

I had my last ever assessment for my degree last Friday. An exam for ‘Beyond English’, where I wrote an essay on semantics, was my finale to three years’ worth of work, and I think it went okay. This isn’t a post about what I’m up to, though, I’d actually like to tell you a story about the build up to this exam, and how it shows the level of support given to each and every student at Edge Hill.

It was Thursday, the day before my exam, and I was at home busy revising when I got a call on my mobile. I wasn’t expecting a call, but when I picked it up it was someone from the Edge Hill offices, telling me that the room for the exam had changed. I hear sometimes from my friends at other universities how bad they are at communication with their students, and I think that’s a real shame. At Edge Hill, the tutors are all really confident about using the online learning tools (namely ‘Learning Edge’, which you’ll become well acquainted with upon arrival!) and tell you about upcoming changes and the like as soon as possible. In this case, with the change happening so soon, they actually took the time to ring around all the affected students so that they’d be made aware.

That to me indicates a fantastic level of support. I’d say it was even better than a hammock!

Building Up Momentum

I’m sorry if this sounds like I’m bragging, but I’ve just been published. If you think I’m happy you’re right 🙂 One of Edge Hill’s many publications is a magazine devoted to poetry and photography called Question Mark. After writing a collection of four poems for my Experimental Writing module, the tutor suggested that people submit them to the magazine and that, fortunately, has just paid off.

To me, this is Edge Hill’s commitment to students summarised very neatly. They care about giving you opportunities, they care about developing your transferable skills and, above all, they care about getting you a job at the end of your course. Through doing my course, where I’ve learned so much about creative writing, and being given an opportunity to be published, I can now put on my CV that my work has appeared in a respected magazine. It really couldn’t be any easier and rewarding!

If you think that’s it though, think again! There’s a crime fiction competition that the uni holds in memory of a great tutor, who I’ve had the pleasure to work with, Jo Powell who passed away last year. I’ve recently submitted a story to this competition, and am awaiting the results eagerly. I just can’t stress enough how supported I feel, the amount of options and opportunities I’m getting and taking advantage of, it really is fantastic. I’m so pleased that I’m building up momentum towards my dreams, and because I went to Edge Hill I’m sure that will continue.