Now that I've finished my second year at Kingston I've moved back home to Wales for the Summer. It's great to be back home seeing friends and family but having such a long Summer can become a bit tedious which I learnt last year! Luckily this year I made a lot of plans in advance to keep myself occupied! I just got back from a holiday in Aruba and now I'm getting my camping gear ready for a long weekend away at a music festival. Being back home has made me think about what I miss about being in Kingston. For my second year I decided to move to Wimbledon in a house share with friends, I loved it there but started to miss the student atmosphere at Kingston so I decided to move back for my third year and I can't wait to settle back in!
Kingston is a beautiful town and I love the way that you don't have to go far to get to nice parks like Bushey Park where you can sit down on the grass and enjoy a nice picnic with friends. There's also the Thames river which you can walk along with plenty of pubs and restaurants beside it. I like the way that I can get into London by train in around 25 minutes and there are plenty of buses to get you around. There's also a street that has loads of cafes that are really nice to sit outside and have a coffee in the morning. There's loads of shops that cater to all tastes and the same goes for the bars! I study at Knights Parks campus and I enjoy the walk to university from the train station. Knights Park is in a quiet area of Kingston and behind the student union there's a river where lots of students enjoy to sit with friends after a day of work. I think that Kingston has a nice community feel and coming from a rural area in Wales this was important to me. A lot of events occur in Kingston such as the May Merrie, Dragon Boat Challenge and the Food Festival to name a few! I like to use the Kingston First website to keep up to date with events happening in the town, here's the link www.kingstonfirst.co.uk/. The University has plenty of events happening too which are great opportunities to meet new people and enjoy, for example Freshers' Week!
I'm very excited to move back to Kingston and I wish you all the best of luck on results day, feel free to ask me any questions, and I hope to see many of you in September!
My summer has been very busy. I am doing a summer work placement with a family friend. For this I am working as a research assistant, this should give me good experience in conducting research. As well as that I have just returned from a holiday in Switzerland with my scout group from home. While there we did all kinds of adventurous activities, climbing, white water rafting and hiking. We scaled to 2500m one day, with a starting point of 1000m, meaning that I have now climbed higher than the height of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK!
The picture shows the view at night from the hut we were staying at (you can see the clouds below us). It was an amazing week! In order to pay for this I have been working as much as I possibly can.
Also I have had my 21st birthday where my family took me to the aquarium which was really nice.
Results day is coming up for you guys! There's no reason to stress, there's nothing you can do but wait! On the morning of results day UCAS Track will most likely crash - so do look on OSIS via the Getting Ready website if you are holding an offer at Kingston. Hopefully your offer will also come through like mine did - I received a text from Kingston University telling me that I had got in. This was a massive relief and eased me into the rest of the day. Knowing I had a place before opening that dreaded envelope which contained my results.
For those of you who have just finished year 12, these results will help indicate which courses and universities to pursue as they will give you an idea of the grades that you will achieve. Don't fret if you get bad results there is still time for you to make changes!
My first attempt at lower sixth I achieved UUUD as my results, fortunately I spoke to my head of sixth and he was kind enough to allow me to redo the year. This was really scary as all my friends had carried on into upper sixth and I was scared of all my new class mates knowing I was a retake and scared of the judgement they would put upon me. Contrary to my expectations everyone was really nice and understanding, and the following two years turned out to be the most enjoyable years of my school life even with all the extra work. Now I'm here, going into my third year at University.
It's that dreaded time of year for most of you, as excited as you are about starting university you are still nervous about finding out your results. Half your brain is counting down the days till you move in, whilst the other half is too anxious to even think about all those freshers parties. I was in the same boat a few years ago as for 2 months after my exams I felt I failed, but I scraped through, by a percentage or two to get my place here at Kingston. I haven't looked back since. Till now!
My analogy for clearing is that I see the clearing process similar to how I used to see Christmas time as a kid. I was really excited that I was going to get presents from Santa, but was nervous that I would get rubbish gifts because I was naughty sometimes. In the end I got great gifts from santa - family ;) . I also thought in worse case scenarios I could just buy the extra presents with money I had or wait for my birthday that was just around the corner. My point is that if you didn't get what you wanted or where you wanted in terms of a course and university, you can always go through clearing after getting your results to find somewhere else you can go.
From being that little kid opening up my presents, regardless of what I got I would be happy, something is better than nothing. Likewise with my degree I loved so many different areas that I felt I could have ventured into, but you only really get one or two in a joint programme.
I've felt that Kingston has made me grow as a student, but also as a person! I've delivered part of a lecture once! There are plenty of opportunities here to grow and develop at Kingston University.
At Kingston we will open our clearing hotline from 8:30 am on 15th August. The admissions hotline number for UK callers is:
0844 842 9599
+44 (0)20 8328 1149 (for callers outside the UK only).
These lines will be open:
15 August - 8.30am - 8.00pm
16 August - 8.30am - 6.30pm
17 August - 9.00am - 4.00pm
19 August - 20 September - 9.00am - 5.30pm
The hotline will be closed on 18 August and on 26 August.
You can find all about how the clearing process works here, and find out what courses are available for clearing and how the process works in general here: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/clearing/
I myself didn't go through clearing, but I have plenty of friends that went through clearing and they say it was the best thing that ever happened to them. It's all about getting the chance and then proving yourself when you have the chance to take it. Check out the blog from another ambassador Charlie who went through clearing. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/ask-us/videos/view-video/123/my-experience-of-a-level-results-day/
At Kingston I worked on the clearing hotline last year and for those that narrowly missed out there is hope, sometimes it can be in what you wanted to do, sometimes in something similar and in other cases something completely different. The hotliners are really friendly and understand how it is a stressful time, but they will be there to give you a hand and let you know what there is on offer at Kingston. Make sure you have all your relevant information ready e.g. UCAS codes etc at hand to save yourself time. They will tell you the entry requirements needed and how the whole process works. I did a video explaining how it all works last year, so if this is still a bit confusing check out my video I did on clearing last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mMCSeeUzLik. Things are slightly different this year (you don't need to visit the website first...) but you will get the gist of what happens!
Good Luck to you all and hope to see you in September!
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