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Posted 23 May 2014 by Abigail

 

Hi All !

My latest blog post comes nearly a week after my final deadlines and my last exam of my second year at Uni (hurrah!). So I'm now free to do whatever I want for almost five months - it hasn't quite sunk in yet and I'm still not really sure what to do with myself when I wake up in the morning.  There are no emails from tutors to be opened, no essays that I need to go to the library for and no exam revision left to do - it feels very weird.

All I know is that as a university student, free time should be spent being proactive and furthering my education. It doesn't necessarily have to be in my field or turn me into a bookworm but the motivation and desire to learn more and gain new skills is, in essence, what university is all about, so I want to fill my summer with lots of worthwhile things, as well as lots of fun, sun and seeing family and friends. The past few months have been crazy, I've been working non-stop to get to the finish line, so there was little time to think or research things to do in summer... although I have a rough idea.

I'm going into my third year this September and I think it's important that I at least start the year in a good position financially, so I can devote all my attention to my studies. If I have money worries, or any worries in fact, it distracts me from Uni. This is why I'm hoping to find a part-time job over the summer so that I can have a small amount of savings to fall back on, in case I find myself strapped for cash at any point in my final year. Ideally, I will find a flexible job that I enjoy and I can make new friends through. I'm applying to work in bars and restaurants in Bordeaux, South-West France, as this will be a great opportunity to improve my French and earn some cash as the minimum wage out there is equivalent to £7 per hour! During the summer season, European countries like France, Spain and Italy are happy to take on English speaking workers to deal with the tourists who come to their countries so it's worth looking into if you fancy learning a new language.

I've just lined up two weeks editorial work experience with a magazine based in Central London. I'm really excited but also incredibly nervous to start this in a few weeks' time. This is compulsory for my course but I think it would be a fantastic opportunity for any university undergrad to do. It will no-doubt make me feel more confident about going into the workplace this time next year. It also helps to build up contacts, get your foot in the door somewhere and will look great on your CV.

It's important to set aside some time for having fun with your friends and catching up with old friends that you don't see that often. Whether it's a holiday to somewhere exotic, a night out or just hanging out around your home town, it's always good to keep your old friends as well as make new ones. I've just bought tickets to go to a music festival in Spain with a friend from school and her Uni friends which I'm really excited about! 

Don't forget with all the working, holidaying, partying and general fun summer times to actually take a break and RELAX! I keep banging on about how important it is to be proactive, but don't do too much, you need to feel energised come September to start a fresh new year of studying!

 

5. Walk/Explore

London is too big not to just walk about, there are so many areas of London that Time Out can cover well, the rest you need to find and explore.

Take a walk around different parts of London

4. South Bank

Seen as one of the ‘cool' areas of London, South Bank offers you the chance to enjoy some amazing food, watch the skate boarders and during the winter months enjoy the Christmas markets. Not to forget, multiple market stands where you can buy anything from food, books or even wines. Never know what you might find.

London Southbank

3. Soho

Sex... That got your attention didn't it?! Soho is a pool of everything fun and naughty. If you're looking for an exciting bar, amazing food or a quiet venue to relax in, Soho has it all. In addition, it's always a good laugh exploring the small ‘boutiques'... well in Soho, you never know what you might find!

Soho - you never know what you mind find!A great night out in Soho

2. Shoreditch

For those wanting to work in PR, Marketing or design, this is the area that you're going to want to know well. Or if you want to network your way into a job, it's a great place to start. Filled to the rim with Hoxton bars and restaurants, it's a wonderful place to mingle with people of the same industry.

Shoreditch - a good place to mingle

1. Shows

Everything thinks that going to theatre shows in London are expensive, and they're usually right. unless you know how to get tickets cheap. The best way to find them for cheaper is through such sites as Last Minute, seeing a show can be the best get away from studies with friends.

 

 

Hi, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! I took some pictures throughout the day 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!

8.00am - Morning Bea!

Ellie 8.00am

Bea is my pet Leopard Gecko! My lovely housemates bought her for me for my 21st birthday last May! She is just GREAT and although she shows no affection I KNOW she loves me and it's so nice to wake up and see her friendly face!

10.00am - Miranda with Lemons

Ellie 10.00am

At the moment I am working on a project with my friend Miranda who studies Graphic design. We are working on a D&AD brief (a design competition) which asks us to redesign The Body Shop's visual language, so I went to her house in the morning to cut up lemons and skin some mangos...

12.00pm - Illustration Studio

Ellie 12.00pm

I had a tutorial at 12 with my tutor to talk about a new project we got set last week. Here is a photo of the tutorial IN ACTION and my friends in the studio, working hard! I'm now in my third year so things are getting serious! Eek!

1.00pm - At Work

Ellie 1.00pm

Twice a week, in the afternoons I work at the Knights Park Art shop. Here I am in action! My shift is from 1- 4:30PM which is a great time as it's on my campus, I don't have to rush away and can go straight to the library or the studio straight after work.

3.00pm - Working with Anita

Ellie 3.00pm

This is Anita, one of the shop ladies I work with! oh she is fantastic and we have a lotta fun!

4.30pm - Studio Work

Ellie 4.00pm

After work I usually head to my studio or the library to get a bit more uni work done. Here is my table in the studio equipped with tea, water, pens and pencils, sketchbook, phone AND A BANANA FOR ENERGY everything you need really!

5.30pm - Walking home

Ellie 5.30pm

Here is a view of the river just outside Knights Park. On the left is the SU bar which is so nice in summer! I only live a short 10 minute walk away so it's nice and easy to get to and from uni.

6.00pm - Fixing my bike

Ellie 6.00pm

My bike has been broken for a few months now, so earlier in the week I went to the uni workshop to pick up some screws to fix my brake on. FINALLY I found one that fits so am very happy to say I can now safely cycle around! WooHoo!

7.00pm - Dinner and Housemates

Ellie 7.00pm

Here are 3 of my housemates; Maya, Milly and Georgie in the kitchen having dinner! Maya (on the left) has recently come back from her Erasmus study in Germany, we missed her loads so it's good to have her back! Meanwhile Georgie (on the right) is leaving for Antwerp in the morning for a week long studio residency organised by her Fine Art course!

8.00pm - Predrinks

Ellie 8pm

It was my friend Sarai's birthday yesterday so we have planned to go out to celebrate tonight! I went along to her house to get ready before we head out. This is one of the first times in a long while that we have organised to go out as we are all in our last year it's hard to find the time! But tonight we are forgetting our stresses!

9.00pm - Drinking games

Ellie 9pm

The drinking game ring of fire, abandoned with fish and fake lizard toys included. (OH MY GOODNESS IS IT BEA?)

11.00pm - Tequila Shots

Ellie 11.00pm

Again this hasn't happened in a while but of course we got tequila shots! The night we went to was called New Slang at McClusky's, a night club in Kingston. New Slang is an indie night where bands play each Thursday. This week we saw Wild Beasts who were great!

2.00am - Leaving da club

Ellie 2.00am

Here is a few of the group of us leaving the club, think we lost everyone else! The gig turned into a normal club night so we didn't leave until later. Also we found this amazing glowing stick.

3.00am - Chip Shop Stop

Ellie 3.00am

Of course after a night out there's always gotta be a stop at the chip shop! This chip shop is a particularly friendly one, see them waving! But I was sad to find out when I got home that we left the glowing stick thing in there! Oh no!

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