17th Jul 2013, 5 am and my phone starts singing: "Ella wake up..." ( it's the epic alarm tone my best friend made) and as per usual I didn't wake up! But knowing the fact that it was the first day of Head Start and I had to be in Kingston Hill by 8.30, I somehow managed to get out of the bed at about half past. I totally couldn't afford getting up any later as it takes me an hour to get ready and an hour and half to get to the Kingston Hill campus from where I live but wahey I was earlier than I expected (totally proud of myself for that!)
Before I go into more details about my day and what happened next I must tell you what Head Start actually is. Head Start is a three day event run by Kingston University for prospective students to give them an idea of University life and help them plan ahead as the name suggests. Students that attend the event are part of Kingston Compact Scheme. More details about the Compact Scheme can be found on our University website:
So the first day went pretty smoothly and of course the BBQ at Seething Wells was the best part but it was the second day that I actually got to know a lot of students and was truly impressed by each and everyone of them. All the prospective students I met at Head Start are unique and amazing in their own ways and the best thing about Head Start is that it brings such a diverse range of people from mature learners to care leavers and people with different ethnic backgrounds together. Amongst many other amazing people, I also met this one very special lady; a woman in her late forties with a beautiful smile that never left her face was an inspiration in true meanings. We bonded pretty well at the social event held towards the end of the second day when she said she also wants to study Medicine after completing her Nursing degree here in Kingston. Sometimes there are people that unknowingly teach us the most important lessons of our life and this amazing lady taught me that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing your dreams and now I stand even firmer for my decision of applying for Medicine. I am truly thankful for every single day I spend here in Kingston and the people I meet because they teach me valuable lessons in one way or the other that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Each year loads of the ambassadors get together to celebrate what everyone has done over the year. It gives us a chance to congratulate those who have done some amazing work.
This year it was held at a local pub with a great events area that we had all to ourselves, we got to chat with those Ambassadors that we might not have seen for a while and even with the members of staff that organise the team.
The evening was a great success, everyone had a great time, took some funny photos, danced and celebrated the end of the year.
I look forward to what next year brings along!
It's been a while, but I'm finally done. Three years has flown by, especially this year and the semester that just went by. After finishing up my dissertation, I had exams, so didn't really have a break to relax. That whole period is a blur to me; I just remember that there were a lot of sleepless nights. But I'm resting now and trying to get into a decent sleeping pattern, which is quite a challenge at the moment haha!
I recently went to the Kingston University Ambassador awards, it was a wonderful event, got a chance to catch up with my ambassador family and got served wonderful food ( I like to eat haha).
It's just a weird feeling to know that I'm not coming back in September and that I have finished my degree. It hasn't really hit me yet, maybe as soon as I come back from my holiday it will. I'm a bit sad that the experience is all over, but I have loads of memories to keep with me from Kingston University. I have enjoyed Kingston so much, it has helped me grow as a person, make new friendships, live the university life and fall in love with the area.
For me, I see this as the beginning of something great and not the end. For anyone coming this September enjoy every minute of this experience. It was better than I expected!
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