In this blog I answer some questions asked by JackJames as part of the student newsletter takeover about my course LLB Law at Kingston and how I have found my time here.
Why did you pick this degree course? I picked my course because I enjoyed English at school/college and wanted to use my skills in a degree where I could argue and analyse problems.
Why study at Kingston University? I recommend studying at Kingston University as you get to meet a wide variety of people from all over the world! There are also a lot of other exciting opportunities you can take part in within your degree, such as studying abroad and work placements. I also love the location of Kingston, as there's always something fun to do.
How was moving to Kingston Upon Thames to attend university? Moving to Kingston was a great learning experience from me. I became much more independent and had to quickly learn how to do my own cooking, cleaning and washing! Being from Guildford (not too far from Kingston itself) I was familiar with the local area, but still had to get to grips with ‘London' things such as oyster cards and the Underground.
What does your course involve? My course involves a lot of reading! I'm expected to read textbooks, cases and journal articles about various legal topics that are relevant to my modules, such as Family or Criminal Law. I also have to complete various assignments/ essays throughout the year. These are either problem questions, where I have to apply the current law to scenarios and give a solution or essays, where I have to discuss and critically analyse certain legal topics.
Tell me about your current projects/dissertation (other interesting things you have done on your course?) An interesting thing I get to do on my course is to visit court and watch real life cases. One of my projects involved me going to court and writing a report on the case I saw. I was lucky enough to witness a really interesting one about fraud and it was fun to see how the barristers used the law I had learnt about in Criminal Law to win the case for their client.
Also, in my latest project, I had to write a White Paper (a government document proposing a new law) on how to reduce anti- social behaviour. I chose to focus on youths and really enjoyed being able to use my ideas and be creative!
University is not all about the degree, so tell me what other adventures you pursue? Coming to Kingston has allowed me to pursue lots of other exciting things apart from my degree. One of the best things has been being part of the Law Society as a committee member and having the chance to organise social events such as the law ball! This year we had a great time at our James Bond themed ‘Skyball'.
What do you think you will take away from your time at Kingston and from your course? The main things I will take away from my time at Kingston are the great friends I've made and the opportunities I've had to try new things.
Where do you hope to end up in the future? In the future, I hope to teach law, ether to A- level students or at University level. One thing I do know for certain is that I'll miss the life of a student!
Freshers Week isn't actually that far away and plenty of you will be excited and nervous about the prospect of starting University in September.
Freshers Week is a lot of fun at Kingston. There is so much to see and do! There are a lot of events taking place in Freshers Week-Enrolment, Freshers Fayre, course inductions, the Freshers ball and there are plenty of other exciting things taking place as well.
My best piece of advice for enrolment is to try and do as much as you can online before you arrive to make the process easier. If you've uploaded everything you need to then all you need to do is get your ID card and it gives you more time to enjoy yourself.
Freshers Fayre is busy but it has lots of fun freebies to take home plus the opportunity to sign up for clubs and societies and at mine there were loads of discounts available on KU merchandise and the opportunity to get an NUS extra card for even more discounts. I got a lot of free stuff at Freshers Fayre-things I am still using now at the end of the year! Bars and restaurants were giving away discount vouchers for use in Kingston and there are a lot of free pens and sweets-always useful!
Starting University and Freshers Week can be overwhelming. Kingston is a busy place and there are a lot of people to meet. If you're staying in halls you will probably meet your flat mates first. When you arrive, try and keep your door open so that you are not closing yourself off from your new flat mates. When someone new arrives they can then pop their head around the door and say hello! And keep that kettle boiled - there is nothing like asking a cup of tea to start the conversation!
I know it's always hard to leave home and all of your friends there but try and keep minimal contact with them for a few days. It is hard to meet new friends when you're still involved with your friends at home.
Friends who are on your course are a definite must. I have had multiple occasions this year where I have wondered where I am going for a class or when a paper is due and someone on your course will always be able to help or at least point you in the right direction. They are fantastic for going through work together and many courses have group projects so it's good to know who you're working with.
My biggest piece of advice is to bring some money with you for Freshers. Many societies and clubs will let you try a taster session before you have to make a payment but that can get expensive. There are a heap of hidden costs as well - scientists will need lab coats and goggles and most courses will have recommended core textbooks. Student Finance doesn't release your loan until a few days after you enrol with the University and you don't want to spend your entire loan in Freshers Week! My friend spent hers last year and then struggled for the rest of the semester- she ended up failing a few modules as she had to work 25 hours a week to keep up with rent payments and food!
Just remember to have fun. Freshers Week is the beginning of your University life and a great week to meet new people and make new friends!
Polo is much more accessible to Londoners since the creation of MINT Polo in the Park by businessman, Daniel Fox-Davies, a few year ago. Each June at Hurlingham Park there are three days devoted to Polo matches, fashion vendors and tents of tropical drinks and champagne bars. It is a lovely way to go out and dress to impress bohemian style. For students it is reasonably priced, general admission is only £30 per person and to sit in the grandstand is £45 per person. Both tickets grant you access to the mini shops and drink tents on the grounds and up close and personal to the game. The location to this event is just outside of Putney Bridge tube station, so just travel from Surbiton station to Wimbledon and then change on to Putney Bridge. There are also local pubs and bistros located nearby for after match drinks. Since experiencing these polo games for the first time, I can say I really liked it a lot. It takes a lot of skill and knowledge to play this sport of kings but also it is nice to see the horses run around.
I really thought it was funny how they would play victory music each time a team scored a goal.The day begins at 12pm and usually goes on till around 7pm, even after the games are done people still hang out with friends and chill out on the lawn. Once the game is finally over, all the people come onto the field and try to fill in the holes that were made during the matches, to sort of patch up the grassy bits. I was so happy that I went to the event with friends, it was a great way for us to dress up and to experience something. Capturing these memories on film is what will always keep me dreaming about next years polo games. If you're going to be hanging around London during the summer, be sure to book your place for the games around May as they tend to sell out very quickly. Before you know it you will be at most polo matches as the sport is so addicting to watch!
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