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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

Best Ever Carrot Cake

oh-best-ever-carrot-cake-010414-de__largeHappy Friday. In honour of #nationalcarrotcakeday we have scoured the internet for the best carrot cake recipe. It is a bit chilly in London this week so this could be the perfect way to warm up your weekend and fill in your stomach.

SERVES:  12
PREP TIME: 40 MINS
COOK TIME:  1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

Ingredients (for the cake)

  • 225 ml (8fl oz) sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
  • 225 g (8oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 225 g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ tsp each mixed spice, ground cinnamon and ground ginger
  • 150 g (5oz) sultanas
  • 200 g (7oz) carrots, coarsely grated
  • 50-75 g (2-3oz) walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped

Ingredients (for the icing)

 

  • 250 g (9oz) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400 g (14oz) full-fat
  • Cream cheese (we used Philadelphia) at room temperature
  • 300 g (11oz) icing sugar
  • Carrot decorations, optional, available from larger Sainsbury’s stores (£1.50 for 12)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (150°C fan) mark 3. Grease and line the base and sides of a round 20.5cm (8in) cake tin with parchment paper. Put the oil, sugar and eggs into a large bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Add the flour, soda and spices to the bowl and mix to combine. Stir in the sultanas, carrots and nuts. Scrape mixture into the prepared tin, level and bake for 1hr 5min-1hr 15min or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5min in tin, then remove from tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. To make the icing, in a large bowl beat the butter and vanilla until completely smooth, then add the room-temperature cream cheese and mix to combine. Sift over the icing sugar and mix (carefully at first, as otherwise there will be clouds of icing sugar) until smooth and fluffy.
  4.  Cut the cooled cake in half horizontally through the middle. Use half the icing to sandwich the halves back together and place cake on a cake stand/plate. Spread remaining icing over top of the cake and lay on the carrot decorations, if using. Serve in slices.

From Good Housekeeping.

Societies in Residences Series

This week we start our Societies in Residences series. Brought to you by King’s Wellbeing and KCLSU, the Societies in Residences series showcases five of the most popular societies at King’s College London. All sessions are free and open to all residents, no matter where you live!

Find the sessions here. 

Bhangra

BhangraSoc(1)‘The winner of Best New Activity group 2015/2016 and the society with the runner up for President of the year 2015/2016 is looking to be bigger and better in 2016/2017.

KCL Bhangra Soc teach student members of the society about Bhangra. Our classes are run for all levels of experience and are free for our members!

Loose clothing and plenty of water are advised when coming down to a session, check us out!’

31 January | Great Dover Street Apartments Common Room |
6:30pm
31 January | Moonraker Point Study Room | 8pm

 

Fitness Feat

Fitnessfeat‘We are a community of Fitness inspired students, here to support you achieve your Health goals – ALL physical, mental and social: We run weekly activity sessions and separate events that include: HIIT (High intensity interval training), Circuit training, Pads/sparring, Yoga, Dance workouts, City running, sport-specific drills and much more. Seminars on health, nutrition, motivation, meditation and mental well-being.’

31 January | Champion Hill Common Room | 6:30pm

 

ThinkMental

Thinkmental3‘The ThinkMental Society is a proactive society dedicated to both lifting the stigma that surrounds mental health conditions as well as engaging all students to further understand mental health, the importance of a healthy mind and finally, to raise awareness (both within King’s College London and the wider community) so that the subject is more widely acknowledged.’

 

7 February | Wolfson House Common Room  | 6:30pm 

Meditation Society

‘We are a society that aims to promote the practice of mindfulness meditation. The society is open to everyone with an interest in meditation. We will be hosting meditation workshops, guided meditation sessions and meditation based lectures.’

7 February | Great Dover Street Apartments Common Room |  6:30pm

Sexpression

sexpression‘KCL Sexpression is a branch of a national network of students from universities across the country that is passionate about implementing comprehensive relationships and sex education in schools. We work mostly with schools in Lambeth and Southwark – boroughs that have the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in England.

Our base of highly trained and experienced members provide basic teaching about issues including, but not limited to, sexual health, the practicalities of sex, relationships and self esteem.’

16 February | Great Dover Street Apartments Common Room | 7:45pm

Win a Chinese Banquet!

We’re celebrating the Year of The Rooster by giving away a Chinese Banquet for your flat! See the entry details below.

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Recipe of the Month: Tuna Pasta Bake

1488_2_1432023782Each month we’ll be picking our favourite, tried and tested, budget meal recipe. This month is a delicious tuna bake recipe from none other than Jamie Oliver. So easy and great for the whole flat!

 

SERVES:  6

COOKS IN:  1 HOUR

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 1 pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 3 x 400 g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil , (or use 1 teaspoon dried oregano instead)
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 500 g dried penne
  • 2 x 180 g tins of tuna from sustainable sources , (275g drained weight)
  • 150 g mature Cheddar cheese

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Place a large shallow pan over a medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, the onion, garlic and chilli flakes (if using) and fry for 5 to 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat up to high and pour in the chopped tomatoes. Tear the leaves from the basil stalks, keeping a few pretty ones aside for later, and stir them into the sauce. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large pan of water on to boil. Once boiling, add a good pinch of salt followed by the pasta. Cook according to the packet instructions, draining just before it’s done – it’ll finish cooking in the oven.
  3. Drain the tuna and stir through the sauce, making sure you don’t break it up too much. Season with a tiny pinch of salt and a generous pinch of black pepper. When the pasta is ready, drain and tip straight into the sauce. Toss and coat the pasta in the sauce, then transfer to an ovenproof baking dish (roughly 25cm x 30cm).
  4. Coarsely grate the cheese and sprinkle over the pasta. Arrange the reserved basil leaves on top, then sprinkle lightly with black pepper. Drizzle lightly with oil, then place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbling. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then serve with a nice salad.

From Jamie Oliver.

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