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There's No Place Like Home...

Posted 31 Mar 2014 by Jacob

 

One of the drawbacks of going to University overseas is being separated from my family. Minecraft Sword

I've even begun to miss fighting with my sister for the TV remote. But little did I know, I was leaving one family just to step into another. And wow, is it hectic! I'm currently living in a flat near the Kingston Hill campus with two other guys studying at Kingston, and so far we've had plastic swordfights, made trips to the shop in our underpants, been to the hospital a few times and even had a pet! 

If there is one major piece of advice I can offer, it's this: try to make friends with your housemates. These are the people you'll be living with for months if not years, and having a solid relationship with them makes a fantastic difference. I didn't have the opportunity to meet either of my housemates before moving in with them- they simply showed up at the flat one day with lots of furniture and beer. We spent the first night laughing at a Nicolas Cage movie to break the ice (enduring that guy's facial expressions will bring anyone together) and from there we really hit it off. We share food often (one of us is a gourmet chef), we motivate each other to stay fit, and when one of us falls ill the others do their best to offer support.

Domestics were a tricky issue for us at first. All three of us were completely new to paying our own bills when we moved in, and as a result we were about as efficient as an umbrella in a hurricane! After a rocky start (and a night without electricity) we found a system that works: each of us manages one utility, and we split the total cost three ways. This means that we don't need a house meeting every time we get a set of bills- as long as we remember to pay them on time! Cleaning was something else that we had to get used to. Living in an all-male house means the kitchen gets dirty faster than you can say 'pot noodles', and so we Catfacehad to set up a rota to divide the scrubbing! So far, it's worked- especially since anyone who breaks the code is subject to five lashes with the Minecraft sword!

Actually, while there are technically three of us living in the house, there was one night where we had a fourth housemate. She was sassy, sleek and smarter than all of us put together- and she had a tail to boot. After much debate, we decided her name was Catface! Having followed us home from our corner shop, she demanded to be let into the house with a torrent of stern meowing, checked out every room, and then settled down as if she owned the place. It was great to have fuzzy company- she particularly liked the bathtub! We had to put her out after a few hours, considering that she belonged to a neighbour, but she'll always be an honorary member of the Flat.

All in all, I can honestly say that where I'm living has become a true home away from home, and I expect many more video game sessions and legendary prank battles in the future. That's it for now guys! If you have any questions about applying to University or Uni life, feel free to ask!

 

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my new blog page, here I'm going to tell you about what I get up to as an English Literature student on a day to day basis so you can get a good idea of what there is to do around Kingston! This week has been our second Enrichment week at the university, there are no lectures but still a lot to do...

Monday - 25 March

Today saw a trip to 5 Guys Burger and Fries with my band. 5 Guys is a new American burger restaurant that my American best friend said I had to try, I wasn't disappointed!

A visit to 5 Guys Burger

Tuesday - 26 March

Organise, organise, organise! With deadlines looming I took today to get myself ready with essay plans and diary in hand. It didn't feel too different from revising from my A Levels, at least I know the question this time!

It helps when I have snacks to get me through assignments!

Wednesday - 27 March

As a part of my partnership with the Disabled Students Network today I gave a talk on Anxiety and Depression for lecturers with great results for Disability Awareness week at Kingston.

I gave a talk for Disability Awareness week

Thursday - 28 March

Tonight was my final night of training for the Compact Scheme's teaching scheme. Teaching my practice lesson was nerve wracking but fun, I can't wait to start placement!

My Lesson Plan

Friday - 29 March

Some friends and I headed to Hannafords the Student Union bar in Kingston Hill tonight for our friend's birthday drinks and pool, the perfect end to a busy week.

Playing Pool in the SU bar

Managing Life

Posted 29 Mar 2014 by Sarah

 

Hey everyone!

Today I am going to tell you how I have managed to keep a balance between my work and social life. I have always made sure that I spend quality time with my friends but at the same time I have been working several part time jobs. You might think I am a person with a lot of time on my hands but I am on a placement year which is 9 - 5 shift on weekdays! I also work on Saturdays as a Sales Assistant from 8 to 6. I know this is crazy but it is my choice and I have always wanted to keep myself busy. I also work as an Event Support Assistant at Kingston University, however this job has flexible hours and I have chosen to work from 5.30 to 8.30 because this timing is convenient for me. I like the working hours of this job as it entails evening shifts and more importantly I only work once a month. Also, on Sundays I volunteer for Cancer Research. I am giving you an insight into my social and work life as I believe we should never blame our work for our inability to make time for our friends and family because if YOU planned carefully you can do your job along with spending enough time with your friends without having to feel exhausted all the time.

I have always had a busy life and have been following this pattern since I started Uni. I remember in my second year I was working as a Student Ambassador, Academic Mentor, Part time supervisor AND as an Assistant tutor. I was working in FOUR different jobs as well as managing my studies and I never had any problem in giving time to my friends and family. Also during my placement year I am lucky that my workplace is 5 minutes away from Kingston University which means after my 9-5 shift I always meet my friends in Uni. Sunday is MY day as I don't work. So I spend my time with my family which includes going out for shopping, dinner or Cinema. This is how I have been managing my time and it has worked perfectly so far. I always plan how I am going to spend my time and this is what I would advise to you all and make sure that you stick to your plan as well.

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