Hi, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! I took some pictures throughout the day and I'm sharing them to give you a taste of some of the things I get up to and what uni life could be like for you!
Bea is my pet Leopard Gecko! My lovely housemates bought her for me for my 21st birthday last May! She is just GREAT and although she shows no affection I KNOW she loves me and it's so nice to wake up and see her friendly face!
At the moment I am working on a project with my friend Miranda who studies Graphic design. We are working on a D&AD brief (a design competition) which asks us to redesign The Body Shop's visual language, so I went to her house in the morning to cut up lemons and skin some mangos...
I had a tutorial at 12 with my tutor to talk about a new project we got set last week. Here is a photo of the tutorial IN ACTION and my friends in the studio, working hard! I'm now in my third year so things are getting serious! Eek!
Twice a week, in the afternoons I work at the Knights Park Art shop. Here I am in action! My shift is from 1- 4:30PM which is a great time as it's on my campus, I don't have to rush away and can go straight to the library or the studio straight after work.
This is Anita, one of the shop ladies I work with! oh she is fantastic and we have a lotta fun!
After work I usually head to my studio or the library to get a bit more uni work done. Here is my table in the studio equipped with tea, water, pens and pencils, sketchbook, phone AND A BANANA FOR ENERGY everything you need really!
Here is a view of the river just outside Knights Park. On the left is the SU bar which is so nice in summer! I only live a short 10 minute walk away so it's nice and easy to get to and from uni.
My bike has been broken for a few months now, so earlier in the week I went to the uni workshop to pick up some screws to fix my brake on. FINALLY I found one that fits so am very happy to say I can now safely cycle around! WooHoo!
Here are 3 of my housemates; Maya, Milly and Georgie in the kitchen having dinner! Maya (on the left) has recently come back from her Erasmus study in Germany, we missed her loads so it's good to have her back! Meanwhile Georgie (on the right) is leaving for Antwerp in the morning for a week long studio residency organised by her Fine Art course!
It was my friend Sarai's birthday yesterday so we have planned to go out to celebrate tonight! I went along to her house to get ready before we head out. This is one of the first times in a long while that we have organised to go out as we are all in our last year it's hard to find the time! But tonight we are forgetting our stresses!
The drinking game ring of fire, abandoned with fish and fake lizard toys included. (OH MY GOODNESS IS IT BEA?)
Again this hasn't happened in a while but of course we got tequila shots! The night we went to was called New Slang at McClusky's, a night club in Kingston. New Slang is an indie night where bands play each Thursday. This week we saw Wild Beasts who were great!
Here is a few of the group of us leaving the club, think we lost everyone else! The gig turned into a normal club night so we didn't leave until later. Also we found this amazing glowing stick.
Of course after a night out there's always gotta be a stop at the chip shop! This chip shop is a particularly friendly one, see them waving! But I was sad to find out when I got home that we left the glowing stick thing in there! Oh no!
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Hi readers! As a graduate, it's always a pleasure to be asked back to write blogs and let current and prospective students know what you've been up to. :)
You may already know from previous reading that I am currently a 'Higher Education Graduate Trainee' as part of the Ambitious Futures scheme. This involves me carrying out three five month placements in two institutions. I am currently working in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Kingston University, but will soon be heading off to St. George's University in Tooting to work on a marketing/re-branding project to recruit students onto vocational programmes which feed into NHS employability. This will involve me attending open days and road shows, analysing data and results and working with academic staff. I'm really looking forward to it!
Being at Kingston University gave me the confidence to try new things and push myself to make the most of my time as a student. I can't say it enough, but being a student really will be part of the best moments of your life- so enjoy it to the max. You should join the clubs and societies, go out, have fun, meet new people, go abroad and study hard of course!
Since starting the scheme, my future plans have definitely changed (then again they change every week!) At the moment, I love the Higher Education sector too much to leave for a career in Law. There are so many areas of work you can go in to, meaning the possibilities are endless. I've always loved travelling and it is an ambition of mine to travel as much as possible in the future. This has made me think working in the International department at a University would be a great idea! For example, there are International agents who travel the world on behalf of the University, promoting it and encouraging students to continue their education here. I've also always enjoyed marketing, which is so important these days, so a career in that would also be great. Finally (see the possibilities really are endless!) I would definitely consider a career as a Law/Business lecturer. I have always enjoyed teaching and researching topics I am interested in and would love to inspire students to study hard and get a good education.
Anyway, that's enough from me for now. Good luck and best wishes!
P.s If you would like some more information about the graduate scheme, check out the following link: http://www.ambitiousfutures.co.uk/
I love heading into London for the day to suck up a bit of the culture. My first port of call is always The Tate Modern as there are usually fantastic exhibitions to see as well as the free sections. Other good art museums in London include The Saatchi Gallery, The Photographers Gallery and the Tate Britain.
If you're not familiar with the famous skyline, then take it all in from the highest building in Europe; the top floor of the Shard. The breath-taking views don't come cheap but there are free alternatives all over the capital such as Primrose Hill.
There are loads of gigs both for free, and at a low cost. I check online regularly with my favourite haunts such as Koko in Camden for the more well-known names, and The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, for free gigs nearly every night of the week!
Kingston is good for shopping, but London is even better! I enjoy going into central London, to Westfield shopping Centre, or Oxford Street - the stores are huge and even if you can't buy anything, it's a fun day out!
When my student's budget will allow it I love to go to restaurants. There are loads of places to discover and it's best to find them for yourself because there is so much choice from fine dining to authentic street food.
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