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I still have a little over a month until I go back to lectures! That doesn't mean I haven't had anything to do this week, work, Reading Festival, meetings and saying goodbye to the summer (sob). I have to say though, I'm really excited about September, my 20th birthday is coming up, meetings, going back to lectures and Fresher's week! I can't wait to meet all the new students!

Monday

Although I'm not sad, I love this mug. A great message and a fun mug from one of my favourite TV programmes ever, How I Met Your Mother. A lot of cups of tea were made today while I was working on The Student Room. I love talking to people who will be starting Kingston soon, I can't believe how fast my first year went!

Lots of cups of tea in my favourite mug

Tuesday

A tip for all of you, don't forget your money when working all day and need to eat. Coming home to these lovely burgers were a very welcome treat today. I was so hungry!

Yummy burgers!

Wednesday

The beautiful present from my friend Joe's holiday. It's a Harry Potter themed bracelet. I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan. It was also fab to catch up with Joe after not seeing each other for a month or two. We miss our weekly catch ups in the uni library!

A wonderful Harry Potter themed present from my friend Joe

Thursday

I'm lucky to be a part of the Kingston Writing School (free to all Kingston students). Today I met up with the Director, Dr. David Rogers. I had David for a few lectures in my first year on writing essays, the tips of which have now been made into this fab book. I'm lucky enough to have a copy and it is really helpful. I've also been talking about attending the Kingston Writing School's summer school in Athens next year. Fingers crossed! I also headed home for the weekend after today's meeting.

Grab a copy of Dr. David Rogers' book - 'Writing Essays'!

Friday

I finally got to Reading Festival! I was gutted to miss my favourite band Paramore a few years ago but I finally got to see them perform as headliners! I got a great view and saw some other great acts too, like Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, Enter Shikari and Blood Red Shoes! It was nice to go with my other half Ali as well as this was part of his 21st Birthday present.

Finally!! Reading Festival!! We saw some amazing bands

Saturday

I still see you Doctor! It's always a big thing for me to sit down and watch the new season of Doctor Who and although ‘my' doctor Matt Smith has left I found Peter Capaldi to be great! I'm really looking forward to the new series with my T.A.R.D.I.S (above) and sonic screwdriver.

I'm a Doctor Who fan

Sunday

Brrr! Goodbye Summer! I found myself huddled up in a jumper and coat today and apparently the wet and cold weather is here to stay! I can't say I'm too sad, autumn is my favourite time of year! Now where are my Ugg boots?!?

All snuggled up in my warm clothes

Next week...

I'm not expecting next week to be very busy although a library afternoon, a night out and hopefully improving my cooking skills are on the cards! My last quiet week before September gets very busy!

Say YES to a placement!

Posted 22 Aug 2014 by Laura

 

I'm officially moved in and survived my first two weeks as an intern! *phew*
And all I can say so far is...WOW! I'm loving it! Minus the waking up at 6am...and getting home at 6pm absolutely KNACKERD! (Now I understand when everyone says ‘enjoy your student days!') but I´m sure I´ll get used to that...

You could say, Laura don't speak so soon...you're only a couple of weeks in! but, I honestly feel like it's going to be a great year. Being able to experience the atmosphere in an office and see how it all works and how all the products/ideas are generated is so cool! I know I can only speak from own experience and what it's like on my placement; but they really seem to value their interns...looking to get some fresh ideas on the table! (quite overwhelming at first when they keep asking ‘do you have anything to add?' ‘do you have any questions?') it does feel awesome though when you can explain something you've learnt at uni and they genuinely seem interested and take the idea on board! :O

I am sure this year is going to have its ups and downs...I mean there'll come a point where I'll stop being a newbie and they'll expect me to get going on some serious work BUT what better way to learn??! I've already been approached to take part in some real interesting projects!

I really think with this year I'm going to be able to truly figure out WHERE in a company I want to work once I graduate (I hope!) and then work towards really improving those skills! My main aim though is to make the MOST of this year and get to know some new people :D that's also another positive point...I'm working with a ton of other interns from all around the UK, if not the world! So it's great!

I've had to relocate for this placement and thus have gone through the whole moving process (like many of you will be doing soon in September!) and can I just say...ugh! Haha it's such a HASSLE! Just try and not forget anything (like me!) and make a list! I do kind of enjoy unpacking...and making the new room your own (I put pictures EVERYWHERE!)
Anyway...we'll see how it all goes but so far I would REALLY recommend doing a placement: not only for the work and personal experience, but also it's a PAID year out! it feels nice to have a higher student budget than normal ;) haha!

My Work Placement

Posted 19 Aug 2014 by Abigail

 

I recently completed my editorial work placement with Hearst Magazines, so this month I'd like to let you all know what I got up to on my two weeks working at a real magazine. It is compulsory to do a work placement on my course as we have to reflect upon what we learnt when we return to Uni after summer.

Hearst MagazinesOn my first day the worst possible thing happened - I slept through my alarm! I had planned to be early to make sure I found the building alright and so that I could calm my nerves. I was grateful that I had been so organised and had laid out my clothes the night before. I managed to get up, brush my teeth, throw on my clothes and leave within ten minutes, grabbing my make-up and hairbrush to do on the journey. I managed to get on a fast train from Surbiton to Waterloo and followed my GPS to the letter. When I got the Piccadilly Circus I found the office block and by some miracle I had five minutes to spare!

In the end, this was probably a good thing because I didn't have time to be nervous, I just had to get on with it. The PA introduced me to the team which was surprisingly small, only about fifteen people to make an entire magazine. Then she sat me down at my own desk and gave me a list of my duties for the placement. The first thing was to read through the huge stack of the weekends supplement newspapers and make clippings from the stories that are relevant to the magazine. This took me nearly the whole day and by the end my hands were black with ink stains! I also had to sort the post when it arrived each morning which was a great way of learning everyone's names and having a peak at what they were working on. Other general duties were filing magazines in the archives and answering phone calls.

I was mainly working for the features editor and her deputy, I got to research and fact check for them and even got to write a few stories for their website. It was great to hear their feedback and know that what I was doing was actually useful to them.

By the second week, I would come into the office and know exactly what I needed to do that day. I made lists of tasks I had toDesk do and only stop briefly when the post arrived. My confidence grew in this short space of time and I found it hard to switch off thinking about it. One evening after work I was wandering through the Kingston night market and I found a stall that sold products which looked perfect for the magazine so I took a business card. I pitched the idea the following day to the feature's editor and she later told me the deputy editor was keen to use the idea for a feature - this was definitely one of my highlights!

There were two things that happened during my placement that I was really lucky to have been a part of. The first was taking part in their first ever live twitter chat - I actually had a better idea of how they are carried out from my KUSA work than they did so they were happy to take my advice.


Lunch BreakLastly, I got to go to a breakfast launch of their new website. It was held in the office and I had to help prepare the croissants and bucks fizz beforehand and then everyone gathered round. The editor said a few words and we toasted to the launch of the website and then there was a chance to mingle. I found this quite daunting at first but luckily one of the subs came over and we got chatting. I was able to ask a few of my burning questions and she gave me some great advice. She told me that in order to break the industry I need to write lots about what I know and go away and pitch as many articles to as many of those niche publications as I can.

I had a great time and will be able to ask them for a reference in the future. I thoroughly recommend anyone on any course to get this kind of hands-on experience - even if it isn't a course requirement.

 

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