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I <3 NYC!

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by Isobel

 

Walking on the HighlineI was really lucky, and one of the benefits of going with uni was that they organized the flights and accommodation so I didn't have to worry about that side of the trip, just about what I wanted to do and see whilst I was there.  

They also organized some studio visits of illustrators, animators and the Copper Union, which is an art institute in New York. I went to see two illustrator studios and that was amazing, really inspiring and interesting to see the spaces they create their work and get the chance to ask them questions.

It was a bit over whelming at first - all the buildings are so tall - but once you get your head around it, it becomes really easy to get around. We used the subway a lot; although walking was nice because you got to see a lot, the blocks are generally longer than they look on the map so you get really tired. On the first day as a whole group (there were forty of us in total) we went on the ferry to Staten Island as it's free and you get a really good view going past the Statue of Liberty.She's surprisingly not as big as I'd thought she'd be! After that everybody kind of split off into to smaller groups, as we all had different studio visits and things that we wanted to see and do. My friends and I made our way over to Brooklyn for a studio visit to see the illustrator Mike Perry. His studios are in an old Heinz Factory; it was so nice, so much space to make things in. Then we walked over Brooklyn bridge, which I'd highly recommend doing if you've never been before. You get a really amazing view going into the city. From there we kind of wandered into the city and went to check out Ground Zero. It felt so weird and sad to be in the location where it all happened after seeing so much about it on TV. That evening is one I shall never forget, myself and three other friends went to the famous Jazz club, BB Kings, to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo... IT WAS AMAZING.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Every morning we would start the day at one of New York's many breakfast Diners, having either a waffle or pancakes covered in maple syrup and bacon with a glass of fresh orange juice - It was SO GOOD! We spent the day exploring New York, going to areas such as Chelsea and SoHo and getting a feel of New York life. Occasionally we'd stop to do some location drawings - after all it was an illustration trip... In the evening, even though we were feeling shattered from all the sight seeing we managed to find some energy and go to a Northern Soul night recommended to us by our tutor. The DJ was called DJ Fine Wine! The evening after that two of my friends and I managed to get last minute tickets to see 'Matilda' on Broadway. If you ever go to New York I'd highly recommend seeing if you can get any cheap last minute tickets, it was so good!! If not that, my friends saw a Punch Drunk performance that is set in a hotel that sounded really cool.

By the end of the week I'd seen so much but there is still so much more that I want to see so I'll have to go back. I definitely got a good feel for what the city is like though. If you ever get any opportunities to go on a trip abroad with the Uni take it!! It's such a good way to see a place as loads of people see different things everyday and then you end up swapping stories at the end of the day, so you know where's good to go and what to see. Also it's a great time to really get to know people on your course.

Unfortunately they third years don't get the chance to go on the trips on my course as we won't have time so that's the last one for me but I am so glad that I went

!Brooklyn Bridge

 

Monday - 2 June


Today was my gorgeous little cousin/Godson’s 11th birthday! It’s hard to believe that he is growing up so quickly, although he isn’t too old for cuddles with his big cousin just yet, thankfully! He still won’t come out with me in the car though!

My godson

Tuesday - 3 June


Treating myself to a magazine and chocolate pretzels after the news that I have got two provisional firsts on my work in English Literature and Creative Writing. I’m thrilled because I worked so hard on these pieces of work, let’s hope the next two come back just as good! Meanwhile I’m focusing on enjoying my summer holidays now and preparing for next year!

Chocolate pretzels and a mag

Wednesday - 4 June


Getting in the football spirit with the boys after a long and hot band practice! We all trudged to the Student Union in the rain and ordered pizza to watch the match! I’ve always watched the world cup since I was a little girl and although I didn’t have an England shirt this year I’m hoping the shoes will be enough until I can get hold of one!
Union Jack shoes

Thursday - 5 June


The band have been working really hard this week to prepare for a festival in my home town the we are playing. As with most people who live in halls of residence we will all be going home for the summer in the next week or two (a lot of our friends have already gone!) so it’s been practice, practice, record, record! I can’t wait for it all to come together so we can show off all our hard work!
Band rehearsal

Friday - 6 June


Goodbye for a month to my amazing bandmates and best friends. Today was our last practice session before we meet up again fr the festival. We were all tired, aching but incredibly happy at the end of it. Here is the selfie we posted on our band page for No People Club (that’s the name of our band!). I was sad but also really excited we’ve come a long way in the last 6 months and I couldn’t be prouder!

Saturday - 7 June


My Mum will always be young at heart, so despite the fact that she will be 41 (sorry Mum!) we decided to take her back 20 years with the birthday cake we made! Although 20 years ago she was pregnant with a beautiful baby…yes that’s right me!
Band selfieBirthday cake

Sunday - 8 June


Today was my Mum’s birthday so of course I was at home this weekend! My Mum is incredibly special to me and I get so pleased when people say I look just like her. We had a lovely time both at home and at my grandparents. Here is a picture of my cousin Lola, me, my Mum and my sister. Happy Birthday Mum you’re an absolute star!!

Family selfie!

Uni Life

Posted 8 Jun 2014 by Sarah

 

I have learnt many new things and met many new friends since I first started my degree at Kingston University. Uni life is one of the best experiences that one can have.

It is not just about studies and getting a First by the end of your course. Although that should be the goal. But apart from studies I have come to realise that Kingston University offers many things that can prove to be very helpful for us students. For instance, there are services providing help with assignments such BLASC for business and law students. So if you have any queries regarding how to structure your work, how to reference, and even if you need a fresh pair of eyes to proofread your work, BLASC Academic Advisers are the people to go to.

Additionally, if you have work-related queries such as how to layout your CV, what to add and delete from your CV, how many pages it should be, and how to stand out from the crowd by writing an outstanding covering letter you can pay them a visit.

You can also get advice on where to start looking for your first job, or placements and internships. The Employment Advice team can also advice you on study or work abroad schemes. Even if you are confused and don't know what to do, which career to follow, whether to work or study aboard... you can just speak with one of the professionals in the Employment Support team. They are lovely, polite and really helpful. I know because I am now on my placement thanks to them. They have helped me a lot in my job-hunt and boosted my confidence by providing coaching in interview skills.

Yes, they do that as well!

One of the other things that Kingston University offers to its students is various job opportunities. For instance, did you know that the BLASC Academic Advisors consist of some students who are recruited within the Uni as a result of their best performance in their first and second year? Also, jobs like Clearing Hotline and Enrollment roles are all advertised on student intranet. Students on all courses can apply for these roles. The pay is excellent and you will be working with your fellow uni friends!! How cool is that? There are other jobs like Student Ambassador, LRC Assistant and many more temporary jobs that can help boost your CV and help you gain invaluable transferable employment skills. These jobs are very easy to apply to. Yes, there is sometimes a lengthy recruitment process. But you know that you are being interviewed by your uni staff. That should give you some confidence for the interview as well as gaining some experience in interviewing skills. Working alongside studies will help you make new friends, make new contacts and of course to earn some extra cash.

So what are you waiting for? Go and explore what your uni has on offer for you!

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