Welcome Back Beach Party

Fish out your flip-flops, sunglasses and shorts and join your RAs in your residence common room to kick start 2018 with a bang!

Have fun and remember to post pictures and tag with #kingsresilife #ResiLife #BeachParty

What’s B.U.G.GING You?

Hopefully nothing,  but if you are having any building issues at your residence make sure you go along to the next BUG (Building User Group) meeting.

You can grab some snacks and meet with your residence manager and reception team to discuss any concerns you have, give them feedback and any suggestions of things you’d like to see. They’ll give guidance on resolving your issues and update you on what’s happening in your residence from any upcoming planned works to pest control strategies.

Look out for posters around your residence with details.

Stamford Street Apartments – Thursday 18th January 5pm – 6pm, Reception or Lounge area

Wolfson House – Thursday 18th January, 6pm,  Common Room

Great Dover Street Apartments – Monday 29th January, 12-5pm,  Reception

Champion Hil – Tues 6th February 5pm-6pm,

Welcome back from the ResiLife Team

Hi everyone!

We’re two weeks into the new year already and hopefully you’ve settled back into uni life. We hope that 2018 will bring new and exciting opportunities and this will be a great and successful year.

If you’re new to King’s this term, welcome to residences and the ResiLife blog.  This is a place where you can find useful information, handy tips,  details of activities and events in London and keep up to date with what’s going on at King’s Residences.

Residence Life is all about making connections, getting involved in your residence and opening your mind to new things. So here are a few ways to do so:

Stay connected

Join your official Facebook page so you don’t miss out on what’s happening in your residence. Facebook pages can be found on the right-side bar of our blog.

Also follow our online community and tag yourself and your friends to be eligible for prizes. #kingsresilife #resilife #resilifeskills

Attend a  Kitchen Talk

Your Resident Associates (RAs) will be dropping into your kitchen to have a chat about how your time at King’s is going so far.  This is your chance to discuss anything you like, express any concerns, ideas and suggestions and find out about the activities and events they will be putting on.

Get active with King’s ResiLife

King’s ResiLife is our programme of activities we run throughout the year to give you the opportunity to meet other residents, learn life skills, enjoy free food and drink and of course have fun!

Check out the events calendar to see what’s coming up and look out for details on your  Facebook page and posters around your residences. Activities include games and paint nights, self-defence, cooking, trips to the London Lumiere festival, London galleries and a day-trip to Bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Wellbeing Week

With the winter season now upon us, King’s Wellbeing invites you to join us for Winter Wellbeing Week 2017, taking place from the 4th to the 8th of December.  We’ll have a crafternoon to raise money for national mental health charity Mind, with craft activities, festive snacks, winter wellbeing tips and a workshop led by Knit’s College London.  There will also be a ‘Reflect and Connect’ workshop, helping you to take stock of this past year and set goals for 2018 and a Student Minds Look After Your Mate workshop.

Times and Locations

Winter Wellbeing Crafternoon: Wednesday the 6th of December, 12.00-15.00, KCLSU Macadam Lobby, Temple Street entrance, Strand Campus

Reflect and Connect: Looking Back to Move Forwards: Thursday the 7th of December 16.00-17.30, Guy’s Hodgkin Building Classroom 12, Guy’s Campus

Look After Your Mate: Thursday the 7th of December – 11.00-14.00, Henriette Raphael House 3.18, Guy’s Campus

Workshops can be booked here

Keep warm and we hope to see you there!

Student Switch Off Challenge – Climate Change Quiz

Take the Climate Change Quiz for the chance to win 100 tubs of Ben & Jerry’s for your residence:

The four halls from across the UK that get the highest % of their residents completing the quiz win the 100 tubs and even if your residence doesn’t win, you will still go into the draw to win a litre of Ben & Jerry’s for yourself!

You have until Wednesday 22 November to take part so click to take the quiz

Once you’ve completed share and encourage others in your residences to take it too!

Remind me – what’s Student Switch Off?
Student Switch Off is the energy-saving and recycling competition on campus to reduce energy waste in halls. The hall that saves the most energy and recycles the best by the end of this year will win a big delivery of Ben & Jerry’s for everyone in the winning halls!

To find out how you can get involved like our facebook page and website .

 

 

Warden’s Winter Warmer

“Oh! The weather outside is frightful,
But the wardens are rather delightful.
And since we’ve no place to go,
Eat some food, play a game, hope for snow!”

Join your wardens for an evening of fun, games, food and the opportunity to get to know them better, whilst having a chat about your time in residences.

Date: Thursday, 23rd November 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Your Residence, Your Common Room

This Girl Can Week

20-24 November 2017

This Girl Can is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets!

To celebrate active women, King’s Sport and KCLSU are coming together to deliver a week of amazing free and fun sports sessions and events.

Click on the link for all event details and get involved and try something new!

