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My top 5 things to do in Kingston

Posted 26 Feb 2014 by Adam

 

Enjoying the Mexican vibe at El Peyote5. Mexican food and music at El Peyote

A lovely, authentic Mexican restaurant in Kingston. Fairly cheap, with a great atmosphere, there is live Mexican/Spanish music, and it's an awesome place for parties and socials. One of my favourite socials was with the ambassador scheme here where I pulled a Mexican style look with a sombrero and moustache.

4. Shopping in the massive multi-storey ‘Bentall Centre'

I've never been much of a shopper, I probably will only have a look a few times a year, but out of all the shopping centres I have been to in the UK, Bentalls is by far the best. It caters for all kinds of people, from clothing stores, to entertainment and even a selection of great places to eat inside. It has about 4 floors and you may go in thinking you will take only 15 minutes but then you end up spending hours in, and likewise money!

 

The fountains in Kingston marketplace3. Having a look around the Kingston Marketplace

There is so much on offer here, with food and crafts from various cultures around the world. There is fruit and veg which is fairly cheap and a must for us students! People will often do busking acts, such as singing or dancing and you often see some really talented people around the area. It's a lovely student oriented peaceful area. Then there are the lovely water fountains that shoot up from the ground and when it gets hot what better way to cool down than by walking through them!

 

Kingston Riverside in Summer2.The River Thames

In the summer there is no other place I would choose to have my lunch in the Kingston area. When it's sunny it's so peaceful and feels as if you were at a beach. I really enjoy relaxing there and not many people know that it's a short walk from our main campus. If you get involved in some water sports why not take out a boat too? Whether it be a rowing boat, sail boat or even a powerboat; if you are a member of any of the societies, it's super cheap and you can practice when you want. There are also a fantastic range of restaurants by the riverside too, catering for vegetarians/vegans and plenty of other food types.

1. Seeing the deer at Richmond Park

I find it hard to work in the library and at university! Then again I find it hard to work at home too thanks to the TV and other entertainment distractions. Therefore, when I revise for exams or want some 'me time' I will walk/jog around, or cycle through Richmond Park and then cross over to Wimbledon Common en route to home. It's a great peaceful place for picnics too! I always fail to get that close to the deer but I don't really blame them for losing their trust in humans, after watching Bambi!

 

When the joy of second year is replaced by the fear of Third year, you know it's time to get serious....

Believe your lecturers when they tell you there is a prominent step up between second and third year! If you learn to prioritise your time accordingly and make a few changes however, it can seem to be at least manageable!

Work comes first

In first and second year it may have seemed okay to put off that assignment in favour of that party 'you really wanted to go to' or a few hours extra in bed, however you need to remember that your final year is worth 80% of your final grade and the point of university is to earn a degree, so this has to be your top priority. It may seem like you're missing out on all the fun things happening, however when you graduate with a first degree then all those hours spent revising and working on the assignments will seem worth it!

Dissertation

One of the most prominent things in your final year! I chose to do a lab dissertation, which means making sure you give the time to being in the lab! Otherwise, you'll find you have a few days left to complete your entire dissertation work, and you'll really struggle! With a library dissertation, it's exactly the same concept! You need 40+ books reference in your dissertation which won't be found overnight! So even if you know exactly what you will say, allocate time for this....

Start thinking about jobs

Terrifying but true, this time next year you won't be a student!! So now is the time to be using university services to brush up your CV's, join all those extracurricular societies, sports and clubs that will make your university experience seem less one dimensional that arriving, doing lectures then wandering off. Also, jobs won't apply for themselves!! Most graduate scheme deadlines are by Christmas; however there will be a few left! So don't leave it till you've graduated as everyone will have already taken your dream job!!

Get out of your overdraft

Next year you'll have to start paying this back!! So try to ensure you get out of this and stay out of it this year, no matter how tempting it is to book that end of exams celebration holiday!

Still remember to have a good time!

This is your final year at university, so make the most of it!! Yes your work comes first, but when that's finished go out and see those friends you may not see for a while, rather than sitting at home! University will be one of the best times of your life, therefore work hard but make the most of every element and every day of it!

 

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and have enjoyed the 2014 fireworks. For some of you 2013 might have been a good year, for some not so good and for others a mix of both.

For me 2013 was a great year. I have enjoyed every single moment of the year. To welcome 2014 I went to London Eye and the fireworks this year were amazing. I couldn't believe the number of people that were there at that time and waiting to welcome 2014. I went with few of my Kingston University friends; well I say a few, I mean about ten of us! It was great to see them all together after a long time. I did get time to see them individually but as most of you might know it is very difficult to get together as others might not be free at the same time as you are.

Also, I could only spend few hours with them due to my current placement. When I was with my friends on New Year Eve I thought why not have a blog on how to stay in touch with your friends whilst on placement. So 2014 will be a great year for you all, as I will be preparing a blog on how to balance your Social and Work life. I hope you'll find that blog useful - especially if you are on placement or have a part time job.

Although I am happy to roll on to 2014, I am a bit nervous as I am getting closer to the end of my placement year. This means I will be starting my third year in 2014 and will need to prepare myself for new challenges.

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