Pauline and Valeria here, two second year BSc Psychology students. We are writing this blog to share with you our favourite things about King’s. We’ll be posting what’s new and the fascinating things we are learning about on our Psychology course. This way, we’re hoping you can get a real insight into the student experience.
This is the square window-filled room that I’ve been living at the moment, aka the library. Even though libraries sound scary, the large paned windows takes it all away. You’re left with a view of the quad and the Hodgkin Building. This brings us to the theme of our blog – Our favourite things about King’s.
Favourite thing #1: Hodgkin Building
Vines grow at the side of the building and changes with the different seasons. It is welcoming and exciting, with its vibrant leaves standing out in September. Although it slowly withers in the winter, you know it’ll always grow back better than before in the Spring. Also, remember it is the choice building for a lot of King’s advertisements, so I guess everyone else at King’s likes it as much as I do! Even though my favourite part of this building is the outside, I do always enjoy what’s on the inside – like the Gordon Museum.
Favourite thing #2: Alan Billis
Alan was a taxi driver from Torquay and is now a resident of the Gordon Museum. The Gordon Museum is the largest medical museum with a growing collection of approximately 8,000 specimens. But after Alan found out he had terminal lung cancer, and reading about mummification, he decided to donate his body. This is the first investigation of mummification since practiced by the ancient Egyptians. Sometimes a film crew will come barging in to record the process. ‘Egypt’s Last Secret’ won a BAFTA, enabling the research and exemplifying the selflessness of people, such as Alan, who donate their bodies to science and research.
Favourite thing #3: Security
The main security area is within the Hodgkin’s building (I really do love this building). Everyone is so welcoming, it’s always great to just have a chat with them. They make sure we’re safe and smiley when we get to our 9am lectures. They always know what’s happening around campus and have the ability to get you anywhere you want. Literally, because that’s also where you get your card activated to grant you access to different areas of campus.
#1 Campuses all over London
One of my favourite things is that King’s has four Thames-side campuses within a single square mile and also the Denmark Hill Campus in Camberwell. Each campus has its own feel and community spirit but we are all united as King’s students. Most of the BSc teaching happens on Guy’s campus which is beautiful in both winter and summer and right next to London Bridge and the Thames. As all the campuses are so close together if you want to attend an event at another campus you can have a lovely walk along the river to get there. Having campuses in different parts of London also means you get to explore more of the city. I am a Londoner and have still managed to find new and exciting things in the proximity of all the King’s campuses.
#2 BSc Psychology Space
On the BSc we are very lucky as we have a newly refurbished space that is only used for teaching on our course. We have a common area with a microwave and tea making facilities, this is a really lovely space where you can eat lunch with your friends or get on with some work if you want to be somewhere other than the library. The space also has rooms that we can book or use to study in. The team have also let us use these rooms for film nights so it is just a really lovely space that is only for us Psychology students to make the most of.
#3 Student Societies
King’s has over 260 student societies and activity groups! If you wanted to, you could go to a different event every night. This is great as there is always lots to do and opportunities to meet likeminded people who you otherwise wouldn’t cross paths with. If there is a society you want join that doesn’t currently exist, the student union is really supportive in helping you set one up.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our favourite things at King’s so you can get ready to enjoy them yourselves. After your first year, you’ll definitely have your own favourite things that are personal to you. We’ll be updating this blog every month with more news from campus.
Please do join us on the Class of 2017 Offer Holder Group on Facebook, and ask us any questions you have about studying Psychology or life at King’s.