Making the city your own

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Author: Bea

There is this tote bag that took up residence in one of my old drawers – I think it was handed to me forever ago, throughout Freshers Week in my first year and the print on it says: LONDON IS MY CAMPUS. As cheesy as that may sound, it is also true! Sure, King’s is not a campus uni – it is located right in the heart centre of this buzzing and vibrant city, and honestly, I think that makes everything just so much more exciting! Let’s say you are on the look out for some good study spots, and of course the university offers you spaces like libraries and common rooms, but why not mix it up and really go out and explore London, find your new favourite café, for instance, that in one way or another you can call your own!

Personally, I find it really helps to get out of the house when I need to get work done. For some reason I feel like a more productive human being when I look the part and get out of my PJs, simple as that. There’s something about getting ready and leaving the comfort of your bedroom and going somewhere that encourages a ‘might as well’ attitude. You’ve made it this far, might as well actually tackle the assignment that is due next week, for example.

And I know, I know, part of the joy of ‘your own study spaces’ in the city is the discovery, the wonderful stumbling upon them in some narrow side street when you least expect it. So please just look the following places (my personal list of favourites) as suggestions and keep meandering about to explore new territory. On another note, the reason why I’m listing quite a few spots is because it’s genuinely better to have a handful of places in mind, depending on where you find yourself in the city, what mood you’re in, if the place is too crowded or has issues with the coffee machine (it happens, and it isn’t pretty), or just to keep rotating so you don’t get bored.

No.1: Damson & Co / 21 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RL                                 This is what I call my substitute living room! It’s a cosy café that turns into a wine bar in the evening. Food and coffee are wonderful and the atmosphere is full of that Soho bustle that I hold oh so dear. It’s just a really welcoming and warm environment and also excellent for people watching – I’ve seen Bill Nighy there on multiple occasions!coffee glass damson n copic

No.2: Hoxton Hotel Holborn / 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
This place is great! It’s technically a hotel lobby, masking as a lounge, as a café, as
a restaurant and as a workspace, all in one. The wifi is fantastic and if you get a
spot at the big work table by the window you get to look out into busy London life,
surrounded by people who all seem to be super productive, sipping on their
cappuccinos and typing away on their laptops. Another thing that’s worth mentioning about the Hoxton is that it’s open until late, which has been an absolute life saver for me in the past!

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No.3: Google Campus / 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4BX
This place offers tech-hubs and event spaces for people working on startups mostly, so it’s a very driven, almost electric environment, but the downstairs café and complimentary work desks are open to anyone. Just sign up online before and get your free access card at the reception desks and you’re good to go. One thing to keep in mind here is that is gets really busy, so if you want to find a good spot to work in, get there early. If you roll in roll in around 1pm your chances of getting that table by the window will be rather slim. Still, it’s Google, so without a question the wifi is a
dream.

No.4: Press Coffee / 81 Chancery Ln, London WC2A
This is the sister café to the Fleet Street Press (3 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AU) down the road and it’s right next to the King’s Maughan Library. So if you need a break from your library desk to get a good coffee, or simply a change of scenery for a few hours, this is a great option. However, there’s not much desk space, so if you want to get work done, it has to be limited to simply working on your laptop or reading. Spreading out papers is next to impossible here. Additionally, Press Coffee establishments enjoy a very dense King’s population, I should mention that, so it’s very likely you’ll run into a familiar friendly face!

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No.5: Curzon Cinema Soho / 99 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5DY
A lot of people use the café and wine bar as a work space and there is just something fabulous writing your essay surrounded by a mix of iconic and most recent movie posters. Again, it’s just a really lovely environment to work in. When I moved into my current flat it took us a solid while until we got our internet situation sorted, so I did spend an almost embarrassing amount of time at the Curzon, using their wifi. It’s also a bit more quiet than a lot of the other places I have listed, so if need to get away from the constant buzz of the city for a while to concentrate, this is definitely something I would consider!
The possibilities are borderline endless in London, so I hope you do get to enjoy what the city has to offer as much as you can! It is a wonderful place to live and to study in!

How to intern abroad while studying at King’s College London?

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Andreea pics 3 July 2017The Global Internship programme started last year, summer of 2016 and it took place in three locations, Washington DC, Shanghai and Mumbai. I was one of the people who had the incredible opportunity to go and intern for 7 weeks in Mumbai. By far it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was that incredible that this year I am interning again, but this time in Medellin, Colombia.

