This week has been all about having fun on summer break! All my assignments have been done for a while now so before I get cracking on the provisional reading for second year I've decided to make sure I have a great time before I move back home.
Summertime shopping! I love the shops in Kingston and as the weather has been getting warmer I needed to get out of my faithful Converses and Doc Martens. The stroll around Kingston was also nice in the sunshine, even if I did spend more than I was planning too!
I passed my driving test!! It means so much to me to have finally reached this milestone. This was my fifth attempt at my driving test and passing in London has boosted my confidence! I really can't stop smiling and dancing around! I finally passed!!
A non-traditional night out with the boys to celebrate passing my test yesterday. Bowling with alcoholic slush puppies followed by a trip to the oub with the lads. I'm really making the most of Kingston at the moment and my friends before we all go home for the summer. That's one of the hard parts about uni, when you go home you really do miss your friends a lot, so let's make the most of the time we have!
Another night of celebrating, this time with saying goodbye to the third year Student Ambassadors. This is a picture of me and a Student Ambassador celebrity Adam, a good friend of mine. I've made close friends with a lot of the third year ambassadors and there are going to be some really big shoes to fill in September. That and I'm really going to miss them all.
One of my favourite things to do since I came to university is making surprise trips home. I thought this would just be a simple trip but with delays, cancellations and awful rain it took me a lot longer to get back to Basingstoke for the weekend. When I finally got home I was glad that my Mum was none the wiser! It was great to surprise her as well as going out for the first time on my own in the car! Hopefully my license will mean dealing with train cancellations less!
I promised myself a year ago that once I had passed my driving test I would by myself this CD and put it in my car. Despite the fact that I still need to get the CD player fixed it will definitely be worth it!
I got to spend time with my three little princesses the two about are my sister Summer - Rose and my cousin Lola. I also got to spend time with my beautiful two year old Goddaughter Lexi. This is one of the best parts of coming home, I get to spend time with my sister and little cousins which I've missed a lot since I've moved.
Second year has finally finished! It is quite hard to believe that it's been nearly two years since I began Uni. It has gone so fast and it's quite scary to think that this time next year it will have completely finished!
It is great finishing this early because it means the summer period is even longer, so there more time to earn money, relax and do some things I want to. However, £9000 a year is a lot of money for only around 6 months worth of work. Anyway :) ...
My one and only exam will be finished on the 29th April so I'm beginning to start planning things to do this summer. I know I want to earn a certain amount of money just so I can add to my savings but I also want to learn some new things. I've always wanted to learn some more languages so I've been trying to find a language tutor or something similar to help me achieve this. I have also decided (despite my mums disapproval) that this will probably be my last long summer where I have very little to worry about with no full-time job. So I still want to have time to relax and do nothing for some of it! 8-). The long periods off is one of the great things about coming to Uni, so I think its good to use the time to do things you want to do and utilise the time well.
Hi All !
My latest blog post comes nearly a week after my final deadlines and my last exam of my second year at Uni (hurrah!). So I'm now free to do whatever I want for almost five months - it hasn't quite sunk in yet and I'm still not really sure what to do with myself when I wake up in the morning. There are no emails from tutors to be opened, no essays that I need to go to the library for and no exam revision left to do - it feels very weird.
All I know is that as a university student, free time should be spent being proactive and furthering my education. It doesn't necessarily have to be in my field or turn me into a bookworm but the motivation and desire to learn more and gain new skills is, in essence, what university is all about, so I want to fill my summer with lots of worthwhile things, as well as lots of fun, sun and seeing family and friends. The past few months have been crazy, I've been working non-stop to get to the finish line, so there was little time to think or research things to do in summer... although I have a rough idea.
I'm going into my third year this September and I think it's important that I at least start the year in a good position financially, so I can devote all my attention to my studies. If I have money worries, or any worries in fact, it distracts me from Uni. This is why I'm hoping to find a part-time job over the summer so that I can have a small amount of savings to fall back on, in case I find myself strapped for cash at any point in my final year. Ideally, I will find a flexible job that I enjoy and I can make new friends through. I'm applying to work in bars and restaurants in Bordeaux, South-West France, as this will be a great opportunity to improve my French and earn some cash as the minimum wage out there is equivalent to £7 per hour! During the summer season, European countries like France, Spain and Italy are happy to take on English speaking workers to deal with the tourists who come to their countries so it's worth looking into if you fancy learning a new language.
I've just lined up two weeks editorial work experience with a magazine based in Central London. I'm really excited but also incredibly nervous to start this in a few weeks' time. This is compulsory for my course but I think it would be a fantastic opportunity for any university undergrad to do. It will no-doubt make me feel more confident about going into the workplace this time next year. It also helps to build up contacts, get your foot in the door somewhere and will look great on your CV.
It's important to set aside some time for having fun with your friends and catching up with old friends that you don't see that often. Whether it's a holiday to somewhere exotic, a night out or just hanging out around your home town, it's always good to keep your old friends as well as make new ones. I've just bought tickets to go to a music festival in Spain with a friend from school and her Uni friends which I'm really excited about!
Don't forget with all the working, holidaying, partying and general fun summer times to actually take a break and RELAX! I keep banging on about how important it is to be proactive, but don't do too much, you need to feel energised come September to start a fresh new year of studying!
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