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Fudging mother fudger, I’ve graduated.

*oh wow. so many people have spoken.

Yes, University of the year, HOLLAAAAAAAA

Can we get this over and done with- I’m nervous in a way that’s making me afraid of my bodily functions.

Oh crap. Oh fug, oh fug, oh fug.

I’m wearing a tassely square on my head and my gown makes me look like Professor snape.snape 2

I’m going to fall aren’t I? The Dean is going to lol her socks off at me… no she won’t she’ll help. Oh god that’s so much worse. Don’t help me. THE SHAME. Maybe if I just cover myself in my snapey cloak it will just carry on as normal. Work around me. Yes that’s sensible.

Oh no. It’s my go.

The person infront first. Waity wait.

They said my name.

Here it is.

NORMAL. HUMAN. STEPS.

Smile a bit.

Shakey hand.

It’s over…

BREATHE.

heart feels like its trying to escape from chest.

Oh, shit.

Okay, don’t panic.

Okay,

this is the first day of the rest of my life.

I’ll just have a glass of bubbly, celebrate with my close ones and cry when I get home.

Just kidding…*

CONGRATULATIONS YOU’VE GRADUATED

So don’t panic, here are some tips to help you through…

1.The real world is  more fun than actual adults tell you

Of course, it’s not gonna be how you thought it would be when you were 5. 

People who have been in their job for years are of courrrrrse gonna have their beef with their job- just like you have your beef when Netflix pauses to load. (Why in the name of all things good and holy does the Wi-fi do this to us half way through ‘American Horror Story’ I will never understand.)emma stone

Just wave those people off, concentrate on how exciting it is to have a new job or NOT having job (!!) It’s okay to be in this position, we’re young and please- you’ve just left student life- an adjustment period is necessary…

2. Your degree won’t go to waste

What you need to remember is that, just because the job you get isn’t in the area you necessarily did your degree in doesn’t make it useless! You have something called transferable skills…

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So, for example, for every graduate, you have the transferable skills of writing essays- sounds stupid- but you can form a coherent argument and deliver it in such a way that employers look for! Never fear!

3. Don’t give up on your pals

Distance makes it harder, beliiiiiiiiieve me I understand- but your friends are probably feeling as poo as you. Give them a ring, a cheeky text everynow and again. Meeting up is gonna have to be arranged in advances and penciled into the diary.

Actual organisation, right?

4. Don’t be jel..

Things are going to go absolutely perfectly for one of your friends and you’re gonna be sitting there with your cup of tea and packet, yes packet, of biscuits wondering what the even heck you’ve done wrong.what the fuck

Literally, don’t panic- keep searching. Dip your biccy in your tea as you browse through jobs online- no pressure.

5. Don’t take the first job you get offered if its not what you want

On that note- don’t just accept the first job that comes along- choose what’s right for you.
Don’t worry if you have to take a job in a bar to keep you going in between finding what you really want to do, but don’t settle. Don’t give up.

You’ve got this.

6. Closure

Don’t become ‘that guy’ who just consistently says how ‘Uni was the best years of my life’, ‘I miss it’, ‘I just want to go back’.
If you want to go back- DO IT you’re alumni, have a cheeky nosy around- hell do a masters- but only if it’s what you want. Don’t just do Higher education for the student life…dont give up

Okay, I hope this was useful.

I know those probably haven’t calmed your nervy nerves- maybe it’s ignited them. If so- oops, I am very sorry, don’t panic, I have a breakfasty snack drawer in my office and I am partially willing to share.
But I genuinely just want to remind you that, as Queen Tanya Byron/other magical beret wearing officials will have said in the ceremony whilst wavering about in front of the degree giving stick (I swear it’s a real thing)- you have done something incredible. It may not have seemed it- for me going to uni was something that was forced down my neck in personal tutor classes, we HAD to write a personal statement, it was a second thought. Uni was just part of the process but good god. We’ve done it. We’ve got ourselves degrees. That’s actually a massive thing & despite life ahead seeming all a bit daunting, loomy and pressurey (maybs)- never fear– You’ve done something spectacular and you are fully capable of doing something equally as spectacular again… Even if you have to remind yourself by spooning your certificate sometimes.

