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Getting involved at QMUL

It’s reading week, a well-deserved break for many students at Queen Mary. My first semester has been hectic and super busy, with not a moment to spare. But I’ve loved every minute.

 

The School of Economics and Finance (SEF) at QMUL has so many opportunities to get stuck in too! You can work with the school as a Student Helper, help our growing department at induction, open days and outreach activities. Guiding and assisting the first year’s during the schools induction, will remind you of old times. We even have a super fun team of helpers and staff! Not only this, but you can become a PASS Mentor for SEF, guiding 1st years. I am also a Student Blogger for SEF, writing blogs such as this, giving my insight into QMUL. Blogging is great fun, and allows you to share your experiences in order to help others.

SEF Student Helpers

SEF Student Helpers

If you’re a second or third year, you have the chance to be a Research Assistant to a member of staff within the department. I currently work as a Research Assistant with an inspiring academic “Yioryos Makedonis”, it’s a very flexible role that will give you the chance to witness cutting edge research. It’s useful for students considering a career in research or academia. It even keeps me reading business news, something I never did before!

Mr Makedonis "an inspiring academic"

Mr Makedonis “an inspiring academic”

 

The Queen Mary Students’ Union (QMSU) is home to many student societies, you can even start your own! This year, I started up my own Fashion Society, which I love more than my life. With the help of an amazing committee, I publicised our new society through social media and the welcome fair. The turnout and response we got was amazing, over 400 active members! QMUL students sure love their fashion. Though, running a society is more work than I realised, it’s worth it. Especially when you see members enjoying themselves at events. We have held our meet & greet, skills sessions, day trips and are planning our first ANNUAL RUNWAY!

QM Fashion Society members

QM Fashion Society members

Want to be the voice of your course? Stand for course rep elections! Organised by QMSU, course rep elections run at the start of every year. Course reps are elected for every year and course at QMUL. These students represent their year and help make students’ voices heard! As a second year Economics course rep, I can tell you it’s a rewarding and fun experience.

 

QMUL’s Communications Team runs some great competitions for students. During welcome week, they ran the #QMULWelcome photo competition. Students and staff engaged over social media, tagging their photos from welcome week with hashtag QMULWelcome. It was a great way to show your passion and who doesn’t love social media? 3 students’ photos were chosen (including me!), we won an ipad mini 2!

The lovely Communications manager  "Cat Heaton" giving me my iPad mini prize! YAY

The lovely Communications manager “Cat Heaton” giving me my iPad mini prize! YAY

 

I’ve taken on a lot this year, and everyone who knows me, tells me I’m doing way too much. I love being involved though, it never seems like work. Not only is it super fun and keeps you busy, you make so many new friends along the way, trying new things. You discover who you are and what you love. So grab these opportunities while you have them and take a chance to try something new. Get involved and get stuck in at QMUL!

"A giant teddy bear?!" QMUL welcome week gets crazy!

“A giant teddy bear?!” QMUL welcome week gets crazy!

 

Much Love,

Kajal

 

 

University Essentials

About to start your life at Queen Mary, or maybe you’re progressing to the next year of study. No matter where you are, everyone needs to go shopping for university before September.

When I first started university, I didn’t know what to take with me and wasn’t even sure if I needed a bag! So if you’re a bit concerned with what to take to uni this year, don’t worry. I’ve got a list of essentials that will make your life as a student a whole lot easier.

My Uni Essentials!

My Uni Essentials

 

Essential 1: A Trusty Laptop

Whether you go for a MacBook Air or HP Notebook, a portable and lightweight laptop is a must at university. I invested in new MacBook Air 11’ before I started university. Apple normally offers special discounts to university students and you could get your MacBook for a very reasonable price. All you need to do is confirm your QMUL email.

Though, it’s a huge investment, you will be using your laptop loads at uni, as most of your coursework, assignments and tests are done online on QMPlus and need to be word processed. It also means you can do work on the go and will never have to hunt the library for a free computer.

I use my MacBook LOADS

I use my MacBook LOADS

 

Essential 2: Wall Calendar/ White Board.

Throughout first year, I learnt that managing your time at university is very hard. I spent almost all of Semester A doing nothing, and during Semester B I didn’t even have a spare moment. I got a wall calendar in January and have never felt more organised! Get yourself a calendar or white board to stick up in your room. You can then plan your week effectively, writing in any assignments due, society meetings or other commitments you have that week. Jotting things down means you will never forget it. Paperchase have some really cute wall calendars.

