Having been back home on and off since the end of May, and permanently since my exams finished on the 4th June, it is going to feel very strange going back to Kingston for a week from the 18th August.
You're probably all thinking, "why are you going back so early", and the reason is because I have the privilege of being a Resident Assistant this year at Seething Wells Halls of Residence. I am attending a week of training at Penrhyn Road campus to make sure that myself and the other Resident Assistants have all the information we could possibly need to make sure you all have a great time in Halls, especially if you end up staying in Seething Wells. I will let you know in my next blog how it went, and what we all got up to.
However, it does feel surreal how quickly this summer break has flown by, and that in a few weeks time I will be leaving to move back down to Kingston for my third and final year at University! As my 3 years have nearly gone already, I thought I'd give you some tips for your first few weeks to make sure you know what you need to do and how to make the most of it.
Firstly, make sure you know where the nearest supermarket is. It probably seems obvious, but you want to make sure you know where to go if you need to get something that you may have forgotten or left at home.
Also, if you're living in halls, make sure you bring lots of £1 coins. There is an on-site launderette for all the Halls residence to use throughout the year. However, the machines are coin operated, so you don't want to be caught out by not having the correct change to wash your clothes!
When it comes to enrolment, and I will apologise for already mentioning it as it will be mentioned thousands of times when you first move in, make sure you know where you need to go for your enrolment and what time your slot is. This will make the process a lot smoother and a lot less daunting, and hopefully an enjoyable experience.
Finally, some of you will be eager to get your core textbooks after your first lecture to make sure you can start as early as possible with all your reading. I know how you feel, as I was exactly the same, and actually speed-walked into the town to buy my textbook before the lecture just in case. However, the lecturers understand that you will not be sure which ones you need to purchase, and will of course tell you within the first week. Also, brand new textbooks from the University bookstore (Waterstones in the Bentalls Centre) are extremely expensive in some cases, and therefore will burn a considerable hole in your first instalment of your student loans! I recommend waiting a couple of weeks until there is a second-hand book sale on campus. This way you can buy almost-new copies for considerably less.
I hope that is all helpful, even if it doesn't seem so right now, hopefully it will make sense in September. Good luck to all of you that are receiving your A-Level results on the 15th August, I hope you all get what you want and hopefully I'll see some of you at Seething Wells in the next few weeks.
We're halfway through our summer break now, and I just came back from a week of chilling with my family in Somerset. I'm originally from Manchester, and I wanted to spend some time with my parents and sister this summer as with me being away for 9 months of the year at uni it's really nice to be able get to catch up - so we went to Somerset for a week. It was great being able to relax with my family and get to see a new part of the country, as well as get a chance to do things I had never done before, like going caving!
But more importantly... A-level results come out today, and I'm sure that all you guys are really nervous about getting them (as I was two years ago) and are wondering what you're going to get and where you're going to be going to university! (Kingston I hope!!). If Kingston is your first choice, everything should hopefully be pretty straight forward and you'll be able to accept your place here and get all the amazing perks and experience life as a Kingston student! If Kingston is your second choice and you don't quite make the mark for your firm choice, don't worry because I guarantee you will love Kingston!!
Kingston was my insurance choice, and once I got my results I realised I hadn't quite made it into my firm choice I wasn't really sure what to do! I had to wait for my firm choice to get in touch and tell me that I hadn't made the grades and then wait for Kingston to confirm my place! When I got my results, the UCAS website crashed and the phone lines went down because so many people were trying to get in touch with them to see what was happening! My tip for results day is to stay calm and relaxed, and just be patient - because you'll get everything sorted in the end!
However, if you find that you've missed both university choices, or decide that you want to do something else at university - you can go through clearing! This is where the universities will put up a list courses that they offer that still have places available that you can apply for on the day by contacting the university directly! This is an amazing way of being able get into a great university to do a course that you will love! If you want to find out more about what Kingston offers have a look at the website.
SO! Good luck to you all with results day, and don't be afraid to say hello if you see me around campus when you become a Kingston student yourself!
DO IT! Grab the opportunity with both hands and don't let go until you have a pen in your hand signing your work contract! You're probably wondering why I am so keen; well let me start by explaining what a placement will offer you.....
1. MONEY - an actual salary, no more beans on toast and smartprice pizzas; enjoy Champagne and Caviar if only for one year.
2. EXPERIENCE - leaving University with a year in industry will increase your chances of gaining a graduate job dramatically - whilst it would be great to be a student forever unfortunately the time soon comes round where there is no option but to find a job, and the more employable you are the better. A placement year will be a big enhancement to your CV and an invaluable experience, you'd be silly to miss it!
3. NETWORKING - and this doesn't mean how many friends do you have on Facebook! Since starting my placement I have met so many people that I would never have had the opportunity to meet through university. These are industry specific contacts - who I hope will offer me on-going advice, guidance and support throughout my final year and into the future.
4. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY - or in this situation try before you apply. I am hoping my placement year will help me work out what I actually want to do with my life. I am in an environment where I have the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in Central London, what the commuter lifestyle is really like and learn how global business is done.
5. FINAL YEAR PROJECT - the dreaded 20% of your degree that you have to commit so much of your life too, well do you know what you're going to do yours on? Because I certainly don't have a clue. Having only been at work less than month I still have plenty of time to work this one out, but already many people have offered me their time to help towards finding something I will truly enjoy studying and want to develop further.
6. EGO - get the confidence boost you need. You'll be surprised to know that people won't instantly meet you and think you're a lazy student, doing a placement has boosted my confidence for interviews, presentations and meeting new people. Just make sure your ego doesn't get too big!
7. A FIRST - my placement year means I have to get out of bed at 7am, 5 days a week and concentrate for a minimum of 8 hours a day. WOW! Crazy, I know!! But will be so worth it, as when I come back for my final year I'll have a much better work ethic and be ready to hit the books hard and get that FIRST I have always wanted.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a placement NOW!
You won't regret it, promise xoxo
P.S. Don't go it alone, the careers team at University are a great help and provide support throughout the whole experience/process!
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