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It's Over.

Posted 25 May 2014 by Laura

 

Second year has finally finished! It is quite hard to believe that it's been nearly two years since I began Uni. It has gone so fast and it's quite scary to think that this time next year it will have completely finished!

It is great finishing this early because it means the summer period is even longer, so there more time to earn money, relax and do some things I want to. However, £9000 a year is a lot of money for only around 6 months worth of work. Anyway :) ...

My one and only exam will be finished on the 29th April so I'm beginning to start planning things to do this summer. I know I want to earn a certain amount of money just so I can add to my savings but I also want to learn some new things. I've always wanted to learn some more languages so I've been trying to find a language tutor or something similar to help me achieve this. I have also decided (despite my mums disapproval) that this will probably be my last long summer where I have very little to worry about with no full-time job. So I still want to have time to relax and do nothing for some of it! 8-). The long periods off is one of the great things about coming to Uni, so I think its good to use the time to do things you want to do and utilise the time well.

Freedom!

Posted 23 May 2014 by Abigail

 

Hi All !

My latest blog post comes nearly a week after my final deadlines and my last exam of my second year at Uni (hurrah!). So I'm now free to do whatever I want for almost five months - it hasn't quite sunk in yet and I'm still not really sure what to do with myself when I wake up in the morning.  There are no emails from tutors to be opened, no essays that I need to go to the library for and no exam revision left to do - it feels very weird.

All I know is that as a university student, free time should be spent being proactive and furthering my education. It doesn't necessarily have to be in my field or turn me into a bookworm but the motivation and desire to learn more and gain new skills is, in essence, what university is all about, so I want to fill my summer with lots of worthwhile things, as well as lots of fun, sun and seeing family and friends. The past few months have been crazy, I've been working non-stop to get to the finish line, so there was little time to think or research things to do in summer... although I have a rough idea.

I'm going into my third year this September and I think it's important that I at least start the year in a good position financially, so I can devote all my attention to my studies. If I have money worries, or any worries in fact, it distracts me from Uni. This is why I'm hoping to find a part-time job over the summer so that I can have a small amount of savings to fall back on, in case I find myself strapped for cash at any point in my final year. Ideally, I will find a flexible job that I enjoy and I can make new friends through. I'm applying to work in bars and restaurants in Bordeaux, South-West France, as this will be a great opportunity to improve my French and earn some cash as the minimum wage out there is equivalent to £7 per hour! During the summer season, European countries like France, Spain and Italy are happy to take on English speaking workers to deal with the tourists who come to their countries so it's worth looking into if you fancy learning a new language.

I've just lined up two weeks editorial work experience with a magazine based in Central London. I'm really excited but also incredibly nervous to start this in a few weeks' time. This is compulsory for my course but I think it would be a fantastic opportunity for any university undergrad to do. It will no-doubt make me feel more confident about going into the workplace this time next year. It also helps to build up contacts, get your foot in the door somewhere and will look great on your CV.

It's important to set aside some time for having fun with your friends and catching up with old friends that you don't see that often. Whether it's a holiday to somewhere exotic, a night out or just hanging out around your home town, it's always good to keep your old friends as well as make new ones. I've just bought tickets to go to a music festival in Spain with a friend from school and her Uni friends which I'm really excited about! 

Don't forget with all the working, holidaying, partying and general fun summer times to actually take a break and RELAX! I keep banging on about how important it is to be proactive, but don't do too much, you need to feel energised come September to start a fresh new year of studying!

 

5. Walk/Explore

London is too big not to just walk about, there are so many areas of London that Time Out can cover well, the rest you need to find and explore.

Take a walk around different parts of London

4. South Bank

Seen as one of the ‘cool' areas of London, South Bank offers you the chance to enjoy some amazing food, watch the skate boarders and during the winter months enjoy the Christmas markets. Not to forget, multiple market stands where you can buy anything from food, books or even wines. Never know what you might find.

London Southbank

3. Soho

Sex... That got your attention didn't it?! Soho is a pool of everything fun and naughty. If you're looking for an exciting bar, amazing food or a quiet venue to relax in, Soho has it all. In addition, it's always a good laugh exploring the small ‘boutiques'... well in Soho, you never know what you might find!

Soho - you never know what you mind find!A great night out in Soho

2. Shoreditch

For those wanting to work in PR, Marketing or design, this is the area that you're going to want to know well. Or if you want to network your way into a job, it's a great place to start. Filled to the rim with Hoxton bars and restaurants, it's a wonderful place to mingle with people of the same industry.

Shoreditch - a good place to mingle

1. Shows

Everything thinks that going to theatre shows in London are expensive, and they're usually right. unless you know how to get tickets cheap. The best way to find them for cheaper is through such sites as Last Minute, seeing a show can be the best get away from studies with friends.

 

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