I am quite excited to be writing this week’s post because it’s all about the fun and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s break it down.
Societies: First year (or every year, if you wish) opens with Freshers’ Fair which fills up the Barbican Centre for two full days. Here, you get a chance to meet all teams and societies. ‘Society’ has a sorority/fraternity kind of ring to some internationals, but I can assure you they are the opposite of exclusive. You can sign up for everything (it’s encouraged) and although some societies (sports and others that work with equipment) require a membership fee, the first couple weeks are usually free for trial. War Studies has its own society, so I advise you to become a part of it. If you want to improve your CV or are simply interested, Debate and MUN might be for you. You can also engage with societies on a purely fun level like I do, but all in all, societies may be the best way to get involved and interact with those you have a common interest with.
Events: No matter what you’re studying, you can always get more out of King’s besides your lectures. I was almost disoriented in my first year when I came across the discussions and talks happening at King’s on a variety of subjects from arts and religion to politics and security, and many more that I don’t even know yet. These events mostly take place after university hours and attendance for some is so great that you may need to book a place or make sure you’re there a bit early to grab a seat. They’re also a great way to network, especially in your second and third years. There’s almost always a chance to chat with the speakers (sometimes over wine) to introduce yourself and get their contact details. Making these connections may come incredibly handy when you’re applying for internships and jobs.
London: This city is a real gem no matter what your interests are. Most people complain that it’s a wallet-draining city but I disagree: a bit of exploring and avoiding the rookie traps, and you can easily live on a budget and still make the best of London. Culture-wise, London is the most student-friendly city I’ve seen. Most museums are free (as well as galleries) and you can get cheap theatre tickets off West End and movie tickets outside the centre (Monday and Tuesday are your friends). You will learn the most by walking so try and avoid buying a monthly Oyster plan for a little while and explore the streets around your accommodation and campus. If it’s your first time in London, join a free walking tour that will take you to London’s landmark spots (a friend of mine had a Shakespeare actor as his guide).