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Highlights of a Kingston Degree

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Rhian

 

I've had a fantastic three years here at Kingston University but sadly it's now come to an end! I'm very excited but also a bit nervous about what's to come next! I'm going to go back to Wales for the rest of the summer and I'm really looking forward to that as I'll get to spend some time with family, friends and my dogs!

RhianWhilst at university I've had great experiences and met so many wonderful people. Some of the highlights include my fine art course which I really enjoyed. My favorite part of the course is that it gave me enough confidence to organise my own exhibitions and creative events across London!

<-- The Art Shed - A creative project I helped organise 

I've also loved all the traveling I've been able to do over the past few years. I even went to my first music festival! This year I went to Amsterdam and Prague with friends and had such a great time, I can't wait to plan another trip!

 

Amsterdam            Amsterdam

Living in Kingston has been fantastic too. There always seems to be something to do! There's usually a fun event going on, I normally us this website to find out what's on http://www.kingstonfirst.co.uk.  I've loved being able to go sit outside one of the many bars by the river and relax with friends. I've loved being able to travel into London so easily and quickly, there is so much to do in central London and going on days out there is great fun.  

I'm sad that my time at university has come to an end but I feel ready to move on and I'm looking forward to see what the future holds!

 

As I'm approaching my graduation, with my final year results published and done with (2:1, I'll accept that!), I began thinking of all those things in London which were amazing to engage with being so close, and maybe those things I feel like I should, but haven't quite got round to doing yet!:

Being a tourist1. Free central tourist day

If money is an issue, theres so much to see for free!! Wandering around seeing Buckingham palace, and being lucky enough to see the changing of the guard, visiting loads of museums and galleries or simply sitting and relaxing in some of the amazing parks or Trafalgar square, there's so much to do in London that only requires an £8.50 travel card to get around!

2. Tourist day with money

Something I never managed to save up and do unfortunately! However there are ways to get discounts by simply googling it! Classic icons like the London eye, madam taussads, and houses of parliament all require a fee, and new builds such as the shard, however everyone I know who's paid for it can't stop going on about how worth it it is, so give it a try!

Ascot3. Royal Ascot

This is something I went to recently, and was absolutely amazing! Getting dressed up in pretty dresses and fascinators makes you feel so sophisticated, and sipping on wine whilst watching the races and absorbing the atmosphere was so much fun! I'd recommend paying a little bit more and going for a more upper tier area, as you get more of the sophisticated classy atmosphere that royal ascot is renowned for!

4. Wimbledon

So many of my friends went to Wimbledon this year and it would be silly not too with it being so close! Although there is a long wait to get in and get the good tickets, everyone I know who was involved with Wimbledon can't stop going on about how worth it it is.

5. Henley

Another classic British celebration, this one is a little bit outside of London! The Henley Royal Regatta is a yearly celebration that oozes class and wealth and is an amazing atmosphere to be in, as again it requires nice dresses so is an excuse to look fancy, whilst sitting by the river watching some amazing races!

6. Theatre

I don't think a particular one matters, central London is a hub of shows and theatres putting on amazing, world renowned performances, so to not take advantage of this, when sometimes they can be quite cheap, would be utterly foolish!

On the way to Notting Hill Carnival7. Notting Hill Carnival

Happening in August every year, this was amazing! With an amazing vibe full of colours and African music and a carnival atmosphere, this was so fun to walk around and see the carnival and try all the different types of foods, and will definitely become something that I go to year after year as was so much fun! Although at nighttime it gets a bit rowdy, during the daytime kids and families are about so it's definitely a safe place to be!

So that's my very short list of the highlights! There is so much more I could go on about, such as Camden Market, the London Marathon, the Clubs, Boat trips along the river etc, but I'm sure you want me to shut up by now and you'll get to experience these amazing things yourself if you visit London! Thanks for Reading, and if you have any questions, just ask!

Healthy Eating at University

Posted 11 Sep 2014 by Rachel

 

Healthy EatingFor me when the sun comes out I crave nutritious food - if only this lasted all year round! I have been on a major health kick most of the month and have only indulged a couple of times. Generally though I have just been super motivated to eat healthy. Maybe this has something to do with a holiday I have planned in August?!? Hahaha, well whatever the motivation I am loving it. I wouldn't call this a diet though because I don't feel deprived of anything. My only goal is to eat healthy, so when it comes to a meal time and all the floods of considerations as to what to eat come into my mind, I choose the healthy option. Pretty simple, maybe that's why it's working!

Anyway I'm thinking ahead to some questions you may have about eating healthily while at Uni.

Is it more expensive to eat healthily? To be honest I don't think so. As you can see from the photo's I've included all you need are some vegetables and eggs to make a super healthy meal. On a Uni budget- Eggs are your friend people! They are so versatile and can be bought cheap. In terms of your fruit and veg- shop around! Lidl has great value for veg. In fact, with all your food and everything you do- shop around! FiHealthy Eating 2gure out the best value and stretch that penny further!

I really like to snack on nuts and I add them to my breakfast- these can be expensive. I find that buying them in bulk from a market shop helps with this expense.   

Is it easy to eat healthy when on placement? Yes! I actually find it easier to stick to a healthy regime while on placement. I am not going to fool you though- Christmas time is a difficult one because there are so many sugary treats left for you from clients. However being well prepared with your meals and bringing a packed lunch saves both time and money. This morning for example- I hadn't organised anything the night before, so I quickly boiled a couple of eggs, grabbed two apples and a handful of nuts and tah dah- healthy lunch without the hassle. 

Okay that's about all I can write before I will feel like I have just jinxed everything! Please write to me about any questions relevant to this piece or anything about Uni you think I can help you with.

Rachel x

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