For everyone who is interested in interning abroad, the Global Internship Programme is a secure platform that you can use. The process is very straightforward, easy to follow and this year’s Keats module that they created exclusively for the people doing the internship was a valuable asset to have.

1. Where did you go and what did you do for your internship?
I went to Mumbai for 7 weeks and I interned at Excel Entertainment, which is a quite small film production company based in Mumbai. I was part of the production team for their upcoming web series Power Play. Part of my everyday responsibilities included script work, doing one-liners, creating excel documents with all the props they need, or do location research.

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2. What was the best thing about your internship?
I really enjoyed the variety of tasks that I had to perform, as well as having the chance to interact and network with people from the industry that I would normally see in films. One of the best experiences during my internship was the day I went shooting in a film studio. It was an incredible experience, as I had the chance to observe how they got everything ready for shooting, from lighting and props, to camera positions.

3. What were the other students like on the Global Internships Programme?

Andreea pics 2 July 2017 - Copy3GIP did an amazing work choosing the group of students. We were spilt into 2 groups, five of us living in north Mumbai and the other five living in South Mumbai. It was very easy to get along with everyone, which made the experience much better. We travelled in different parts of India together, played football on the beach every night before the monsoon started, watched Hindi television programme or just explored Mumbai together. I never had such an amazing bonding with any other people before. I am thankful for GIP for making this happen.

4. What was the most surprising thing about living and working in Mumbai/India?
The atmosphere in Mumbai is full of life and relaxed. People are very welcoming and curious, and by curious, I mean that there were many instances when I was stopped around because locals wanted to take a photo with me. I used to take rickshaws to work or around the city and I would always have interesting conversations with the drivers.

5. What was the most memorable moment of your stay in Mumbai/India?

Andreea pics 4 July 2017 - Copy2During my second week in Mumbai, I celebrated my 20th birthday. The team at work got me a birthday cake and sang me “Happy Birthday!”. At night, my friends surprised me again. I got a mango cake, as they know I love mango and organised a night out. It was an adventurous night, one that I will never forget. If someone would have told me a year before that I would celebrate my birthday in India, I wouldn’t have believed them.

6. What do you think is the most important thing you learned from this experience?
I learnt that everyone needs to start somewhere, and if you are enthusiastic and willing to learn you can succeed in everything. When I started working at Excel, I was quite worried as I didn’t have any previous experience working in film production. Now, I am more confident in my abilities, willing to learn more and experience the world.

7. What would you say to somebody who is thinking of applying for a global internship?
Regardless if you choose to go to India or Shanghai, I would say to just apply and see what happens. I am incredibly thankful for having been given the opportunity to take part in this programme. There are not many people out there who can say they worked with Farhan Akhtar, or that they had a five hours non- AC bus ride from Agra to Delhi. It was by far the most enriching experience of my life. I made lifetime friendships, learned more about the film industry and got more mature.

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Living in London: Accommodation

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Where you live when you’re at university has a great impact on your experience – all the more if you’re an international student. Before I matriculated at King’s, I was particularly eager to find out more about the types of accommodation offered because halls were to be my first ever home away from home. Hopefully reading about my time in King’s residences and my experiences in different private accommodations help you gain a better understanding of where you might want to spend your three years in London.

In my first year, I lived in Great Dover Street Apartments. Though it wasn’t my first choice (I wanted to live in Stamford Street Apartments for the sheer convenience of living right on the Southbank), I would not change anything about my experience now – GDSA was where I made some of my first close friends in uni and Borough was an incredible place to be: the Shard was my guiding monument when I made my way home, Borough Market was frequently visited by my flatmates and I, and we were located only about a 30-40 minute walk away from the Strand campus.

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Even though it was my first time living away from home, GDSA’s facilities made it super easy to adapt. I shared a really decently sized kitchen with 6 other fellow students and it was where many memories were made, from daily hangouts to cook and watch TV together to dishing out a full Christmas dinner before we all left for winter break. Having an ensuite bathroom was a definite perk – even though it is small, I cannot emphasise how convenient not having to share a bathroom is, especially when you have 9 A.M. lectures.

