My summer has been very busy. I am doing a summer work placement with a family friend. For this I am working as a research assistant, this should give me good experience in conducting research. As well as that I have just returned from a holiday in Switzerland with my scout group from home. While there we did all kinds of adventurous activities, climbing, white water rafting and hiking. We scaled to 2500m one day, with a starting point of 1000m, meaning that I have now climbed higher than the height of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK!
The picture shows the view at night from the hut we were staying at (you can see the clouds below us). It was an amazing week! In order to pay for this I have been working as much as I possibly can.
Also I have had my 21st birthday where my family took me to the aquarium which was really nice.
Results day is coming up for you guys! There's no reason to stress, there's nothing you can do but wait! On the morning of results day UCAS Track will most likely crash - so do look on OSIS via the Getting Ready website if you are holding an offer at Kingston. Hopefully your offer will also come through like mine did - I received a text from Kingston University telling me that I had got in. This was a massive relief and eased me into the rest of the day. Knowing I had a place before opening that dreaded envelope which contained my results.
For those of you who have just finished year 12, these results will help indicate which courses and universities to pursue as they will give you an idea of the grades that you will achieve. Don't fret if you get bad results there is still time for you to make changes!
My first attempt at lower sixth I achieved UUUD as my results, fortunately I spoke to my head of sixth and he was kind enough to allow me to redo the year. This was really scary as all my friends had carried on into upper sixth and I was scared of all my new class mates knowing I was a retake and scared of the judgement they would put upon me. Contrary to my expectations everyone was really nice and understanding, and the following two years turned out to be the most enjoyable years of my school life even with all the extra work. Now I'm here, going into my third year at University.
It's that dreaded time of year for most of you, as excited as you are about starting university you are still nervous about finding out your results. Half your brain is counting down the days till you move in, whilst the other half is too anxious to even think about all those freshers parties. I was in the same boat a few years ago as for 2 months after my exams I felt I failed, but I scraped through, by a percentage or two to get my place here at Kingston. I haven't looked back since. Till now!
My analogy for clearing is that I see the clearing process similar to how I used to see Christmas time as a kid. I was really excited that I was going to get presents from Santa, but was nervous that I would get rubbish gifts because I was naughty sometimes. In the end I got great gifts from santa - family ;) . I also thought in worse case scenarios I could just buy the extra presents with money I had or wait for my birthday that was just around the corner. My point is that if you didn't get what you wanted or where you wanted in terms of a course and university, you can always go through clearing after getting your results to find somewhere else you can go.
From being that little kid opening up my presents, regardless of what I got I would be happy, something is better than nothing. Likewise with my degree I loved so many different areas that I felt I could have ventured into, but you only really get one or two in a joint programme.
I've felt that Kingston has made me grow as a student, but also as a person! I've delivered part of a lecture once! There are plenty of opportunities here to grow and develop at Kingston University.
At Kingston we will open our clearing hotline from 8:30 am on 15th August. The admissions hotline number for UK callers is:
0844 842 9599
+44 (0)20 8328 1149 (for callers outside the UK only).
These lines will be open:
15 August - 8.30am - 8.00pm
16 August - 8.30am - 6.30pm
17 August - 9.00am - 4.00pm
19 August - 20 September - 9.00am - 5.30pm
The hotline will be closed on 18 August and on 26 August.
You can find all about how the clearing process works here, and find out what courses are available for clearing and how the process works in general here: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/clearing/
I myself didn't go through clearing, but I have plenty of friends that went through clearing and they say it was the best thing that ever happened to them. It's all about getting the chance and then proving yourself when you have the chance to take it. Check out the blog from another ambassador Charlie who went through clearing. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/ask-us/videos/view-video/123/my-experience-of-a-level-results-day/
At Kingston I worked on the clearing hotline last year and for those that narrowly missed out there is hope, sometimes it can be in what you wanted to do, sometimes in something similar and in other cases something completely different. The hotliners are really friendly and understand how it is a stressful time, but they will be there to give you a hand and let you know what there is on offer at Kingston. Make sure you have all your relevant information ready e.g. UCAS codes etc at hand to save yourself time. They will tell you the entry requirements needed and how the whole process works. I did a video explaining how it all works last year, so if this is still a bit confusing check out my video I did on clearing last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mMCSeeUzLik. Things are slightly different this year (you don't need to visit the website first...) but you will get the gist of what happens!
Good Luck to you all and hope to see you in September!
There comes a time when every student realises that one cannot live on pasta and one minute noodles for a prolonged period of time. That's when you start looking around
a) for a job and
b) for nice places where they serve warm and tasty food!
Now, I would love to share with you some of my favourite places, where I enjoy grabbing a bite. These are all located by the river and are 1-5 minutes away from each other. So you would always have a plan B. What is your excuse not to go?
Slug and Lettuce
This is where you'll find me every Monday (late) afternoon. How come? -Well, Slug and Lettuce offer a 50% off food every Monday and they always have some sort of a deal when you order two desserts. In addition, if you'd like to have a cocktail and catch up with a friend, Slug and Lettuce usually has deals on drinks. So, really, it is a sin not to eat there on Mondays! I have to say, the one thing, one of my friends is not particularly fascinated with is their hamburgers. Now, if you'd like a proper hamburger, that leads me to...
Byron Proper Hamburgers
This is the sort of place, for which superlatives like: ‘The best burger on the high street' are used. Seriously though, if you want a good burger- that's the place to go! Their menu is extensive and they have a vegetarian option, which I've tried and it is amazing! The juicy burgers are served with a cucumber on the side plus a portion of either fries or a salad. The other thing Byron is famous for would be their milkshakes. You have a variety to choose from and you can order one to take away and stroll along the river with your friends. - Which is exactly what I did last Friday!
This has to be my favourite restaurant in Kingston. If you are facing Slug and Lettuce, Strada is located to the left of it. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is great. This is the place where I celebrated my 20th birthday and where, a couple of months later, one of my flatmates celebrated hers. The prices are a bit on the higher end when you are living on a tight student budget but hey, why not treat yourself once in a while? It is worth even going for a glass of wine or a dessert.
They have funky furniture and a quirky atmosphere. It is a buzzing place and the staff are lovely! Woody's located just by the river, if you take a stroll along the river from Slug and Lettuce in the direction of Surbiton. They offer everything from starters through salads to burgers and what not. Woody's simply must be visited!
One thing- be prepared to queue. I can only say a couple of things for Jamie's Italian- they have good food but since it is always busy, I can't say that their service is amazing. You would (more than occasionally) find yourself having to wait for a table (unless you have booked one, which would be the smart thing to do) so if you've decided to go there on an impulse, I suggest you have a second choice as well.
This one, like Slug and Lettuce, is a chain. So, while you can enjoy a meal at one of the many busy La Tasca restaurants in central, you can also do that locally, in the much quieter Kingston. Great Spanish food, good atmosphere and a great service!
There is also the Riverside Vegetaria, Zizzi, Carluccio's, Wagamama and a variety of local pubs that you can pop in for a delicious Sunday roast. And these are just the places by the river! Imagine how many restaurants there are in the whole Kingston area. This I promise you: you won't get bored easily.
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