My calendar during exam time was a mess!

My calendar during exam time was a mess

 

Essential 3: A4 Notebook/ Refill Pad

Taking a Notebook or Refill Pad to lectures is a must. Unlike school, lecturers don’t give you new books to write in at the start of year. You are expected to be independent, so don’t forget to bring your own supplies.

At Queen Mary, you normally do 4 modules per Semester so I find buying Pukka Pad with dividers is really useful. You could then use each section to take notes for a different module. Alternatively, you could just take a big A4 refill pad to all your lectures, and write all your notes in there. But then, rip out the pages and file them in a ring binder with dividers separating modules.

Staying organised at the start will help you immensely during revision time. So, don’t keep pages flying everywhere- TRUST ME!

 

Essential 4: Pencil case full of stationery

This is one of my favourites. A pencil case is essential, though many students think taking a pen in their hand is enough, this pen may stop working.

Taking a bunch of stationery- highlighters, coloured pens, pencils, rubber and a ruler, will not only make note-taking fun, but will help you annotate your work more effectively. Highlighters come in handy, when Lecturers tell you the important bits and you can simply highlight them, so you know what to revise. A pencil case will make storing your stationery easy and there’s no chance you will lose your favourite pens! Also, don’t forget your clear pencil case, which you will need for exams.

My new fave pencil case from Jim Chapman's "James & Friends" range

My new fave pencil case from Jim Chapman’s “James & Friends” range

 

Essential 5: Travel Mug

Students spend a large amount of money buying coffee every morning. Save yourself the cash and buy a travel mug instead. Make your own beverage and take it to lectures in a snazzy travel mug. The Ground café on campus offers discounted coffee prices to students who bring in their own mug.

snazzy travel mug

Cute travel mug

 

Essential 6: Medium sized backpack or satchel

Carrying books in your hand isn’t the ideal choice when it’s pouring down. Buy yourself a medium sized backpack or satchel, something that is big enough to fit A4 paper. Though you won’t be carrying much around campus, it’s always wise to carry a bag that can fit your Pukka Pad and Laptop. I carry the Michael Kors Selma satchel, which I find is the perfect.

 

Essential 7: Umbrella

If you’re studying in London, it’s a MUST to carry around an umbrella everywhere. The unpredictable British weather cannot be trusted. A sunny morning could turn into a thunderstorm in seconds.

 

Essential 8: A good book

Apart from your textbooks and other work related books, its always good to keep handy a reading book or novel. Reading, not only helps take your mind off work, but also exercises your brain. It’s a great way to relax on a rainy day and if you commute to university, it’s a good way to pass time on the tube. I’ve only just gotten into reading and find it helps me unwind, rather than picking up your iPhone next time, try a book.

Book I am currently reading "One hundred years of solitude"

Book I am currently reading “One hundred years of solitude”

 

Beyond these few essentials, there is a lot more you may want or need. These are just a few of the things I have discovered to be very useful throughout my time at university. Hope you find all your uni essentials on your shopping trip!

 

Much Love,

Kajal

Why I Believe Queen Mary is Unique

As a student, it makes a lot of sense to study in the place best suited to your subject. Clearly then the best place to study economics and finance is in London, often seen as the financial capital of the world. But you may have already considered that point, and instead you want to know what makes studying at Queen Mary unique.

Firstly, Queen Mary is unique in its location. It’s just a three minute walk to Mile End tube station, which means you are just minutes from the centre of London. For example, Tower Hill is just 10 minutes away on the underground, in 20 minutes you can get to Covent Garden. This creates a feeling that the whole city is on your doorstep and this encourages you to go out and explore. Having such easy access to London means that you’ll never be bored, and living in the relative peace and quiet of the campus means you’ll be able to sleep at night.

Leicester Square, just 20 minutes from Queen Mary.

Leicester Square, just 20 minutes from Queen Mary.

