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Well, well.. even though it might seem like this post is directed predominantly to a female audience, I believe that some of the gents might be interested in 'My Top 5 Places to Pamper Yourself' in Kingston. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the places, where you are bound to relax and forget about reality.

  • 1. David Lloyd - Kingston: Yes, indeed the gym! Mind you, not just any gym. Not only is their equipment superb but they also have an excellent swimming pool, sauna and hot tub. After a session there, you will feel heavenly. Trust me! While the membership is pricy, they have different kinds of memberships and I believe that if you go with 3-4 more people, you are bound to receive a discount.
  • 2. Lush - Kingston: Conveniently located at the heart of Kingston, at the marketplace, Lush is among my favourites. Whether you are looking for skincare, cosmetics, bath bombs or shower gel, you are bound to find all of these there. The added bonus is that the products are indeed lush and they smell divine. Thus, relaxation at your home is guaranteed!
  • 3. Space NK - Kingston: I agree that this is not the most student-friendly place but let's face it- sometimes it is the only answer when you hair is misbehaving or your skin is having, ahem, a bad week. They have some of the best quality skincare and cosmetics. My personal favourites? - Oribe (hair), Sarah Chapman (skincare), NARS (cosmetics). Yeah, you will tank me later. ;) Space NK in Kingston is conveniently located in the heart of town, in close proximity to the market place.
  • 4. Beauty Within - Penrhyn Road: Need to trim your eyebrows, in need of some waxing or a massage? Yup, Beauty Within will sort all of these for you. What's best, you get a student discount on certain days of the week. Woop! Beauty Within is located on Penrhyn Road, on the same side of the street, as the university.
  • 5. Pretty Nails KT - Penrhyn Road: Located right across from Beauty Within is my personal favourite place. The people working at Pretty Nails KT are warm and they will welcome you with tea or coffee. I highly recommend using their services and you also receive student discount throughout the whole week. Be it shellac, a new top coat, gel manicure or a pedicure, Pretty Nails KT is the place to go!

Okay, I admit it: some of these are not the most manly places. However, I do think guys think about the way they look, so I suggest you take a second look at the places mentioned above before you dismiss them completely. Hope I helped in your transition to Kingston!

 

Hello guys! My name is Doreen. I am a midwifery student. I am currently in my third and final year of my studies. My student experience at Kingston University has been amazing if I could do it all over again I definitely would.I hope you like my day in the life!

8.00am - Getting ready for uni

Doreen day in the life - 8am

Getting ready for university everyday takes me about nearly 2 hours. It only takes 1 hour if I woke up late and you will know I woke up late because I will have no make- up on or be dressed really casual.

My make-up and hair is what usually takes up my morning. Top tip - if you want to look good in the morning wake up early!

10.00am - Breakfast and a much needed hot chocolate

Doreen day in the life - 10am

Having breakfast at the St George's university site. Because I woke up late that day I missed breakfast. Therefore I spent £2.55 on breakfast. Top tip students always make time for breakfast at home. It saves you money.

Most people drink coffee in during lectures to stay awake. My weakness is costa hot chocolate. I need my hot chocolate every morning. So I can have a full breakfast at home, but as soon as the clock strikes 10am hot chocolate is needed.

1.00pm - Working with my friend at a uni event

Doreen day in the life - 1pm

This is a picture of my colleague and I. We have just finished working at the postgraduate open day as part of our Kingston Uni ambassador job. We are smiling through our tiredness because we love our job so much!

8.00pm - Meeting with the Christian society

Doreen day in the life - 8pm

I am a part of a Christian society at Kingston University. The society is called Living word. At Kingston there is a society for everyone. I would encourage prospective students to join a society when they arrive at university as this will give you an opportunity to meet students with similar interest and beliefs as yourself.

The picture taken was at the end as not everyone wanted to be in the picture, it's not always that empty!

10.00pm - Travel into central London and home

Doreen day in the life - 10pm

Getting my train form Surbiton station. The route from Surbiton to Waterloo is quicker than Kingston to Waterloo.

Surbiton station is 10 minutes from the university or 5 minutes on bus. Since staring university the trains have been my favourite type of transport...ha ha.

I arrive at Piccadilly circus for a mini get together with my work colleagues from my local cinema. I spent an hour with them, it was a busy day!

Then i get an empty train carriage home all to myself, whooop! I took a selfie after taking this picture.

1.00am - Bed at last!

Doreen day in the life - 1am

Phew, in my bed with just enough time for a quick selfie after a super busy day. Behind me is my teddy bear Malachi, I've had him since primary school.

See more of the KU student's Day in the Life here.

 

I can't believe how much my life has changed from being a student! I never thought it would happen, but I now wake up at 6.30 - 7 am naturally, and don't want to cry at the thought of getting out of bed.

My average day consists of getting the 8.08 am train from Sutton station to London Blackfriars,;the views from Blackfriars station make my mornings so much better than the fast walk to University along Ewell Road. That and the David Beckham poster that covers the Sutton station wall. I must thank Sky for their excellent advertising one day!

A short walk down the Thames and I am at my office, and that's when my day really begins. By this point my brain is usually ready to function properly and if not, I grab a tea from the canteen to drink while I read my emails. 

Once equipped with tea, I find myself a desk, usually with some other interns, and check my diary for the day, scan my emails and make sure I am ready and organised for my day ahead.

This usually takes me to about half 9, by which time I have a full plan for my day, and am ready to start working on one of my weekly/monthly tasks, or carrying out some actions for a projects if I have any currently taking place. Often my day's plans will be orientated round any calls I have booked in. I never realised how much technology has developed in the business world, and now most meetings take place via conference calls. I usually have a couple of calls a day to plan around. Whilst quite surreal at first talking with people who you have never met or seen, but it something I have gotten used to now.

Lunch throughout winter wasn't so nice, but now summer is here, and the sun can sometimes make an appearance, we often sit on the Thames! As all the interns have different roles, it's good to catch up with them over lunch and hear about all the other things going on within the company, and if not, discuss the previous weekend or plan the next one.

Heading back to my desk after lunch, after spending time with the interns often leaves me thinking what university is going to be like on my return, and makes me realise that this year has flown by so fast. I must remember the importance of making the most of your time with IBM when the new interns arrive. 

By the train ride home I am often pretty tired, and ready for a peaceful train ride home. This unfortunately doesn't always happen, but I am thankful when I do get a seat. My year on placement has been extremely rewarding allowing me to see how a business is run, and see in depth on how technology is changing and developing in companies.

I never planned on doing a placement, but I am so glad I have.

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