Student Switch Off Challenge – Climate Change Quiz

Take the Climate Change Quiz for the chance to win 100 tubs of Ben & Jerry’s for your residence:

The four halls from across the UK that get the highest % of their residents completing the quiz win the 100 tubs and even if your residence doesn’t win, you will still go into the draw to win a litre of Ben & Jerry’s for yourself!

You have until Wednesday 22 November to take part so click to take the quiz

Once you’ve completed share and encourage others in your residences to take it too!

Remind me – what’s Student Switch Off?
Student Switch Off is the energy-saving and recycling competition on campus to reduce energy waste in halls. The hall that saves the most energy and recycles the best by the end of this year will win a big delivery of Ben & Jerry’s for everyone in the winning halls!

To find out how you can get involved like our facebook page and website .

 

 

Warden’s Winter Warmer

“Oh! The weather outside is frightful,
But the wardens are rather delightful.
And since we’ve no place to go,
Eat some food, play a game, hope for snow!”

Join your wardens for an evening of fun, games, food and the opportunity to get to know them better, whilst having a chat about your time in residences.

Date: Thursday, 23rd November 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Your Residence, Your Common Room

This Girl Can Week

20-24 November 2017

This Girl Can is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets!

To celebrate active women, King’s Sport and KCLSU are coming together to deliver a week of amazing free and fun sports sessions and events.

Click on the link for all event details and get involved and try something new!

 This Girl Can Week

Share your ‘This Girl Can’ experience, stories and pictures on social media throughout the week by tagging @kclsu  and @kingsresilife and using the hashtag #ThisKingsGirlCan  #kingsresilife

For more information and inspiration check out the This Girl Can website:

The Girl Can

ResiLife Update

Hello!

Just a quick update from the ResiLife Team.

We hope you’ve had a good weekend and things are going well so far, and you’re getting involved with activities and events being put on by your Resident Assistants (RAs).

Don’t know what’s happening in your residence? Make sure you’re signed up to your residence’s official Facebook group and our online community to find out, as well as checking noticeboards and posters in your kitchens, common rooms and lifts.

Your RAs will be holding their next round of kitchen talks over the next couple of weeks, so they’ll be letting you know about what’s coming up such as paint and games nights and trips around London.

We’re busy planning the calendar for the new year but if you have any ideas of things you’d like to see, please let us know – Contact us at resilife@kcl.ac.uk

Stay safe and enjoy your week!

The ResiLife Team

Picture: Created by Freepik

Take Time Out 2017

King’s Wellbeing is launching Take Time Out next week to help you keep sane during the exam period. There are tonnes of fun stuff to keep your mind focused, such as free yoga, smoothies and chill out spaces!

Make sure you head to the Take Time Out web pages to find more information about how to keep on top of your wellbeing. Remember, if things are getting too much you can always contact your Welfare Team to talk things through.

Here are our tips from the team:

Felicia Reynolds
RA at Angle Lane

  • Cooking new recipes with flatmates
  • Singing out loud karaoke style with friends (preferably 90s pop or Disney)
  • Mastering the art of British Tea making
  • Impromptu Latin Dance party
  • Express Spa: Nail painting session/ putting on a quick face mask
  • On the go spring cleaning/room organising
  • Mapping out concepts
  • Find YouTube videos to help simplify concepts
  • Use focus timer apps to ensure you’re spending time focusing on work but also have an embedded break (apps like Tide and Focus Keeper)

 

Elyse Langenegger
Marketing & Communications Manager

‘Running, making sure I still take the time to do my hobbies like music and netball and having someone I can just talk to to get the stress out in the open.’

 

Megan Taylor-Silva
Digital Engagement Officer

  • Make sure my work area is clean and clutter free!
  • Exercise, if I stop exercising I get more stressed
  • Get outdoors, go for a hike or bike ride
  • Get lots of sleep. I always find it’s tempting to stay up late, but it just means that I’m even less productive the next day
  • Drink water and teas (chamomile or blackcurrant is my favourite)
  • Change your workspace, work from a café with a giant mug of hot chocolate or coffee. Sometimes a change of scenery is beneficial.

 

Verdell Brookens-Capps
RA at Angle Lane

‘When I’m inside writing all day and the weather is nice (the sun is out), I like to go outside into the fresh air for 5 minutes, take slow deep breaths and enjoy the moment.

If the weather is not so good, I try to take small breaks where I walk around my building; make a snack and take long deep breaths.

Other things I do when I’m super overwhelmed and at a breaking point to meet a deadline is, remove myself from my working station. Take some paper and markers and write positive affirmative statements “You got this boo!”,  “You are intelligent”, “You are an overcomer”,   “You are fearfully and wonderfully made”, “Masters of TESOL graduate” “ You are doing this!”, “You are strong”, “You’re an inspiration”.’

 

Stephanie Edmalin-Torio
Receptionist Wolfson House

  • Listen to worship music to keep me calm
  • I would sometimes write down why I am stressed out, I believe it helps me let the stress out by writing them out.
  • If I was really stressed out, I would sometimes train on my punching bag and let the frustration out.

Five reasons why you should become an RA

Guaranteed accommodation
tool-tidy-shedFlatting privately takes a lot of work. As an RA you are guaranteed accommodation which means you can spend your summer picnicing in the sun, as opposed to trawling through the internet trying to decide if you can afford to live in a garden shed in Zone 1.

giphy (1)Meet new people
RAs in 2017/18 are solely in charge of community building, which means you’ll be making sure that residents are making friends and having fun. You’ll be hosting parties, running competitions and posting on Facebook. Basically, you’ll be paid to socialise!

