Our free University bus came back today after the Easter break. At Kingston we have a free bus that takes you from campus to campus. I got this bus nearly every day to uni. It's also a real help when I'm going up to Kingston Hill or when I need to nip into town. One tip though; pick up a timetable or get the university app on your phone so that you know when the next bus is due.
One of my best friends is from the USA, he came back yesterday but today I finally got to see him! He also brought back treats from himself and his girlfriend. I'm hoping to book a flight and head to the US next summer to experience more of America.
Skyping with my dog! As you do on a normal evening. I'm getting quite excited about heading back home for a month and spending time with my dog. Skype is great if you're feeling homesick and want more than just a phone call.
Back to band practice, where I belong! After not being around the guys all I wanted to do was sing, write and practice. We have a lot to get done within a month and spent hours practicing today. My lyrics book was as handy as ever and there's a possibility that some new ideas came out of it...watch this space!
I didn't feel too well today so I spent this evening cuddled up with Lenny Lobster (a present from my boyfriend) and a good book.
Taking a walk along Surbiton, formally Victoria Road, but it is basically the 'High Street' in the sunshine. Seething Wells and Clayhill Halls of Residence are located close to Surbiton 'High Street', it's where most of us do our weekly shop. Personally, I prefer popping into all the charity shops and finding some amazing deals!
I chose to walk along the river to get into Kingston today instead of taking the bus. The riverside looked absolutely stunning and it was busy this evening as well.
It's getting to the end of term now, which means that deadlines are soon approaching! As you'll know if you've read any of my previous blogs I have been in the process of writing my dissertation for the past few months, and collecting my data to prepare for the hand in date! I've been working hard on the project, which has meant putting in a lot of hours, meetings with tutors and library sessions, and the deadline has now approached and the project is due in on Wednesday! Thankfully, I have finished and bound my project so I'm ready to hand it in on the morning and wave goodbye to my work - which will be weird as it's become like a friend to me as I've spent so much time on it!
Regardless of what you're studying, I'm sure that you'll write, or will be writing essays and conducting projects for your course! Here are a few of my tips to make sure that you get the most out of uni, your essays and your course as a whole!
Firstly, always choose an essay that interests you - most of the time your lecturers will give you a choice of questions, and I have in the past chosen the essay that I thought would be the easiest to write, and have then got half way through and realised that I hated the topic and was bored to death by it, so don't learn the hard way like I did and always choose the question that you think you will like to read around the most.
Speaking of reading, that's my second essay tip - read around your topics widely. I find that tutors always encourage you to read whole articles or pieces of work, but I find that reading the abstract really helps first, as you can determine whether you think the article is going to be interesting and whether you are going to get anything out of it.
Another tip is to try to get to know your tutors, some people might say it's sucking up - but at the end of the day they're the ones marking your essays, and they're the ones who have a mass of knowledge about your degree, and you can learn a lot from them! Depending on what subject you study, you might even be able to do some work with them on their projects - I do psychology and in my first year I got to work on a project with one of my tutors and help her collect data for a research paper that she was writing!
I wish you guys all the best of luck with your essays and exams, and if any of you lovely lot have any exam tips for me then please drop me a line!
Take care guys!
Having just attended an event to help my development and plan my career path, it only seems fitting to pass on some of this knowledge and advice to you guys! Because that's the ultimate plan after all - university is just a stepping-stone in to the big wide corporate world, and giving yourself the best start is essential in what is becoming a very competitive market.
Firstly, I'll start with the most obvious and common question -
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?
The answer to this question is not a job title, which would have been the case when we were younger and probably changed weekly, if not daily!
But should be a series of jobs which create a path / journey which will help take you to where you want to be, you may only know the first couple of destinations on your journey, or the end goal, but key to this journey is that it's something you enjoy. The path can and will develop overtime as you gain more experience and knowledge and there is nothing wrong with that.
This leads me to the main piece of advice I been given and am trying to follow; it's to use the T methodto develop your knowledge, a theory that can be some what over looked when people are starting out in their career, but one I feel that is vital.
So let me explain - Your aim is to make your knowledge into the shape of a T, by learning a lot about one area, and a little about a lot, which should therefore in time make you an expert in one particular area of business. If you can become an expert in one particular area, and become known for your expertise, you will become an incredibly sought after individual. It is important that you are passionate about the subject you choose to pursue, as without passion you will struggle with the long hours and hard work required to achieve your goals. Try to spend regular time developing and educating yourself, as constant improvement will ensure you reach, and stay at the top.
Your area of knowledge doesn't have to remain a T shape as you move through your career though, over time you can deepen your knowledge in other areas and add extra layers, but becoming an expert in one area is the best way to start.
Whilst gaining knowledge is vital, it is also important to implement that knowledge.
Knowledge doesn't equal Power.
Knowledge + Action = Power
So start May off with me, as Marvelous May, and make every day count towards your career by learning / building on your expertise every day.
Good luck x
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