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As I moved on to second year, I knew early on that I was only going to be in London for about 4 months as I had been accepted for the Study Abroad programme in semester 2, so I kept that in mind during my hunt for a room. Instead of going the more typical route of living in a flatshare then finding a subletter to take over my contract, I was extremely lucky to find a family renting a room out in their flat – it was perfect because they needed a short-term tenant, their flat was in between Chancery Lane and Holborn (I cannot stress enough how great the location was!!), the room was huge and well-furnished, I didn’t have to pay bills, and they were not restrictive about what I could or could not do at all.

The turnover rate for a flat is extremely high in London – I only really confirmed where I was going to be living very late on in the summers of my first and second year, and went through a lot of Skype meetings with potential flatmates/landlords before I landed my rooms. Right now, as a final year student, I currently share a flat in Elephant and Castle with a coursemate. I love being able to walk to campus and still enjoy the variety of things to do in the south, and having an awesome view of the city from my room certainly doesn’t hurt.

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After having experienced a few different types of housing options and enjoying my stay in every one of them, I’m happy to say that London quickly became a city that I now consider a second home.

Facebook / Weibo Live Streaming of the Strand Campus Open Day on Saturday 24th June

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Author: International Team at King’s

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Unable to make it to our upcoming open days? Not to worry! Our #Kingslive livestreams will transport you there!

Starting Saturday 24th June at the Strand Campus, subjects taught by the faculties of Arts & Humanities, Law, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Social Science & Public Policy and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience will be covered in talks, as well as the opportunity to talk with our academics, admissions, careers, residences & student life teams and have a tour of the campus.

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The Finale

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Author: Maria

The final days are here. Today I finished and submitted my dissertation. How happy am I? I am ecstatic, but in need of sleep, sleep, and sleep. These past three months have been hectic with work, stress and getting into the idea that I will graduate. How was I able to cope with this semester? Here are my tricks to help you with.

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Firstly, it is important to make yourself a timetable. A kind of daily routine in order to get you going (especially if you only happen to have 6 hours of class per week). Therefore, every day I told myself I would spend 4 hours min at the library, either from 9:00 am until 13:00pm, or during the evenings (And what better place to study than good, beautiful old Maughan?). I seriously think I have never adored a library more than this one, and trust me I visited several: from Senate House, to UCLs, to Waterloo’s and Guy’s.

pic2 Maria 11.04.17Indeed, there will be days in which my brain will not function. I have realized that during these days it is necessary to do other activities. Do not force yourself to study if your brain doesn’t want it. Your brain is telling you it needs a break, so focus on something else. To be productive you will certainly need to balance your activities. I would go for runs at Regent’s Park, or meet up with my friends for lunch, or even go to galleries. Doing different things will help you stay motivated and work better. I recently watched a Ted talk which actually emphasized how ‘good students’ instead of planning when you should study, you should plan when will you be doing your activities. That way, you will be able to work very hard prior to your activities, and that will make you enjoy much more your activity. In fact, this break will be your reward for studying so well.

I also work part-time, my job as a head-waitress can sometimes be stressful but other times the perfect escape. It is a completely different environment where the skills used are completely different from those used in my course. Doing something completely different takes my mind of my studies and allows me to escape and realize I have a life outside my course as well. Whether you work, or are a member of a society, do cherish these moments and activities. It will keep you well-rounded.

Finally, coffee, food any kind of energy is a good energy to keep you going. These months will be the hardest ones so it is important that you feed your body at the right times and try avoid stress eating – trust me stress eating will not help you face your problems. Although it’s bad, I must say coffee kept me going, alive and well! I think it was my best friend through these hard months.
But here I am now, I have finally handed in my dissertation and am on my way to graduating. I can now enjoy sunny London without having to spend my days at the library. I can now relax before it’s time to study, once again, for exams. But until then, I will be sleeping.

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Being a mature student – interview with Manjot

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Author: Anwar

The student body at King’s is extremely diverse, culturally and age-wise, which creates the incredibly eclectic and international quality we are lucky to have. However, at undergraduate level, where the majority of students are 18, it can be a bit daunting to start a degree at an older age. This is something I know I was worried about when I started at King’s this year at the age of 20.
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Here is my interview with Manjot Heer who, at 24, is a slightly more ‘mature’ undergraduate student at King’s. We discuss the apprehension he felt before coming to university and the ways in which King’s helped him overcome this. Hopefully this will be interesting, and helpful, for any other, slightly older, prospective students who are thinking of coming to King’s in the near future!

