So you want to be a star

I told you I would write about something fun next, so here it goes! King’s students benefit from its amazing central London location in many ways from cultural events to easy access to world-leading companies. One particularly exciting media outlet is conveniently located in the Waterloo campus’ backyard: the iTV studio.

A few weeks ago I was eating lunch after lectures with friends from my course in the canteen at the Franklin-Wilkins Building when a couple of people walked up and asked if we’d do them a favor and come sit in as audience members on a talk show. Apparently, because of the snow (of which there was maybe an inch), two buses full of people cancelled. So we went off to watch the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Because we had done them the huge favor of coming to watch a popular TV show live with guests including: Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, singer and former Boyzone member Ronan Keating, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, and Dancing on Ice Hosts Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley; they gave each of us priority tickets to any show that they put on.
A couple weeks later a few of us went to see The Voice UK recorded. Not only was it amazing to be in the front row close to celebrity judges will.i.am, Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, but it was really interesting to see how shows like this are filmed. The number of cameras and lights is overwhelming and the amount of organization and coordination going on behind the scenes is fascinating. Not to mention the dynamics between the judges while the cameras are off… will.i.am texted the entire time and Danny O’Donoghue was loving the attention he was getting from the girls in the crowd! It was so fun to be a part of (they film the audience so look for me in the first episode of the ‘battle rounds’!) Unfortunately, they take your phone as you’re walking in so I don’t have any pictures! And, a lot of us still have our priority booking status so we can get into shows like Jonathan Ross or Graham Norton (US kids, think Leno or Conan).

You don’t need priority tickets to get in though. Have a few hours between classes at Waterloo? Or just a day off from lectures? Check out the iTV website and request tickets if there’s a show being recorded during that time. It’s a fun, FREE way to enjoy living in London and going to King’s.

As always, please feel free to comment, ask questions, and suggest topics for future blog posts!

Library Lazy Days

Welcome to my first KCL blog post!

I am currently at the library procrastinating… I mean studying, yeah, definitely no Facebook-ing or blog writing going on here. To be fair, it’s a Saturday so being here at all is a bit of an accomplishment.

King’s has tons of libraries. Really, I don’t even know where they all are, there are so many. I’m at the Weston Education Centre Library at the Denmark Hill campus. As a management student my classes are based at the Waterloo campus, but I live in a private flat right around the corner from Denmark Hill. That’s one great thing about King’s facilities; as a student you have access to all of them, even if it’s not where your school is. Also, King’s is a part of the University of London system so you have access to the (completely gorgeous) Senate House Library and all of its extensive online resources. With King’s internal desktop you can access all online resources from anywhere you have an internet connection and print from your own laptop to a KCL printer.

So, I was thinking that a good first post should be on something exciting and fun. Something that will make you all want to read my future posts. Something that will blow you all away. And then I landed on library facilities and services. I know, I know, almost too much fun to handle. But don’t worry; you won’t be spending all of your Saturdays in the library. The workload can get heavy, (you do want a world-class education, right?), but it’s completely manageable if you organise yourself well. I’ve noticed that King’s students tend to be a “work hard, play hard” sort of group. Students here are serious about their education, but definitely like to unwind at the student union’s Waterfront Bar or Tutu’s nightclub after a long study session.

Next post I promise to write about something fun… like getting handed priority tickets for any of iTV’s live audience shows. Just one of the many perks of being at King’s.