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5. Listen to music

When I'm really trying to distract myself from studying, I look through my music on my laptop and make playlists and download new music to add to them.

4. Cooking

Sometimes, when I'm supposed to be studying, this is when I spend the most time cooking intricate and time-consuming meals, just to avoid what I'm really supposed to be doing!

3. Job hunting

I often check out what graduate level job opportunities are available, even though I still have a year left at university before I can start applying. I know it's a waste of time but it's always good to know what's out there.

2. Tidy room, tidy mind

I tell myself I can't work in a messy room, so I start to tidy it. Hours pass by, and I've ended up colour coordinating my wardrobe and alphabetising my DVD and book shelf, just to avoid getting back to work.

1. Online shopping

Distraction is never more than a click away! I often get tempted onto online shops by adverts that appear on my browser and before I know it I have made a basket of clothes I can't afford!

 

Hey guys, my name's Jacob Mager. I'm doing my 2nd year of English Literature and Creative Writing, and it's an absolute blast! Since coming to Uni I've written tons of stories, accidentally auditioned and performed in a play, had a sword fight (fencing!), done countless all-nighters in the library, got a black eye from boxing, briefly adopted a cat and joined the Student Ambassadors. These have easily been some of most exciting years of my life, and I'm looking forward to whatever 3rd year has to offer!

9:00 - Shower and fresh breath

10.00

Nothing says good morning like a shower and fresh breath! Sometimes it might be tempting to skip the shower so you can catch a few extra minutes of sleep - don't do it! Trust me, a shower will always wake you right up. It also means you won't have to walk like a penguin all day!

10:00 - Breakfast

10.00

Grabbing a bite to eat before Uni. I never put milk in my cereal- just makes it soggy! Usually I try to cook a decent meal before leaving the house, but if there's no time, fruit and biscuits will do the job.

11:00 - Work session at the library

11.00

I met with my friends in the library for a work session. As Creative Writers, we review each other's work constantly- what better way to perfect a story? Group study time is precious, because University will be the only time I am completely and totally surrounded by writers, all working towards similar goals. We motivate each other!

12:00 - My favourite spot on campus

12.00

The top floor of the library is one of my favourite study areas, simply because the view is awesome. Gazing at the clouds for a while is a good way to take a break from the books. Sometimes people will occupy your favourite spot, and while you might want to fight them in gladiatorial combat it's not allowed on campus. So it's always good to have two or three back-up favorite spots.

13:00 - Playing the Game of Thrones board game

Falling into bed

I recently bought the Game of Thrones board game, and it's started a series of alliances, betrayals and plot twists within my social circle! It's easily the best board game I've ever played, with matches lasting up to four hours. We were thinking of creating a board gaming society as a result. If there isn't a society for your hobby or passion, start one! Chances are there are many people willing to join you, and it looks great on your CV. 

15:00 - Treating myself to a frozen yogurt

Falling into bed

Unfortunately for them, the people queued behind me are not waiting for a kiss - they're queued for Snog! This was my first time tasting frozen yogurt, and it was fantastic. Especially for just a pound, which is why I was able to afford it. If you're budgeting, keep an eye out for affordable goodies like this, but don't go overboard! 

16:00 - Rollerblading!

Falling into bed

Took my Rollerblades out for a spin before the sun set. Rollerblading is an old hobby of mine, and a truly freeing experience. Aside from being good exercise, I've also found that teaching your friends to rollerblade is a great excuse to see them fall over. Just remember to help them up!

18:00 - Burgers for dinner

Falling into bed

Dinner for me was good old burgers in barbecue sauce (my housemate added extra pepper while I wasn't looking!) I'm not a health nut, but I do try to eat at least 1 of my 5 a day! Citrus fruit in particular is good for keeping you awake if you're finishing an assignment. 

20:00 - Playing Mario Kart with my housemates

Falling into bed

Had a gaming session with housemates and friends while the cookies were in the oven. Not to brag, but I'm basically the King of Mario Kart. Messing around with these guys are some of my favorite Uni memories so far. Meeting a bunch of people through societies or just chatting after lecture will net you a good set of friends!

21:00 - Preparing to make some home-made cookies

Falling into bed

My housemates and I decided to try our hand at baking! Not eating the delicious batter was a challenge by itself. We tend to cook for each other as well, occasionally doing a 'family dinner' kind of thing.

22:00 - We burnt the cookies!

Falling into bed

We might have got a bit carried a way...the first batch of cookies were black as night! I might be King of Mario Kart, but a master che​f I am NOT. (Actually, I blame my housemates!)

23:00 - A bit of light reading

Falling into bed

Did some reading before bed. Without spoiling it, The Fault in our Stars is kind of a romance, but with a twist. I'm writing about it for my course. Normally I don't like soppy books at all, but this one is special. In the morning, I'll be putting it in my bag to take with me - whether you're waiting for a train or stuck in a tree, keeping a book handy will stave off the boredom!

24:00 - Falling into bed

Falling into bed

Possibly my favorite part of the day - falling into bed is sweeter than any burnt cookie or victory in a game! If I get lucky, I'll wake up to a cup of tea in the morning, courtesy of Rob or Ollie. If not, I'll make one of them tea, so that they'll be obliged to make me tea the next time. This way, the tea cycle shall continue forever!

 

This week was my last full week in Kingston before I go home for the summer. I’ve been working hard at my placement so a lot of the things here are making the most of Kingston’s nightlife!

Monday - 9 June

Today I get to work with some great year 7s on a discovery day. Discovery days are when we invited groups of year 7s to see what university is about and get a feel for the place. My group was great! This is their dream university in 3D, it even has its own football stadium! I can’t say Kingston has that but the kids seemed to love it any way.

Working for the uni

Tuesday - 10 June

Spending some time up at Kingston Hill and here is the unofficial mascot who is apparently called George he wanders around the campus and knows everyone, even the staff! He isn’t owned by the uni but just likes to visit us!

George, the campus cat

Wednesday - 11 June

Catching up with my friend Joe at one of my favourite places in town! Creams the ice cream shop is absolutely incredible and a must for all students, they also do waffles this I a chocoholic waffle. It was absolutely incredible. So if you’re ever in Kingston head to Creams! It’s the best!

Waffles and cream

Thursday - 12 June

I have been so excited about this film coming out that I got myself and a friend fan screening passes! This is one of my absolute favourite books and I can honestly say that if anyone is even interested in the slightest in reading the book or seeing the film go, go, go! It’s amazing it was also nice to spend some time out with friends and catch the Brazil game too!

Screening pass

Friday - 13 June

It’s never to late to make friends on your course! I was invited out by some girls on my course this is me and the lovely Daniela! I ended up having my first proper night out in Kingston! I’m feeling really excited about coming back to class in September. I had some trouble making friends in September but we already have so many plans! Second year is going to be amazing!

Saturday - 14 June

We love KU! I was working at our Open Day on Saturday and it was so great to see so many people looking around and asking great questions! Hopefully we’ll see some of you for 2015 entry!!! If you want a feel for the open day search #LoveKU to see peoples tweets and maybe come to another in September or October!

Friends selfieLove KU outfits

Sunday - 15 June

My growing to-do list, there is a lot to do before all my stuff gets packed up and taken home for the summer.

To do list for Sunday

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