5 - Going to classes
Going to class makes this list because it is extremely enjoyable and rewarding to actually attend your lectures, really! I'm not saying there aren't moments when it's a 9am class and you don't want to wake up, but for the most part, lectures are going to be interesting because they pertain to what you chose to study, and what you want to do with your life. Going to lectures isn't just rewarding because of the knowledge you gain, but you meet interesting people, and actually attending lectures helps keep you close to the other students and lecturers on your course.
4 - Relaxing in the University Bars.
At Kingston there are three uni bars, the Space Bar at Penrhyn Road, Hannafords bar at Kingston Hill, and the Knights Park bar at Knights Park. Each of these uni bars has a relaxed, yet lively atmosphere, always having great music and events such as comedy club nights to take part in. They're open throughout the day so it can be a great place to take a break between classes, grab subway and shoot pool or play a game on the Wii. It is just really great to have close by if you ever need to wind down.
3 - Going to talks and debates
Kingston often has external guest specialist speakers give really worthwhile talks about their area of work, and no matter what course you're studying at Kingston there will be a talk to interest you. Often such speakers are very highly esteemed in their area of work, and they can often be quite famous. It can be really inspirational to attend a talk given by someone so well known in their industry. In addition to these talks there are often debates held between students and talks carried out by different societies, which can always be really worthwhile to attend.
2 - Volunteering
From meeting me it's really easy to tell that one of my favourite things to get involved in at university is volunteering. Kingston has both long term and one-off volunteering projects to get involved in throughout the year. I enjoy these because they always provide a new experience and it's a great way to meet people and feel like you're making some king of difference. Of course it looks fantastic on your CV as well, but the real benefit comes from seeing that you're giving back and helping a worthwhile cause.
1 - Attending uni festivals and events
Kingston often has festivals and other exciting events in which there are fun things to do and free foods to be eaten. Such events can be focused around culture or religion, global issues, art and film, sports, etc. They occur regularly at Kingston, so there's always some kind of student event to look forward to. It's always an unbeatable atmosphere and is really an integral part to the university experience, so I try to get involved with as many of these events as possible.
Cougar 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!
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.
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
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!