Olukemi Taiwo. BSc Student
Before starting university, all of my educational background had been in Hackney and Tower Hamlets. For my A-Levels, I studied Mathematics, ICT, French and History. I decided to study Computer Science because I wasn't sure which industry I wanted to go into. One thing I knew for sure was that IT would be needed in every industry, so studying computer science would mean many doors would be open to me.
I had always wanted to go to university and decided to study at King's because I liked the university's reputation. I was impressed by what I saw on the open day, I connected in a positive way with the people I met and I enjoyed the sample lecture. At the time of my application, King's was the number one university in the UK for Computer Science. Wherever I go, the reaction on people's faces when I tell them I study at King's is the same. There is an immediate look of respect and admiration. King's is currently one of the top 5 universities in the UK, and one of the top 25 in the world, and I am extremely proud to be a member. I have been taught by some of the world's leading experts in their field.
I am on the "Computer Science with a Year in Industry" course, and as part of my degree I spent 12 months working within an international investment bank. I was supervised throughout the year and given invaluable support from my supervisor, who came to visit me on the internship and made sure that the work given was relevant to my course. There were no cases of me making the tea as some of my peers at other universities had experienced!
In the first year we were assigned a personal tutor, and we met them with their other tutees, giving us an opportunity to meet other students on the course in an informal environment. I am in my final year now and am still very good friends with those students.
There are also many societies to get involved with while studying, and these provide the opportunity to meet people outside of the course and engage in positive activities while studying. For example, being involved in the Afro Caribbean society gave me the opportunity to practice one of my other hobbies: poetry. I have been able to perform several poems in the Culture Shock show each year. I was also involved in the Gospel Music Society which allowed me to improve my singing and gave me an opportunity to share it with the university.
All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kings; I have made lifelong friends and gained an immense amount of knowledge. I am proud to be here, and if I was to go back in time I would do it all over again!