Queen Mary has a self-contained campus. This means that the accommodation, lecture theatres and various other facilities are all contained within one location. Not only does this eliminate the need to commute, it also creates a more sociable environment and a better overall university experience. For example, if you feel that you need to leave your flat in order to be more productive, the library is a two-minute walk away. If you have questions whilst studying, you can get access to help much more easily. It’s things like this that will allow you to make the most of your time at Queen Mary (which I’ll admit, seems to go quickly!).

Chinatown near Covent Garden.

Chinatown near Covent Garden.

However, I feel that the most unique aspects of Queen Mary is the international feel to the campus. A large proportion of the students here are from places outside of the UK, which enriches the diversity of the university and creates a culture of acceptance. Personally, I find it incredible that I now have friends from all over the world and I look forward to getting to know even more. This international aspect is not just about students coming to Queen Mary, it’s also about you having the opportunity to travel abroad while studying for your degree. There are two programmes that Queen Mary offers that will allow you to do this; the International Exchange programme and the Erasmus programme. I encourage you to look into these!

In summary, life at university is not just about the degree you are studying for. It’s also about meeting new people and making the most of what’s around you, if you can balance the social and academic aspects of your university experience you will find it highly rewarding. I can’t imagine being able to experience such a balance anywhere except Queen Mary, and that’s why I believe it is completely unique.

A leap of faith “From school to university”

You’re about to take a big step in your life, make a really important decision and you’re scared but excited. I totally agree university is one of the biggest milestones in your life. But remember you’re not alone, everyone feels the same before taking a big step. And trust me, when you do take that leap of faith, you’ll feel great about yourself.

Joining university is a fun and not at all daunting experience. I know it can seem scary, because I felt the same. But trust me, you will enjoy your 3 (or 4) years at Queen Mary.

I feel it’s a chance worth taking, and Queen Mary will not let you down. I am within the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary, better known as SEF. SEF has an excellent reputation, and provides all of us with brilliant facilities, not to mention SEF is located within the main “Queens Building”.

Queens Building

Queens Building

As a BSc Economics student, I feel Queen Mary really allows students to unlock their full potential. Lecturers stretch you to the limit, and make learning, not just about memorising but challenging yourself and questioning everything. You really commit yourself to your subject, studying something you love from all angles.

I’ve received unimaginable support from staff, lecturers do have office hours, but they’re generally happy to help at any time.

I’ve got the chance to work with live Bloomberg data, at the SEF Bloomberg terminals. Giving me the chance to explore my subject in great depth. There’s not been a time when I thought, “I’m bored today”.

I love the location of Queen Mary, based in the East End on the horizon of Canary Wharf. It’s the perfect location for any Economics student, you have London’s biggest financial district round the corner. Giving you the chance, to attend major events at big firms like Morgan Stanley, HSBC and JP Morgan.

The world of finance 'Canary Wharf'

The world of finance ‘Canary Wharf’

The SEF careers service has close links with major firms such as, The Bank of England, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Citibank and much more. Giving you the chance to secure amazing placements and internships. Lipsheon and Raj are both part of the SEF careers team, and from experience, I can tell you their advice is brilliant. The careers help you will get is unimaginable.

Putting academic stuff aside, Queen Mary offers you so many societies to choose from. I was so excited in the first week that I ended up joining more societies than I could handle. Queen Mary has a lot to offer in terms of societies, baking, quest radio, Theatre Company, dance, economics, trading and investment, horse riding, numerous sports teams, Lego and even Harry Potter (ooooh I hear you say).

The campus, is also award winning. Providing students with every possible necessity at affordable prices. From coffee shops at every possible location to restaurants, bars, bookshops, a gym, a Santander branch and even a grocery shop. All this is located right on campus.

Personally, one of my favourite parts is that Stratford Westfield is just one tube stop away. So girls, (and guys) you can shop your hearts out any time and any day.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the Sainsbury’s, Nandos, and Subway down the road, meaning you will never go hungry.

Drapers bar & kitchen

Drapers bar & kitchen

Much Love,

Kajal

 

Countdown Begins

I’ve got exactly four weeks left here! I’ve got two and half weeks left of working at the pub and then I’ll have some time off to travel before I head back. I’m currently debating between going to Ireland and Scotland, or heading around a few countries in Europe by train. I’ll have about 7 days after my leaving do to travel, which seems like a fair amount of time to see a couple of cities. It’s all going to depend on my next paycheck!