VP Welfare, out.

bye


Rosie Makes a Post: VP Ac. Rep

Heyo!

I’m Rosie McKenna, and as you may or may not know, I’m your Vice President Academic Representation for 2015/2016, and Edge Hill Student’s Union’s first ever VP Ac. Rep!

Let me explain that;

As you will know if you attended our annual members meeting last year, (or voted in the elections, or just have a general idea of what’s happening in the SU,) the Vice Presidential roles within the SU changed, so instead of the faculty based system that we had previously, we now have roles that are remit-specific. So in simple terms, instead of VP Faculty of Arts and Sciences, VP Faculty of Health and Social Care & VP Faculty of Education, we now Have VP Activities, VP Welfare (who is the author of the previous blog,) and VP Academic Representation.

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The presidential role has stayed the same though, no change to that one.

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So, what have I, VP Academic Rep, been doing since I came into post?

Well, we’ve all been training. Having introductory meetings, learning what it means to be a trustee of a charity, and just getting to grips with our roles.

We’ve also been planning out what campaigns we want to run this year, going through what last years team ran, deciding what we want to carry on with, and looking at our own manifestos and dropping those into the calendar for the year. Which I think is super exciting! As a team we’ve come up with some stellar ideas, and I’m so excited to share them with you lot!

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Though apparently I do that a lot…. (In joke, soz.)

I’ve also been going to meetings to work on a student submission for QAA, (Quality Assurance Agency,) where basically I need to gather information on what you guys really think of the uni! (Don’t worry about that yet though, I’ll let you know when I need you. Don’t all queue up at once…)

We’re also changing how course reps and societies work, and I’ll be working on the new course rep training system, delivering that when you guys get elected. (Because you will need to actually be properly elected now, more information on that coming soon!)

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vote anything ze says…. I don’t even know.

So yes, it’s been a busy first few weeks, mostly laying plans. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year, and putting these plans into action!

VP Ac. Rep, out!

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The end is near…..

We’re getting to that time of year again when exams are finishing, and final assignments are being handed in, at the same time many students (and staff!) will have one eye firmly fixed on the impending summer break. (I’m not getting massively excited, we’ve probably already had the best weather we’re going to have all year)

In the background the new halls of residence for September 2013 are starting to take some shape, as is the refurbishment of the performing arts building.

I often find in the academic calendar that this is normally a good time to look back and reflect on what the last year has looked like, and what the year ahead looks like it might hold. So with that in mind, I’d like to explore some possible discussion points and maybe throw a couple questions at you.

This time last year, The Students’ Union was two little offices in the street alongside the likes of the laundrette and the University Club Bar. Now, you’ll find us on the top floor of the hub (I’ll come on to the hub in a sec) in a more open and stylish space. Has this change made the Students’ Union more accessible to you? Or increased your awareness of the Students’ Union?

What about the hub in general? A £14 million pound building at the heart of the campus, what has the hub been for you? Is it what you expected it or wanted it to be? Is there something still missing from campus that you would have liked to see instead or along with the hub?

Next year, first year students at Edge Hill will be paying £9000 for their university experience, what should students expect from increased fees? How much is the relationship between learner and teacher likely to change with increased fees?

Mmmmmm, something to think about perhaps, I feel I’ve gone more philosophical than usual in this blog, but that being said, they are all questions that should be asked. I don’t think anyone is deluded enough to consider that our current HE system is stable, it’s in the middle of probably the biggest transition it’s ever been through, The student voice has never been more important, both Nationally and locally.

I’ve gone on for far too long on this, it’s on the verge of becoming another mini-series, and nobody wants that again! Once is quite enough.

Anyway, as always I’d welcome any comments or questions etc. feel free to leave a comment on the blog or to e-mail/phone me directly with any thoughts you may have, suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk/01695 657311

Thanks again for reading

Billy