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Hi, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! A couple of weeks ago I took some pictures throughout an eventful day and now I'm sharing them with you! Hopefully it'll give you an idea of what it's like to be a Kingston student.

I'm in my final (third) year studying Medical Biochemistry! Originally from Nottingham, I came to Kingston mainly due to its location and the friendliness of the staff whenever I spoke to someone, and have loved every second of it!

8.00am - Working on my dissertation

Tamara 8am

On my course one of the modules in the final year is the dreaded dissertation! I chose a lab based project, which although intense was really fun and rewarding getting to spend most of my days in a lab with a brilliant group of people in the same boat as me to chat to and support me!

10.00am - Finally finished!!!

Tamara 10am

My project was titled ‘antibiotic resistance of the natural flora in the nasal cavity, with focus on Staphylococcus sp.' Which basically means looking at samples from students' noses and seeing what bacteria was there, and then finding out the bacteria's antibiotic resistance!

12.00pm - Shopping for breakfast

Tamara 12pm

As I had no food in and was heading to Kingston town centre anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to walk to Kingston to stop by the Sainsbury's in Surbiton and grab some food to eat! Unfortunately there's no bakery for croissants in this shop, so just settled for bread!

1.00pm - Too carried away, too much shopping!

Tamara 1pm

A warning to everyone, never go shopping hungry! As I hadn't eaten, everything in the shop looked amazingly appealing, and my limited willpower meant I pretty much brought everything! My bank balance was definitely crying at this point...

3.00pm - Working

Tamara 3pm

Later on in the day I worked as a student ambassador conducting campus tours of Kingston Hill. Here I am in the Business School atrium! I worked with another ambassador for a couple of hours showing potential students round the campus to give them a feel of what Kingston uni looks like and is about!

6.00pm - The trouble with living with 6 people, time to do washing up!

Tamara 6pm

Our house is beautiful, but a consequence of living with five other (very busy!) girls, is our washing up can sometimes pile up and up until it gets to ridiculous levels! This was before a big tidy up, it doesn't always look like this...

Time to actually combat the big pile of washing up I'd left for a while! I was running out of pots and pans to cook with and plates and cutlery to eat with, which is a sure sign that it may be time to get the washing up done!

8.00pm - Ready for the night out

Tamara 8pm

Dressed and ready to go out! This was me ready for a cougar chaos, which is a big sports social involving all sports at Kingston uni meeting in the SU then going mental in a club together! The theme for this month was ‘children's TV characters', so I am dressed (poorly) as Bob the builder!

10.00pm - Pre-drinks with friends

Tamara 10pm

One of the best parts of the night, pre-drinking with friends before we head to the SU! This is just a really good time to chat and gossip to people before everything gets much louder, and allows us to get our favourite drinks in before we head to the club and have to decide to drink whatever's cheapest!

12.00am - In the club

Tamara 12am

Typical girls, pulling a selfie in the club toilets! As with every cougar chaos, were in Oceana (Pryzm now it's gone all fancy...) having what always is an amazing night!

I'm in the picture with my housemate and her mate from home, here to see how good Kingston night life is!

2.00am - Later in the club

Tamara 2am

A few drinks later, the poses get more and more extravagant! This was taken in ‘the cheese room', officially called the disco room, my favourite room in oceana! With a flashing disco light dancefloor and retro music played all night. Me and my friends live in this room, normally not leaving till getting kicked out at closing!

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Second year is officially finished! My course does finish crazily early but I'm happy because it means less stress. However, now I have to start planning my summer. It would be wrong to have 5 months off and not use it well?!

Unfortunately, I have (so far) been unsuccessful with obtaining an internship. It hasn't helped that the opportunities to University has given me are far from my industry of interest - fashion. Therefore, I have found my own way to try and gain some desired experience... I'm going to go self-employed for part of the summer! I hope to team up with my best friend to sell our items. From just researching into having my own business and going to meetings etc which all happened last summer, I have learnt it is a lot easier to work with someone else as you're always fighting with your own motivation and its always nice to have a second opinion. This is my ultimate goal for the next few months, as well as others things such as trying to get a part-time job in fashion (even if it is just working in stores) and going on holiday!

Holiday wise.. just summer hot with blue waters and white sand beaches. Then I will be happy and prepared to start the busiest year of University yet!

Laura

 

Monday - 26 May

Look what's arrived on my final day at home! I finally have my license in pink!!! For me getting this is almost as big as getting into university! I never thought I'd get one of these, there's no stopping me now!

I got the pink licence!

Tuesday - 27 May

Student Ambassador work today with my lovely new badge. Today I was working with GCSE Students to help them revise for their exams. I had a lot of fun and loved talking to everyone about what they wanted to achieve. It also made me think a lot about how far I've come since GCSE, back then uni wasn't something I even considered, seems odd now.

Student Ambassador badge

Wednesday - 28 May

I wanted to show you all one of my favourite places in Kingson and also one of the first places I ever discovered. This lovely little chocolate shop selling the most amazing flavours! They also sell book libraries, as you can guess they are a perfect present for an English student or just a book lover!

Montezumas shop

Thursday - 29 May

I've been spending a lot of time back in the studio again but I wanted to show you the beauty that is the Kingston Hill campus. I love the amount of nature there is up there so I decided to take this picture while waiting for the bus. I couldn't catch a picture of the squirrels or baby foxes I've seen around at the moment but it really is stunning, even if I don't study there!

Bees visiting the flowers

Friday - 30 May

I posted this picture up on Twitter this morning, it's my Thumbs up for Stephen picture in memory of Stephen Sutton. Although I didn't personally know him this story had a big impact on the way I looked at things and I wanted to spread the positive message and remember Stephen.

Thumbs up for Stephen

Saturday - 31 May

I was so happy that Ali (my boyfriend) decided to come home with me this weekend! It's been nice to spend some time together at home, like old times. He cleaned the inside and outside of the car for me so I treated him to a lovely meal. Hopefully this will set the happy tone for our new flat! 

Cleaning the car

Sunday - 1 June

Today I attended a cupcake decorating course! Although my Mum was too poorly to come my sister and I had an amazing time and I learnt a lot. See the flowers in that picture? I made them all!! It's something I'm so proud of, I've never been much of a cook but maybe I could be a baker!

Cupcake

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