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Good Decision, Bad Decision.

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by Sarah

 

I can think of many ways in which you can make your university experience a memorable one. University life allows you to become more mature, For example; to make decisions about your career. For instance, the field that you want to specialise in, the kind of companies that you would like to apply to, to gain that valuable experience that every employer is looking for. You can also meet with new people, learn about new cultures, and discover a new way of life as well as allowing you to re-discover yourself!!! University life gives you an opportunity to live the last of your free days. After graduation you are more likely to fall into the trap of thinking that it's the end of life (which it isn't, you can choose to further develop your understanding of life, to learn new skills, to pursue the life that you always wanted!!)

On the other hand, I can also think of many ways in which you can NOT make the most of university life. For instance, you might spend most of your time roaming the streets of Kingston without bothering to locate the whereabouts of the LRCs on various campuses. You may also decide to enlighten yourself with different ways in which you can lose your senses (partying and what not). You may, on a very crazy day, decide that revising for your exams is something only geeks do and not something which we all need to achieve a higher degree. Taking a year out to undertake work placement might seem like a ridiculous idea to some of us (despite the fact that this is something which will help you develop your skills further and gain valuable experience)

I am certain there are many immensely ridiculous things that students can do to waste their valuable time however my advice is to follow the future that you envisaged when you applied for university. For most of us it was NOT to waste £9000 that we pay every year for our tuition fee but to learn something and to achieve a degree which will help us pursue the career that we always wanted.

Househunting

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by Tamara

 

House KitchenA huge thing for any student living away from home, finding a house that everyone's happy with is so important and can affect your whole university experience! As it's such a crucial thing, here's some crucial things to think about when looking for your new place!

1. The People

In my opinion the most important part of finding a house, the people really are what make it the experience it is! Even if you're not that close to the people you're moving in with, it's not the end of the world! I've moved in with some people I didn't even know and you get to know them and are closer to them than any other person, as your housemate is the person who's with you a huge majority of the time and ends up knowing everything about you!

However be warned!-The people who you are currently best mates with may not end up being that way, as living in a house altogether brings out the best and the worst in people! The small things that may niggle you about the person now will quickly build up into severe annoyance when living with each other, so don't move in with people unless you're willing to compromise and accept that!

2. Cost!!!Money

We'd all love to be able to buy a mansion, but we have a student budget to live with so have to make the most of it! Living with more people will almost always be cheaper as the total cost is split between more people and the bills are as well, but the negative of that is it becomes a very busy house if you're trying to focus on your work and there are more people to clash with!

Also, if you find a house you love and you can maybe just stretch to be able to afford it, be careful, remember bills as well!! You have to pay for your water, tv license, internet, gas and electricity, so depending on how frugal you are this quickly adds up!

3. Location!!!!!

While being further away from town is cheaper and you get bigger rooms, it's also further away from the university and all the local shops and friends. Another think to think about is travel-if you'll have to factor in travel costs to uni and other things every day, it may be more expensive for you than a house closer in! Again, it all depends what you're willing to compromise on.

So there you have it, in my opinion the three more important things when househunting! I've lived in private accommodation all three years so done this a few times now, so if you have any questions feel free to send me a question on AskUs!

Tips for University

Posted 30 Jun 2014 by Nicola Elizabeth

 

I'm just starting to prepare myself for returning to university in September and I thought I would share some of my tips with you! DON'T PANIC, if you have even thought about your return, there is plenty of time left, but don't forget that preparation is so important for success.

Before Going Back

  • Module guide - find and read the module guides in advance, (If they are available) to prepare yourself for what you are going to be studying
  • Reading list - usually listed in the module guides. Make sure you buy/borrow the books for the modules and perhaps do some pre reading to take the strain of when you do return
  • Pen, paper, calculator - make sure you have plenty of stationery at the ready!
  • Rest and relax - try to enjoy the summer as much as you can, so you can return to university relaxed and happy with a positive attitude, I plan on taking a two week holiday before returning to university to help with this!!

On Return to University

Be organised - make sure you have all the essentials for a successful day at university - here's my list

  • ID card - just in case you end up staying late at the library, there is nothing worse than being half way through an essay and having to leave as you have forgotten your ID card/
  • water - keep hydrated at university (and all the time in fact!)
  • super tasty brain snacks - to keep you energy levels high
  • headphones - keeps out all the other noises of the world and lets me get in my study world
  • Stationery - try to keep your notes organised

Hope you find these tips useful, and best of luck!

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