Why I Chose King’s- Paridhi

Hi everyone! Paridhi here, current BA English Language and Communication student here at King’s. I wanted to share with you why I chose to study at King’s!

For me, choosing which university to attend was just a little stressful, primarily because of the fact that I was an international student and nowhere even close to London, let alone Europe.

In fact, I was a few (five) geographical time-zones away, and making a decision about where I was going spent the next three years of my life without ever having stepped foot in any of the places I was considering. The future was a foreign country – literally!

In the end, I decided to choose King’s because of the following reasons:

  • The course. I wanted a course that would cover the basics of how language worked and still let me focus on the aspects of language that I truly loved. I also wanted some flexibility in case I felt like changing my mind, later. King’s programme on linguistics had practically everything I was looking for in a course, from specific topics (such as modules on social media, like Twitter and Facebook) to the sort of study required (primarily independent study) – it was, and is, perfect!
  • The location. I wanted to live in London and get to know London properly, and the best way to do that seemed to be by studying in the heart of the city, which is where my campus, the Waterloo campus, at King’s happened to be.
  • The opportunities. Numerous factors about the university, including the location and the alumni network, for instance, led me to (rightly) conclude that King’s would, time after time, introduce me to new opportunities.
  • The support. King’s has numerous scholarships that you can apply for, and I was fortunate enough to be granted the Desmond Tutu Scholarship, which was not only a monetary relief but also resulted in a really worthwhile experience that let me meet other students and individuals interested in the service of society.I don’t only mean monetary support, though – at the time of my application, I was struggling with my long-standing disability, epilepsy, and was worried that it would get in the way of my academic achievements. King’s, however, seemed like it would be accommodating, thanks to services such as their Disability Advisory Service.
  • The reputation. King’s is an internationally renowned university, and that does help when it comes to the practical matters of future employment. Who wouldn’t want a university like that on a résumé?

I was proven right about my choice on pretty much my first day at university. I found the places I’d be frequently visiting over the coming years, and met the people who would go on to become my closest friends and even future flatmates!

Paridhi, BA English Language and Communication

at the  on the 14/12/2016. Photo: David Tett

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