 This Girl Can Week

Share your ‘This Girl Can’ experience, stories and pictures on social media throughout the week by tagging @kclsu  and @kingsresilife and using the hashtag #ThisKingsGirlCan  #kingsresilife

For more information and inspiration check out the This Girl Can website:

The Girl Can

ResiLife Update

Hello!

Just a quick update from the ResiLife Team.

We hope you’ve had a good weekend and things are going well so far, and you’re getting involved with activities and events being put on by your Resident Assistants (RAs).

Don’t know what’s happening in your residence? Make sure you’re signed up to your residence’s official Facebook group and our online community to find out, as well as checking noticeboards and posters in your kitchens, common rooms and lifts.

Your RAs will be holding their next round of kitchen talks over the next couple of weeks, so they’ll be letting you know about what’s coming up such as paint and games nights and trips around London.

We’re busy planning the calendar for the new year but if you have any ideas of things you’d like to see, please let us know – Contact us at resilife@kcl.ac.uk

Stay safe and enjoy your week!

The ResiLife Team

Picture: Created by Freepik

Take Time Out 2017

King’s Wellbeing is launching Take Time Out next week to help you keep sane during the exam period. There are tonnes of fun stuff to keep your mind focused, such as free yoga, smoothies and chill out spaces!

Make sure you head to the Take Time Out web pages to find more information about how to keep on top of your wellbeing. Remember, if things are getting too much you can always contact your Welfare Team to talk things through.

Here are our tips from the team:

Felicia Reynolds
RA at Angle Lane

  • Cooking new recipes with flatmates
  • Singing out loud karaoke style with friends (preferably 90s pop or Disney)
  • Mastering the art of British Tea making
  • Impromptu Latin Dance party
  • Express Spa: Nail painting session/ putting on a quick face mask
  • On the go spring cleaning/room organising
  • Mapping out concepts
  • Find YouTube videos to help simplify concepts
  • Use focus timer apps to ensure you’re spending time focusing on work but also have an embedded break (apps like Tide and Focus Keeper)

 

Elyse Langenegger
Marketing & Communications Manager

‘Running, making sure I still take the time to do my hobbies like music and netball and having someone I can just talk to to get the stress out in the open.’

 

Megan Taylor-Silva
Digital Engagement Officer

  • Make sure my work area is clean and clutter free!
  • Exercise, if I stop exercising I get more stressed
  • Get outdoors, go for a hike or bike ride
  • Get lots of sleep. I always find it’s tempting to stay up late, but it just means that I’m even less productive the next day
  • Drink water and teas (chamomile or blackcurrant is my favourite)
  • Change your workspace, work from a café with a giant mug of hot chocolate or coffee. Sometimes a change of scenery is beneficial.

 

Verdell Brookens-Capps
RA at Angle Lane

‘When I’m inside writing all day and the weather is nice (the sun is out), I like to go outside into the fresh air for 5 minutes, take slow deep breaths and enjoy the moment.

If the weather is not so good, I try to take small breaks where I walk around my building; make a snack and take long deep breaths.

Other things I do when I’m super overwhelmed and at a breaking point to meet a deadline is, remove myself from my working station. Take some paper and markers and write positive affirmative statements “You got this boo!”,  “You are intelligent”, “You are an overcomer”,   “You are fearfully and wonderfully made”, “Masters of TESOL graduate” “ You are doing this!”, “You are strong”, “You’re an inspiration”.’

 

Stephanie Edmalin-Torio
Receptionist Wolfson House

  • Listen to worship music to keep me calm
  • I would sometimes write down why I am stressed out, I believe it helps me let the stress out by writing them out.
  • If I was really stressed out, I would sometimes train on my punching bag and let the frustration out.

Five reasons why you should become an RA

Guaranteed accommodation
tool-tidy-shedFlatting privately takes a lot of work. As an RA you are guaranteed accommodation which means you can spend your summer picnicing in the sun, as opposed to trawling through the internet trying to decide if you can afford to live in a garden shed in Zone 1.

giphy (1)Meet new people
RAs in 2017/18 are solely in charge of community building, which means you’ll be making sure that residents are making friends and having fun. You’ll be hosting parties, running competitions and posting on Facebook. Basically, you’ll be paid to socialise!

Do what you love
Want to save the planet? Passionate about Frisbee? As an RA you can promote your interests and be involved in tonnes of different activities. RAs encourage students to get involved in everything that King’s has to offer!

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Get a CV boost
You probably hear this a lot now that you’re an adult. But trust us, having experience as an RA will improve your employability. You’ll be employed by King’s College, and undergo professional training in health & safety, event planning and leadership to name a few.  This professional experience will look better on your CV than flipping burgers or serving pints at your local pub.

 

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Help people
Did you know that helping people is one of the best ways to improve your personal happiness? As an RA you’ll be using your own experiences to help our new residents settle into independent life. This is the best part of being and RA – making a difference to the lives of our students.

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