Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Teddy (Teodora)
I guess I could have written a more general post about any university. However, I decided to draw from my own experience and tell you what you can do at Kingston, rather than anywhere else.
Now, making the most of your time at university means getting involved as much as possible. You need to make up your mind and have a set of clear goals. It's perfectly natural for your goals to change but bear with me. I'll give you a simple example:
I am a TV & New Broadcasting Media with English Literature student. The fact that I have combined two subjects rather than doing a single degree enables me to enter multiple fields. If I wanted to, I could go into TV, PR, film, production work, publishing, editing or writing. However, quite a few of my jobs throughout my university career have been marketing orientated. For instance, I worked for the marketing team at the Students' Union during my second year, my current job is within a media evaluation company, connected to marketing and so on.
Precisely this mixed experience that I have accumulated would enable me to go into a variety of fields. Perhaps, I would even gain a better understanding of what I would like to do before I complete my degree. I have also been part of various societies, which gives me something to talk about. I have pretty much done every Open, Taster and Post-application day since I have started working for the university and that shows my commitment. Kingston also gave me the opportunity to complete a Leadership Course, for which I have a certificate. That has conveniently gone on my CV under my skills section. I have also been a student and course representative which shows that I am responsible.
Now, I am not saying all this to boast or convince you in how much I have accomplished because, let's face it, I procrastinate at times just like anybody else. My point is that if you'd like to do any of these things- you could. Moreover, these are the sort of things you will have going for you once you go on the market, looking for a job. My point is, first and foremost, to get involved. There are a variety of sports and volunteering opportunities at Kingston and you never know who you will be able to meet and what the connections you make will lead you to.
I started just like anybody else. I didn't know anybody. However, I was sure in one thing- I would get to know people and through them I will get to know who I am and what I would like to do. In a sense, that is how you make most of your time at university. You make connections, you work, you find friends and you end up having a better understanding of what the next stages of your life will be. That's why I came to Kingston University. That's how I have been making the most of my time here.
Fancy dress and themed nights are a big part of university nightlife. Especially at Kingston where we have Cougar Chaos (sports clubs night out once a month, but any student is welcome to come along), which always have a theme. So far this year we've had the annual new recruits army themed night, so I recommend you bring something green to uni with you and some face paint. There was a superheroes themed night too. I ended up dismantling my A2 Textiles final piece to make a Poison Ivy costume, and my housemate created her own superhero called Stitch Bitch (she's a fashion student), in fact many students donned a colourful cape and made up their own superheroes. Or you could just not follow the theme at all; there were plenty of bananas walking around that night.
Of course Halloween is the biggest fancy dress night of the year! It's crazy to think that some people plan their costumes maybe a couple months ahead, and you can always tell who they are as they always have the most creative and original costumes. Costumes range from the downright slutty (we've all seen Mean Girls) to the outright bizarre (those costumes always take a bit of time to figure out). This year I fell back on the cheap reliable classic combination of some eyeliner for a nose and whiskers paired up with some cat ears, I threw in furry scarf too.
So this may sound a bit funny, but I guess a top tip of mine would be to allow some room in your budget for the occasional fancy dress, or if you have a fancy dress box at home, bring it to uni. Now it's time for me to plan my costume for the Cougar Chaos Christmas theme night... maybe I could wrap myself in wrapping paper, or go as a giant elf, or even just throw on a snazzy Christmas jumper with a pair of antlers on top of my head.
Winter in London, this will be my fourth winter in London, and I am excited already. Whilst nothing beats heading home to spend Christmas at my parents with Mum's Christmas dinner, and a blazing fire, I love spending the build up to Christmas in the capital.
The last few weeks have seen the start of the Christmas markets setting up, but if you don't already know, the mother of all the Christmas Markets, Winter Wonderland, has just opened (22nd November), and I cannot recommend it highly enough! Unfortunately, Winter Wonderland is only the mother of all UK Markets; as sadly we all know deep down there are way better Christmas Markets in Europe and beyond, but taking away the price of a flight, you don't get better than Winter Wonderland. Also, a bit closer to home, Kingston Christmas market normally has a great atmosphere and the stalls are great!
But before you even get to the markets, winter starts with the clocks going forward the Oxford Street Christmas light switch on, and if your lucky enough, Boots on Oxford Street will have their fake snow machine on to make you feel even more festive. Whilst you're there you should definitely take a look at all the department store windows, Selfridges are famed for their Christmas window displays, and are definitely worth a look.
Another winter favourite for me is Ice Skating, and Somerset house makes for a great backdrop! Their Christmas tree is a must see, it is so big! I would advise booking though, as it can get very busy, and make sure you don't forget your gloves. Also, don't worry about falling over the first time you go, it happens to us all!
Being in Central for my internship has meant I have had the pleasure of leaving work and walking down South Bank for my train; all the lights in the trees are beautiful and make for a lovely walk after a long day at work. Although it's not as great when it's raining! Eurgh!
Anyways the point of this blog is to say; brave the outdoors this winter, wrap up warm and get yourself fuelled up on mulled wine and roasted chestnuts! Winter is definitely not my favourite season, but it doesn't get any better than spending it in London!
The Kingston University Knights Park student union bar on a fundraiser night.
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