Edge Hill offers constant support for students no matter what the problem is, which is something I found very helpful in my first year.
I like to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I’m a natural ‘joiner’ so when I got to Edge Hill, I decided to get involved in as many things as I could, even if I’d never done them before just to meet people and make the most of being at university.
I started getting involved in student life from day one. I wrote a blog for the University about being a student and took part in a photo shoot for the prospectus (two things I never imagined I’d do!) and also became a Student Guide on open days. I really enjoy delivering campus tours. I always point out the places that swayed my decision to come here or mean something special to me, like the Rose Garden, which is so peaceful and perfect for when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
I genuinely love being at Edge Hill and that’s what drives me to volunteer my time to help out at events or do things to promote the University. I feel like Edge Hill puts so much into making sure we have a great student experience, it makes you want to give something back. Saying yes to something leads to more opportunities, it’s like a snowball effect. I’ve really surprised myself with what I’ve achieved since I’ve been here.
I’ve always loved going to museums and galleries. As a child I was fascinated by the costumed characters that helped visitors understand the exhibits and wanted to be one of those Victorian women or famous artists when I grew up! Seeing people who were interested in art, culture and history was contagious and it sparked a passion in me for learning and literature. I originally thought about becoming a teacher, but deep down I knew my interests lay beyond the classroom. Thanks to Edge Hill, I’m now doing a placement at The Atkinson, an arts centre in Southport, planning and running workshops for visitors, and I’ve discovered the kind of educator I want to be.