Following up on my previous post; I think the best way to give you guys a taste of what it is like to study here at King’s is for me to give you some top tips on how to succeed as a fresher!
It honestly feels like yesterday when I first stepped into the grand Strand building and thought am I really at university? The first few weeks are always a rollercoaster as a fresher; you have to get to grips with the workload, socials and the commute! It genuinely is another ballpark form college or 6th form. I think it’s best to do some preliminary reading before you start your modules to have a sound understanding, for my course I’d recommend books such as ‘Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction ‘ ISBN: 978-0192803955.
Also be well prepared for if you are going to be living out – do your research, speak to as many people as you can and get a list of essentials! Get to know your university and the City of London and once you’ve settled in, get to know the people you’ll be spending most of your time with!
2) Explore and get involved!
Aside from the academics as mentioned before, neither London nor King’s will leave you bored any day of the week. Being at Kings has offered me a whole host of opportunities, which I don’t take for granted. When I arrived at Fresher’s Fair I was overwhelmed by the vast variety of societies and clubs on offer. Initially you may feel like trying them all, as I did! But after you’ve been to a few events, you will know which ones you’d like to invest your time in and benefit from. Last year I was involved with Team Up, a charity who aims to improve the social mobility of young children in order for them to attend the best universities possible. I used to tutor maths at a school in East London on a weekly basis – when the students received grades beyond their predictions, it gave me a real sense of achievement!
3) Budget, budget, budget!
Unless you’re a millionaire or have thousands and thousands of pounds to spend feverishly, then you have to budget. First work out how much you will be spending on a weekly basis (add more to the costs section in case of unexpected purchases or events like Christmas: it can be expensive!), and then stick to your budget! If you overspend one week, you have to spend less elsewhere. Get an NUS card or use your regular university card to get heaps of discounts. Whenever you have to buy something make sure to ask if a student discount is available.
I hope these tips have been helpful. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I’ll come back with more in the new year!