Hello! I'm Sebastian and I'm studying Primary Teaching with Science. I'm a mature student and a Kingston University Student Ambassador. Welcome to my #KUdayinthelife!
Good morning Kingston - leaving the house at 7.45am to catch the free uni bus just outside Penryn Road campus going up to Kingston Hill. The sun is already poking through the clouds and it seems like is going to be a very sunny day - whoohoo!
Kingston Hill is arguably the most beautiful campus of all Kingston uni campuses (being based up here I am just a little bit biased) and although it is still early the campus is getting busy. For me the morning sun makes it a lot easier to have fun day.
Before the first lecture I check my reading list for my pedagogy assignment. What books should I take out from the library and what books or journals are available as electronic copies? I don't like carrying around loads and loads of heavy books.
Time for a break and have a look across the rooftops of Kingston Hill campus. The weather is stunning and everyone is coming out to enjoy the sun. People outside the canteen decided to put some music on and dance.
Back home and a look in the fridge reveals that there is not much on the menu today...
I also nearly set the toaster on fire because one of my housemates left a big chunk of bred in there - arrrrgh! Dinner today: frankfurters, pitta bread, peppers and some grapes - yummy.
Science specialism lecture and we are in our own education science lab (I have to admit I love wearing those white lab coats).
We talk about how we can make science for children more practical and experiment how to make the biggest bubbles.
A student essential is sleep, so whenever I can afford a nap I will close my eyes. I only wanted to nap for about half an hour but I must have been sleeping for ages when my housemates banged on my door to wake me up.
A big plus for Kingston is the close proximity of the River Thames. Before I get ready for tonight's charity event, the girls and I decided to stroll along the Thames and enjoy the lovely spring-like evening.
After a lovely walk along the Thames I had a shower and no plan what to wear tonight. Took me ages to decide and find an outfit for tonight but I am finally back on the uni bus going up to Kingston Hill campus.
It is getting darker but there are still many students working hard in the Library. It is perfect to have a library open 24 hours, so everyone can work whenever it is best for them.
Every year the School of Education at Kingston uni organises a charity evening for local children with special needs.
This year I was helping behind the scenes (which is only one way to get involved) and we had a fantastic evening with lots different acts from students playing instruments to lecturers performing a sketch. It was fun and for a good cause...what more can you ask for?
A fantastic and sunny day comes to an end and we decided to have a few drinks in the Student Union bar on campus.
It was an amazing night and we were laughing and dancing until late. Despite having to get up for uni the next morning.
Being a student is all about enjoying being with your friends!
Not the normal type of selfie! I spent Monday night in the hospital with a suspected broken wrist! A fun play fight led to me punching a wall and it didn't end so well! It's not broken but I need further tests. Not a great point of the summer!
An early start today, one of my closest friends and drummer Rhys is finally heading back to the United States and we had to leave at 4am to get him to the airport. I'm really going to miss having the band around for a few months because we see each other so much! I'm hoping that we all have a great rest over the summer and come back ready to write more, play more and record more.
Not quite the sunny day that my friend Jen and I hoped for but it was nice sitting in one of our local parks for a catch up. It's great to find little things like this to do for free.
Shopping for my new flat. There are a lot more things for me to buy for a privately rented flat. It can get a little overwhelming making sure I have everything ready to move in. In halls of residence a lot of things are provided such as a microwave, kettle and toaster making it different from what I was used to in halls. I'm nervous but looking forward to picking up my keys on
Here is a sneak peak for my new flat in central Kingston, I'm so pleased to finally have the keys! I found the process quite overwhelming personally. Usually people move in with a bigger group usually of 4 or 5, I decided to move in with my other half of five years instead. This means I'll have a different experience from most people but I'm really looking forward to it!
My first picture with my TEENAGE sister, no calling her a baby anymore! My little sister Summer-Rose turned 13 today after a fantastic party last night. It means so much to me that I can be home for her birthday because we're so close!
Only a week after playing Basingstoke Live my lyrics book is back out and I'm writing again. Sometimes I really struggle with how I feel and writing my lyrics is a way to get that out and make sure I'm okay! Lately I've been missing university and this helped get me back on track for September.
Erasmus. The one word that caused me the most excitement and at the same time the most grief during my six months studying in Barcelona.
While studying abroad is a wonderful, brave thing to do; it is also incredibly hard. Be prepared for mental breakdowns, communication breakdowns, metro breakdowns and all other sorts of horrible torturous things; but remember, it's all worth it!! Erasmus is amazing.
So here are some of my top tips for studying in another country:
Erasmus offers students an opportunity to experience a different land and culture, however, most of it is missed if you do not learn the language and truly interact with the locals!
For the first two months of my Erasmus, I was completely and utterly lost, but once I got a hang of the language I flew through and have never laughed so hard in my life. Spanish is a wonderful language and the expressions and jokes are beyond hilarious! Joining classes with other students is a great way to meet people and feel part of a group when you're feeling all alone in a foreign land.
Very often an Erasmus semester is taken during the second year of uni, so when you get to your universities abroad, the students have already grouped up and some may be reluctant to let you into their friend groups. Fear not!! There are always friends outside of university. As I said above, language classes are the best place to meet them, but doing other activities you enjoy may also lead you to the kind of people you want to hang out with.
Till this day, the girls I met through my language school are the nicest I have ever known and I cannot imagine my life without them!
When studying abroad, it's easy to eat the same food you always do. It's safe and comforting. However, the most important part of leaving your home and going to another country is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something funky, like snails! (Yum yum) and other oddly shaped and unknown food.
Much of a city is lost when you travel by car or public transport. My favourite thing to do is go exploring on foot! You might get lost but you will probably see some wonderful sights on the way, and maybe meet some other lost people. Of course, be careful when doing so, you don't want to wonder into a dodgy neighbourhood and find yourself in trouble.
While many Erasmus students see their time abroad as a chance to kick back and do no work, it is important to remember that you are still at uni and the grades you get here are carried through to your home university. There is plenty of time to relax and take in a new city while doing your best at university. You may even learn things you weren't expecting to!
I hope these help and if you have any questions about studying abroad feel free to ask!
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