Do what you love
Want to save the planet? Passionate about Frisbee? As an RA you can promote your interests and be involved in tonnes of different activities. RAs encourage students to get involved in everything that King’s has to offer!

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Get a CV boost
You probably hear this a lot now that you’re an adult. But trust us, having experience as an RA will improve your employability. You’ll be employed by King’s College, and undergo professional training in health & safety, event planning and leadership to name a few.  This professional experience will look better on your CV than flipping burgers or serving pints at your local pub.

 

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Help people
Did you know that helping people is one of the best ways to improve your personal happiness? As an RA you’ll be using your own experiences to help our new residents settle into independent life. This is the best part of being and RA – making a difference to the lives of our students.

Meet an RA: Felicia

Are you interested in joining us as an RA for 2017/18? Recruitment is now open, head to our recruitment web pages for more info!


‘This year has been my second go around with having the honorary role of Resident Advisor.  Back, like way back, in my undergraduate career in the United States, I had the privilege of serving in this position and I’m so glad to be back doing it again. This time around I think I’m able to relate even more to my residents.  Being an international postgrad student in a mostly international and post grad student residence a lot of us are in similar shoes which makes this experience even more meaningful. 

In our international residence halls, I’ve been able to meet people from countries all over the world. Learning bits of information about new cultures and customs. And slowly building my list of new places visit (double checking with people that I have a place to stay when I come of course).

Angel Lane to me is a warm and inclusive home attributed to the hard work and dedication of the other RAs and Wardens on my team.  By hosting brunches themed around the different cultural areas our residents represent, to making our selves visible with cup cake decorating RA drop-in sessions and just being silly during Karaoke and dance parties, Angel Lane is a home I’m proud to be an RA of.

For those that don’t know, I use to be a teacher.  An actual elementary school (or as they say here, Primary School) teacher.  Although I think that experience has truly shaped me into the person I am today, I believe the role of an RA has continued to strengthen my skills in communications, organisation and of course leadership.  To make Angel Lane as inviting as we can, as RAs we must put ourselves out there and make ourselves visible and available to residents.  That means stepping outside of my comfort zone, knowing that I may not know everything there is to know about London, but having the confidence to still intentionally check-in and speak with residents. This means having conversations in not the most conventional of places, such as the lifts, laundry rooms, vending machines, etc. I’m also challenging myself to have difficult conversations with residents who may have issues within their flat/with flat mates to build a better community.  This of course,  builds my confidence in speaking with diverse groups of people outside of Angel Lane as well which is a skill I believe we all can benefit from. 

And can I just say, my social media skills have increased tremendously since being an RA.  In this day and age (said by oldies everywhere) social media is one of the largest modes of communication.  And I find myself informing residents of King’s and Resilife events on a regular through social media as well as getting groups together to explore the city of London. I’ve also used it to inform residents about things I care a lot about like ways to stay involved with recent pollical issues and even organise residents to come with me to Calais France to volunteer and help with the Refugee Crisis.

As an RA I’m building new relationships with so many different people and continuing to grow as a professional. I’ve had such great and memorable experiences during my time here in London so far and many are in part due to being an RA.  I can’t wait to see what else this next semester has in store!’

National Pancake Day Topping Research

It’s National Pancake Day! Are you a sweet or a savoury pancake person? We’ve asked around the office in search of the best toppings.


Yasmin Mouftakir
Welfare Case Manager 

Favourite topping: Vegemite (a true Australian)

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Mariam Zarif
Community Engagement Officer

Favourite topping: strawberries and Nutella!

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Nicola Ball
Operations Assistant

Favourite topping: smoked bacon and maple syrup

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Aminur Rahman
Reservations Assistant

Favourite topping: banana and Nutella!

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Verdell Brookens-Capps
RA at Angel Lane

Favourite topping: Nutella with banana and strawberries

 

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Elyse Langenegger
Marketing and Communications Manager

Favourite topping: ricotta cheese, honey and blueberries (fancy)

 

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And the winner is… Nutella! As long as you have a jar of this in your pantry, you will definitely have a great pancake feast.

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Meet an RA: Jay

Are you interested in joining us as an RA for 2017/18? Recruitment is now open, head to our recruitment web pages for more info!


Being a Re14368725_117077352085300_7655919667509799593_nsident Associate has helped me develop qualities and skills that will enhance my employability in the future. Throughout the role, I have built on my confidence and learnt to speak to people from all walks of life. I enjoy chatting to residents and feel confident being a hub of support.

In my spare time, the other Residence Associate and I enjoy cooking dinner for each other and inviting our neighbours over to eat with us! We enjoy going to Guy’s Bar most Wednesday’s to have fun and take advantage of the cheap food and drink. I take part in the BeActive Hall’s programme, attending free yoga classes every day and encouraging the residents within my hall to join me. It’s an enjoyable hobby that helps me destress after working hard as a nursing student.

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Being a Resident Associate allows me to meet new people and throw events the way we as a team want to! My favourite events we have thrown for students were a tie-dying competition and any event involving pizza and beer. On the welfare side of things, nothing makes me feel like I’ve achieved something more than when I get to help students and point them in the right direction for the support they need. This job role has been one the hardest to do but also one of the most rewarding.

Jay Hamblett
BSc Adult Nursing (Final Year)
Residence Associate, Wolfson House

 

Sustainability Week | 6-10 February

Monday 6 February 2017 marks the start of Sustainability Week. There are a number of activities happening across all of our campuses. Be sure to check out the events and remember that we can all do our part to make sure we are making the world a more sustainable place.

Poster Sustainability Week

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