AM (interviewer): Hi Manjot. Could you tell our readers what it is you’re studying?
MH (interviewee): I am a second-year Business Management student.

AM: How old were you when you came to university?
MH: I was a bit of a late bloomer; I came at 23.

AM: And were you apprehensive before coming to university and starting a bit later than others?
MH: Yeah, I was actually. It was something that had played on my mind. I remember going to the offer holder open day and I did see some more mature students, but I was still very apprehensive before actually starting. But the environment at King’s, across all campuses, is very inclusive.  And, actually, age becomes redundant after the initial meeting because people want to get to know you for you.

AM: So what were the issues you thought you might have, starting as a mature student?
MH: Just being generally older than everyone else. That I wouldn’t get some of the jokes… That I wouldn’t fit in with either the younger students or the more mature ones. But, actually, I found the reverse. I found King’s to be very inclusive, both culturally so and age-wise. I found no problem with finding some kind of common ground with most people, regardless of age.

AM: Did you move into student accommodation in your first year?
MH: Yes I did; I lived at Stamford Street Apartments.

AM: And did you find any problems there, with being an older student?
MH: I don’t think I did actually. Everyone was very welcoming and because everyone in student accommodation is in the same position, people just want to make friends and have a good time. And a lot of the RAs(*) were third-year or master students so, like I’ve said, every environment at King’s that you find yourself in, there will always be a very varied community of people where age no longer matter. People just want to integrate with one another.

AM: Did you find any issues academically, coming back to education after having been away for a while?
MH: A little bit. Having to get used to writing a lot of essays in short amounts of time. Learning lots of completely new things. These weren’t so much problems; it was just the act of having to get used to a completely new academic environment, and having to juggle this with living away from home. In some ways it may have actually helped me as I was able to put things into perspective more easily. I perhaps didn’t allow myself to get as stressed as students who had just come from sixth form or college.

AM: Do you think there were any another advantages to being a more mature student?
MH: Definitely. As I said perspective is one. I have seen how some students that have perhaps only ever been in the education system, without being in the working world, can become very upset over one grade that they wished was higher.  I think, due to my age and other experiences, I have the ability to see that each essay is only a small part of a much bigger picture, and that what is truly important is that you learn from it before moving on, instead of panicking.
You are also more sure of yourself with age, and I’ve found that attracts like-minded people that you can really get on with. The extra time away from education should mean that you also end up choosing a degree that you really love, as I do with Business Management.

AM: As one final question: what is your favourite thing about King’s?
MH: The people you meet, inside and outside of university. Being in central London has always been a dream of mine and it means that I get to explore incredible places and meet interesting, like-minded people every day.
(*) An RA is a student in their second-year of their undergraduate degree or a master’s student who has applied to live in student accommodation again after their first year, as a Resident Advisor. They will in the accommodation with other RAs to provide a support network for first year students. They will organise social events such as movie nights, and also hold support sessions for students who have issues they want to discuss in a safe environment.

Conference trip to France

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Author: Diana

One of the best things about studying in London is that travelling around Europe is fast and inexpensive. So every time I have an opportunity to go to a different city, I don’t even think about it, I just go. For me travelling means so much more than just to visit a different country. I think that when you travel you also learn a lot about yourself. You get to know what it is that you are capable of, and you mature in so many ways. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Sixth CONACYT Symposium in Strasbourg, France. This symposium gathers a lot of students from Mexico that are completing a master or a PhD in Europe. It is the perfect opportunity to share with others the project that you are working on in your universities.

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Even though I have previously attended and participated in multiple national conferences during my undergraduate program in the U.S., I was a little bit nervous. Attending this conference was in so many ways different from the previous ones. First of all, it was in a different country where I do not speak the language. Secondly, I usually travelled to conferences in a group, but this time I was going by myself. Every single part of this trip was just a whole adventure.

To begin with, I lost my bus to the airport, and you can imagine how stressed out I was. But when I was finally on the airplane, I promised myself not to be stressed out about anything else but instead enjoy every part of the trip. As I arrived two days before the conference, I took a train to another city close to Strasbourg, Colmar. I had done a quick research on the area before, and Colmar was highly recommended.

