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Monday - 7 April

Today was a trip to the town centre on a mission! I'm taking part in a candy swap with a friend from the US and wanted to find some of the UK's finest. It was off to Charlie's old fashion sweet shop for all of these!

Some sweets for my friend in the USA

Tuesday - 8 April

It was free cone day at Ben and Jerry's here's my cookies and cream cone from the cinema in town!

Free cone day!

Wednesday - 9 April

After another walk into town today along the river I noticed that Kingston has a love for Italian food! I'm hoping to try some of the restaurants before I go home for the summer holidays.

Some restaurants to try...

Thursday - 10 April

Homeward bound! Thankfully mum gave me a lift home this time, I'm glad I didn't have to lug my suitcase up the station stairs! Next stop, sleep and homemade food!

Homeward bound!

Friday - 11 April

One of the adorable little cupcakes made by my Mum and sister for when I came home. It went down well with a nice cup of tea this afternoon.

A lovely treat from my Mum and sister

Saturday - 12 April

Today I was reunited with my boyfriend's cat Suki. Although she wouldn't stay still for pictures I did get a few cuddles which were rewarded with some treats.

Suki the cat

Sunday - 13 April

The countdown to a chocoholic's favourite time of year. With one week to go until Easter Sunday poor Harry Hopalot has had his ears nibbled off while I was tidying today...Oops!

Harry Hopalot

Decisions, Decisions...

Posted 12 Apr 2014 by Doreen

 

I have six months left before I complete my degree which means I have six months left to make the most of my student life. Yikes!

Some of you are also at the end of your College or Sixth Form years and are going through the process of making very hard decisions such as: Where should I go off to study? Am I ready for university? Should I take a Gap year? Should I stay at home?  Or should I move out?

These are all really difficult questions!

I was in the same position two years ago and I can remember all the questions going through my head. What I did was to take the process one day at a time. I planned out my revision by making a timetable. I also searched all the universities that offered my course and attended taster days, open days, and called them.

I can also remember having a mini-heart attack everytime I got a notification from UCAS that I have an email  from a university.

My top tips to survive the last months are:

  • 1. Remain positive at all times. Try not to think about the worst case scenarios, have faith, add some hope, work hard and you will enjoy the remaining months left.
  • 2. Seek help from teachers, older siblings or other people who have been through this process who can give you some advice and go through plans you have put in place for your future.
  • 3. Attend as many taster days at university as possible. This will give you an insight of what your chosen university is like.
  • 4. Put 100% into the last few months left and you will have all summer to enjoy yourself. 
  • 5. Remember your reward for all your hard work - PROM!!

Have a great weekend guys!

Doreen

What I'll Miss When I Leave

Posted 11 Apr 2014 by Rebecca

 

I'm in the final stages of my Business and Law degree at Kingston and its beginning to dawn on me that getting my degree will also mean saying good-bye to the place that has been my home for the past three years. Although I'm staying in London, I've decided the do my masters at Cass Business School, meaning I'm not only changing university, I'm also moving house to be closer to East London. I'm excited for the summer, but at the same time there are things I will miss about Kingston.

Firstly, I'll miss the friends I'm leaving behind. Of course I will try and see a lot of them regularly, and central London isn't too far off, but experience has shown me that "Oh we must meet up soon!" becomes a phrase too often used and too rarely acted upon. With many of my friends leaving Kingston to move to other cities in the UK or across the globe, there simply won't be the time or the opportunity to see each other. Here Skype and Facebook will be welcome tools in catching up with the people who have shaped my university experience. I can truly say Kingston has such a warm atmosphere and being part of that multi-cultural, dynamic experience has influenced me a lot.

Secondly, I'll miss Kingston Town centre. I live right next to the market square and I don't think you can get a more ideally located place. I will miss stepping outside and buying vegetables from the farmers' market, dropping into Bentall's for some shopping and going for spontaneous meals at Jamie's Italian. I know there are markets and shops and restaurants in Southwark but I liked the fact that Kingston is so homely, convenient and safe, without being boring. The joy of walking nearly everywhere (often even with a detour along the Thames) will be replaced by standing on over-crowded London underground trains and pushing through the masses of Central. 

Thirdly, I'll miss the university as such. I liked my course, although in retrospect I found it less challenging than I had hoped for. I think Kingston's main strengths lie in the support staff and the teaching staff that are always there to help. It really goes a long way in reassuring someone coming to study in a foreign country, when there is a place you can go to receive support for anything from coursework deadlines to understanding UK TV licenses. 

In the words of T.S. Eliot, "to make an end is to make a beginning", so although I will regrettably leave Kingston behind, I'm happy to move forward. However, I'm sure that I'll be back to visit!

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