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Monday

Kingston; great for shopping but not so great when you're trying not to spend. This is a cheeky buy from Oasis - one of my favourites!

I love a bit of shopping!

Tuesday

GetSet4KU day one! GetSet4KU is an event for students who have come through Clearing and gives them a change to get to know Kingston and feel comfortable. As well as helping the students out I've made some great friends, I can't wait to see them around Kingston!

The first day working at GetSet4KU!

Wednesday

On campus tours with some new students and fellow ambassador Jo! This was our second day of the GetSet4KU event. I was thrilled that one of the students in my group won with a top tip I gave them. What was my my top tip? Get the Kingston University app, it's great and has so much information to help you out!

On campus tours - day two of GetSet4KU!

Thursday

Never a dull moment! Ahead of working more and going home for the weekend I had a long 'to do' list today and ended up going for a bit of comfort food shopping too.

Staying organised with my 'to do' list

Friday

Let's get to work! My third Student Ambassador job of the week and I couldn't be happier! It can be hard work but I get to meet some amazing people. Today we had a schools visit and got to answer their questions about what university is like. Then I headed home for my Dad's birthday!

A school visit before heading home for Dad's birthday

Saturday

It's the little things that make me happiest. My little sister bought me a Diet Coke home. My friends always joke that this is my fuel. It's very rare that there isn't a can in my fridge!

A little treat from my sister

Sunday

My birthday celebrations begin! My birthday may not be until the 18th but that doesn't mean I don't get to start celebrating! My grandparents gave me my presents today as they won't see me until after my birthday. Here are my lovely Jack Wills T-shirt and hoodie and some Lush bath pieces! I feel very lucky!

Some 'lush' early birthday presents from my Grandparents!

Next week...

I have a lot going on from now on, September is going to be a busy month! My friends are starting to come back, more Student Ambassador work, some baking, meals out and more.

 

No offense, but I think Uni food is a bit expensive for a student budget and a few of you might agree with me on this!!! However, I would still rate Kingston University as 5* for the food quality as it's always fresh and they have more healthy options. The main reason I love this Uni is because of its location, Kingston high street is within ten minutes distance (of course by bus). People complain about travelling, accommodation and health expenses but trust me my main worry is spending a lot on food.

I love food but this isn't a good excuse to buy expensive sandwiches from Uni which is why I have gone for the alternatives. This is where the Kingston High street comes handy. My best place to shop in Kingston is Lidl and that's where you will find me shopping most of the time. ;) This is mainly my snack store as their prices are low compare to other stores in the high street. Well, there is Poundland as well, but let's not go there. It's funny how I never knew there was Lidl in Kingston until I got to my second year. Maybe I am the odd one. In case you are in the same situation as me and you don't know where it is then it is next to McDonalds in Eden Street (Kingston high street). I am sure everyone knows where McDonalds is, right?

My second best shop for sandwiches is either Sainsburys or Tesco. I can never make up my mind which one is the best as I love meal deals at both stores. Sometimes I feel like treating myself, in which case I would buy Uni cakes. They are expensive but yummy!!! There is also Asda on both sides of Kingston Hill campus and I call one "an emergency" store because it is open 24 hours. You can pop into it at any time, even if you have to stay till late night especially during exam times. I have always wanted to post a blog on food shopping but ended up posted something else instead but this time I have decided not to mess around and have finally completed this blog. Yayyy!!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog.

 

It's no secret that sometimes we win and sometimes we don't, but the disappointment of not getting what we want doesn't get any easier. Even before you start University you could face disappointment, from not getting those couple of marks to get the GCSE's needed to apply for a course, to being rejected from your firm, to getting no offers at all and having to go through clearing.


Does it get easier from there? Oh no, so you get to uni and want a bit more money (because maintenance loan on its own doesn't cut it) so you apply for countless jobs and unless your one of the lucky ones to have had a job since college and can transfer if needed, you might get told that the cant be hired because you don't have enough experience or your closest branch doesn't have any vacancies to transfer.


Like me, some of you may want to apply for a yearlong placement, while it is a great opportunity if you are lucky enough to get one, sometimes you don't; those first year/ A level results may stop you at the application hurdle ot you could totally mess up your interview. Placements are just as sought after as grad jobs, which speaking of wont be a walk in the park either.


I know this may seem all doom and gloom but the idea of this isn't to make your fear disappointment, but to help you understand that we won't win them all so we shouldn't feel too disheartened when we don't get exactly what we want. Don't be a sore loser, be gracious and accept your losses, you may just win some in the future.

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