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Cougar Chaos!

Posted 25 Mar 2014 by Tamara

 

Cougar Chaos 1Cougar chaos...if you haven't heard of it you're either not Kingston University students or I don't know what you've been doing for your university life! Held every month, it's a chance for every sports team to get together and have an amazing time, and always involves an amazing theme; This year has involved some pretty amazing ones! :

October-New Recruits (Army Theme)

The first one back of the year normally involves 500+ people all ready to make new friends and have an amazing time! I was terrified when first going to this, as knew no one, but it's amazingly how quickly you make friends and get to know people, and a great way to get to know your team better!

November-Superheroes

A new theme this year, this was extremely popular! Involving many batmen, supermen and the occasional new creations, although this may seem expensive to costume there are many cheap alternative homemade costumes you can make, and with everyone starting off the night in the students union, offering very cheap drink prices and a wristband offering VIP area and queue jump to pryzm for a fiver, it doesn't have to be expensive.

December-Christmas theme:Cougar Chaos 2

The last cougar chaos before you disappear for Christmas, it's always a good one! A great social for you to say goodbye to all the sports people you've become mates with but don't get to see on a day to day basis.

January-Back to School:

Back to school is one of my favourite cougar chaos socials of the year! Exams are finished and everyone's ready to have an amazing time, so this is always a massive night!! Meeting at the students union, the night begins with fun and games to get everyone excited, and then moving onto Pryzm with everyone to continue the night! Definitely not something to be missed!

Cougar chaos continues throughout the year, offering more and more amazing experience such as Varsity etc! I'll make sure I keep you updated! :D

Building Student Content

Posted 24 Mar 2014 by Bryn

 

After being contacted by the KUSA team, the idea of being able to get involved with a project such as a Student Takeover of the prospectus was extremely appealing. A chance to voice my own opinion on what really happens around Kingston!

It started out as a brain storming session on what we should write about, who we were trying to attract to read it and why? All these questions were extremely important so that we hit the right feel straight away and didn't miss anything. Finding out what was important to them about University was interesting. For example, when it comes to my own opinion location has been a key requirement. Yet for others in the group other areas were more important such as course - you'd think that would be an important requirement on my list, but I guess not now looking back.

Anyway, we got onto actually writing the content, which to be honest was a lot of fun. We had complete control over what we could say and where we wanted to take it. Rather than simply following a script. Later we came back together and discussed what we'd written and made constructive remarks to what each other had written, giving each of us the chance to edit what we'd done.

After a little while, and once the final drafts had been handed in, we all got together to see what our section of the prospectus would look like with our photos and faces added to the layout. It was at first really strange to see my face on there - almost comical that I was going to end up in the prospectus - but was extremely excited to be a part of it. 

What was really 'sad' was that I couldn't wait to show my friends and family, they all thought it was hilarious but only because they're my friends and that's what you do - take the 'mickey' out of people accomplishments. Though overall the feedback on what we were doing was extremely positive, and I was so happy with what had been created. Onto the next part!

 

I have come to final three months of my three year undergraduate degree at Kingston University and it is no wonder I am reevaluating every minute spent at university. I know quite a few might be interested in what to expect and what to do when you come to Kingston University and I have already covered these topics. Currently, I am more interested in finding out how things have changed and what I wish I knew before but found out relatively late... I guess! So, if you are interested, read along:

  • 1. Don't settle: Gain as much relevant experience in the field you are interested in, as you can. I know most people need jobs because they need the security money-wise but try to gain as much work experience as possible. Whether that would mean sleepless nights and taking two weeks to do an unpaid internship, trust me, your CV will look much more appetizing with your relevant experience on it. You will also gain some cool conversation-starters and funny stories!
  • 2. Prioritize.. ESPECIALLY in your final year: I believe I have said this before but your final year of your undergraduate degree is likely to be the busiest one. Juggling between studying, working, gaining experience and maintaining some sort of a social profile is not easy and the only thing that will help you avoid all-nighters in the library is planning ahead.
  • 3. Network: Say you had a really good relationship with your boss, your editor, your manager, or whoever at your workplace. In the event that you are leaving the position, or you were on a temporary contract, make sure you keep this contact! You never know what sort of a job opportunity might come up in the future and chances are that if you got along once, you will work well in the future as well.
  • 4. It's better to have 'Oh, wells' than 'What ifs': Well.. take this one as it is. It can be applied to anything and everything you do at university level. I would say, don't miss out on an amazing opportunity just because you are shy, insecure or not sure. You will be surprised in the new interests you develop as you mature. *Very wise of me, I know.*
  • 5. If things are not turning the way you imagined them, then they weren't supposed to be that way: I couldn't make that sentence any longer, really. The idea is that it is not the end of the world, if you find you are facing a brick wall. You will find better opportunities eventually!

Finally, I know quite a few of us-ambassadors say that it is vital you find a way to have fun throughout your time at university but it is true. While the courses at Kingston University are quite demanding, at the end of the day you would like to remember all the crazy times with your friends rather than the endless days when you were hard on yourself. Take it from a third year student! ;)

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