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Whilst at University I have been diagnosed as Gluten intolerant, being a massive foodie this did come as abit of a disappointment and at times can be abit of a pain in the ass, but I am slowly starting to understand what my body likes and dislikes, and after a few slip ups I have learnt the importance of maintaining a suitable diet. Here are my top tips for all food allergies suffers –

1. Get organised

The hardest time of day for me was lunch time, gluten free lunch meal deals are difficult find, and usually there is absolutely no variety, so try and find some lunch ideas that you love and have it all in stock!!

2. Research

Find support groups online – which often help and advice on all the questions you have. When I first found out, I had too many questions and the list grew and grew as the days went on, so I would endlessly be searching online, is this gluten free? Can I eat this? Is there an alternative to this? Help?? The internet is a massive source of information, whilst not always true, I am sure you can find the answers to all your questions and more.

3. Surround yourself with people who know

At first I had a few forgetful slips up, especially after a drink or two, and having people around me who knew did reduce the amount of times I have eaten the wrong thing. Having to think about everything you eat is difficult at first and once it’s in your mouth its too late. Thankfully it does get easier over time, but having friends around to remind you every now and then is very handy.

4. Try not to let it get you down

Lleading up to my diagnoses I felt terrible pretty much everyday, and it was a vicious circle, but I can guarantee your energy levels will rise and you have days when you feel 100% once you start fuelling your body with the right things. Unfortunately having bad days is unavoidable, but I just make sure that I make the most of the good ones.

5. Finally, enjoy exploring new foods and recipes!

Being diagnosed doesn’t mean I’ve been restricted it has just forced me to move away from the comfort zone I was in, and my regular eating habits and try news things.

 

Peace everyone,

It's my first post - and how better to start than by writing about my favourite hobby: Travelling.

This is part of a series of posts that I dedicate to my current most favourite place on earth, Istanbul. In this series I will pretty much publish something similar to a diary, as well as a guide, my personal thoughts and opinions of how things are. The guide will include tips and tricks and all the money related stuff. You can do Istanbul for 8 days in June, for under 300 Euros!

After a year of hard work, everyone deserves a break. I feel it is important to do something outside of town, get a feel for a different place, see how things are somewhere outside of your comfort zone. A market in Istanbul

Imagine how different it felt being out of Europe? I was wary but at the same time excited about going. I was wary because I have not been to anywhere near Asia in over 15 years! And excited for I have always wanted to see what the fuss on turkey is about!

I was lucky enough to receive the bursary that Kingston University offered. I received full £3,000; £2,000 was a tuition fees waver whereas the other £1,000 went straight to me. I used that as my budget.

I felt it was important to travel on a budget, especially as a student. For this reason, I booked my tickets well in advance, in fact about 6 months prior. Good times to search are straight after Christmas, as I read, and Tuesdays and Wednesday (I cannot remember the reasons). It is also important that when comparing tickets websites like Kayak and Skyscanner are used to give an overall feel for how much you'll be spending. I ended up getting my tickets for £139 without the 25kg luggage allowance and flew with British Airways.

Similarly, I booked my hotel around the same time, 6 months prior to flying, and found a decent one in the Sultanahmet area which was about 7 minute walk from the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. I shared the room with my cousin who travelled with me. We spent a collective 280 Euros on the Hotel which included breakfast. So for flight and hotel I spent £250. Just one of the beautiful sights of Istanbul

What to look out for in the next post: Planning an itinerary, travelling from the airport to the hotel, eating out, travelling around in Istanbul.

Peace!

 

*excluding ticket and hotel

 

 

 

I really enjoyed the last three years of my undergraduate degree and now that I've had some time to reflect, I've found that aside from the academic education, Kingston has enabled me to learn many things I didn't know before and work on a few weaknesses. I used to avoid most group projects and prefer individual work, but being at university has required me to adapt and work on my team-working skills. I was reluctant at first (and in some modules group work was very stressful and some people put in more effort than others) but it is a good skill to have and very important in many jobs. I was also able to build an understanding of different cultures and how this influences work style. Ultimately I gained a lot of self-confidence, mainly through my work as a student ambassador, as I was able to do a lot of presentations, campus tours and talks and that helped me in approaching new people and situations.

Now that I have completed my Bachelors and am enjoying my summer I am already looking forward to the next step - a postgraduate degree in Marketing Strategy and Innovation at Cass Business School in London, starting in September. The course is one year long and very intense but I look forward to the challenge. After that I hope to find a good graduate position in a company in London and work there for a few years to gain practical experience and build on the skills I have learnt at Kingston.

So many things have changed throughout the last three years, I truly believe university is one of the most influential factors in evolving and finding out what your strengths and weaknesses and interests are. When I started my course at Kingston I was convinced I would move to Paris after I finished and study a course on Luxury Fashion management. My focus has drifted to another city and another subject, almost without me realising this had happened until it was time to apply to future courses. Initially I was open to go either along the business or the law route, as my undergraduate degree offered both options. However throughout the last three years I have always found that marketing and strategy have captured my interest and that all of my internships have been connected to these fields. Therefore I chose not to follow a legal career path and focus on something that I really enjoyed. The final decision to do this came from one of my last year modules - Strategic Management - where we got to direct a fictional company through an online simulation and make strategic decisions to increase its stock price and performance.

 

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