Hi, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! I took a series of pictures and I'm sharing them to give you a taste of some of the things I get up to and what uni life could be like for you.
I'm a final year Architecture Masters student, It is actually my 5th year at Kingston university, not because i failed a few years, I completed my undergraduate degree in 2012. I then worked for a year in a big firm and then started a two years masters program at Kingston which is now amongst the top 40 universities in Europe for architecture.
Strength training at David Lloyds gym in Kingston town centre. It's quite pricey but I get to enjoy letting off steam in the pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna while enjoying views of Kingston while I train.
Not bad but if you are looking for a more economical option then uni gym or the gym in town will do nicely, I've been a member of both myself before.
Tying a 5 meter piece of cloth in less than 10 minutes every morning can seem like a chore but I really enjoy it. Getting good fabrics for a turban can be quite tricky and if it was easy I'd fly to India to get some whenever i need it!
However if i need fabric locally, for turbans or otherwise, John Lewis or Bentalls in Kingston have great options but can be quite expensive. A cheaper solution are the markets in Tooting which have the same quality. So now you know where to go next time you are thinking of tying a turban!
I teach drawing to children of various ages which is inspirational and also good way to get some extra cash. One of the great things about doing a degree is the wealth of knowledge you gain and it's great to be able to pass it on to others in this way!
Making time to see friends and loved ones is a must. Managing your time at uni effectively so you can work hard but have time to relax is an important part of a student's life.
I think for me that has drastically improved while being at uni, I went from being an hour late to see friends or cancelling at the last minute to being a punctual and reliable person (15mins late all the time, but i send a text to say why).
Gluing bits of card together and making miniature models is one of the wide spectrum of things I get to do when studying architecture at Kingston. It sounds tedious but i enjoy every bit of it...even when i super glued my fingers together unintentionally!
The architecture MA teaching method at Kingston usually involves fewer lectures and more studio based seminars and tutorials, I can engage in one to one conversations with two tutors.
The great thing about Kingston University is that the tutors are mostly practicing architects or own their own firms so they constantly have a feel for the real world. I hope to be working and tutoring at the same time as an architect one day too.
Interviewing ambassadors at recruitment events is one of the many jobs i am involved with as a Kingston university student ambassador. It is a fantastic way to get paid for sharing your experiences and helping students, inspiring children and growing as a person at the same time.
Getting a part-time job is essential for me and with the wealth of shops in Kingston there are plenty of opportunities to get jobs while studying and if you want to stay and work in uni like I do there are many jobs available to you.
I think it's clear that I love good food which means i eat out often, it's a great way to get friends around a table. There are many great restaurants in the Kingston area, from Italian, Indian, Japanese, Turkish, Mexican and many more. My favourite in Kingston has to be Jamie Oliver's restaurant, a great place for lunch or dinner in a friendly atmosphere and unbelievable food.
This is clearly a time for working hard at the end of the day (not watching breaking bad), I usually work on my desk but since I bought my mac, lying on my bed and "working" has been irresistible.
Although it usually is a way of putting me to sleep long before i finish an assignment hence I sit up instead. This highlights an important issue however. Sleeping. Most people overlook it and whether you are an owl or an early bird, sleep is a very important part of our daily cycle. I'm an owl, but I make sure to get at least 6 hours because there is nothing worse than sleeping at 6am or worse, not sleeping at all and being up for a lecture at 9:00am the next morning. (Trust me I've done both and it's not amazing).
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My hometown, and of course famous for the Wimbledon Tennis championships (where I was a ball boy!). The atmosphere is great especially during the tennis. It's a peaceful area, with lots of parks, tennis courts, great for shopping and in my unbiased opinion the best, most balanced place in all of London.
In my opinion it's the best park and open space area in London (including Hyde Park). I love it there so much that I will sometimes go just to have a 7 mile cycle around the parameter. I'm more of a person that enjoys peace and quiet opposed to the manic busy central London. It's a great place to relax, chill, have lunch and watch the wildlife such as deer and birds speed past.
There are lots of bridges that cross over the Thames in London, but London Bridge stands out due to it's location - next to Big Ben, the Tower of London and other iconic places. It's beautiful visiting on a sunny day, and a very popular place for Tourists. Just be careful not to drop anything off as you won't be getting it back - I learnt not to take photo's over the barrier with an old camera!!
A free place to visit, and what more can be said about the Tower of London other than where people where imprisoned and killed hundreds of years ago? It's like taking a step back in time. It's right by London Bridge and there are some fantastic views you can get if you go to the roof. Also, be warned, there are often scary pranks going on too!
OK, I know this is a kid toy shop, but I used to love going as a kid and without shame I still do! Especially during the Christmas season, there are elves and you get to try out all the cool fun toys and gadgets on 7 floors! I could have gone for Harrods which is the posh expensive adult equivalent, but I couldn't afford anything there!!!
Exam season is upon us once more. How quickly this year has seemed to fly past, as if it were mere days gone by!
When you are at university you will most likely have to face exams at some point (some courses are entirely coursework based, but check out how your course is assessed at www.Kingston.ac.uk) Different people handle them differently, some prefer them over coursework! (Law is a dual assessment with both coursework and exams) Some people use strategic revision techniques, some people study a lot, some have photographic memories and can ace exams without too much stress and hassle...
I am in between, I guess. I did well in my first year exams because I worked very hard, but I did get a bit stressed out worrying I was going to fail, which is natural in your first year, I think. There are a number of tips I can give you that I've picked up to hopefully help with your revision and help you along the way.
1. Find out early on in your course modules what the assessment will be. Whether it is coursework, practical or exams. This information is usually (for Law) provided during your first lecture/seminar in the form of a 'module handbook' which contains all above information and sets out the topics you will go over in the year (there are normally about 15 large topics and you can be examined on any one of them).
2. When you know how you're going to be assessed, and the topics you might be assessed on, bear it in mind during all of your seminars and lectures. Always have the reminder in the back of your mind that exam season rolls around soon enough and that eventually you're going to have to write out what you know on the given topic being taught. Make comprehensive notes and do all of your reading. Don't fall behind as you will miss things and then you'll make life harder for yourself when it comes to revision.
3. Coursework - I had four essays this year that were assessed coursework pieces - one for each module. You have no excuse not to get a great grade on these because you have the time and resources available to ace them. Work hard, reference (!), don't plagiarise (!!) and always remember you can take it to BLASC if you're not sure on structure, grammar, language etc. (BLASC is the academic skills centre for business and law http://business.kingston.ac.uk/about-us/kingston-hill-campus/business-and-law-academic-skills-centre) Most other subjects will have their own skills centre on campus too.
4. Revision - start early, get a revision group (not friends to avoid chatter), I personally work more in the library than at home, go over your notes, read your text books, make flash cards, test yourself on past exam papers etc. Think about the structure of what your exam answer should take, because that's more important than you'd think. For example, in law you rarely need the facts of cases, simply the legal principle... which I didn't realise properly until my second year. During revision, stay hydrated and eat well as your mind works better then.
5. The exam - eat breakfast on the morning, take a bottle of water to the exam and a couple of pens just in case. If it's Law and you're allowed a statute book, make sure you have an appropriate copy. Read the question through properly, make a plan, take a breath and begin. Overall, use the knowledge you have learnt the past year, coupled with your common sense and I'm sure you will do very well indeed.
Now, I must get back to revising, good luck everybody!!
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