I'm six weeks into my summer vacation and it's been pretty packed already! I thought to myself "This summer I won't do as much and I'll have a little break..." and it hasn't worked out that way!
My family visited Paris over the May bank holiday weekend. My Dad works in Chartres so we stayed in his apartment and visited all the tourist attractions - including Disneyland! I bought myself some Mickey ears and got fully into the Disney spirit. Going as an adult makes you appreciate how special it is to kids, (and how expensive it is!)
The week after I flew to Canada to see a friend and her gorgeous kids. I stopped over at Niagara Falls before I flew to her small town in Northern Alberta; a four hour flight from Toronto. Thanks to one of my wonderful customers in the pub where I work I managed to get upgraded on both of my Heathrow flights and I had a brilliant time sipping champagne and choosing what to have for dinner. Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side) is a strange town - it's got a lot of amusement arcades and a Casino, but looks exactly like a Stepford town. It has perfectly manicured gardens and hanging baskets!
I had a great time with my friends in Alberta and their beautiful children. We took our traditional visits to Wendy's and Dairy Queen and as always, they were fantastic to spend time with.
After I got back from Canada I was on the admin team for a 6000 person Guide and Scout camp in Sussex! The weather wasn't too horrific and nothing major happened so it was a fun weekend camp. My Guides thoroughly enjoyed themselves and although I got next to no sleep, I really enjoyed myself as well.
I am now working my way through the summer with my pub job and I will also be at the Compact Scheme's Head Start summer schools. Head Start is so much fun and so useful if you're starting at Kingston this year, it's full of great information and is a place to meet some friends before you start Uni. I know people who are living with people they met on Head Start - it really is a place where you can enjoy yourself and get questions answered.
Our results for the year are out soon (as I am second year, I have had to wait until after final results are given to get mine) and there are three modules I'm reasonably confident about, the other one I know I will have passed - I'd passed it on coursework before I even sat the exam! I'm excited to move on and go into third year. Life Science students mostly have their dissertation topics already so having that little bit of extra time to research has been really useful, I feel like next year might not be quite as stressful!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer before results come out and the Uni countdown starts!
Hey everyone I know it has been a while, I thought I'd just post one final blog before I graduate. I hope you are all well and are excited about coming to University! Unfortunately for me it's all over. The last three years have flown by and I have now finished everything and am eagerly awaiting my results. These last few months have been especially tough with all the extra work that third year requires, as well as working my two part time jobs; between these I haven't had time to post and I'm sorry.
I conducted my final year project on body image concerns within romantic relationships within the 18-25 age range. For you psychologists out there I used qualitative methods to collect my results. I conducted eight 30 minute interviews and transcribed all this data which took what felt like forever!! I then had to code this data and find the results and hoped they related to my aims and goals. We then had to do a write up of this - mine ended up at just over 12000 words!! My supervisor was amazing and unexpectedly I miss my project... After all my work was submitted I had two exams which meant spending EVEN MORE time in the library, staring out the window at the lovely weather!
I now am applying to graduate jobs and am moving home so I am able to move wherever I can get a job...Between my hand in's and my exams I managed to squeeze in a holiday to Spain with the Kingston Uni Mountaineering Club. This trip was amazing and the weather was beautiful. This photo shows me lead climbing a wall out there.
I wish you all the best.
Over and out.
Hello! I'm Sebastian and I'm studying Primary Teaching with Science. I'm a mature student and a Kingston University Student Ambassador. Welcome to my #KUdayinthelife!
Good morning Kingston - leaving the house at 7.45am to catch the free uni bus just outside Penryn Road campus going up to Kingston Hill. The sun is already poking through the clouds and it seems like is going to be a very sunny day - whoohoo!
Kingston Hill is arguably the most beautiful campus of all Kingston uni campuses (being based up here I am just a little bit biased) and although it is still early the campus is getting busy. For me the morning sun makes it a lot easier to have fun day.
Before the first lecture I check my reading list for my pedagogy assignment. What books should I take out from the library and what books or journals are available as electronic copies? I don't like carrying around loads and loads of heavy books.
Time for a break and have a look across the rooftops of Kingston Hill campus. The weather is stunning and everyone is coming out to enjoy the sun. People outside the canteen decided to put some music on and dance.
Back home and a look in the fridge reveals that there is not much on the menu today...
I also nearly set the toaster on fire because one of my housemates left a big chunk of bred in there - arrrrgh! Dinner today: frankfurters, pitta bread, peppers and some grapes - yummy.
Science specialism lecture and we are in our own education science lab (I have to admit I love wearing those white lab coats).
We talk about how we can make science for children more practical and experiment how to make the biggest bubbles.
A student essential is sleep, so whenever I can afford a nap I will close my eyes. I only wanted to nap for about half an hour but I must have been sleeping for ages when my housemates banged on my door to wake me up.
A big plus for Kingston is the close proximity of the River Thames. Before I get ready for tonight's charity event, the girls and I decided to stroll along the Thames and enjoy the lovely spring-like evening.
After a lovely walk along the Thames I had a shower and no plan what to wear tonight. Took me ages to decide and find an outfit for tonight but I am finally back on the uni bus going up to Kingston Hill campus.
It is getting darker but there are still many students working hard in the Library. It is perfect to have a library open 24 hours, so everyone can work whenever it is best for them.
Every year the School of Education at Kingston uni organises a charity evening for local children with special needs.
This year I was helping behind the scenes (which is only one way to get involved) and we had a fantastic evening with lots different acts from students playing instruments to lecturers performing a sketch. It was fun and for a good cause...what more can you ask for?
A fantastic and sunny day comes to an end and we decided to have a few drinks in the Student Union bar on campus.
It was an amazing night and we were laughing and dancing until late. Despite having to get up for uni the next morning.
Being a student is all about enjoying being with your friends!
A day in the life of a Primary Teaching student - Lectures at Kingston Hill campus, leftovers for lunch, making giant bubbles, walking along the River Thames and attending the Yorba School of Education event
Posted 21 Jul 2014 by Sebastian
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