Posted 24 Oct 2014 by David
As we all know, the first two weeks during moving in/enrolment and fresher's week are the busiest for everyone working at the university. Over the last two weeks I have had the best time working for the university and Student Union in various capacities. I really enjoyed working for the Marketing team. I was selling NUS & sports cards, fresher's wrist bands and Fresher's ball tickets.
Over the 2 week period I spoke to hundreds of people and I was surprised how much I enjoyed talking to different people. I definitely feel that the experience was invaluable in facilitating me to improve my interpersonal skills. Having to approach someone you have never met before, let alone to communicate and fulfil a given objective, can be very daunting. I found that as time went on I began to better understand how to approach and respond to different people; as well how my actions and mannerism caused people to respond to me.
Some of the time I would talk to people about something completely different to what I was selling; given that most people were nervous first years. For example, I approached a girl and asked her the usual formalities (what is your name? what do you study? Etc.) with the intention of explaining what an NUS Extra Card was and whether or not she be interested in getting one. After the initial contact she began to express how nervous she was about starting university, she had been in Kingston for a few days but hadn't met any friends because she was not living in halls. I took 5/10 minutes to explain to her that a lot of new students are in the same boat and talked to her about the different events she should get involved in in order to meet more people, it felt very rewarding to ease someone's mind.
My favourite role however was working as a fresher's angel; I witnessed some of the funniest and most embarrassing scenes. Sadly, I was made to take an oath of silence.
Anyway stay tuned, the Boxing season is about to start!!!
It's amazing how fast the last three years went by! Although I am excited about this new chapter in my life, I am definitely going to miss Kingston (COUGAR FOR LIFE!). Below are a few things I am going to miss.
As a student ambassador, I loved interacting with prospective students at the various events. Almost every Open Day I was assigned Campus Tours which is my favorite part because it enabled me to talk one on one (or large groups if it was really busy). Although I get to communicate through this blog, there is nothing like speaking to people and enabling them to ask questions on the spot, and sometimes I would mention things that they would've been thinking about. Our supervisors in the Student Ambassador Scheme always encouraged us to be positive, be honest and be ourselves.
Since my second semester at Kingston, I worked as a Student Ambassador for Kingston, as well as a Sales Assistant at the Shops located at Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill and I can honestly say that I never worked with a more lively, fun and supportive group of people. They were understanding of my school schedule, conveniently located, and accommodating when we had to travel to other schools for Student Ambassador events. Here is a video from a past fellow student ambassador (you can catch me a little after 2 minutes heh). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEO6vreQ4zY
I am starting the BPTC in Bristol, and even though I am excited for a change of scenery, and everyone I mention it to speaks very highly of Bristol, I will miss being able to hop on a train and head to Central London, especially to catch a game at Emirates Stadium (Gunnersssss!!)
My favorite place to have drinks is Las Iguanas, and my favourite burger joints are Byron Burger and Gourmet Burger. I enjoyed shopping at Bentall's Centre and other shops along the town Centre like Topshop, Primark, River Island and Bank. There's bowling and great Italian food at Frankie and Benny's located at the Rotunda. I rarely got bored living in Kingston.
Despite all the stairs (I tried to not be lazy and use the elevators) I loved the atmosphere of Kingston Hill. I always felt safe and comfortable and loved the scenery. The Nightingale Learning Resource Centre (LRC or Library) was the best place for me to study and do work because of the facilities and it was very spacious. I wish we had the Fresh Shop that opened up September 2013 when I was in first year as it is seriously awesome (and I'm not just saying that cause I worked there), but it has EVERYTHING you need! I definitely would've made less trips to ASDA.
Whether it's for your smart phone or tablet, here's my guide to which apps make university easier and better for me.
makes it easier for you to access learning resources for your course whenever and wherever you like!
When I use it - On my journey to Uni - having a quick flick through the slides on my way to uni helps me be prepared for the lecture, and gives me chance to prepare, sometimes it can help to refresh on the slides from the previous week, this might generate some questions which you can ask your lecturer.
During lectures - I like being able to view the slides, the slide decks can be saved and opened in other applications which allow you edit and write notes onto the slides
Blackboard is a great tool for individual study and revision; it also contains useful information about coursework, deadlines and exams.
The KU app gives you access to University information and services such as campus maps, course timetables, library catalogue and account, bus timetables and an address book.
I have only recently discovered the app and so don't yet have much experience, but so far it has been great, giving me a view of my timetable for next year already.
Additionally I think the bus timetable will be particularly useful, along with being able to search and renew library books through it, no more late fines, hopefully!!
And finally, Free on up to five devices. This means you can have the Microsoft Office package on your tablet and phone, allowing you to view and edit docs on mobile devices, this is great for lectures, as well as public transport.
Follow the link below for more details -
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