Whatever stage of education you are at, the next few months are always going to be very important. It's the time of the year that everyone, including myself, goes a bit mad with deadlines and exam revision. It's a stressful time but it doesn't have to be, so here are my top tips for revision and stress relief -
. Get off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other form of social media! Don't procrastinate and waste valuable time checking news feeds. De-activate your account and don't go back on until you have finished your work - if someone needs to contact you then they will call you if it's really important.
. Take breaks, go for a walk or a run to clear your head. You need to look at your work with fresh eyes to be able to spot mistakes so go for long walk or even just watch a film then go back to your work and you'll be able to spot mistakes much easier. It's also a great way of relieving stress and giving your brain and eyes a rest!
. Make checklists. I live my entire life by making checklists, they help me prioritise what is most important and needs to be done right away. I get a kick out of being able to tick them off which is even more motivation to try to do everything on the list.
. Have something to look forward to after you have finish yours assignments and exams. Whether that be a holiday, festival, a party or just a catch up with a friend it will help to motivate you to work harder. I've booked to go to a music festival in Spain with some friends this summer, so when I'm stuck at home revising I think of that to inspire me to work!
Moving Away From Home
What I have learned from being an ambassador and meeting students is that people are anxious about moving away from home. Looking back at my own experience, this is the kind of thing I have never worried about. I moved to a country that I had never previously even visited and the thought didn't scare me at all. That being said, now that I have, hmm.. (aged?) I realize I will have to move again after graduation and the thought of losing the security of my routine scares me. Mind you, I will be staying in the London area and the only real changes will be connected to moving to a new house and possibly changing my work place.
The changes I have described above might be what you are about to go through or are currently going through. And I hope the words below are as much an encouragement for you as they are a reassurance for me. I thought I would give you an idea of the kind of responsibilities you will need to take on when you live on your own and the advantages of living away from your parents.
Advantages of moving out:
To be honest, moving away from home is the fastest route to growing up. The change will allow you to become independent and it will teach you to cope on your own. Don't forget that there are plenty of possibilities for you to go back home and visit family and friends. Just remember that people eventually move on and away from where they spent their childhood and/or their teenage years. Don't be afraid to do the same and take charge of your life. As long as you are motivated and you don't lose track of your life, you will do great!
It's been already almost two years since my graduation from Kingston University. Time flies! Luckily, I'm glad to say that I've made the best out of those two years.
After obtaining an LLB International Law degree with a year abroad, I successfully applied for a two year Masters Programme in Global Studies at Luzern University (Switzerland). About quarter of my subjects are taught in German. It was particularly important form me to continue my higher education in Switzerland because of its long history of hosting international organisations and major international treaty conferences. In addition, after studying international law and international relations from a British and American perspective, I was very keen on getting to know the viewpoint of people living in this historically neutral country, non-EU Member country in the heart of Europe.
When I completed the first year of my Masters I took a gap year in order to do my full time internship at the Polish Embassy in Switzerland. I had a chance to further develop my practical knowledge of legal and political science matters at the Consulate and in the Politico-Economic section of the Embassy. During this time, I was invited to participate in prestigious business forum and a networking event at the Swiss Embassy in the United Kingdom. It was one of the best inspirational events I've attended by far. The Swiss Ambassador to the UK Mr Dominik Furgler introduced Mr Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board, Hublot, an exceptionally intelligent and inspiring speaker! Mr Ambassador Furgler had been previously serving in Egypt during the revolution! I could not not have asked him about this...
As my two-months internship in Bern came to an end, I decided that my next destination would be Geneva. I wanted to experience living in this city full of international organisations, as well as, chic and glamourous places. Additionally, I felt that every girl my age should try an au-pair job at least once in her life in order to learn life knowledge besides the academic and professional skills. For all these reasons, I applied for a short au-air job in Geneva and soon I heard back from many families willing to employ me. I moved to Geneva, had a wonderful time, improved my foreign language skills, gained valuable experience and... moved back to Warsaw after five and a half years! Back to the roots!
I currently live in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, the city I come from and I love with all my heart! It has an incredible history, behind every corner there is an important story to tell. It is a city full of contrasts with a unique atmosphere. If you look at Warsaw today, it is hard to believe that 90% of the city was destroyed by Nazi Germans 70 years ago. Inhabitants of Warsaw were actively volunteering to re-build their city, Warsaw: the city of Phoenix that has survived its own death. It is truly fascinating. Maybe you should consider an Erasmus programme in Warsaw?!
I'm now attending an intense German language course at Goethe-Institut preparing me for the high C1 exam in June/July. It is a real challenge for me. I need the C1 certificate in order to begin the last year of my Masters in Luzern. I also work part time at a British private primary school, which is truly fantastic since the flexibility and German are currently my priorities. I need to admit that up to now I could never imagine a better, more fascinating, complex and diverse at the same time, career path! Thanks to Kingston University I could participate in an Erasmus programme in Switzerland that inspired me to pursue my Masters in this country. Many events that I participate in I get invited to through Kingston University. For instance, the Swiss Embassy in London has asked Kingston to forward them the details of the successful individuals who have also studied in Switzerland. Thank you for enabling me to be where I am right now, Kingston University!
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