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The summer is still stretching out ahead of me and it sometimes gets a little harder to find things to do. I've also been quite poorly this week, but I've tried not to let it stop me!

Monday

Who's up for a game of Hungry Dino's?! People of our age group will remember it as Hungry Hippos. I got to babysit one of my little cousins today and we played some good old games that I'm used to! Sometimes playing with the little ones makes me feel old!

Tuesday

My summer isn't all fun and games. I'm really looking forward to getting back to uni in September and have some reading to do before I get back. My sister snapped this picture of me while I was reading through some material. I can't wait to get back to my classes in September.

You're never too old for a traditional game!Preparing with some reading

Wednesday

I finally got to see my gorgeous Goddaughter and play in the local outdoor pool. Here she is while we were playing together and she was pretending to have sleepy times on the floor. I've been friends with her Mum since we were at school and she is now studying Law at another uni. It just goes to show that nothing can stop you going to uni.

Playing with my Goddaughter!

Thursday

Many more travels as my job as a Student Ambassador. Today I attended a Moving On day at Farnborough Sixth Form College. I gave a student life talk, had a stand at the Higher Education Fair, as well as getting to talk to loads of enthusiastic younger students about studying at Kingston!

Friday

A happy 4th of July to all American students! One of my best friends is from the USA, my drummer Rhys. Seeing as he was in the UK we had our own 4th of July BBQ, even though it was a little damper than Rhys is used to, we still had a lot of fun.

Working as a Student AmbassadorHappy 4th July!

Saturday

The countdown begins! It has been a long time coming but my band will be playing one of the biggest free festivals in the country next weekend! We have stickers ready, the single is almost ready to be released and I'm so excited!

Sunday

Today has been very quiet so I wanted to use it to show you one of my favourite things to come out of Kingston. This T-Shirt has been signed by all of the members of the band You Me At Six, they even complimented my shirt! I got this signed after watching an exclusive and intimate gig in Kingston, this is a regular thing in Kingston so keep your eyes peeled!

The countdown begins for our gig at the Basigstoke FestivalOne of my most favourite possessions

 

 

During my placement year I was given the opportunity to take part in a number of giveback projects. These usually consisted of going into the local communities and running events and these were particularly rewarding; one of the biggest highlights of my placement.

The main event I took part in was the IBM Robo-Challenge 2014. This involved going into a local school for a few hours a week, and training a group of eight children on how to programme robots, over an eight week period. Following the training we took part in a full day of competitions against other school, at which my team came third overall. On the day, I was so proud of the team, as they managed to win one of the hardest challenges, in which they had an hour to programme to robots around a maze with no help, which showed me how much they had learnt from the training sessions.

All the hours I spent par-taking in giveback were all registered on a database within the intranet of IBM, and once I had built of 40 hours of giveback, I was allowed the opportunity to apply for a community grant. I have recently had confirmation that my grant has been approved, and I will donating my grant to the school I worked with on Robo-Challenge. They will received £600, and intend on buying some robots for the school so they can start their own after-school robot club. 

Placements open the door for many opportunities, and this is just one of my many placement highlights. 

Another personal highlight from my time at IBM would be the 2 day Python Course I was able to attend; not being at university doesn't mean learning has to stop! I have learnt so much while on placement and am sure once I graduate I will be constantly learning throughout my career.

Eat Out: On a Budget

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by Paula

 

We all know life as a student isn't exactly the high life, but that doesn't mean students should live like hermits in the library. There are so many things you can do to entertain yourself that won't break the bank and going out to eat is one of my favourite ways to socialise. I'm going to tell you about a couple places in Kingston and London to do just that!

THE ROTUNDA houses a dozen establishments to fuel your food filled social life, some for under £10 like HUNGRY HORSE; restaurants like FRANGO'S, FRANKIE & BENNY'S, FIVE GUYS and many more. TGI FRIDAY'S, NANDO'S, GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN and PIZZA EXPRESS are just some of the other wallet friendly restaurants around the river side. The Kingston ancient market (which has recently been redecorated) and the apple market are home to small independent outlets serving Australian, Japanese, Indian and good old British food - you're sure to find something you like. The local SLUG & LETTUCE restaurant also has a great half price Monday's deal on all foods.

If you're willing to travel beyond Kingston then you'll definitely want to visit BIG EASY - a BBQ & Crab shack located in Chelsea serving the tastiest meat and seafood; a bit pricier than the others mentioned but not enough to leaving you living like a pauper for the rest of the month. If you go to Valley Park in Croydon you'll find JRC GLOBAL BUFFET which, as the name suggests, is an all you can eat buffet restaurant serving a range of pan Asian dishes and delicious desserts for only £15.99pp.

These are but a few great restaurants around town which won't break the bank or ruin your good time; check them out I'm sure you'll love them!

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