After a long summer of sun and fun it's hard to get back into the mood for university. So here are some things I would do to get motivated and stay motivated.
Make sure you are organised, get yourself into a routine and source the things you need such as books, pens, print lecture slides, make a timetable and download the university app, etc. Aim to have this done no later than the second week of university, it makes life so much harder when you don't know if you are coming or going!
During my first week back I had refresher training for my Student Ambassador job and there was a great talk about goal setting and how it's a great idea to set small goals often with time scales and to regularly assess your progress.
I would also suggest making a vision board and filling it with things you want to achieve and goals you have for the year e.g. what grades you want to get, things and anything else that inspires you to succeed. Place it somewhere that you will see it daily or make a point of looking at every morning, it should help to keep you motivated and on track. I'm in the process of making mine now!
The vision board and goal plan will definitely help to motivate you but if you're looking for even more motivation and are feeling a bit down in the dumps about all the work load which has recently been bestowed upon you or just feeling a bit fed up in general, I would recommend reading an inspirational and positive book ! I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to these kind of things so here are some suggestions.
Lastly relaxation is also important because with a clear and relaxed mind you will find revision, reading and succeeding so much easier. I usually relax with candles and my favourite relaxation app!
So..that time has approached, and it hardly seems real!
After finishing University in May, and delaying real life by working for the University all summer, my time at Kingston has finally come to a close, and I am moving onto my new job as an operations assistant with the NHS.
When I first joined Kingston University, I was so scared and tentative about being in a place I don't know, at a university that was not researched as well due to it being a clearing choice. I was disappointed in myself for not getting my original choice, and feeling at the time like I was ‘settling' as it wasn't a Russell Group choice. Looking back on the past three years I realise how wrong I was! To put it simply, I LOVE Kingston.
The course I chose was well taught and the opportunity to do a research dissertation was amazing, and has shown me that there are other well paid, enjoyable routes that I will still be helping people in if I do not obtain a place in Medical School. Unfortunately, medical school has not happened straight after university for me, but I have the grades now, and working as an operations assistant constantly chatting to Doctors will certainly help provide me with the experience, so who knows! I honestly believe that if I obtained my grades and went straight to medical school, I would have most likely ended up dropping out at some stage-1/5 medical school students do as it's such an intense course! But having three years of Kingston in a strongly academic, yet slightly less intense atmosphere has given me such a heads up! I've learnt a lot of the vital skills I need, learnt how to balance my studies with a hectic extracurricular life and how to make the vital contacts that are needed for the industry- I've never felt more prepared!
And on the subject of Extracurricular activities, there were a lot of them! Looking back on my time here, the amount I managed to get involved in was ridiculous:
Year 1: Netball, Working at Primark, Kingston Language Scheme, Volunteering with RISE, working at the Olympics.
Year 2: Working at Twickenham stadium, V festival, Y not festival and Hampton Court flower show, Kingston Language scheme, RISE volunteering, Netball, Team V Leadership programme and HCO:Life sciences society.
Year 3: Student Ambassador work, Twickenham stadium, working at Isle of Wight festival, Committee of HCO: Life sciences society, Netball, Lab dissertation, Team V leader volunteer, Course Rep, Working with my course director on a SADRAS project, volunteering at Reading Festival for an amazing cause, not to mention an amazing holiday with ambassador mates!
And these are all the ones that I can think of quickly, let alone all the little amazing experiences and random memories that I have obtained and that Kingston have allowed me to achieve... It's sad to leave but I am excited to see what the next few years bring!
Most people can't get through university without working, but finding a suitable job can be difficult so here is a guide to ensuring you weigh up all your options and your degree doesn't suffer.
Whilst the jobs at the university are limited it is definitely worth applying. The majority of these jobs are advertised on the KUSU site or on MyKingston. The university are extremely understanding towards your degree and know that your degree comes first, which often isn't the case with other employers. Obviously not everyone will be lucky enough to gain a position within the university; the university does also have a job site - http://www.kingston.ac.uk/careers/students/jobs/ - which advertises lots of jobs from employers who are looking for students, so be sure to check this link out.
To ensure you don't neglect your studies, here are some tips for when selecting jobs to apply for -
Don't commit too many hours at the beginning of term, as when deadlines start approaching you might want to work less. Finding a job where the hours are flexible and there are plenty of staff members who can cover shifts is extremely helpful when deadlines are pending. Also, find a job where the hours complement university, working really late nights when you have 9 am lectures might seem okay at first but will become difficult and tiring overtime.
Find a job close to home or university will help cut down on your time spent travelling and will either allow you to study before or after work and should mean you spend more time studying or working than sitting in traffic
Try and find a job which is relevant to your degree, and will coincide with your studies. This should help you gain better grades at university and also help in securing a graduate position on completion of your degree.
Hope this all helps, and good luck job hunting!
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