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Colmar was fantastic; the architecture of the houses was beautiful, it was like being in a fairytale. The first day, as Colmar is a small city, I walked around the town and had a nice dinner. On the second day, I decided to rent a bicycle, and go to a town which supposedly was only 25 min away, Eguisheim. I never learned how to ride a bicycle properly, but a couple of summers ago, on a trip to Chicago, a friend of mine and I decided to do a city tour on a bike, and although at that point I hadn’t ridden a bicycle before, I kind of learned. So I thought that if I was able to ride a bicycle in a huge city, I should be able to ride it in a small city. It didn’t take me 25 minutes because I was constantly stopping, but after 50 minutes, I finally arrived at Eguisheim. And it was worth it! Eguisheim is picturesque and lovely.

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On the third day, I took an early train back to Strasbourg where the conference was going to be held. I went to the student residence where I was going to be staying, and quickly changed clothes for the induction ceremony. Entering and being in the European Parliament was a whole experience. Going through security, and seating in one of the parliament seats was just astonishing. As I told you before, I didn’t know anyone at the conference but thankfully, I quickly started meeting people and, after the conference I am happy to tell you that I have so many new friends all throughout Europe.

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The symposium itself was amazing in every single detail. I was able to learn about other projects, which ranged from microbiology to political science. In addition, this was an excellent opportunity to network as there was a lot of famous directors and professors from very recognized universities, plus all the great colleagues who are studying in Europe.

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There is no better combination than travelling and participating in a conference. I think that assisting and participating in conventions is key to our professional development and, as students in Europe, we should definitely take advantage of the geographical proximity to other countries and travel as much as we can.

Tips from a final year student: what I wish I’d known earlier

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Author: Anuthida

Two years ago I boarded my 13-hour flight from London to Singapore, pretty much clueless about what was in store for me at the other end of the world. The heady mix of moving to a different continent and making the leap to higher education was certainly daunting, but I eventually settled in well enough. As a seasoned pro (okay, that might be a gross exaggeration), here are some tips on navigating Uni life.

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  1. Participate

I cannot overstate this enough. In my first year, along with every other fresher, I signed up for pretty every much society during Freshers’ Fair, but only ended up going for about 1 or 2 taster sessions before deciding that I didn’t want to commit to anything. Though I’ve met my fair share of coursemates and friends along the way, joining a society would probably have made it a lot easier to meet people with similar interests. However, if you feel like you have enough on your plate, keep in mind that you can always join in again in your second and even third year, like I did – societies at King’s are always welcoming!

  1. Study

Seems obvious enough, but when you’re faced with a completely a2independent schedule, it might seem incredibly tempting to skip that 9am lecture for some extra shut-eye, or leave writing a 3,000 word paper to the night before it’s due. It’s easy enough to say you won’t fall prey to these bad habits (and of course, lots of people at King’s don’t), but making a conscious effort to keep up is super important to make sure you achieve what it is you set out to accomplish when you first decided to go to Uni. Being in London can seem so distracting, but along with all the thrills of the city, remember that you’re also surrounded by a wealth of educational resources – make use of them!

  1. Don’t forget to have fun

Relish your time at King’s and in London. Time flies – year after year, I found myself scratching my head at how it all happened so fast. First year seemed to be over in a blink of an eye, I hurtled through study abroad during my second year, and now, too soon, I find myself on the verge of graduating. It’s a bittersweet thing, looking at the sunset and skyline as I cross Waterloo Bridge or savouring the crisp winter morning air, knowing that I will be moving back home next a3August. Though it is important to keep up with coursework, having fun is equally important – in the future when you look back, you don’t want your memories of Uni to only be of stressful, sleepless nights cooped up in the Maughan Library, but also filled with friends, new experiences and all London has to offer (maybe then, in retrospect, you might reminisce about your time in the Maughan).

A day as a King’s graduate student

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Author: Diana

Being a student is not as easy as it sounds. However, the truth is, that what matters the most, is the person you become after you finish your studies, not only academically, but as a whole. Having the opportunity to study in one of the best universities in the world and live in one of the most amazing cities, one can grow in so many ways.

I will narrate my day as a postgraduate student at King’s College London.

