Tupperware & paperwork, some pre-departure tips

Author: Bea

I recall having quite a few friendly arguments with my mother when I left my hometown
(Düsseldorf, Germany) to come and study at King’s back in 2014. The subject of our disagreement: what to pack. Which brings me to my first pre-departure tip – listen to your mama! I know, I know, some strange advice coming from a twenty-something… but hear me out! It is all rather hilarious looking back. If I remember it correctly I wanted to bring a little stack of books, classics, my favourites that truly represented who I was (or wanted to be) at the time. That and other things to create the right decor and feel to my new dorm room – knick-knack and sentimentals galore! And whilst I still do agree with the idea of bringing things that will make you feel at home in a new space, I don’t think they should weigh down your luggage significantly.
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This is the stuff that my mum believed I should focus my Tetris-like packing skills on: tupperware. Yes, tupperware. I wasn’t that thrilled about her suggestions and tried to ignore them best I could, but little did I know that she had stuffed lots of kitchen supplies that I had rendered unnecessary into my second suitcase – including tupperware. And boy, was I thankful for that later! Turns out a lunch box and that extra frying pan are way more useful than having a copy of The Catcher in The Rye on your shelf, and yes, I am rolling my eyes at past-me too, it’s okay!
Long story short, rethink your packing priorities and do listen to your parents when it comes to this, they tend to be right such matters! Essentials should be at the top of your list, like a warm winter coat (even if it isn’t your most stylish possession), because you will most definitely need it in London. And of course, tupperware! :)

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Another little thing I would recommend paying some attention to before leaving for university is sorting out all the paperwork you might need.This includes writing down important information like your student number, some phone numbers perhaps, and dates for induction sessions etc. I’d say it’s better to have it all in one place than having to look through your email inbox frantically when you are unsure about something. Next to writing some things down, make a folder for the documents you want to bring (high school certificate, student loan letter, medical paperwork, you name it) – have it all nice and neat, and as I said, in one place. Additionally, I reckon it can’t hurt to back up some of your documents digitally, like a scanned in copy of your passport on a USB, for
example. You never know, you might need it.
What it basically comes down to is playing personal assistant for yourself for a day or so to organise everything. I am aware it sounds like a pretty dry task to tackle, but it will put your mind at ease and you will be able to fully enjoy all the new and exciting experiences that will come flooding in! Trust me, there’s better things to worry about than struggling to remember your King’s email password!

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The Finale

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. Continue reading

Making your dreams come true in 2017!

notebook-1194456_960_720Author: Andreea

As the year has come to an end, everyone gets overexcited to dash all that happened in 2016, forget about it, bury it and pretend it never happened. Now people start talking about their new year resolutions, that normally sound something like, “I’ll start that diet, go to the gym every day and really focus on my studies.” Continue reading

#MedicLife

Author: Rachel

The intense lifestyle of doctors is not an unknown fact. The unsociable hours, the emotional drain, and the constant pressure of handling a human life, is not a hidden secret, but one that separates those that are in it for the wealth, and those that have passion driving them for the long haul.

Whenever referring to certain missed social or extracurricular events due to assignments or full teaching weeks, the hashtag #mediclife is often dropped into instagram or snapchat photos of late-night studying sessions.

For this week, I thought that it would be a good idea to give a brief overview of what life as a pre-clinical medical student is like at King’s, and what an average week would consist of.

We receive approximately 10 lecture-teachings a week, with 3 to 4 sessions of focused teaching that can be based in the dissection lab, the clinical skills centres, or just a classroom-based tutorial.

                                                             On any average day, lectures usually start at 9am, averaging 3-4 hours of lecture Exerciseteachings a day, with one tutorial or dissection lab to complete. I am usually home around 6-7pm after a few hours in the library, and I then go off for a quick jog or attend one of the fitness sessions offered by many of the societies, and end with a nice dinner.

With 35 societies alone dedicated to students with degrees related to the health profession, events will come up at least once a week. I am currently the Publicity and Campaigns Officer for the King’s College London Friends of MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors without Borders), meaning I would spent approximately 2-3 hours a week on average designing posters, creating Facebook events or updating social media accounts.

Certain weekends allow a day off to explore the city of London. Just this past Saturday, a friend and I managed to drop by the Natural History Museum, revising our human biology on the way. Otherwise, the library on a Sunday evening becomes busy again with people meeting Monday deadlines.

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#MedicLife may be used to describe the days when timetabling has created exhaustive days, but life as a medical student is not as intense as the 4am study nights that some may exaggerate to be. Life as a university student alone, requires a lot more self-discipline and self-motivated independent learning, but with the right balance between work and play, good time management skills will allow anyone to make the most out of their studies here in London.