Q&A with Brittney, MSc Public Policy and Management

PG Brittney's photoWhich living person do you most admire, and why? My husband. He works full times, supports me, and is willing to listen to my countless retelling of class readings.

Which book changed your life? Oxford Handbook of Public Policy. Just kidding: The Man Who Was Thursday.

What is your most treasured possession? My wedding ring, I guess. It is the only thing that is always with me.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Emma Watson (One of the first places I went in London was King’s Cross.)

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
T-Rex, to confront my fears started by Jurassic Park.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? New Public Management, it haunts me.

How do you relax?
I wander around London finding new delicious food or cool historical spots.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Desmond Tutu

If you could go back in time, where would you go? Victorian England, just for the holidays.

What is your favourite word? Tonterías

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I would study more maths. Never thought I would say that.

When were you happiest?
In London, I loved climbing all the way to the top of St Paul’s.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be an ambassador!

What inspired you to study your field?
Teaching. Education is the key to success but poorly managed it becomes a wall.

What would your best friend say is your best quality? Quirky and honest.

Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brittney Regal is a postgraduate student at the School of Management & Business, King’s College London. Britt studied International Studies and Spanish for undergraduate at Westminster College in the United States. The attached photo is relevant to public policy which is the particular field, which she studies. The picture overlooks much of central London surrounding the Thames. All of the buildings, schools, and commerce within this picture are regulated by government. The programme at King’s focuses on the intersection of the public with government. 

For more information about Brittney’s course, please follow the link.

Q&A with Katherine, MA Terrorism, Security and Society

PG Katherine's photoWhich living person do you most admire, and why? My sister because she demonstrates the greatest perseverance and optimism of any person I’ve met.

Which book changed your life? Pope Joan because it was the first time I remembering being challenged for what I had been taught to believe about history, women’s empowerment and religion.

What is your most treasured possession? That’s tough – probably my violin. I played violin for 13 years and it taught me so many important lessons and gave me an appreciation for passion                                                                   and music and life.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Probably Zooey Deschanel because she’s the right combination of quirky and determined.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose? I guess I would rather spend my energy coming up with solutions to prevent further species from becoming extinct in the first place – polar bears, tigers and pandas for sure!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Uffda” – I am very Minnesotan and Norwegian!

How do you relax? Netflix and Chill – not even sorry. Or, if a lake happens to be nearby I would not turn that down!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? If the conditions are alive or dead, I would say Alan Turing, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Madeline Albright (also, Amy Poehler)

If you could go back in time, where would you go? I would probably go back to the 1920s – I find the prohibition movement fascinating and I love the music and dancing from that era.

What is your favourite word? “Home” – I am very family oriented and for me, home is wherever my family is, which makes it special and meaningful.

If you could edit your past, what would you change? I would try new things earlier on – I didn’t learn to get out of my comfort zone until just a few years ago!

When were you happiest? Singing in a Christmas Choir Concert with 450 peers at Minnesota Orchestra Hall.

What would your best friend say is your best quality? I think she would say my best quality is being very intentional.

Note about my photo: Although I am not pictured in the photo, this is from the Churchill War Rooms here in London. It is one of the coolest museums and is completely dedicated to the life and legacy of Winston Churchill. As I am studying Terrorism, Security and Society at King’s, my perspective on foreign policy appreciation, especially in times of war, has changed. It was so much fun to see Churchill’s bunker and maps rooms!

For more information about Katherine’s course, please follow the link

Q&A with Mian, MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Why did you choose to study MA TESOL?
I have always been fascinated by linguistics.

Why did you choose to study at King’s?
King’s reputation as a global top-20 university attracted me. And its location in London, which means loads of job opportunities and activities that students can take part in: movie festivals, fashion week, cultural festivals.

Where are the students in your class from?
They are from China, Japan, Thailand, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, UK…

How are the tutors of your course? 
Nick is the programme director and he is so nice; he is always willing to offer academic advice, life advice or books to students :)

Mian Hu is from China and studies an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at King’s College London. The photo was taken when I was doing my teaching practice at IH (International House, London), which is a language school for overseas students. We study the theoretic teaching principles at King’s, and then practice these principles and approaches at IH. This MA model aims to fill in the gap between SLA (second language acquisition) theory and practice, which is challenging and provides a sense of fulfilment.

For more information about Mian’s course, please follow the link.

Q&A with Matthew, MA Public Policy

PG Matthew's photoWhich book changed your life?
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
London in the 13th century, post-French occupation and pre-Plague.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Earning a place on my MA, and I’m not just saying that.


Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Ed Miliband; he stands up for what he believes in…with varying degrees of success.

What is your earliest memory?
Sitting with my Siamese cat, Minky, in the garden on a balmy day back in the early 90s.

What is your most treasured possession?
Brown Ted.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Martin Freeman or Robert Webb. Not the most flattering duo.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Martin Freeman and Robert Webb to see who would get the part.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
To be honest…probably what I just said.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always wash your brushes and put your ladders away.

What inspired you to study your field?
Many things, but particularly the austerity agenda post-2010 and its impact on people.

What would you have liked to know 5 years ago that you know now?
The opinion polls in 2015 will be diabolically wrong.

How do you relax?
Going to the pub, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favourite word?
Loquacious.

Matt Byrne is originally from Godalming, Surrey but has lived in London for four years. He is in his second year of a part time Public Policy MA in the Department of Political Economy, having already studied History at the University of Sussex. The attached photo shows Matt in front of the iconic Elizabeth Tower aka Big Ben, at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The great clock tower serves as a symbol of British politics, having overseen changes to legislation, government and democracy for nearly 160 years.

