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Second year is officially finished! My course does finish crazily early but I'm happy because it means less stress. However, now I have to start planning my summer. It would be wrong to have 5 months off and not use it well?!

Unfortunately, I have (so far) been unsuccessful with obtaining an internship. It hasn't helped that the opportunities to University has given me are far from my industry of interest - fashion. Therefore, I have found my own way to try and gain some desired experience... I'm going to go self-employed for part of the summer! I hope to team up with my best friend to sell our items. From just researching into having my own business and going to meetings etc which all happened last summer, I have learnt it is a lot easier to work with someone else as you're always fighting with your own motivation and its always nice to have a second opinion. This is my ultimate goal for the next few months, as well as others things such as trying to get a part-time job in fashion (even if it is just working in stores) and going on holiday!

Holiday wise.. just summer hot with blue waters and white sand beaches. Then I will be happy and prepared to start the busiest year of University yet!

Laura

 

Monday - 26 May

Look what's arrived on my final day at home! I finally have my license in pink!!! For me getting this is almost as big as getting into university! I never thought I'd get one of these, there's no stopping me now!

I got the pink licence!

Tuesday - 27 May

Student Ambassador work today with my lovely new badge. Today I was working with GCSE Students to help them revise for their exams. I had a lot of fun and loved talking to everyone about what they wanted to achieve. It also made me think a lot about how far I've come since GCSE, back then uni wasn't something I even considered, seems odd now.

Student Ambassador badge

Wednesday - 28 May

I wanted to show you all one of my favourite places in Kingson and also one of the first places I ever discovered. This lovely little chocolate shop selling the most amazing flavours! They also sell book libraries, as you can guess they are a perfect present for an English student or just a book lover!

Montezumas shop

Thursday - 29 May

I've been spending a lot of time back in the studio again but I wanted to show you the beauty that is the Kingston Hill campus. I love the amount of nature there is up there so I decided to take this picture while waiting for the bus. I couldn't catch a picture of the squirrels or baby foxes I've seen around at the moment but it really is stunning, even if I don't study there!

Bees visiting the flowers

Friday - 30 May

I posted this picture up on Twitter this morning, it's my Thumbs up for Stephen picture in memory of Stephen Sutton. Although I didn't personally know him this story had a big impact on the way I looked at things and I wanted to spread the positive message and remember Stephen.

Thumbs up for Stephen

Saturday - 31 May

I was so happy that Ali (my boyfriend) decided to come home with me this weekend! It's been nice to spend some time together at home, like old times. He cleaned the inside and outside of the car for me so I treated him to a lovely meal. Hopefully this will set the happy tone for our new flat! 

Cleaning the car

Sunday - 1 June

Today I attended a cupcake decorating course! Although my Mum was too poorly to come my sister and I had an amazing time and I learnt a lot. See the flowers in that picture? I made them all!! It's something I'm so proud of, I've never been much of a cook but maybe I could be a baker!

Cupcake

 

What you might not know is that when you come to uni, there are actually plenty of ways to spice up your undergraduate degree. While most people opt for a straight three year course, you might also choose to go abroad for a semester or a year or you might take a year out doing a placement as part of your course. The last of these choices is precisely what I would like to introduce you to.

How it works is that instead of finishing your degree in three years, you will be done after four years and your placement counts towards it. The benefits of doing a placement are several. Firstly, you take a break from uni work. Secondly, you will be able to get a better idea of what areas you are more interested in. You might find that the work you do during your placement isn't in fact what you would like to do for life. And isn't that better than graduating and finding that out after you start a graduate job? Thirdly, you will get the chance to make valuable contacts within the industry. 

You never know what sort of people you will meet, get introduced to, or just generally network with so it's well worth exploring the different career options in front of you while you do your placement. How it typically works is that while Kingston University might suggest companies and businesses appropriate for your area of interest, you will be required to do most of the placement research. The interview process is then just as rigorous as a normal job application process is, so buckle up! You might be required to take verbal reasoning and numerical tests, as well as attending assessment centres and interviews. However, if you are successful, you then get to spend a year as an intern within a company that offers you a place.

Not only will that experience look great on your CV but you will also have something to talk about on your future interviews. Your placement would potentially enable you to stick out of the crowd and show your hard work and perseverance. Adding on to that, after you complete that year, you will still have another year left at university, in case you still have trouble figuring out what it is exactly that you would like to do. 

Having said that, I strongly recommend you opt in for a placement, if your course at Kingston University allows it. It will open numerous doors for your future career.

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