What a busy couple of months this has turned out to be! I can't believe that we are almost done for our second year at university; it feels like it has gone so so fast.
Berlin last month was amazing. We went for five days, and had a great time. We got to visit lots of places, including the Jewish Museum, which housed a beautiful selection of information and artefacts that told the story of Judaism from the beginnings of their religion through to present day. We also visited many historical sites and took in the culture, architecture, and best of all, the great food!
Going on these university- organised trips is not compulsory, but it is definitely recommended. You get to see art in a different culture and perspective, allowing you to see different styles and artists. Unfortunately, going on this trip did have one little downfall- there was no time to rest when we got back! Our FMP was due for the final tutorial three weeks after we got back, so it was all hands on deck.
Luckily, I had already prepared some ideas before heading off to Berlin, so I was off to a head start anyway. I had been looking for a charity or organisation that I could potentially make an animation to be used as part of an awareness campaign. I eventually found "Design Against Fur", a competition run by the campaign group Respect For Animals. I won't give away too much but my project involved bananas and ordering a whole rabbit in the post from an online wild game company. Wish me luck?
Anyway...now that FMP is complete for me, it's time for me to look over all this years work and put together a portfolio, which I will present along with a selection of my animations to put on a show reel. This can then be assessed and then I'll be all done for summer!
I have also recently started volunteering through the university to go and walk dogs at Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare. Unfortunately I have only been able to go once so far due to my workload, but I look forward to going again many more times when I can! I think the volunteering service is a brilliant opportunity to boost your C.V. This not only means you'll be getting experience, but you'll be helping out the community at the same time. Walking the dogs is perfect for me as I love animals and care a lot about animal welfare, plus it means I get to have some exercise! I'm planning on doing a little drawing project on them and the centre over the summer.
I have to say, this year has definitely been a step up from last year. We have had a lot more work to do and it's all been crammed together, but this helps so much with growth and development in your working processes and time management, so in the end it is all positive!
Hello beautiful people!
I hope everyone is well and haven't pulled out too much hair during the exam period (I'm only missing a few strands). Some people (2014 entry) reading this blog are probably now probably in the stage of deciding where you want to go to University, which is a really big decision. There are a lot of important factors, and some of them weigh differently with people. Well here are the ones I took into consideration before I applied for University!
Environment: Given that you are going to spend 3, possibly 4 years at University you want to be comfortable with your surroundings, such as the campus where your classes will be held, so that you enjoy your time there!
Transportation: Sad to say, I still don't have a driver's license *covers face* and so for me I wanted to make sure that wherever I went uni, travelling around was easy and convenient. With Kingston, I loved how there was a free bus shuttle that takes me between campuses and to town, so I had no issues going to town or going for groceries during its running time. I also factored in how far the school is from the closest airport(s) (given I know I would always travel home for the Christmas and Summer).
Support!: I definitely wanted to make sure that the University I attend had sufficient support to help me do well and to prepare for my career when I graduate. Getting help with writing essay and problem questions, advice on how to improve your CV, and for those whose first language isn't English then having sufficient support to help you with English is all important. Nowadays, it is not just about getting a good education but getting opportunities that will set your resume apart from others, the competition is so fierce. This past semester alone, I attended an event which gave law students a look into what it takes to become a Solicitor/Barrister and we did an impromptu ‘Speed' Interview. With that exercise we got a look into what our strong points were with interviews and also what could be improved.
Living costs: On Kingston's site they give a rough estimate of how much you would need for the year, from like books, rent, food, entertainment, tuition fees, etc. which you can find here http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/guidance-and-advice/your-home-country/living-costs/
Well here is a few factors that I considered when deciding with universities to apply, hopefully this helps and let me know some of the factors you're taking into consideration!
It's exam time once again and I'm in the middle of revising for my last exams of second year. Thankfully the weather has been all over the place, so I'm not missing much by staying inside.
In times like these some of my friends (and I find myself doing the same) often get a bit overwhelmed with everyday things such as grocery shopping or cleaning. If you're planning to stay at home and have your parents to take care of these tasks, then count yourself lucky! If not, I've come across a few points that do make it easier to manage daily errands on top of university. So don't feel afraid of becoming a little more independent!
As moving out and living alone can be quite daunting at first, the best idea, even when you're not revising and stressed out, is to make a plan at the start of the week. Make sections for university related tasks, household tasks like washing or buying food and also plan in some free time to wind down. I do mine online, which makes it easier because I can colour-coordinate things and change last minute adjustments easily. It sounds annoying at first, but when you know how much time certain things take, it's easier to plan, which prevents being stressed or leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen for a week because you just don't have time.
Second piece of advice: delegate. If you live in a flat with several people, make sure everyone has a roughly equal amount of chores to do. I live with two guys and although they're lovely, I find myself doing a lot of the cleaning because they're either at uni or sleeping! Splitting tasks in a fair way ensures you have enough time to revise and relax afterwards and also prevents frustration and fights which cause additional stress in exam times.
Finally, don't forget to make time for things you like doing. Even though you need to focus on university and make sure you fridge is full, purely dealing with those tasks gets boring and what tends to happen is you give up and just watch TV for the rest of the day. Also, constantly working on exams, etc. is tiring for the brain, so get up and go for a jog, watch a movie, go for a meal with friends! We all know university is about learning, but its also about fun too.
If you've got any questions about coming to university and living on your own, feel free to ask me on my Ask Us Profile!
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