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5. Playing my video games

Playing computer games

Video games are a great way to have a break and I have always used them to escape from reality. I love playing Fifa and any sporting or shooting games with friends and family both online and locally. Sometimes that ten minute 1 match can turn into hours! Here is a blog I did a few years ago of when I used it to help motivate me to study http://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/ask-us/videos/view-video/51/my-study-techniques/

4. Playing sports

Getting out for some sporting fun

Even when I have really important deadlines or near by exams I always need to play some sports. It's a great way to procrastinate but I really think it mentally helps me cope by reducing the stress and it's the perfect escape route. It's usually a combination of tennis and football in the evenings. More recently I tried out sailing at Kingston on the river Thames and for me it's really helped me keep calmer during my manic final year.

3. Social media/web browsing and eating

Keeping in touch through Social Media!

Social media and browsing are always a great way to pass time, most of time I do it I don't even realize how long I've been on Facebook whether it be home or on the go. Often when I have to do research for an assignment, random web browsing about anything other than the work I need to do is a common occurrence. I often also over indulge in eating, perhaps it's to give me energy or maybe just another excuse to procrastinate.

2. Tidying the house and enjoying the sun outside

Enjoying the outdoors

Who loves doing their house chores? I certainly hate doing the dishes, cleaning up after myself and everyone, but when there is an assignment or revising to do then for some strange reason tidying isn't the worst thing to do anymore. Usually I get an overload of dust so I will have to counter balance it off with some fresh air and sunshine in the garden or local park.

1. Thinking and listening to music

Precious minutes sometimes turn into hours, and one playlist turns into several and I would have barely written a sentence. Sometimes a break or mental plan of what I have to do can subconsciously be helpful, as long as hours don't become days! I was always a last minute person with my final year 87 page dissertation given in 20 seconds before the midnight deadline (I had a whole year to do it)

Submitting the final dissertation

However I love working under pressure and if I could go through University again I wouldn't change my style one bit. It's what works for you at the end of the day :)

 

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

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