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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.

 

Hello everyone!
Well hasn't the weather changed! No more shorts and T-shirts in Kingston for a while I think. I've been trying to entertain myself during a very quiet week. I should be grateful as next week is so packed I might have to sleep standing up with working at the GetSet4KU event (a day for Clearing students to get to know the uni), a schools visit and going home. So this week was spent relaxing and funnily enough reading!

Monday

Three guesses what my favourite TV Show is (well, other than Friends). I went home at the weekend so coming back to all my DVDs was a welcome sight! I'm not the only ambassador to love 'How I Met Your Mother'. Fellow ambassador Adam and I could talk about the show all the time when we saw each other! So with the rain coming in and weather turning chillier a DVD marathon was a great idea.

A lovely day indoors with a DVD marathon

Tuesday

The dress, the dress, the dress! From most of my pictures you'll see I'm not really a girly girl but my birthday dress arrived and I'm SO excited! I have a week of plans already (another action packed week for you all to read about). The dress fitted thankfully! The next time you'll see it will be the pictures from my birthday meal

So excited about my new birthday dress!

Wednesday

It may not look like it but this was me researching hard for my placement with Closer magazine next year. I'm going to Closer for a week or two for work experience. Some courses require this kind of experience as a part of their course but this, instead was me wanting to try a possible career path. Although I guess the Malteasers bars weren't strictly research.

Believe it or not - this is research!

Thursday

The lovely Sara-Ann, another ambassador! We were busy in the office today getting ready for our GetSet4KU event next week. We've been making presentations, calling people to see if they need anything and picking up some prizes! I can't wait to get to the event and meet new students!

Working with Sara Ann in the office

Friday

Another weekend, another night out with the lovely Jennifer. We absolutely love the local pub, The Kings Tun before following on to Pryzm night club sometimes, although I much prefer pubs to clubs. Tonight I had to say goodbye to Jen for 3 weeks before she jets off to Singapore! Lucky for some!

Another lovely night out with Jen!

Saturday

There is nothing better than a full English Breakfast, especially when you don't have to cook it. One of the many perks of living with my boyfriend!

Who doesn't love a cooked breakfast? Especially when it is made for you!

Sunday

I popped in to see my tutor earlier in the week on a library expedition (you can't keep me away!) and she recommended this novel. I'm falling in love with it and it's set to become one of my favourites. I love the fact that my lecturers are not only amazing academically but can recommend some really good reads.

A recommended read - quickly becoming a favourite!

What do I bring to Uni?

Posted 29 Aug 2014 by Abigail

 

It's coming up to that time of year again when we, (the existing students,) and the newbie's, (just getting their results and university places,) are thinking about where we will live for the next academic year, and also, what on earth to bring with us!

I feel like an old hand at packing for Uni, as I'm approaching the move in date for my new student house in time for the start of my fourth year of study here at Kingston. So I thought I would write this post to share some tips and tricks I've learnt over the years.

In my first year I took on an unfurnished flat - I would advise any student against doing this, unless you have enough money and are happy to hire a removal van when you move out. I ended up selling the furniture I bought to my then landlady for next to nothing and moving into a furnished flat the following year. It was much easier to move into a place that had the furniture there already, so now I always double check that there is at least a bed, wardrobe and desk in my bedroom before agreeing to the tenancy.

I think it's best to have a minimalist approach to what you bring to Uni because I feel like I work better with less clutter around, something I have only just discovered. You'll see many highly practical lists of what to take to Uni, but you probably know all the basics already. Here's my alternative top 10 things you should pack:

1. Your own kitchen utensils, pots, pans, plates etc but keep it minimal: the less you have, the less there is to wash up!
2. A set of portable speakers so you can share your awesome taste in music with your housemates and friends.
3. A smart outfit or suit, in case you have an interview or important event whilst at uni.
4. Raid your mums herbs and spices cupboard, to spice up a bland meal when money is tight.
5. Hangover cures and a small medical set, just in case you might need something.
6. A pack of cards (complete deck), handy for drinking games.
7. A cheap or old phone, in case yours gets lost, stolen or broken you'll be grateful to have a backup.
8. A travelers backpack for going on long weekends away to see old friends or for sports and society trips.
9. A pot plant to give your bedroom to breath some fresh oxygen into the room and a splash of colour.
10. Lastly, check your reading list and bring the books with you, not only will you be ahead of the game but you won't have to worry about forking out for books when you're low on funds later in the year.

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