Student Life & Why You should Participate

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I believe I am paraphrasing Woody Allen when I am saying that 80 percent of life is just showing up.

Although I just had a discussion way too early in the morning in my kitchen regarding the exact extent to which this statement rings true, I am sure there is a lot of truth in it when you apply the sentiment to university life – especially the first few weeks!

The thought of studying in a big city can be daunting at times and I get that, possibly feeling lost in the anonymity of the crowds flooding the metropolis, and as strange as it might sound, the trick is to immerse yourself in it… the craze, the buzz, the pulse – hey, just dive right in. When you start your course you’re not all by yourself anyway! King’s in one way or another is an anchor, a community for you to make friends and even explore things outside of your field of study.

Find yourself in the heart of the city – make the most of your time at King’s!

King’s will throw a lot of event opportunities at you: department mixers, subject discussions, career workshops, sector insights talks, society events, you name it. Your social calendar (and I mean social in a very loose sense, after all social and academic / professional greatly overlap here) can be as full as you like and I really do encourage you to keep yourself busy! This is where Woody comes back in again: show up, that’s all I’m saying. Things will also calm down as term goes by, so it won’t always be as hectic as the first handful of weeks, but it’s a wonderful time window for you to meet lots and lots of new people and discover what uni life has to offer.

Even if socialising with people you have never met before isn’t your favourite thing to do, I still encourage you to give it a chance! Let’s say you attend a welcome drinks event hosted by your new department, these two scenarios are very likely to happen:

Option A: You are quite the extrovert and you spend the evening happily engaging with new peers, perfect!

Option B: You feel a bit alone in this unfamiliar situation, but guess what, you are definitely not the only person who feels this way, so spot your allies at the event. You can bond over mutual perceived awkwardness. Oh, and it’s always a smart move to congregate around the snacks table I’d say!

Keep an open mind and be curious!

Student societies in particular can be such a vital part of your time at King’s. I remember even going to a KCL Folk Society meet-up in my first year, which didn’t go that well, since I’m neither very familiar with lots of folk tunes, nor particularly good at side reading music. But hey, I found out that wasn’t the right fit for me. However, I had a fantastic time going to events organised by the Film Society, or the King’s Players Improv group. I even got to participate in open mic nights and other musical events organised by the King’s Record and those are genuinely some of my favourite memories! A lot of my friends also got to travel with the societies they’re in as well and not just sports based societies, as the Ukulele Society also went abroad too.

Bottom line line is, as time goes by you’ll find your people, you’ll figure out how you want to spend your time. But the best way to find out is to give it an honest shot. Like Woody said, 80 percent is just showing up, and that is really something very, very doable!

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Chinese New Year Away from Home

long distance reunion dinnerAuthor: Jaycie

My name is Jaycie Chan and I’m from Malaysia. I am currently a second year LLB Law student at King’s College London. Chinese New Year is always the most important festival of the year for the Chinese. In Malaysia, we usually have the school holidays for a week and this is the opportunity for everyone to go back to their hometown to visit their friends and family. Continue reading

Quick Q&A with a recent graduate – part 1

Author: Julie

Hi there. Considering that you are reading this blog, I am going to go out on a limb and assume that you are considering applying to or joining King’s College London – good choice. As such, in this first blog post, I will attempt to answer some very popular questions that I have been asked as a King’s student. Happy reading!

About me

Who are you? My name is Thuy Duong Chu, but my friends all know me as Julie. I grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam; did my high school education in Berlin, Germany; and just graduated from King’s. I studied BSc (Hons) Business Management which is in the same department as BSc (Hons) Economics and Management, BSc (Hons) Economics, and BSc (Hons) International Management.

Why did you choose King’s?  The biggest reason is that I wanted as much flexibility in my career choice as possible. At 18 I knew I wanted to study a business-related subject – I just didn’t know which area of business I would fancy the most. In BSc (Hons) Business Management, I studied the basics of economics, marketing, HR, and finance and accounting in my first year and the first half of my second year. From the second year onwards, after having had more knowledge about different fields in business, I felt more comfortable picking my area of focus. Essentially, I wanted to make a more informed decision about my specialisation while keeping my options open.

As a business student, being in London is very important for me. A home of many international corporations, London offers many opportunities for career building and networking.

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  • What do you do outside of university?  

I was a member of the Vietnamese Society and KCLBC which was King’s Business Club. I founded a volunteering society that worked with local year 6 students to raise their awareness of local issues and improve their literary skills.

As a King’s student ambassador, I led Strand campus tours on a regular basis; attended higher education fair in London and the surrounding areas; and delivered talks about King’s and studying in London.

In my free time, I like to go to stationery shops because I love stationery! As you obviously could see, I like to write as well.

Bonus questions

Where is your favourite spot in London? I like to sit on the stairs in front of National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, although I don’t do it often enough because the area is always extremely busy.

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Is London expensive like people say? Yes and no. Rent is more expensive, living cost is similar to other cities in the UK. If you are aware of your expenses and do not eat at a fancy restaurant every week, you are in good shape.

 

KCL Societies

Author: Azura (Liberal Arts, Singapore)

As I write this, I’ve just left a handover meeting from my outgoing King’s Opera committee to next year’s incoming committee, and it’s a bittersweet feeling to be leaving – I’ve been involved with King’s Opera for all three years of university and have held a committee position for the last two years, so it’s been a huge part of my King’s experience. No matter what society you choose to get involved with in your time at King’s, it can make a huge difference in your university life if you want it to!

I’ve been involved with a variety of student societies at King’s, from performing arts to sports and others, and there’s a huge variety of groups to take part in! To help you find out which groups you might be interested in, all the student societies set up stalls at Fresher’s Fair at the start of each year for you to find out more about them. To get an idea of just how many student societies King’s has, you can check out this and this.

King’s Opera has been the society I’ve been most involved in throughout my time at King’s – but I almost didn’t find out that it first productionexisted! I happened to come across their stall at Fresher’s Fair and found out they were holding auditions for their upcoming production. I got a part in the chorus, and enjoyed it so much that I ran for the role of vice-president at the end of my first year, and the rest is history. I’ve also had the chance to perform solo roles and participate in masterclasses. While rehearsal schedules have kept me busy for many evenings and weekends over the last three years, it’s been absolutely worth it.

The great thing about most peClassis dept playrformance societies is you can choose to get involved in different ways, whether it’s performance, production (e.g. being a producer, costume designer or lighting operator for a specific production) or being on the committee – and of course, you can often do all three at some point!

 

In my second year, I decided to join the Karate club – I’d done karate as a child but hadn’t done any sports in years, so I was essentially starting again as a beginner. It was a great decision: I made a whole new group of friends, rebuilt my martial arts skills, and got stronger and fitter. I even represented our club at an international competition (I didn’t win anything, but it was exciting)!

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I’ve also been a more casual member of other societies, such as the Liberal Arts cast and crewSociety. Most academic departments also have a society which organises talks and social events, and attending film screenings and open mic nights by the Liberal Arts Society has really helped me to get to know my course mates better. I’ve also attended events by the Intersectional Feminist Society and the LGBT+ Society, which have brought me in touch with a great community of fellow students and taught me a lot about liberation issues and current affairs.

Finally, there are cultural societies which are of interest to many international students: I’ve been a member of the Singapore Society, and King’s might just have a society for your home country too. It’s a great way to be in contact with other students from your home country, especially at the start of your course when you’re settling into life in London.

Of course, this just scratches the surface of the kind of student societies you can join at King’s – and if there’s a society you’d like to join that doesn’t exist at King’s yet, you can always start one!