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Monday - 21 April

After a relaxing day I decided to make the most of my last few days at home and take my little sister Summer-Rose for a well-deserved Nando's. Big sister was paying of course!

Nand'o's with my little sister

Tuesday - 22 April

I've been spending a lot of time practicing driving while at home, in my lovely car! I've been getting as much practice in as possible to prepare for my test soon!

Wednesday - 23 April

Making the most of Mum driving me back to Kingston meant hitting the supermarket and stocking up my cupboard and part of the freezer. In Halls of Residence each flatmate has their own lockable cupboard, which most people use as their main food cupboard. The rest of the kitchen is divided up by whoever is in the flat, for example the fridge and freezer unofficially has a part for everyone. As you can see, noodles and rice are always a priority for me.

My lovely car!A sneak peak inside my cupboard

Thursday - 24 April

As part of my work with the Student Ambassadors I was able to attend a Higher Education fair. Higher Education fairs are an opportunity for college and school students to attend an event to talk to many different universities from across the UK, get information and ask any questions they have about university. I loved talking to people about their aspirations and answering questions. I also got to work with a great team.

HE Fairs are a great way to chat to prospective students

Friday - 25 April

Who said going to Uni was about growing up? Turkey Dinosaurs anyone?

Turkey dinosaurs anyone?

Saturday - 26 April

Assignments again today! Being able to use my boyfriend's nice laptop made it less dull though.

A nice laptop makes all the difference!

Sunday - 27 April

A top tip as well as a point for today, an Oyster card is a must in Kingston! An Oyster card is a top up card that you can use on buses, tubes and trains in London. Instead of buying tickets you simply top up the Oyster card and tap in and out, which is a lot easier if you travel a fair bit! My travels to Kingston Hill this weekend have seen me using my Oyster a lot!

Oyster card - a must for travelling around London

 

Dissertation

Posted 27 Apr 2014 by Tamara

 

For any life science student, the beginning of March is signified by the sheer panic that your Dissertation is due in any day now!

Having months of stress being in the lab, and working away at your experiments relentlessly, the month of February is the main time for writing it all up! My dissertation was on 'Antibiotic resistance of the natural flora found in the nasal cavity, with focus on Staphylococcus sp.' which basically means looking at bacteria found in your nose, and if it has any resistance to certain antibiotics! Although shorter than some people's dissertations, at 3000 words, it's still a fair amount of time, and combine Tamara's Dissertationthat with all the lab work time as well, as I did a lab based dissertation, then I can safely say it took over my life for a while!

 The main things I found whilst doing my dissertation was how much I loved being in the lab and how happy I was that I picked a lab dissertation, as though it's very intense, you really get to know and bond with the people in your lab, and you help each other out as well, giving an insight into working into an actual lab! Also, I found that although it was challenging and one of the most stressful times in my life, having practices at writing out a lab report will be amazingly useful for when I get into a lab myself! You also aren't doing it by yourself, you have a dissertation supervisor to help you, and I can honestly say I couldn't have coped without the support from mine!

 So yes, I can say all that stress was definitely worth it, look how happy I am at the finished result!

 

5. Riverside Vegetaria

A perfect place that caters for vegetarians and vegans, sitting right on the riverfront. Although I am not a vegetarian or vegan, the food quality is top range. You can sit in or outside right by the river and is for sure one of the best places to go in Kingston for a satisfying meal.

A lovely view from the Vegetaria

4. Jamie's Restaurant

Some of us may still be seething over Jamie Oliver's famous healthy school meals, banning coke, chips and other unhealthy foods at school. However his restaurant in Kingston is really high end and is a gourmet and flashy place to dine in with your friends. My favourite dish is the prawn linguine or getting a plank of meat.


Yummy prawn linguine! Enjoying antipasti with my mate

3. Rotunda Chinese Buffet

A very convenient buffet located in the Rotunda centre that also has bowling, an Odeon cinema and lots of other restaurants inside. It's pretty cheap and a hotspot for students (it accepts student discount cards). They have over 50 dishes including crispy seaweed and King Prawns!

There's loads to eat at the buffet!

2. Subway Kingston University Student Union

Who doesn't like a custom made Sub? I love Subway! Luckily for us we have them in our Student Union bars and the famous sub smell just messes with your senses and makes you succumb to getting one for lunch on campus.

Mmmm... the lovely smell of Subway!

1. Krispy Kreme

They may not be the healthiest or the cheapest doughnuts, but they sure are the most delicious you will ever eat! They have so many various flavours, and are freshly made in front of you. Strawberry and cream is my favourite. Last time I got them a friend dared me to eat a mixed dozen.... I managed to eat them all!

Not so good for your health, but yummy! Can I eat all 12?!

 

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