So this is my first ever blog post and I'm writing it on a beautiful sunny day in July. I have recently finished my first year of university and I must admit I am really enjoying the time I've now got to relax after the stress of the exam period in May.
I've actually been celebrating recently, because I got my grades for the year (got a first!) and I also moved into a house with my two best friends, so I've been having lots of fun.
I was in Halls of Residence last year (Chancellors at Kingston Hill) and I loved it. I found that Halls was a really good way to meet new friends and have new experiences of that initial independence together. It's great because although I was living away from the family home for the first time, I had the support system of my flatmates and also I had Halls Management to rely on...if I needed them.
They are great, as they can help you out with anything that goes wrong, for example, when my light broke and I didn't know how to change the bulb, I had Halls Maintenance there to come and help me out!
With Halls, you also have onsite security guards, which luckily I never needed, but it was nice for the safety and reassurance, and my parents definitely saw that as a plus. Another great thing in Halls was that we had a cleaning rota, so the flat was always clean and tidy, else a charge would be incurred by that student.
I moved out in June. I was a bit nervous about moving into private accommodation because I felt like there were a few extra responsibilities that I perhaps didn't have to deal with in Halls. For example, with private housing, you have to go through a letting agent and find a house, view it, get a deposit together and administration fees, sign a contract and also when you move in there are things like setting up all the utility bills such as gas and electric, TV and water etc.
This all sounds very scary, but after worrying about it a bit, and going through with it all, I can honestly say that it was not as bad as I thought it would be and it was a really good experience and definitely a learning curve for me. After all, you're going to have to go through all of this at some point in your adult life.
If you're moving into Halls of Residence this September, you're going to have a great time. I also have loads of friends who commute to Uni and that's great for many reasons, not to mention the money you would save. Private Accommodation is one of the best things I have ever done. I can't stop cleaning the house because I'm so proud and I want to keep it spick and span! Let's hope it continues... check back soon!
Posted 31 Jul 2013 by Chloe
In the last couple of weeks I received my Second Year results. Having been awake for the majority of the night, just in case they went on OSIS (Online Student Information System) overnight like in my first year, I ended up going to work on about 4 hours sleep! So after the longest 4-hour shift of my life, I finally received my results, and I was relieved and very happy to find out that I had passed with a 1st (just)! Oh, and then I went to see Michael Bublé that evening, hence the picture!!
However, getting my results this year at Kingston was nothing compared to the nerves of my A-Level results day in August 2011. Again, having been awake pretty much all night waiting for it finally to be morning when I could go and collect my results, I was surprisingly wide awake! As is usual with most websites, UCAS Track crashed and therefore I was unable to find out if I had go into Kingston before I went to collect my results from school.
To my surprise, I received a text from Kingston University basically stating that I had been accepted. That has got to be the happiest moment ever (just beating passing my driving test!), and I no longer had the immense fear and butterflies of having to walk up to my school to receive my results, even though I still was dying to know what grades I had got.
Obviously I understand that some of you will be more nervous than others, and some may not even be able to collect their results on 15th August (A-Level results day) due to being on holiday. My main advice is to stay calm, and for as long as possible, put it out of your mind, enjoy your summer and have some fun. Try not to do what I did, I was counting down the days for months, and I think I may have annoyed quite a few people!
I really hope you all get the results you want, or even better, and that you get accepted into either your first choice university or your insurance. I was delighted to be accepted into Kingston, and couldn't wait to spend all my hard-earned money on stuff for uni, such as saucepans and stationery (got to love a bit of stationery!!). However, if you do not get the results you were really hoping for, try not to beat yourself up about it. You tried your hardest and that is all anyone can ask of you. Your teachers and tutors will be on hand when you collect your results to discuss things such as Clearing, take a gap year, and also looking into similar courses at the university of your choice.
Having not had to experience Clearing, I've included the following link to give you some more information about it: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/ucas-clearing/
I hope this has put your mind at rest even just slightly about what to expect and what to do afterwards when it gets to results day. Feel free to ask me a question about this, or anything else regarding student life if you want, I'll be happy to help. Good luck on results day from me, I hope see many of you at Kingston in September.
Hi from Germany!
I hope you're all enjoying the amazing weather wherever you are and are looking forward to starting university. I am currently back home in Bavaria, which is always a nice change, seeing as I spent the most of my summer break to date in Kingston. So here I am in the beautiful mountains, spending my time mountain biking and organizing my dad's birthday.
As relaxed as I am now, I can remember how I felt at roughly this time in 2010, when I had just received my IB results. I hate to admit it but I wasn't very happy at all. As always in life (or according to Murphy's Law) if something goes wrong, more things go wrong, in my case, I went through a bad break-up about 5 minutes before my first exam. Naturally, I wasn't really focused after that. Hence, when I got my results (which weren't bad, but not what I had been predicted) I was quite upset. The reason I'm telling you this is because although I hope you get the grades you wanted, the reality is that some of us will not. And that's fine. Yes, it's annoying and scary at first because maybe you'll see some of your future plans slipping away. But it's not the end. It doesn't mean you're a failure and if anyone (friends, teachers or even your parents) suggest anything like that, please don't listen to them.
What you need if you don't get the results you wished or worked for, is a plan. If you needed a certain grade to get into your dream university, don't give up just yet. There are many options that you can try. Phone them up and explain your situation, many universities will reassure you, for example, often their focus is also on your strong personal statement and extra-curricular activities. If you do not get onto that first choice course, then you could still receive a place with your insurance or second choice option. If you aren't offered a place at any of those, or you have declined an offer, you will automatically enter the clearing process. Clearing will give you access to available courses at other universities. Get your results as early as possible so you have a head start when fighting for clearing places. As soon as you have found something you like, give them a call, as they'll want to talk to you! Alternatively, you could start a diploma or foundation course leading to a degree later on. It makes sense to visit a new university to see if it is right for you (although between us, I didn't go to an open day before I started at Kingston... but I think I was lucky!). Don't just take anything that you are offered, as you may regret your choice later if you blindly choose the first option. If all else fails, options such as a gap year, work, an apprenticeship, etc. are also open to you.
Let's hope you won't need this, but I hope it helps. Have a good summer and maybe see you soon!
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