My first Semester: Thoughts and Opinions

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My absence from the blog has been unacceptably notable as of late. But I will be honest, a large part in that has been the fact that I have started University. I started at Edge Hill University on the 21st of September 2015. I can safely say that these have been some of the funnest and most interesting months of my life thus far.

A lot of that has to do with the changes I have had to make. Not least in my living arrangements. Whilst here, I’m living almost full-time in Ormskirk. I moved out of Whiston the day prior to my first day. I packed my bags and I was gone. And then I was back 5 minutes later, because I forgot my phone charger. Whoops.

It was very easy to settle in here. I actually don’t live on Campus. I live with my Grandad and my Uncle Niall. The benefit to this is a cheaper rent. The downside is geography. It is a 40 something minute walk from here to Campus. Fortunately, I can shave about 20 minutes off it by getting the student bus. Ormskirk town, if you have never been, is an ancient market town, which still thrives to this day. I’ve been going for ages now, and I have seen it become more student friendly. Much to the chagrin of the older residents. Though they have been here longer, I don’t think a lot of them realise the changes their town has been through. I don’t know. If I were them, I’d have been more upset over the loss of local business to national companies. At least our bars are local. Except Weatherspoons.

The Edge Hill Campus is huge. There is a mixture of old and new buildings. Though much more new than of the older buildings, due to the rate we’re expanding. While there’s a lot of local blood here, it is a very cosmopolitan campus, some of us live outside of Ormskirk in Liverpool, Skelmersdale, Preston, St Helens, Whiston (me). But the amount of people from other countries is more than I thought. I’ve met Americans, Chinese, Africans, Brazillians. It gives the University a lot of character.

There’s also a lot of activities. The SU is always holding events, and the various societies hold many socials that anyone can attend, and its all in good fun. Jack, the head of the History society, is a good role model, and I have a lot of respect for him.

My course is History and Politics. While many of my peers do all the History topics, I have opted out of some of them to facilitate my Politics work. This means I leave early on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I am not in at all on the Wednesdays. As for Friday, Im in ’til 6pm on that day. Woo. Still, its a laugh in Politics. Our lecturer is a funny guy, and he knows his stuff. A lot of our lecturers have some character to them. While some lectures are more fun than others, it is never a dull moment. From Roger’s dry humour, to Paddy’s anecdotes. It is worth going.

My friends are cool also. Luke is one of them. Its nice to finally meet with someone with a similar taste in music and politics to me. Haydn, Debra, Tory Luke, and Aimee have all been a stable rock for me in my first few days, after getting to know them. Admittedly I am a pain, but your friendship means a lot. Some other friends of mine include Harry, Molly, ¬†and a whole bunch of other people. Then there’s the people I already knew, from high school or otherwise. I don’t see them much but its nice to bump into them. I even met one of my internet friends!

The work is something that I didn’t have as much of a struggle with as I first thought. Alright, accessing the online portal was hard, and writing my first proper essay since Sixth form was a little hard at first (I remind you, before Uni, I did nothing for 3 months, at least nothing academically). While I don’t regard my first assignment as some of my most groundbreaking work, It does feel good to get back on the driver’s seat and do stuff.

Dealing with the change has been the hardest part. big change of pace and scope compared to college. And Im not in Whiston anymore, so I miss things, lik my Mum’s birthday. I had help here and there, from Jameel my learning facilitator, who helped me keep my eye on the prize. I was a little annoyed initially wit my friends, but they’re dealing with it too, with less help then me, so I get it.

Overall, University has been a good experience. People want to be there, they paid to be there, and there’s no distractions. You can do your work without apathetic people disrupting you, as is common in College and High School. Im enjoying it, and everyday, it becomes better and better.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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