This seems so obvious, right? It goes without saying that uni is a learning experience, but this goes so much further than your academic work. For sure, there’s a certain sense of mastery that comes with exploring your subject in more depth and this growing expertise will boost our self-confidence. But, what we learn outside of the lecture halls and the seminar rooms can be just as crucial to our wellbeing, if not more so.
At King’s Wellbeing, we are all about helping students to thrive and have a full and rich university experience to become the person that they want to be in all aspects of life. Think about your first few days at King’s; what have you learned about yourself? Think about what you’ve enjoyed most about Welcome Week. It might have taught you something about how you prefer to socialise, the size of group you feel most comfortable with, your preferred social settings, how much time you need to yourself and so forth. And where you’ve identified things that you aren’t so comfortable with, these could be areas for future development.
Sometimes, we grow as a person and develop new skills when we step outside of our comfort zone. If you’ve identified an area you’d like to explore, King’s one-to-one coaching and workshops may be able to help.
At King’s, we believe in nurturing the whole person throughout the year and you can find a variety of workshops to assist with different aspects of your personal development. Check the King’s Wellbeing workshops page for sessions on communication skills, self-care, resilience and much more and keep checking Skills Forge and KEATS throughout the year for other workshops to help you build a portfolio of life skills alongside your growing subject knowledge. Upon referral, the Counselling Service also runs a number of therapeutic groups and workshops, providing emotional support and space for exploration of different issues that may come up during your time at uni.
Sources of Support
Your student journey is bound to have ups and downs. At certain times, you may be feeling great; enjoying all that uni life has to offer you. Sometimes, we might need a bit of a helping hand with goal-setting to make the most of our time at uni and reach our potential; this is where King’s Wellbeing comes in.
And on occasion, life can throw us a curveball and we might need some advice or support to help us rebound. There’s no shame in this and King’s has a number of support services with dedicated and empathetic staff. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different sources of support now so that you know exactly where they are and how to get in touch if you need them.
Never Stop Learning Challenge: KCL Support Services
Take half an hour to look up all of the support services and initiatives below, learn what they offer and how to get in touch if you need them:
Your personal tutor
Feeling Connected to Campus
It can be easy to come and go from campus and feel a bit disconnected, especially if you’re living at home and commuting. But do try to stick around and feel connected; this is your campus, your space and you have every right to feel at home. Identifying places that you enjoy being in either socially, or for a bit of quiet time to reflect can help you feel a connection to the physical space and campus at large.
Never Stop Learning Challenge: Connecting to Campus
- Explore your campus with a friend and identify a nice spot for a coffee and catch up before or after lectures. Many departments even have their own common rooms, such as the Dickson Poon School of Law and the Virginia Woolf Building.
- Find some quiet spaces for chilling and reflecting. Don’t forget the wellbeing room in the Maughan Library and the chaplaincy rooms on each campus if you just want some time to yourself.
- Learn a little about the history of King’s and its traditions. Did you know that the Duke of Wellington had to fight a duel to defend his role in establishing the college in 1829? Find more facts here and check out this link for 6 surprising facts about King’s mascot Reggie the Lion:
- Check out the Life at Kings Instagram to see how some of our other students are connecting with campus, taking some fun and quirky photos along the way.