Hope you have all had a great start to 2014, I certainly have! The 1st of February is a special day for me, as I celebrate my three year anniversary with my other half, and I couldn't be happier! Before starting university I didn't believe the statistics about how many people meet their other halves at university and I honestly didn't ever believe it would happen to me. Anyway today's blog is going to make sure you never go on a rubbish date again. With Valentines Day just round the corner here are some of my top date ideas, including some free options as well for when your student loan is running low:
1. Although it might not be the best weather for it at the moment, going for a walk in Richmond Park is the perfect date, it would also make a great picnic spot for a date with a difference. The park is beautiful and is full of deer, and if you pick your day wisely you make even get to see the views of central London (must be a clear day though). If Richmond Park is too far away, you can always head down by the river.
2. In my first year at uni I got myself an annual pass to Thorpe Park as I loved it so much, and it was money well spent. If you love theme parks, Thorpe park would be make a great date, with plenty of rides, and even the chance to win a cheesy teddy, who could resist?!
3. Top Golf - there are currently three Top Golf sites in the UK and even if you have never played golf before it is so much fun. The best way I can describe it is it is very similar to bowling but with golf but you might be better to check out the website for more details - http://topgolf.com/watford/
4. The London Eye is on the banks of the Thames in London and right next to The London Aquarium so why not make a day of it! This isn't the cheapest day out, but you can't live so close to London and never go on the Eye can you?
5. Emirates Airline - cheaper than the London Eye, but the queues are small and the views are still just as good.
6. Okay, so I know we can't all cook like Gordon Ramsey's but it the thought that counts, and cooking at home isn't as expensive as eating out, so impress that special someone by cooking them a meal, if you find and follow a good recipe I'm sure you won't go far wrong. Here are a few websites I like to get you started -
And if your not too confident going it alone russle up a pizza together -
7. If you really are worried about giving them food poisoning you could splash out on a nice meal, if you are going to do this, make sure you know what they like, as well as checking the reviews for the restaurant. Especially in London, restaurants seem to get booked up a long way in advance so I try and book ahead.
8. I recently visited The Shard, and whilst everyone always thinks it is really expensive, there are restaurants and bars in the Shard which don't charge entry and the drinks aren't too expensive either, so why not head down to London Bridge and treat yourselves to drinks looking over London.
Hopefully these ideas, will help you to plan some awesome dates, I wish you luck and hope you have fun!
My time at University is almost over, I have less than three months to go and I am starting to plan ahead and trying to figure out my next big steps in the big wide world! In this blog I am going to talk about what I would do if I could go back in time and what I would do better in terms of applying for University, along with some of my top tips!
Open days are so essential; you have to think - you will be spending at least three years of your life there. Would you buy a house without seeing it first? Unlikely, hence I really can't stress just how important it is to get a feel for the University and surrounding area it's located in before making that important decision. For me Kingston felt right, it ticked so many boxes from course, location and the facilities.
Don't take your feet off the pedal for that final exam or piece of coursework. When I was in my second year of college I felt really burnt out and struggled with attaining my higher grades in year one. In the end I just scraped through, possibly just by the skin of my teeth and luckily I got into University with no problems, but if I could go back in time I would work as hard as I could for the last few months in the knowledge of having a much longer summer break, due to University terms starting later on.
Now especially as a student ambassador I know what universities are looking at when looking at an application. Away from grades one of the most important things on the UCAS application form is your personal statement that should demonstrate A) why you want to do the course, showcasing any passions etc. and B) all about you e.g. any extracurricular activities you may have done. Whilst I had done some volunteering at college I would now be able to add so much more by doing so much at University since. However while you still can between now and when you do apply try to do something worthwhile whether it be volunteering, work, work experience, or trying new sports - not only will it help you develop, but it will also look great on your application form.
In terms of my University adventure I wouldn't change a thing! I think that during the last few years here I have gradually become more active and involved. One of the things I tend to say to people who ask if they will enjoy University or not is that it really depends on how much they put in. I like to say 'what you put in, is what you will get out of it' and that can be applied to anything.
For this blog post I would like to let you all in on a recent Student Ambassador project I have been involved with. The project is called the Student Take Over, which you may have already heard of as we also run Take Overs of the KU twitter account. This new project was for a small group of ambassadors to write content for a Take Over section in the new prospectus. The idea is that whilst all the information students who are thinking about applying to KU need is available on the website and in the corporate part of the prospectus, it's valuable for them to read about the real opinions and stories from current Ku students - and that's where we come in!
Myself and four others (Adam, Bryn, Deema and Jami) applied to work on this project through the Student Ambassador scheme. We meet most weeks with the university's marketing team to come together and discuss ideas, then we go away to write about a variety of topics. We more-or-less get free rain in terms of what we'd like to talk about but we get advice and guidance from the marketing team to make sure we stick to themes, prospective students really want to know about!
As myself and Deema are Journalism students, we sometimes help to organise and edit the copy produced by the five of us and write extra bits when needed. We then all came together again to give our design input and have our photographs taken, which was then all brought to life by the professional team. Personally, I feel it has been a great learning experience and I've really been able to explore my curiosity in marketing, which I am now considering as a future career path. It has also been really fun, and I've made good friends from our small group. The best bit was a few weeks ago when we were given a copy of our four page section. It was really cool to see how all our hard work had paid off and I'm sure that this experience will really help to make my CV stand out from the crowd.
The latest version of the prospectus will be going to print soon and will be in careers libraries in schools across the country, at HE fairs and our own open days so if you are visiting us then don't forget to pick up a copy and take a look!
Have a great month!
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