Brittney: Exams and study advice

What study habits have you adopted for your degree?
My study habits have changed quite a bit. As an undergraduate, I generally wrote one rough draft for a paper. Now, I write on average around seven. Each professor has their own preference for how they like papers to be written and that needs to be taken into account. Also, I am not used to the exam system. I have spent more time practising writing answers to essay questions.

What tips do you have for preparing for a master’s at King’s?
For any degree with mathematics or economics, I would take a refresher course on Khan Academy. Yes, it is a shameless plug. Khan Academy rocks.

How do you plan ahead and manage your work load?
I have a planner that I use for long-term projects. In the short term, I use Google calendar and my iPad to send me reminders.

This is a picture of my husband wearing a scarf that I knit for him.

This is a picture of my husband wearing a scarf that I knit for him.

Do you have a hobby that helps you balance studying with your other interests?
Yes, I do! I love to knit. It is rhythmic and so it helps calm my nerves. My husband and I also go hiking when we can. We spent a week hiking around Scotland.

What sort of academic support is offered at King’s?
The library offers a lot of support for different things. Professors are also very helpful. My department offers a course for postgraduate dissertations.

Is there any other advice you would offer re: study skills at a master’s level? 
Once you arrive, I would look at dissertations from your degree that are in the library. These are good examples of what will be expected from you. My tutor (a professor assigned to you) suggested this to me. It really helped me take my writing to the next level.

Accommodation Advice from Brittany

Before moving to London, one of my biggest concerns was where in the world was I going to live? London is huge with so many different boroughs, and I was not sure if a one hour commute was normal. I was unsure whether I wanted to live in student accommodation, so I spent a lot of time on Zoopla. This was both super encouraging and terrifying. I ended up using Gumtree, which is the British equivalent of Craigslist. As Craiglist has its good and bad seeds, so does Gumtree. If you come with some time to spare before classes, I would suggest Airbnb. (King’s students even have a club, so you can possibly receive a discount!) That way, you can give yourself about a week to check out different places. I have lived in two studio apartments so far, and they both consist of the basic things: bed, fridge, toilet. I would not expect much, but you will spend most of your time out and about so you just need a place to relax and get refreshed.  If you can, rent from the person who actually owns the place. They will be a lot more helpful. My first landlady felt more like an aunt than my landlady. She was super responsive and was very lenient when I had to pay in huge wads of cash before I had a bank account.

Brittany's photoRight now, I live in Leytonstone. It was the home of Alfred Hitchcock. We have some cool murals of his movies and a hotel named after him where my parents will stay when they visit in April.

My favorite place though would have to be the Wild Goose bakery. If you get the chance, you need to have their pancakes. They have a secret ingredient, and I love it.

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. 

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