Hi there. Considering that you are reading this blog, I am going to go out on a limb and assume that you are considering applying to or joining King’s College London – good choice. As such, in this first blog post, I will attempt to answer some very popular questions that I have been asked as a King’s student. Happy reading!
Who are you? My name is Thuy Duong Chu, but my friends all know me as Julie. I grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam; did my high school education in Berlin, Germany; and just graduated from King’s. I studied BSc (Hons) Business Management which is in the same department as BSc (Hons) Economics and Management, BSc (Hons) Economics, and BSc (Hons) International Management.
Why did you choose King’s? The biggest reason is that I wanted as much flexibility in my career choice as possible. At 18 I knew I wanted to study a business-related subject – I just didn’t know which area of business I would fancy the most. In BSc (Hons) Business Management, I studied the basics of economics, marketing, HR, and finance and accounting in my first year and the first half of my second year. From the second year onwards, after having had more knowledge about different fields in business, I felt more comfortable picking my area of focus. Essentially, I wanted to make a more informed decision about my specialisation while keeping my options open.
As a business student, being in London is very important for me. A home of many international corporations, London offers many opportunities for career building and networking.
- What do you do outside of university?
I was a member of the Vietnamese Society and KCLBC which was King’s Business Club. I founded a volunteering society that worked with local year 6 students to raise their awareness of local issues and improve their literary skills.
As a King’s student ambassador, I led Strand campus tours on a regular basis; attended higher education fair in London and the surrounding areas; and delivered talks about King’s and studying in London.
In my free time, I like to go to stationery shops because I love stationery! As you obviously could see, I like to write as well.
Where is your favourite spot in London? I like to sit on the stairs in front of National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, although I don’t do it often enough because the area is always extremely busy.
Is London expensive like people say? Yes and no. Rent is more expensive, living cost is similar to other cities in the UK. If you are aware of your expenses and do not eat at a fancy restaurant every week, you are in good shape.