First Term Insights (E&M)

I bet many of you guys would like to know how are the exams and workload like in a university. How stressful it is, or how difficult tests are. Well, no worries, because I’m here to give you a brief insight of what it is like to be an economics and management student here at King’s (at least for the first semester).

Firstly, the pace of lectures and tutorials in the first semester is very manageable if students put in consistent effort in keeping up with them. Lectures are the time where we learn new concepts, and tutorials are times when we clarify and further reinforce those concepts. It is hence essential to complete assignments before tutorials so that students can get the most out of them. Personally, I will dedicate at least 2 hours for revision and assignments per day on a regular basis.

For someone who has done “Higher Mathematics” and “Economics” for A-levels, courses such as “Mathematics for Economist” and “Principles of Economics” are a breeze for me. This however, should be taken with a pinch of salt, as tests can be very tricky as they test the true understanding of concepts raised in lectures that many may overlook. “Accounting and Financial Management” and “Work, organization and society” courses on the other hand post greater challenges for me, as these are subjects that I have never come across before. Students who took “Business Studies” for A-levels or even IB, however, mentioned certain similarity between syllabuses.

snapchat_JH_web1-200x300Secondly, the tests that E&M students receive in their first semester here at King’s are relatively easy (just a personal opinion). Questions are similar to tutorials and past year papers, and what lecturers or tutors have explained before. So its really those individuals who put in that extra effort in taking note of important concepts or hints by tutors, and who make consistent effort in practicing these concepts, that will surpass their peers. So if you are the kind of person who will be taking down notes during lectures instead of snapchatting how boring lectures are, and someone who will plan ahead for his or her tests and essay assignments instead of cramping them up the day before, then you are pretty much set for succeeding in your first semester!

Economics & Management 101

Strand Campus

Strand Campus

Life at King’s is more exciting than you can ever imagine. It is after all at the very heart of central London – one of the most vibrant cities in the world. From museums to nightclubs, iconic places to musicals, the things London has to offer are endless.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

 

 

              As an Indonesian who has never been to any part of Europe before, studying at King’s is definitely one of the greatest opportunities I have to explore these magnificent foreign countries. Just few weeks ago, my friends and I embarked on a journey to Scotland, and it was just amazing, albeit the very chilly wind; it was exactly how we pictured it to be. There are so many places to explore in the UK and other parts of Europe, and students should exploit the student privileges (in terms of discounts) to travel during holidays.

Cambridge

Cambridge

International applicants, like me, usually don’t get the luxury like most locals do to check out the schools before making a decision. So the only sources of reference I had before applying for BSc Economics and Management is from the college website and seniors’ personal opinions. It is of course after a thorough research that I made a decision, and choosing King’s has been one of the best decisions I made in my life.

E&M is under the Department of Management, and we are currently the first batch of students. There’s approximately 80 of us, and the courses we take overlap with those of business students. The differences ofbetween the 2 courses get more distinct as we approach second and third year of study.

Other than being an academic powerhouse, King’s also provide students with a well-balanced social life. With a variety of interesting programs organized by the student unions and over 200 different societies to join, life at King’s will never be boring. I, for instance, due to my love for travel, have joined the international relations team in KCL Business Club, where we get the chance to host events and travel to different parts of the world (ie. New york and Stockholm).

My first few days in London were spent attending the international orientations activities. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from it at first, but boy was I wrong. Orientation days have been one of the highlights of my university life so far. Aside from all the talks about our course outline, settling in London, opening of bank accounts, internship and job opportunities (which were equally important), our Student Union hosts the best activities ever. We have pub quiz, river cruise (which by the way were all free), and the best part of all, the party they host at various nightclubs. There was an event at Ministry of Sound, which was catered to international students, and lots of other fresher’s events. The whole month was jam packed with events and it was like nothing I have ever seen. Truly amazing fresher’s experience!

River Thames Cruise

River Thames Cruise

Freshers Event

Freshers Event