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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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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.

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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 |
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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.

Four Cultural Activities for January

We all know that it’s hard to drag yourself out of bed when it’s below zero outside and every time you leave the house you risk injury-by-deceptive-footpath-frost.

London never stops, even in winter. So it’s time to pull on your third layer of thermals and head to some of these free activities happening around the city this January.

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‘Alternative’ Walking Tours

You won’t be seeing Tower Bridge or Big Ben on this walking tour. Take a walk through East London with one of the city’s most acclaimed walking companies for free. Discover the street art and history of Brick Lane and Shoreditch, areas which have surprisingly only recently been gentrified.

Alternative London has won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the past four years, so it’s fair to say these tickets will sell out fast.  Book your ticket here.

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Chinese New Year

The Year of the Rooster kicks off on the 29 January, prepare for a month of music, acrobats and pyrotechnics! Begin your celebrations by watching the Chinese New Year Parade, starting at 10 am. Keep checking the London Chinatown Chinese Association’s website for more information.

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Teenage Bedrooms

Has your mum already turned your room into a yoga sanctuary or guest bedroom? Never fear, you can visit 26 different teenage bedrooms at this exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton.  Maybe you can find one that resembles your own…

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January Markets

If you enjoy all things vintage and crafty, you should definitely visit The Old Dalston or Hackney Flea Market this January. Both markets offer a selection of hand-picked stall holders selling handmade crafts and everything retro, vintage and antique. You might be able to find a few new things for your flat (or maybe a present for your great grandma).

Markets are taking place 7, 8 and 15 January and are free!  Find out more information here.

How to Spend New Years Eve in London


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It’s just about that time of year when all the people who refuse to make plans for NYE start freaking out about not having plans for NYE. Never fear! We have four cheap, easy ways that you can easily avoid FOMO.

 

KCLSU New Year’s Eve Party

Head KCLSU’s BRAND NEW Philosophy Bar for their annual New Year’s Eve Party to end 2016. You’ll be ringing in the New Year right in the centre of London, alongside some of the biggest celebrations in the city.

What’s included? Your £18 ticket gets you a free drink (non-alcoholic or alcoholic), light food options and low drink prices throughout the evening. The Union is currently offering two tickets for £25 on their website.

London Mayor’s Fireworks

If yougiphy live at Stamford Street Apartments, boy do we have news for you! You have access to one of London’s most popular New Year’s Eve events. Stamford Street Apartments is in the ticketed event area for the London Mayor’s Fireworks, which means as long as you have a wristband, you’ll have a great view of the event. The fireworks start at 7.30 pm, see the Major of London’s website for more information.

Even if don’t plan to watch the fireworks, we advise that all Stamford Street residents collect a wristband from reception before 31 December. Wristbands are limited so make sure you get in quick. You will not be allowed to enter the ticketed area if you do not hold a wristband or an ID card that includes your Stamford Street Address.

 

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If you have no plans and are worried about being alone, join the Global Lounge Facebook group and see how other King’s Students are celebrating.

The Global Lounge is your Winter Break space at Franklin-Wilkins Building. It will be open until 6 pm on New Year’s Eve, so you can head to Waterloo and play some Nintendo Wii or table tennis to kick off your night.

On New Year’s Day Bridget Jones’s Diary will be playing at 6 pm, the perfect way to start the New Year!

 

 Winter Wonderland or Kew Gardens

If you are more of a Christmas person and feel as though the season has ended too quickly, you can still visit two of London’s best Christmas displays on New Year’s Eve. Kew Gardens is beautiful all year around, but at Christmas, it really makes its mark.  Think beautiful nature inspired Christmas lights, a Santa’s Grotto and a vintage carousel.

Winter Wonderland is also open on New Year’s Eve until 10 pm, book your tickets now to secure a place!

Lastly, between 23.45 and 4.30, you can travel for free on the Tube, Overground, bus, DLR and TFL rail. Stay safe and see you in the New Year!

 

 

 

 

How to Keep Safe over Winter Break

26tkl6oesuCt5akbCNo matter whether you are in residences or back at home it is always important to stay safe. Christmas is a busy time of year. There are holiday parties to attend, copious amounts of food to be eaten, Christmas shopping to do and family to see.

However, during this time it is also important to look after yourself, whether you are heading home or staying in your residence.

Out on the Town

We all know it’s hard to avoid excessive consumption of both food and alcohol over the Christmas period. It’s the one time of the year where even gran might get a little tiddly.

If you’re planning a few big nights out make sure you remember to stay safe. The city might seem a whole lot more inviting at Christmas, but reports show that crime increases over this period. Make sure you:

  • Walk with friends
  • Take a taxi if you’re alone
  • Avoid dark alleyways (harder than it sounds when it gets dark at 3.30pm!)
  • Always tell someone where you’re going
  • Always shield your pin when withdrawing cash
  • Look out for your friends
  • Ensure there are no tailgaters when returning to your home or residence
  • Be responsible and don’t take unnecessary risks

In your Residence 

If you’re heading home over Winter break make sure you hide your valuables and make sure your doors and windows are secure.

