Hello! I'm a second year 'extra' mature Drama student and also a full time mum, welcome to a day in my life as a Kingston Uni student! I am so happy that I returned to education the experience is making such a positive impact on my life!
Every day is an adventure, from the minute I get up. Being a student with children really does have its challenges. I need to help prepare the day not just for myself but for my little people also.
Sitting down to a good breakfast helps us connect as a family. We share our worries and excitement's that may be ahead, breakfast also does a great job in filling our tums.
I make every effort to be early and aim to get to class 15 minutes before it starts, as there is nothing worse than interrupting a class due to lateness. This also ensures that I don't miss any key information so I'm well prepared for the essays and exams that I will face in this conquest of achieving my degree.
Plus I love my classes - a true geek at heart.
Having the right tools for every class is an essential requirement. As a Drama student a lot of reading is required of me, most times I'm reading several books at once.
As a Dyslexic student I find that preparation and organisation are key ingredients that benefit my student lifestyle.
University life offers lots of opportunities for students to get involved; new potential students often visit and take part in taster sessions around various departments. Here I am getting involved within the session for potential Drama students.
Afterwards I'll be answering questions about what it's like at Kingston University...But not before a much needed DIY foot rub.
Another one of those fantastic getting involved opportunities. I'm also a Student Academic Mentor to a group of first year Drama students. Main duties involve meeting once a week as a group to talk about experiences and difficulties the first years might be facing.
We also have a group Facebook page so the mentors can reach me outside our meeting times. This is something I also get paid to do which to me is just an added bonus.
Mmmm, so needed this. Love how Wagamama lets you have a taste of 3 different deserts all at once, lush.
After a hard day's work I don't often get to treat myself to moments like this, usually I'm rushing home to collect the children, cooking and helping with homework before putting the children to bed and then getting on with my own. But this evening I'm given a night off as mum to enjoy an evening of student life.
I really can't stress how amazing this place. The electronic system to get books and dvds out still amazes me.
Also in the library you can find a lovely quiet spot to plot and study. Here is where I find all I need for my practical and theory assignment's and even things for my own leisure also. If I had the time I'd read them all.
Social time, it's not often I get to hang out with the students in the evening, it's just one of them things you struggle to find time for when you're a mum. Even though a lot of the students are a lot younger than me, I don't find it difficult making friends.
Tonight I enjoy an evening of comedy entertainment put on by some of my fellow class members who call themselves the ‘Bad Clowns' and they actually are awesome and funny!
Home time, I live a bit of a way away...Tram, two trains and a bus ride to and from Uni at least 3 times a week. In total I commute for 3 hours, this may seem like a lot but the way I look at it, that's a minimum of 9 hours per week to catch up on reading for university, sometimes (very rarely) a movie on the ipad.
My bed, it calls to me, it loves me and I love it back, it's so warm and cosy and comfortable.
After a long day filled with my children, work, uni, classes, study, food, friends, entertainment and fun I rest my head filtering through the positives and all the things that made me smile and wonder what adventures the following day will bring Zzzzzzz!
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This week has been all about having fun on summer break! All my assignments have been done for a while now so before I get cracking on the provisional reading for second year I've decided to make sure I have a great time before I move back home.
Summertime shopping! I love the shops in Kingston and as the weather has been getting warmer I needed to get out of my faithful Converses and Doc Martens. The stroll around Kingston was also nice in the sunshine, even if I did spend more than I was planning too!
I passed my driving test!! It means so much to me to have finally reached this milestone. This was my fifth attempt at my driving test and passing in London has boosted my confidence! I really can't stop smiling and dancing around! I finally passed!!
A non-traditional night out with the boys to celebrate passing my test yesterday. Bowling with alcoholic slush puppies followed by a trip to the oub with the lads. I'm really making the most of Kingston at the moment and my friends before we all go home for the summer. That's one of the hard parts about uni, when you go home you really do miss your friends a lot, so let's make the most of the time we have!
Another night of celebrating, this time with saying goodbye to the third year Student Ambassadors. This is a picture of me and a Student Ambassador celebrity Adam, a good friend of mine. I've made close friends with a lot of the third year ambassadors and there are going to be some really big shoes to fill in September. That and I'm really going to miss them all.
One of my favourite things to do since I came to university is making surprise trips home. I thought this would just be a simple trip but with delays, cancellations and awful rain it took me a lot longer to get back to Basingstoke for the weekend. When I finally got home I was glad that my Mum was none the wiser! It was great to surprise her as well as going out for the first time on my own in the car! Hopefully my license will mean dealing with train cancellations less!
I promised myself a year ago that once I had passed my driving test I would by myself this CD and put it in my car. Despite the fact that I still need to get the CD player fixed it will definitely be worth it!
I got to spend time with my three little princesses the two about are my sister Summer - Rose and my cousin Lola. I also got to spend time with my beautiful two year old Goddaughter Lexi. This is one of the best parts of coming home, I get to spend time with my sister and little cousins which I've missed a lot since I've moved.
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.
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