A real highlight of my degree at King’s has been the opportunity to spend a year in a French-speaking country. I spent seven months as an English Language Assistant in a high school in Avignon, sandwiched between two summer internships, and received incredible financial support from the Erasmus Programme to do so. As well as dramatically improving my French, I gained a greater sense of independence and returned to London ready to enjoy every moment of my final year at King’s. And you don’t have to be a languages student to spend a semester or a year abroad, so it’s an experience that I would recommend to anyone.
During my time at King’s I’ve come to truly appreciate the fact that I am being taught by experts in the field of French literature, whose passion and knowledge of their subject comes across in a really inspirational way. The department is very friendly and I’ve been able to have my say – and represent the views of my fellow students – as a Course Representative, an opportunity for direct input which is very important as we students strive to receive the high quality of education that we are paying for. King’s also gives recognition to students for their achievements: in my second year I was awarded a generous scholarship for my academic record and active participation in college life, and I also received a travel grant that enabled me to do an unpaid internship in France, so the financial support is there if you find you need it.
Thanks to the skills I’ve gained from studying at a world-class institution and teaching through the British Council on my year abroad, I’ve been offered a place on the Teachfirst Leadership Development Programme, where I’ll be joining hundreds of other graduates on the mission to bring high quality education to children in challenging circumstances and to enable them to go on to study at universities like King’s too. I feel that my time here has encouraged me to broaden my horizons and to keep on challenging myself.