Sooo what have I been up to in the last few weeks...quite a lot!! A couple of weeks ago I did some Ambassador work which was what we call ‘Outreach work.' This usually entails about 6 Ambassadors that go into a school or college to chat with students about what their future plans are and what our experiences are like as university students. I really enjoy this part of the role as it's a lot of fun chatting to the students and it's always nice to hear what people at school and college expect from university; maybe clearing up any queries they have.
A few days later I, and a few of the other Ambassadors, did some filming for the interactive prospectus that will soon be available....
Back home I quite enjoyed having some snow - I think it looks pretty (I might be a little sad). It was fun while it lasted, although I was hoping that it would be a day off, but it wasn't here for long enough. I enjoyed messing around with my friends in it, we did try to go sledging on a baking tray but it didn't quite work out as planned!!
You can't forget Shrove Tuesday, celebrated of course by making my yummy special pancakes; they are the best - I think.
Another thing that I have been busy with is a group project that I'm doing as part of my course - a lot of hard work but great fun. It basically entails putting together an experiment (a Psychological experiment) where we think about what we want to investigate and then go about planning how to collect data (using skills taught to us in our Research Methods class.) This usually means that Kingston students are our guinea pigs - with consent of course! Then as a group we analyse the data and write up a report.
There was a time when I really dreaded doing group work, but at university it's something you learn and can get advice on how to improve those skills. Working in groups is something that you often do at university so you get used to it. Team work is a really great skill to develop; most, if not all, employers like to see that you have experience of working in a team and understanding how to run or take part in a group project. These are the great kind of skills you gain at university!!
Top Tip: Keep on top of it! The semester can go so quickly and before you know it you haven't done the work you should have done so you spend extra time cramming in work. I have found ways of trying to manage work and what I have learnt is that the best way to keep up with it is by doing a small amount every day, or every other day (depending on my mood). But it really helps as then you don't have lots of things to catch up on and you can do what you want for the rest of the day!
Hi! This is officially my first blog, so in advance -thanks for spending the time to read it ; )
Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Bisi and I am a 2nd year Kingston Psychology student who over the past 4 or 5 weeks has been missing in action (according to my friends) because of the exams and assignments that take place over December and January! Exams can get very stressful and if you don't feel like you're prepared it can feel like things are snowballing quickly. For extra support and help in improving skills or exam strategies as a Kingston student you can utilise Skills space, an intranet site for the students that helps a lot in regards to improving maths and literacy skills and you can even find out the opening times of the skills centre, if you would like to chat with someone in person or just get some extra help on referencing etc.
I am very pleased to say that exams and assignments are officially over for this semester....yepeeeeee!! Now that all that hard work is out of the way, the New Year is here! I LOVE the New Year, as it gives me a feeling of a fresh start and fresh outlook! I can admit I usually make resolutions I don't ever keep, such as I'm going to stop eating so much chocolate...NEVER HAPPENS...but on a more serious note, I do have great expectations for this year and I am excited about what is to come!
There is no better feeling than knowing you have finished work for a while and having that well earned time to recuperate....phew! What I do are the things that I am usually too busy for like going to the gym - exercise is well needed after all that Xmas and New Year scoffing! And of course make time to chill out with friends go out clubbing and shopping and pamper myself a little (we deserve it after all that hard work). A few days before I go back for the 2nd semester I like to get organised and find out what I'm going to be studying for the next semester and maybe start getting the text books I need by checking on Blackboard - which is a really good facility that the University offers that allows you to access pretty much all the course material from the comfort of your room or where ever you are - we now even can have it available on our mobile phones! It's good to be ahead at times as then you don't feel so anxious about going back to uni as you know what to expect.
This is a also a great time of year for students who haven't yet decided where they want to go or maybe even the subject. Kingston offers personalised campus tours given by our AMAZING Student Ambassadors. Campus tours give you a great feel for what Kingston is like during term time and you get to ask your tour guide many questions about University life as they are students at Kingston. I would highly recommend coming down and seeing what Kingston is all about and get a feel of what it would be like to attend, before you have even decided where to apply! I especially love the campus tours as they are not as rigid as specific Open days as you don't need to come and speak specifically about your course, it's an opportunity to see if you like Kingston.
I hope that you got a little taste of what the past few weeks have been like for me and I hope that you feel free to ask me whatever questions you would like!
I will be back in a couple of weeks with a rundown of what things have been like upon returning back!! Chow for now xxx
Level: Third year
Other information: I came to University after working for a bit. I recently took part in the Academic Development Centre Study Tour of UNC Charlotte (one of the universities that students from Kingston can exchange to).I am part of two sports clubs: Dance and Jitsu. I am also in the middle of joining the Kingston Psychology Society (within the next month the society will be up and running). I am also a Student Ambassador at Kingston. Aside from University I am also a committee member of the SLT...