For more information about Matthew’s course, please follow the link

Q&A with Ingvild, MA Geopolitics, Territory & Security

Ingvild's photoWhich book changed you life?
The Princess Diaries.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Placing 7th at the U23 World Rowing Championships in 2014.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Am I allowed to dream? Jennifer Lawrence.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My dog, Stella.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Johnny Depp, Emma Stone and Prince William.

What is your favorite word?
Yet.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An Olympic medalist.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t let the highs get too high, and the lows too low”. – Dave O’Neill

What inspired you to study your field?
Reading about horrific events all over the world in newspapers every day.

What would your best friend say is your best quality?
That I am so similar to her.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mom, because she’s never mad when I call in the middle of the night (which happens a lot when you don’t study close to home, believe me).

Ingvild Roenningen is a Norwegian MA student in the Department of Geography, studying Geopolitics, Territory and Security. She studied her undergraduate degree at the University of California Berkeley in the U.S., majoring in sociology. While studying at Berkeley she was also captain of the Cal Women’s Rowing Team, as well as representing Norway at several World Championships.

For more information about Ingvild’s course, please follow this link

Q&A with Tam, MA War Studies

PG Tamim's photoIf you could go back in time, where would you go?
I would love to go back to the Renaissance (15th Century) and Live in Italy Florence. It must have been one of the most beautiful architecture of its time.

 


How do you relax?
I am either in the gym, or watching something so silly such as impractical  jokers, to put a trivial twist on a serious world we live in.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be thankful for absolutely everything you have, such as the gift of sight and the gift of walking. Make the most of everything you have and waste no time!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
If you have a dream, be sure to go out there and fulfill it, do not wait around until it comes to you, you go and get it!

What would you have liked to know 5 years ago that you know now?
How important the age between 20-25 is. To make sure I have my career mapped out and utilize my time as much as possible and be as informed as possible to make life choices by the age of 25.

What inspired you to study your field?
I was involved in the Libyan revolution; my experience there gave me the determination to get my head around what makes a human being get to the stage that they think the only way out is to kill another human being.

What would your best friend say is your best quality?
These are the words of my best friend: “He is very caring and is always there for people, loves to help!”

Born in Darlington, Tam is a part time postgraduate student at the Department of War Studies. He studied Business Information Systems as an undergraduate in Cardiff. The picture features HMS Belfast, one of the most iconic war ships. War has always been a blight on humanity, however, by researching it we can develop our understanding of warfare and hopefully, one day, learn to effectively avoid it.

For more information about Tam’s course, please follow this link

Q&A with Shayda, MA Bioethics and Society

PG Shayda's photoWhich book changed your life?
Practical Ethics by Peter Singer.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The 100 Club on September 20th, 1976. The line-up was the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie & the Banshees.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
In all honesty, getting accepted into my master’s programme. Education is hard work!

What is your most treasured possession?
My dog, Sophie.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The giant HMV on Oxford Street.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
John Cusack’s character in Say Anything… I melt every time.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Probably “dude” and “awesome”.

How do you relax?
I spend a lot my time (and money) going to gigs around London. The wild energy and loud music force you to forget your troubles, live in the moment and have an awesome time.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Dr Greg Graffin. I’d love to discuss punk rock, academia and politics over a meal and bottle of red.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Stop leaving things to last minute.

When were you happiest?
When I was at my first gig. I was nine, and it was Steps, and I loved every minute of it.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given?
Don’t waste time worrying about things you can’t change; learn from the past and look to the future.

What inspired you to study your field?
John Harris’ work on human enhancement. Everyone should read his stuff; he packs in a lot of punch in his work.

What would your best friend say is your best quality?
Probably loyalty; I never leave my friends behind.

Born in London, Shayda Kashef is a part-time Bioethics & Society postgraduate student in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from King’s College, making her the only King’s alumni in her programme. While she enjoyed studying philosophy, her passion is in applied ethics. Her research primarily focuses on the ethical obligation behind the use of PGD to select out the Huntington’s gene. Her dream is to be at the forefront of new advancements and technologies related to human enhancement, pushing for a healthier tomorrow.
For more information about Shayda’s course, please follow this link.

Q&A with Francesca, MA International Relations

PG Francesca photoWhat do you consider your greatest achievement?
I don’t think I can answer that until I am really old.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
New York during the 1920s the era of flappers, silent movies, speakeasies, jazz, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Eva Green would be great, but she’s a bit too cool. My life is more of an awkward comedy and I don’t think that’s her genre.


If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Dinosaurs. It would be completely impractical but it would make the commute to University exciting.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A humanitarian, a writer, a reporter, an explorer. Ideas that still appeal to me now.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Putting my life into perspective; my own worries, fears and disappointments often are not as devastating as I think they are.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Nothing. Not because it has been perfect but I think it is better to focus on the present.

What inspired you to study your field?
As a student in Sweden I was surrounded by people committed to and engaged with international affairs, and I really wanted to learn more and be part of that. Studying International Relations was a way to continue my insatiable desire for knowledge and understanding the world, although I think I am now more confused and conflicted!

Born in London, Francesca Scott is a postgraduate student in the Department of War Studies studying an MA in International Relations. Francesca studied History as an undergraduate at Leeds University and spent a year abroad studying in Sweden. It was in Sweden that she first realised her insatiable interest in war, conflict and international affairs as she attended conferences given by esteemed speakers such as former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and former US Attorney General Eric Holder.

For more information about Francesca’s course, please follow the link.