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Module Choices...

Posted 17 Mar 2014 by Laura

 

It's now the time of year where many of us KU students have to start thinking about our choice of modules for next year.This is extra important for me as it is my last year of University so the grades count even more than before. It is actually quite a daunting period as I think its important to have a good variety of modules studied as well as one or two which you have specialised in. For example I specialised in Marketing Applications last year. 

On my course at Kingston (and it may be the same for others), I have the choice of whether the do a dissertation or not. I'm 100% sure I am as I think they look good on your CV. It can be really interesting for you as you can focus on an area which interests you. It is an achievement and it can provide a lot to talk about with future employers, as opposed to just another exam.

One thing I would say is there is a good variety of choices to pick from when you select your module choices for year two and year three! Which is great for having a bit of variety.

Managing Your Stress

Posted 15 Mar 2014 by Rebecca

 

Hi guys!

I hope you're not all frozen to the bone and drenched, the weather in winter isn't exactly my favourite... 

First of all, I'm sorry for not blogging for a while! I've had so much going on that I have had to prioritise. Being in final year, deadlines are now coming closer and closer and that coupled with finding a new place to live and applying for my master's programme is pretty crazy. I'm not going to lie, uni can be quite stressful at times, but there are so many ways that Kingston helps us students get a bit of extra calmness and sanity into our busy schedules. I've blogged a tiny bit before about support from the academic side, and I know that some other ambassadors have done a great job at explaining the help you can get from tutors, librarians and other staff too. However, the following info is a bit more towards any kind of support that doesn't concern university work. Whether you're stressed about family issues, you feel overwhelmed with work or you're just trying to find a better work-life balance, KU has something for you!

The university has an amazing amount of free services that all students can use - something I only recently found out about! KU has drop-in sessions on anything from stress management to substance abuse advice, and ever more in-depth offers like focused counselling. Being away from my home country, I can empathise that sometimes it might be helpful to talk to someone confidentially about problems at university, when you don't want to discuss it with friends or family. 

If talking about issues is not for you, the university provides other options to de-stress.  During term-time, students can sign up for free yoga, meditation or relaxation classes, that you can attend regardless of faith or ability level. The idea is just to get some down-time into your day and promote a healthier (and saner) lifestyle. If all of that sounds to calm, then you can sign up for our university gym and power out any frustration about all those essay deadlines with fitness or boxing classes. Apparently the gym offers massages and osteopathy treatments at student-friendly prices too. Even if you can't find anything that suits your taste at KU, Kingston town centre has a range of places to go and relax. Anything from the Lush Spa to taking a walk along the beautiful Thames, there is bound to be something that takes your mind off assignments.

And remember: don't worry, be happy (classic).

 

Correction Extra Mature Drama Student with Children! 

So after waking up in a panic (forgotten to set an alarm to wake me!) I managed to make it out the door in good time to get the children to school on time, result! My mind is constantly working - Have I remembered everything? Are there any school activities I've forgotten? I ask the children for reassurance - so far so good!

Next, setting off for Uni: Lunch... Check, Oyster.... Check, What subjects are today? Okay got all my books, pencil case, at least I think I'm ready... Did I remember to switch the iron off???

Everyday for me seems to be a rush, every other thought seems to be, 'Have I got this? Did I remember that? I'm always checking my bag for something. Meanwhile deadline's are looming and research is calling me. My travel time to uni is an hour and twenty minutes so I use this time wisely and catch up on some last minute reading which is so needed! The reading is NEVER ending! And to make things worse it's so interesting you're always tempted to go off topic.

Trains are running okay today, a few delays but none effect me. After a Tram, two Trains and a bus ride I reach my destination. It always makes me smile - I often wonder about all the creativity that's happened in the space, how different things must be today than it was 10 years ago. I enjoy the company of all the students and their varied personalities, everyone is like a big family in the drama department, it's like home away from home.

After a combination of practical and theory I'm left with thoughts of my future. Are my aspirations still the same? It seems forever changing with Drama. One thing I'm sure of though, I can't live without it! Traveling home I usually treat myself to some reading of my own choice or a movie on the iPad as a reward for completing my day and a rest before I collect the children and give them my time, exchanging stories of our day, preparing and eating dinner and putting them to bed.

I run a strict bedtime routine which is so needed, this allow's me good time to get homework done and prepare for the next day ahead. If there is enough time after, I watch a bit of sky plus or phone a friend for some gossip (but there usually ain't). Yes kiss social time good bye but rest assured I'm doing this for the best cause - ME! So at this point I get some sleepy time and sometimes I fall asleep forgetting to to set the alarm for the next day... Oops!

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