Just One of Many

In this post, I’m going to be talking a bit more about some of the sports and activities facilities and what they do around campus at Edge Hill. It’s following on from my post ‘Plan of Action’ (http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/martin/2012/03/04/plan-of-action/), so you might want to check that out if you haven’t already.

This is a true story about my first year at Edge Hill, and it’s one I think people should know because it can be quite a daunting thing for some people, coming to a big ol’ university from a familiar environment. It started, as a great many new experiences will for you, with the Fresher’s Fair when a representative from Sporting Edge (that’s the sports centre on campus) handed out some fliers. In amongst the list of prices and classes was a bunch of tokens for free trial lessons of yoga, pilates and the like.

I thought of myself as more of a gym or badminton person, and at first turned my nose up at doing pilates. It was only when one of my new mates from halls asked if I’d go along with him that I gave it a chance, but I’m so glad I did. The experience of the class was great, it was really well run and they were supportive of beginners, but for me the main thing was that I was getting out there, meeting new people and not sitting around in my room like a hermit.

I checked out the fresher’s fair this year, held in the new HUB building, and Sporting Edge were still handing out their freebies, so hopefully they carry on doing it when you arrive. So I guess the point of this post, now I’m reaching the end of it, is to reinforce just how many chances you are given at Edge Hill to get out there, have a blast, socialise and learn new things. Pilates is just one of many opportunities…

I Spy With My Little Eye…

A new sculpture on campus (sorry, this was supposed to be posted last Wednesday, but apparently my new phone doesn’t like my laptop so I can’t upload a picture of what I’m talking about)! It’s outside the library, so if you’re on an open day you can see it there (sorry!).

I know that might not seem all that newsworthy, especially compared to the building of The HUB, but I think it’s important. For a lot of students, coming to uni means staying away from home for long periods of time. We have folk coming here from all over the country and beyond, and it’s easy to miss home, friends and family. But, apart from being in the nice town of Ormskirk and near the great cities of Liverpool and Manchester, the campus itself at Edge Hill does its best to keep vibrant. After all, it’s one of the main reasons why I chose Edge Hill over some of the other places offering the degree I wanted

This is something not a lot of other universities have thought about, and it means that some students are having to spend time not just away from the familiar, but in a dull and, sometimes, depressing environment (I won’t name any universities in particular…). When you come to Edge Hill, though, it’s so easy to feel at home. If you haven’t heard that we have a lake on site, then you really haven’t researched your uni very well! But yeah, the lake, the ducks, the sculptures and the greenery all make the campus a place you actually want to be, even over home!