Your King’s journey will begin during Welcome Week, which offers induction events for all new students. As this draws closer, I wanted to share with you some of my top tips for making the most of your first few weeks on campus.
1. Be organised
There will be lots to do during your first few weeks at King’s! You’ll have errands to run (such as collecting your student ID card) and events to attend, so it is important to keep on top of it all. The ‘Welcome to King’s Induction App’ allows you to register for events and create a timetable for the week, which is really helpful! There will also be a lot of information to take in, especially during Programme Induction, so bring a notepad in which to make some brief notes. You will be able to access most of the information online (via the website or learning platform) though, so don’t worry if you don’t get everything down on paper.
2. Go exploring
Familiarise yourself with the campus by going for a walk and finding key locations such as the library and Students’ Union. Perhaps suggest to some of your new course-mates that you do this together during the free time between events. You could also take the opportunity to explore London, as there are plenty of iconic landmarks close by the Strand Campus!
3. Stay open-minded
During Programme Induction you will be introduced to the various modules you can choose from. You may already have some idea about what you would like to study (or no idea at all!) but stay open minded as you might be surprised to find that something unexpected actually catches your eye! You will also hear about extra-curricular opportunities that are available to you, such as the Associateship of King’s College course, so you might come across something unanticipated that you really want to get involved with. University is the perfect time to try something new, so you might like to visit the Students’ Union Welcome Fair to discover the clubs and societies you can join during your time at King’s. Remember to be realistic about how much you can take on alongside your studies though!
4. Make the most of it
There are some fantastic opportunities on offer during your first few weeks at King’s, so take them up! Last year I really enjoyed a fascinating guest lecture introducing medical ethics, and a walking tour through the heart of Legal London. When you are attending an event, make the most of it by asking a question or speaking to someone new. The Welcome Reception is a great chance to chat informally to other postgraduate Law students and the teaching team.
The first few weeks at King’s are really exciting and set you up for the rest of the course, so I hope you are looking forward to it and enjoy it as much as I did!