First thing in the morning, prepare some fresh coffee to energize my mind for a busy day. Do my hair and my makeup, although I have to admit that sometimes I wake up a little bit late, and I have to do my makeup on the train. But when I actually have time, I have a quick breakfast before heading to the train station.

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My first class is at 10 AM, so I try to leave my apartment around 9:15, to arrive a couple of minutes before class. I take my Quantitative Research Design course, which I really like, and then we have a 15-minute break before the next class. This is the perfect time to eat an apple and catch up with my classmates. At 11:30 AM I take my Quantitative Data Analysis course, my favourite module. And, after the class, I usually meet with some friends at the Strand Chapters to have lunch together and talk about our plans for the weekend. Then I go to my laboratory to practice everything we learned from the Data Analysis lecture.

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And, sometimes in the department, we have guest speakers, and one of our professors usually organizes a nice and informal meeting with them at a Café close to the campus. So, I regularly try to go, have some coffee and talk about some of the topics discussed in lecture earlier that week. I love to be very involved in the university activities, so I try to attend at least two conferences or presentations per week. I am very interested in politics and also in medicine so if there is a talk going on that day that I am interested in, which are usually around 6 PM, I go. I think this is one of my favourite parts of the day because I learn something different without having the pressure that I have to learn it, plus it’s a great place to network with well-known professors, authors, doctors or politicians. So I love it.

At this point, I am usually very very exhausted, so I head home, have a light dinner while talking to my flatmates, or to my family on the phone. Then I don’t know how, but I get the energy to go to the gym. It really helps to have a friend to go with, because we motivate each other. After the gym, I take a shower, and I love to drink tea at night, so I do, and if still need to finish some readings, this is the time I do it. If I don’t, I like to watch a series and relax a little bit.

I am always very very busy, but that is how I like it. Conferences and meetings are optional, but I think that if I am here, I should get the most out of this experience. And as I was telling you at the beginning, it is not only about grades and classes. Living in a different country makes you grow as a person.

It’s not easy to be apart from the people you love and live in a very different country, but this experience has made me more independent and stronger, and this is one of the things that I value the most. Even the simplest things of the everyday life make the experience of living in London a unique one. So if you want to get out of your comfort zone and if you are ready to challenge yourself in multiple ways, I think studying at King’s is the perfect option for you.

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Study spaces at King’s and in London

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Author:  Anwar

By the time I started my English degree at King’s, because I had taken some time out after finishing my A-Levels, it was almost two years since I had written an essay or taken an exam. It’s safe to say I was nervous. Two years felt like a long time out of formal education and I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to adjust again.

My first few weeks at King’s, though, put my mind at ease. I met with my personal tutor, who is a member of staff that each student is allocated that is there to help academically and pastorally. My department also gave us a timetable of different sessions that were available throughout the year, that ranged from helping with exam skills, how to take effective notes in lectures, and tips on how to manage stress. There is a lot of help and support at King’s when you know where to look, so I think it’s a good idea when you first start to take some time and familiarise yourself with the different support networks on offer, in case you ever find yourself in a situation where you need extra help.
It might be quite obvious but what I’ve realised is essential at university is figuring out how and where you work best. Some people prefer complete silence when studying, others work better in groups; some people wake up early, others work all night and sleep all day; some can work from bed and others need to be in a library. What is great about King’s, and London in general, is that there are so many great and different places to study to suit these differences. King’s has plenty of different study areas from Waterloo Library, the fairly-unknown study spaces in the Virginia Woolf building and the beautiful, yet maze-like, Maughan Library. Anwar - Maughan 1

Being a King’s student also means you have access to the University of London Senate House library in Bloomsbury, which is a beautiful area of London with lots of green spaces that I really recommend for just walking around. For me, I’ve found that it differs and can just depend on the day. I do really like working in cafés so it’s lucky for me that London has plenty of them! There is something about having lots of activity going on around me that helps me focus more. Sometimes, when in the library, I even listen to YouTube videos of ‘café noises’ to help me concentrate.

Whilst your first year at King’s does count towards your degree, unlike some universities, I think it is important to remember that first-year is primarily a learning experience about improving your study skills and adjusting to university life. Exam periods and essay deadlines can be nerve-racking but if you take the time to figure out what works best for you and take advantage of the help on offer, then you’ll reach your stride in no time.

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