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1. Don't be scared to meet new people!

Whilst you're at university, I guarantee that you will meet some amazing people! I have met people that I know will be life-long friends, as well as people who changed my life in other ways, such as tutors who gave me knowledge, as well as my boyfriend! I think whilst you're here, it's really important to not be afraid to make conversation - just say hello, you never know who you're going to meet!

2. Experiment in the kitchen, (or at least try and learn to cook!)

Gemma's Homemade Lasagne

Most people (including me!) lived with their parents before they moved to university, which often means that they're not the best cooks in the world! I would really suggest that you try and cook new things, firstly so you don't starve, and secondly to save money on takeaways! I learnt to cook a bunch of new things, recently I made lasagna from scratch (my Mum almost fainted when I told her!).


3. Don't leave things until the last minute

We've all been there, when you haven't had enough time to write an essay and end up doing it the night before and pulling an infamous all-nighter in the library...but trust me, it's not the way to do well! If you really want to do well in your degree, which hopefully you do, then start early! Once you get the essay questions start to research them and plan which you want to do and how you're going to answer it! I truly believe that people who do this get much better marks, so it's a good thing to remember - especially in 2nd year!

4. Explore and go to new places!

When you're at uni, there's a good chance that your other friends will be at other uni's - so use it as an opportunity to travel and see some parts of the country that you haven't seen before. Being at uni is also a great time to do things that you wouldn't normally do, or that are just a bit strange! Last year I did a fancy dress pub crawl in the seaside town of Bognor Regis with my boyfriend and his uni friends, and we all dressed up as Nintendo characters. It was an event put on by a different university to Kingston, but still fun to be involved in none the less! (And let's face it, drinking from 8am-4am the next day whilst dressed as Pikachu is something that we all have  to do once in our student life!).

5. Explore your career

This is possibly my most important tip, and I really think that exploring your career is a thing that everyone should do. Most people come to uni with a career in mind, but being at university, and especially being so close to London (if you're studying at Kingston) will allow you to see if that career is definitely for you! To try your future career out, there are loads of volunteering opportunities, internships and placements that you can apply for to give you that all important experience, as well as make it clear that you're making the right career choice! Kingston have a great volunteering department and can help you find something to do no matter what you're interested in!

 

This week it was finally time to move out of Halls of Residence for the summer! It's really exciting to think that in a few months' time I will be entering my second year. I wasn't sad to be leaving halls because I have so much to look forward to in September!

Monday - 16 June

Goodbye Block P! I lived in Seething Wells for my first year at university. It was an interesting experience to say the least. You meet a lot of different people at halls and it's great to get a feel for living independently but with people around. I have to say I'm incredibly excited about my new flat though!

Block P - Halls sign

Tuesday - 17 June

I'm lucky enough to be having one of my best friends coming to stay in Basingstoke this summer! Rhys is from Baltimore, USA meaning he needs somewhere to stay while we prepare for the festival we will play in the summer. He's going to be living with Ali (boyfriend and band's guitarist) for 3 whole weeks from Thursday.

Rhys from Baltimore

Wednesday - 18 June

Last dinner plans with Joe before I am completely moved back to Basingstoke for a little over a month. This is his thumbs up for his pizza at Frankie and Benny's! I love catching up with Joe over some good food, especially as I haven't seen him as much now we're on summer break!

Pizza with Joe

Thursday - 19 June

Working as a Student Ambassador giving a talk at Woking College about student life and answering students' questions (remember you can ask my your own below!). I worked with the lovely Gemma for the presentation I'm so sad she is leaving, this was her last job as a Student Ambassador! Good Luck Gemma!!

Woking College

Friday - 20 June

The right way to start a month at home and hopefully a fab summer with a gorgeous bacon sandwich! One of the many benefits of being at home is some lovely cooked breakfast.  

Bacon butty

Saturday - 21 June

Look at this beautiful face! My dog Lottie hasn't left my side since I got back to Basingstoke. Here is a picture I took while we were on a walk to the park. She is so cheeky and insanely fast! Not having Lottie around was though for me when I first started uni so being able to do this has put a smile on my face.

Lottie the dog

Sunday - 22 June

I finally got around to unpacking everything into my new room...the box room! It was a lot harder than it sounds trying to cram all of my stuff into the little bedroom but I've finally managed to get it looking nice ready for my visitor in a few weeks!

Box room fresh

 

I recently undertook a week placement at St Georges Hospital in Tooting. I have also previously completed placements in community pharmacy. One thing that is clear is that a hospital pharmacy is not as accessible as community pharmacies, which are never more than twenty minutes drive away from anyone. I always wondered what the big differences were between working in a hospital pharmacy compared to a community pharmacy. As a 3rd year pharmacy student my role was to shadow and observe pharmacists - although I was able to dispense medication. This is a reflection on my experiences of both.

The most obvious difference between the two is that in a hospital pharmacists come face to face with a wider variety of diseases and conditions than in the community. Patients are usually admitted with acute conditions, as well as possibly having a chronic condition too. Most of these conditions are very severe and usually lead to a variety of medicines used which are not sold in community pharmacies. This inevitably means hospital pharmacists develop broader clinical knowledge on a daily basis.

I guess you could say it is this clinical knowledge that makes pharmacists an important part of the healthcare team. Pharmacists are responsible for individual wards and regularly need to liaise and work alongside doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists as well as others pharmacists. All these staff are around to ask for advice. In the community there is usually one pharmacist working with a healthcare assistant, pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant, (unless the pharmacy is based in a walk in center.) The healthcare team is smaller and the pharmacists would probably only liaise with the GP and perhaps a patients care facility. Usually this would be when speaking on behalf of a patient.

No two days are the same in the constantly busy pharmacy. There are always demanding customers with unexpected questions. In the community, the public are free to walk in and talk to the pharmacist. People usually have questions or queries regarding minor ailments such as skin conditions, allergies, coughs and colds. One thing that is clear is that the in the community it is all about the customers and you quickly build relationships with those that regularly visit. Most pharmacies offer health check screening for diabetes and high blood pressure. There are also many health campaigns such as smoking cessation and sexual health advice which also draw the public into the pharmacy. Taking part in these opens up the opportunity to talk to patients about other concerns they may have.

Rapport with patients is important in both settings. In the hospital it is especially important when trying to retrieve a drug, social, family and past medical history which are all important when for treating and managing conditions.

After experiencing both types of pharmacy I can conclude that in the hospital pharmacists use greater application of clinical knowledge, and a wider range of drugs. In the community there is a huge emphasis on promoting health and well being, and supplying medications for patients who can manage conditions at home. Both settings give the chance to have more of an impact on patient care.

As I mentioned above I have undergone pharmacy placements previously - three hospitals and three community pharmacies so far. I start my final year in September and this summer is when applications for pre-registration year begin. The experience I have had in both types of pharmacy have really helped me gain an insight into different employment routes... but unfortunately I am completely lost as to where to apply, which is why I am going to apply to both communities and hospitals.

Wish me luck! And I hope for anyone considering Pharmacy I hope this review gives you a little information on the placements we undergo during the course.

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