Look what's arrived on my final day at home! I finally have my license in pink!!! For me getting this is almost as big as getting into university! I never thought I'd get one of these, there's no stopping me now!
Student Ambassador work today with my lovely new badge. Today I was working with GCSE Students to help them revise for their exams. I had a lot of fun and loved talking to everyone about what they wanted to achieve. It also made me think a lot about how far I've come since GCSE, back then uni wasn't something I even considered, seems odd now.
I wanted to show you all one of my favourite places in Kingson and also one of the first places I ever discovered. This lovely little chocolate shop selling the most amazing flavours! They also sell book libraries, as you can guess they are a perfect present for an English student or just a book lover!
I've been spending a lot of time back in the studio again but I wanted to show you the beauty that is the Kingston Hill campus. I love the amount of nature there is up there so I decided to take this picture while waiting for the bus. I couldn't catch a picture of the squirrels or baby foxes I've seen around at the moment but it really is stunning, even if I don't study there!
I posted this picture up on Twitter this morning, it's my Thumbs up for Stephen picture in memory of Stephen Sutton. Although I didn't personally know him this story had a big impact on the way I looked at things and I wanted to spread the positive message and remember Stephen.
I was so happy that Ali (my boyfriend) decided to come home with me this weekend! It's been nice to spend some time together at home, like old times. He cleaned the inside and outside of the car for me so I treated him to a lovely meal. Hopefully this will set the happy tone for our new flat!
Today I attended a cupcake decorating course! Although my Mum was too poorly to come my sister and I had an amazing time and I learnt a lot. See the flowers in that picture? I made them all!! It's something I'm so proud of, I've never been much of a cook but maybe I could be a baker!
What you might not know is that when you come to uni, there are actually plenty of ways to spice up your undergraduate degree. While most people opt for a straight three year course, you might also choose to go abroad for a semester or a year or you might take a year out doing a placement as part of your course. The last of these choices is precisely what I would like to introduce you to.
How it works is that instead of finishing your degree in three years, you will be done after four years and your placement counts towards it. The benefits of doing a placement are several. Firstly, you take a break from uni work. Secondly, you will be able to get a better idea of what areas you are more interested in. You might find that the work you do during your placement isn't in fact what you would like to do for life. And isn't that better than graduating and finding that out after you start a graduate job? Thirdly, you will get the chance to make valuable contacts within the industry.
You never know what sort of people you will meet, get introduced to, or just generally network with so it's well worth exploring the different career options in front of you while you do your placement. How it typically works is that while Kingston University might suggest companies and businesses appropriate for your area of interest, you will be required to do most of the placement research. The interview process is then just as rigorous as a normal job application process is, so buckle up! You might be required to take verbal reasoning and numerical tests, as well as attending assessment centres and interviews. However, if you are successful, you then get to spend a year as an intern within a company that offers you a place.
Not only will that experience look great on your CV but you will also have something to talk about on your future interviews. Your placement would potentially enable you to stick out of the crowd and show your hard work and perseverance. Adding on to that, after you complete that year, you will still have another year left at university, in case you still have trouble figuring out what it is exactly that you would like to do.
Having said that, I strongly recommend you opt in for a placement, if your course at Kingston University allows it. It will open numerous doors for your future career.
Posted 28 May 2014 by Sara Ann
Hey everyone -
I realise I've been a bit AWOL recently. No excuse for that, awfully sorry.
My reason for being away is that at the moment the university is holding its yearly election for the new full time officer posts of the Student Union (KUSU.) And I'm running!
If people who're reading this think that the Student Union is just a bar... WRONG! It's actually three bars. Plus a whole lot of other stuff like Volunteering, Sports, Societies, Education, Campaigns, Protests, Prayers and Polar Bears.
Except not Polar Bears.
The Student Union is a charity, separate from the university (but supported by them) whose primary objective is to support and represent the student body. At Kingston, that's a lot of students!
There are four full-time paid positions within the union - President, VP Activites, VP Student Life and VP Learning & Teaching - and countless other part-time (unpaid) positions that you can run for. The cover all parts of Uni life and represent disability, sexuality, ethnicity etc.
I decided to run for VP Student Life because I've had such a great time here at Kingston and I wanted to give future students the chance to have the same brilliant experiences that I've had
Campaign week was brutal - I ended up taking part in a 'Question Time' interview session with the other candidates. That was, in a word, terrifying. In two words, completely terrifying.
You can watch me here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75KUKFLOQ84
I put up posters around campus (not too many - don't want to hurt the trees!)
I made a campaign video as well which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHAkpenO5Ks
My friend and fellow Ambassador, Beth, was my campaign manager and she designed my posters, did all the photography and helped me put them up across the uni so there was literally no escaping my face!
In the end I didn't win, I came third out of six though and got over two hundred votes. Since I don't have two hundred friends (outside of Facebook obvs.) that means that people who don't know me voted for me because they liked my policies... Boom! J (Smug face)
Overall I was disappointed that I didn't win, but I wouldn't change anything about it at all - the whole process of going out and campaigning, talking to people (occasionally whilst dressed as a dinosaur) and thinking up innovative ways to get my message across to the students was so much fun and a great confidence boost.
If any of you guys go to Uni and have the opportunity to run in the union either as a full or part time officer during your degree, do it!
Seriously, you'll have a blast and who knows... you might get a taste of politics and end up becoming the next David Cameron (but better, obviously.)
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