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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!

 

Monday - 23 June

On a warm and humid day frappachinos were calling me. I met up with a friend, Katie, who is also studying for her degree. I was great to catch up with her, even though I had to be quick to get a picture of our drinks before they melted!

 Starbucks

Tuesday - 24 June

Picking up some interesting things to do while in town today. These are creative prompt books, I love to write and wanted to get something to make me keep writing throughout the summer. I'm hoping these will do the trick.

Creative writing booksIn London with Mum

Wednesday - 25 June

A trip to London with my lovely Mum! We usually spend days together in Kingston but as I'm home we decided to go into central London. We done some shopping, met up with a friend of mine and had some yummy cocktails in Hard Rock Café as well as a long walk to find it! Hopefully I'll be back here in September to celebrate my birthday!

Thursday - 26 June

I've been trying to recreate the pin board that was on the wall in my room at halls. It's harder to do it at home, here's a picture of all the tickets I've collected this year a few of the signed! You Me At Six, Paramore, We Are The In Crowd and Tonight Alive are up there along with more! I'm hoping to build another one next year in my new flat.

Noticeboard

Friday - 27 June

Meeting up with a friend from college in the evening. It's been a warm and muggy week so it was nice to cool off in the garden with some great chat and a few cocktails! Sammi studies history at Southampton, we haven't seen each other since leaving college last year and had a lot to catch up on.

Cocktail pitcher

Saturday - 28 June

My band, No People Club, released our first teaser trailer ahead of our single release, festival spot and album coming later in the year! So much exciting stuff is happening I can't wait to get what we've been working on out there!

Recording studio

Sunday - 29 June

My home town is in the middle of the month long event Basingstoke Festival. The last weekend of the festival is Basingstoke Live on the 12th and 13th of July which I will be playing! I'm so excited, less than 2 weeks to go!

Basingstoke Festival

A New Business Venture

Posted 26 Jun 2014 by Laura

 

Summer is finally here and all exams are over. I have recently set about starting my own jewellery business as a project over the summer. I have struggled to get any part-time work or internships (I'm not quite sure why but I thought "Well if the money/experience won't come to me I will just have to do it myself!" - it helps that I'm on a Business course!). Things are going well, I have designed and made fifteen samples and have started to sell to friends and family. On Saturday, my friends helped out at a photoshoot for the catalogue so I will hopefully have that in the next week to ten days. Once I have it, I plan to approach some small boutiques in Kent to see if they will sell some jewellery for me. So it's pretty exciting stuff!

As well as this venture, I am still pursuing companies for internship opportunities - I can't really give up as it is likely the last chance I will get before I graduate next summer. I recently attended a 'Placements and Internship Fair' at the Kingston Hill campus which was encouraging; I have a couple of potential opportunities which may arise from that.

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