Now that everyone is back in the swing of things, getting on with studying and catching up with friends, I just wanted to chat a little about the importance of summer. Now I'm sure you're thinking that the summer break is solely for exotic trips to Asia etc (by all means do go there, I sure did). But the summer is also a chance to get ahead, for example, I was able to secure 3 placements/interns with some pretty large companies; MasterCard, Monsoon Accessorize Ltd. and BT.
It's a chance for myself to use what I've learned over the past couple years and put it to the test so to speak. Along with that I'm able to prove to employees in these companies that I'm good at what I do, and possibly encourage them to employ me once I've graduated. If not however, I then have these respected names on my CV, which in turn adds to my credibility as a marketer.
What I'm trying to stress is that you must take full advantage of the time you are given, don't go home over the summer and sit in front of the TV and wait for the next year to start. Get out there and gain as much as possible. It's not enough anymore to come out of University with just a degree, you need to have had completed some form of professional experience.
The first semester of my third year at Kingston has started with a bang-four new modules and a lecture programme more focussed on the end result-a degree in Pharmacology. I've had some great lectures at the beginning of the semester and am looking forward to the amount of lab time we have this year.
Just before the semester started I was involved in three different events- GetSet4KU, an event for students who had been accepted to Kingston via clearing; Fast Forward, which was an event for Compact Scheme students and I was also lucky enough to be invited to Bonnie Greer's inauguration ceremony, where we watched her become the new Chancellor.
All three events were brilliant-I loved being a part of them and meeting a lot of prospective students. The evening events for GetSet4KU and Fast Forward were both amazing-a cruise on the River Thames and a Caribbean BBQ!
Meeting Bonnie Greer was really inspiring and the themes within her speech really hit home as she worked from scratch to get through her education and to get to where she is now. She talked of not being able to pay tuition fees one semester-a kind Professor paid them for her so that she could continue learning-and that made me very glad to be in a University system that isn't too expensive, and with a repayment system linked to what you are earning. After her speech there was a drinks reception where we all mingled and eventually managed to meet Bonnie and welcome her to the University as Student Ambassadors. It was a wonderful evening.
I was also asked during Induction to talk to the Foundation Year students about what to expect from their first year at Kingston University. Ben and I wrote a list of ‘Foundation Year Top Tips' about how to survive the year and gave them to the group. It was the first time both of us had spoken to so many people and we were excited afterwards that it went so well.
I've just celebrated my birthday and had a great few days with family and friends, and as always I had some wonderful birthday wishes from my lovely fellow Student Ambassadors!
It's my first blog since the start of year two...
It's been a great long summer so I have lots to talk about, however the most recent thing was my first KU Open Day! It was a little scary at first as it had been a few moths since the training, yet the ambassadors with whom I was working with helped out A LOT. Even though it was work it was fun. I got a chance to meet more of the Ambassadors and talk to potential students, some of which were from near me home in Kent. After around 7 tours I was done for the day. The good thing is that each tour is different, you either show one family around or a group of people and all of them are great.
I've also just got back off holiday from Disneyland Paris!!! You're never to old :) (the early mornings at open days really pay off when you can treat yourself). I would have some photos but I can't get them on my laptop at the moment - so watch this space...