I’ve just been at work lately, and it’s been a crazy few weeks ~ I’ve been trying to enjoy the gorgeous weather we’ve had too! I try to spend each day off in a park or outside somewhere, especially as I only have one day off a week! Today, however, is mainly going to be spent doing laundry and cleaning before I head out and about.

It’s crazy to think how fast this year has gone. I can still remember moving into halls on campus and my first day of work at The White Horse. It’s also been weird to make plans with my friends from home before we all head back to college again – I only have a week before I move into campus, so I probably won’t even unpack much! Right now though, I’m just going to get everything sorted and ready to go! I am looking forward to going home and getting back into my routine (I miss my car!) Till then ~

London, Just do it.

How do I wrap up five glorious months studying abroad in London in a single blog entry? I really can’t. All I can say is… Experience it for yourself! JUST DO IT! London is the most awesome city in the world and there’s something for everyone here. There’s always something to do and see and experience. Also, try new things! I was never a theatre-goer until I lived in London. Now I love the theatre and am even considering a profession in scenic design. Here are my top seven things to do in London:

 

1. Watch a play or musical (at least one!)

(Queue early in the morning—it’s not that bad especially when you’re with good company—to get cheap tickets. I saw Matilda for £5! I couldn’t help smiling the entire night after watching it.)

'Matilda the Musical'

‘Matilda the Musical’

2. Subscribe to The Londonist

(You can get daily emails about random free or cheap events around London. For instance, I went to a free arts and crafts party. There’s always something fun and weird going on around town.)

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3. Visit markets

(I wrote a whole entry on markets! They are fantastic and a lot better than the ones in the U.S. There are always delicious street food to try and funky vintage threads to look out for in this town.)

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4. Frolic in the parks

(Queen Mary is right next to Mile End Park, which leads to Victoria Park. It’s my favorite park and a great area to have a morning jog. I also recommend the famous Hyde Park. It’s HUGE. There are so many parks scattered around London and it’s a lovely escape from all the concrete.)

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5. Visit castles and palaces

(They are remarkable to say the least! You can spend hours upon hours in one place and not see everything. My favorite place had to be the Tower of London just because I love the history of Henry VIII. I even spent about six hours at Hampton Court Palace and didn’t see everything. London has some remarkable history. The architecture and craftsmanship that goes into every palace and castle is also mind-blowing.)

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6. Visit museums

(Museums sometimes sound a bit boring, but they don’t have to be! London is filled with museums with various exhibits. One time I went to the Science Museum for a special exhibit on zombies. People dressed up and the whole exhibit was interactive and fun! I particularly love the Victoria and Albert Museum and found their theatre exhibit really interesting. Oh, and did I mention that museums are free?! It’s fantastic!)

The V&A's Cafe

The V&A’s Cafe

7. Get lost!

(That’s right, I’m encouraging you to get lost in the city. Although there are maps outside of most tube stations, I managed to get lost a few times, but during those times I got to see parts of the city that I would not typically explore and loved it. You get to know the city a lot better by wandering around and you can actually see how everything is actually so close together and walkable. Don’t worry about not being able to find your way home: there’s always a tube stop nearby!)

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Writing about London makes me want to go back so bad! It’s a city that can honestly steal your heart when you’re not expecting it. I even miss the cold weather! Strange, right? The study abroad experience is really what you make it and I can honestly say I’ve had such a full and wonderful experience. Queen Mary is also a great university to attend while in London. It’s nice to have a closed campus a bit away from the center of the city. I would highly recommend taking the course on London architecture at Queen Mary. Every other week is a field trip and you learn to appreciate the city so much more. I hope you get the chance to study in London or at least visit. It’s been such a pleasure sharing my experiences with you. Cheers!

Days off

I had a few days off before I went home to surprise my parents a couple of weeks ago – ended up spending it playing football in Regent’s Park and doing some last minute shopping before heading to the airport!

My parents had no idea I was coming home, and the only person on my campus who knew was my freshman year roommate – I then spent the next two weeks on campus, and trying to get some sun.  I saw former President Jimmy Carter’s speech on the quad, and got to see all of my friends (especially everyone who is going to be graduating this year).  It was a really nice trip and it was good to be home after eight months!

Now I’m back in surprisingly sunny London, about to get back into the swing of work and revision!  Only three weeks to go before summer’s here and I’m done with school!

 

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