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I can't believe how much my life has changed from being a student! I never thought it would happen, but I now wake up at 6.30 - 7 am naturally, and don't want to cry at the thought of getting out of bed.

My average day consists of getting the 8.08 am train from Sutton station to London Blackfriars,;the views from Blackfriars station make my mornings so much better than the fast walk to University along Ewell Road. That and the David Beckham poster that covers the Sutton station wall. I must thank Sky for their excellent advertising one day!

A short walk down the Thames and I am at my office, and that's when my day really begins. By this point my brain is usually ready to function properly and if not, I grab a tea from the canteen to drink while I read my emails. 

Once equipped with tea, I find myself a desk, usually with some other interns, and check my diary for the day, scan my emails and make sure I am ready and organised for my day ahead.

This usually takes me to about half 9, by which time I have a full plan for my day, and am ready to start working on one of my weekly/monthly tasks, or carrying out some actions for a projects if I have any currently taking place. Often my day's plans will be orientated round any calls I have booked in. I never realised how much technology has developed in the business world, and now most meetings take place via conference calls. I usually have a couple of calls a day to plan around. Whilst quite surreal at first talking with people who you have never met or seen, but it something I have gotten used to now.

Lunch throughout winter wasn't so nice, but now summer is here, and the sun can sometimes make an appearance, we often sit on the Thames! As all the interns have different roles, it's good to catch up with them over lunch and hear about all the other things going on within the company, and if not, discuss the previous weekend or plan the next one.

Heading back to my desk after lunch, after spending time with the interns often leaves me thinking what university is going to be like on my return, and makes me realise that this year has flown by so fast. I must remember the importance of making the most of your time with IBM when the new interns arrive. 

By the train ride home I am often pretty tired, and ready for a peaceful train ride home. This unfortunately doesn't always happen, but I am thankful when I do get a seat. My year on placement has been extremely rewarding allowing me to see how a business is run, and see in depth on how technology is changing and developing in companies.

I never planned on doing a placement, but I am so glad I have.

 

5. Notting Hill Carnival

Last summer I went to Notting Hill Carnival. There was an electric atmosphere, with part of London closed off making way for the crowds of people in the streets, and the dancers in vibrant costumes on procession with blaring Afro-Caribbean tunes.

Vibrant colours and music blaring at Notting Hill Carnival!

4. Magazine work experience

I spent two weeks at Hearst Magazines at the beginning of this summer. It is one of the best things I've done at Uni so far and I will definitely use a lot of what I learnt there next semester!

Valuable work experience - summer is the perfect time to get this

3. Relaxing at home

When you live away from home for most of the year, going back is a real treat. I love going home to the French countryside because it's the only place I can truly relax and there are other perks which I don't have in my Uni house, like a TV, a fridge with food in it and a double bed!

There's no place like home!

2. Festivals

Last June I went to a festival for the first time in Manchester. My oldest school friend went to Uni there so I stayed with her and we had a crazy few days at my first festival and exploring the city.

Festival time!

1. Going travelling in the south of France with my best friend

We went from Bordeaux to Biarritz and spent every single day of our trip on the beach. The waves there were huge so one of my best summer moments was trying not to drown!

Travelling with my best friend

 

This week has definitely been the best of my summer so far! I've spent the week with my band preparing for the biggest free festival in the south east of England! Meeting up with friends from college and uni and releasing my bands first single! We recorded all the songs in the Kingston Hill recording studios. I'm so excited that I can finally share them!

Monday

Getting the week off to a great start when my first year results came out! I've passed first year with better results than I could have imagined! 3 firsts and one 2:1, this is roughly equivalent to 3 A's and 1 B. It's been hard work but I couldn't be happier or more ready for second year in September!

My first year results!

Tuesday

A quiet day today preparing for Basingstoke Live. I've been trying to make the most out of my voice after being quite poorly for the past few days as you can probably tell by wearing a jumper in July!

Wednesday

Visiting my friend Daniela in Windsor today! It's great to go ad visit your uni friends in their home town. I fell in love with Windsor and it was great catching up with Dani after not seeing each other since we broke up for summer last month! This will be the first of many visits I'm sure.

A jumper in July?!Windsor is beautiful and best of all I get to see Dani!

Thursday

After lots of cleaning, tidying and excitement, one of my best friends, Dan arrived to stay at mine in preparation for Basingstoke Live. Dan is another friend I haven't seen since the beginning of June! I think you can tell from our faces we were happy to see each other!

Catching up Dan

Friday

I caught this picture of the boys hanging out in the garden after our 3 hour practice session. Having the band back together was fab and it was nice to have an evening to relax before the big show!

Relaxing before the big show

Saturday

I always feel most at home on stage. This is just one of the many pictures to come out. It felt incredible to perform at a festival and you'll be sure to catch me performing around Kingston and London soon!

Feeling incredible as I perform at the festival. Wow!

Sunday

Smiles all around at the end of the world cup after Germany won! I would have loved to see England in the final but alas maybe in 4 years' time! Here I am with my friend Grace who is starting uni in September!

Me and Grace!

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