To help maintain a safe, secure and sustainable residence please ensure the following are done before heading home:

  • Switch off any electrical appliances, an indoor fire isn’t very enjoyable without a fireplace.
  • Turn off your heating, lighting and any taps to avoid excess electricity and water consumption over the break.
  • Clean out the fridge, disposing of any produce or items that may become a serious health issue if left alone for three weeks.
  • Let us know if you are leaving. We have a duty of care to make sure all our residents ar26hisjy85ML01lqH6e safe, whether you are with us or at home.

Do something different

When classes start back on the 15 January many of you will be ready to break ground on a new term. With that in mind, now is your opportunity to make the most of this downtime. Use the break to catch up on that best seller you haven’t had the chance to read. Visit friends or go to a local café and people watch. Remember that this is the time of the year where you can put your feet up and recharge those batteries.

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It’s a cold, dark time of year, which makes locking yourself up in your room with a jar of peanut butter and Netflix seems very inviting. If you’re trying to beat the winter blues remember that exercise helps improve your mood. There’s a bunch of Christmas-themed walking tours taking place all over London, check them out here.

If you’re staying in your residence, make sure you get together with your flatmates or neighbours for a glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate.

 

Get involved

There’s no need to be alone over the Christmas period. King’s College London and KCLSU have joined forces to create the Global Lounge, a Winter Break space with games, film nights and more. Attend one of the events or simply bring some friends along and celebrate the English Winter over a free cup of tea and a sandwich.

Merry Christmas! We can’t wait to welcome everyone back in the New Year. Remember, if you’re staying with us over the break you can still contact your Residence Welfare Team (RAs and Wardens) through email and phone. You can find out more information about Christmas at King’s here.

 

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving?

The time has come for our American counterparts to celebrate all that they’re thankful for over endless amounts of roast turkey, stuffing and pie.  Elyse in our ResiLife team is spending her first Thanksgiving alone in London. Below she reflects on her past celebrations and offers some tips to our American residents giving thanks today.


Today is Thanksgiving and I am not with my American family to celebrate. For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is a time for family, fun and a four day weekend. For me, it is usually a day/long weekend filled with fighting with my younger brothers over food, finding out about dark family secrets that are only ever shared at this time of year and counting down the hours till the Black Friday Sales. This year I am spending Thanksgiving in London instead of Las Vegas, working instead of laying on the couch and having dinner for alone instead of with a crazy family of 12.

Here are my #thanksgivingreflections. Take note as there are some highly important ones.

Avoid Awkward Dinner Conversations

These generally happen with family members you haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving. They are the ones that ask the inappropriate questions and pry into every aspect of your personal life. “Why are you still single?” and “What do you plan to do with your life?” are the two that seem to come up the most when you have those unavoidable and lingering conversations with distant relatives. Sometimes you wish you were still sitting at the kids table.

WARNING – ***Avoid discussing the US Presidential Election outcome at all costs***

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Choose the family games well

Nothing separates family and friends more than Monopoly and UNO. If there is a way where you are able to play a game where everyone wins something, choose that. You will be even more thankful when everyone is still talking come Friday. Then you fight over leftovers and they are the battles worth fighting.

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Pace yourself when it comes to the food

It’s Thanksgiving and trust me. You will have more food than patience on this day. Pace yourself and remember that you can always go back for seconds. Don’t be the family member who falls asleep on the floor because you have given up sitting at the table. In saying that, don’t be the family member that unbuttons their jeans first; they will remember this for years to come.

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Football is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is highly entertaining

There is nothing worse than watching a sport that you have no clue how it is played or no interest in it at all. Whilst this is a Thanksgiving tradition do not feel obligated to watch it. However, it is fantastic watching grown men try and seriously harm one another and by the end of the game you generally have a team you will be supporting more than the other, even if this is just based on the colour of their jersey.

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Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Trust me… The giant Snoopy balloon is just tradition!

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Leftovers for days on end

Now this is one of the greatest things about Thanksgiving on a Thursday. You literally don’t need to leave the house for 4 whole days because there is that much leftover food. This is your opportunity to not change out of your PJs, watch endless reruns of terrible TV shows and just not have a care in the world until Monday rolls around.

P.S. For those of you that remember Gilmore Girls, the Netflix revival starts tomorrow! Get ready for a whole lot of awesome.

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Remember to give thanks

Whilst it may have been a bad year (and for a lot of people 2016 was one of the worst), remember that there are will always be people who are worse off. We have a lot to be thankful and grateful for. Even if it is just for the food that you are eating, the fact that you have a roof over your head or someone to talk to when things get rough… it all counts!

Special note

For those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving without your family remember that you are never alone. There are a number of charitable organisations that could do with your support over the holiday period, especially during the lead up to Christmas.

Also remember that Friendsgiving is now a thing. Get some friends together, head to the pub and share those awkward family moments you have been dying to tell someone.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL OF US HERE AT KING’S RESIDENCES. NOW EAT SOME TURKEY!

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