When I first came to London, not knowing anyone here, I stayed in the Great Dover Street Apartments halls of residence and this helped me make friends very quickly. The welcoming atmosphere and all the events organised by the halls and KCLSU make you feel right at home.
The same is true for our very prestigious department. Everyone is very friendly and approachable and there is always help available, be it with your studies or with getting an internship. On top of that I received great help in applying for internships through King's Careers Service, and there is always support available from the advisors at the Compass.
Then of course, there's the location. The Physics department is based at the Strand campus, which means it's just minutes to the most vibrant places of central London, such as Leicester Square or Covent Garden.
Whether you’re into clubbing, sports or whatever else, KCLSU offers practically everything. KCLSU run their own student gym and various sports clubs, and great Physics nights out are organised by the Physics department's very own 'Maxwell Society'.
The Physics department offers the opportunity to work with one of an array of lecturers on their respective research fields during an 8 week paid summer project. This was one of the most enjoyable and enlightening experiences I have ever taken part in; it helped me choose the field that I wish to pursue during the remainder of my course.
As a small department there is an amazing degree of support from administration staff and lecturers alike, which ensures that your voice is heard and carries weight. The size of the department also allows for small group tutorials during your first year, and larger seminar tutorials during the remainder of your course.
My main reason for choosing King’s was the great balance it offered between academic and social life. I lived at home for my first year, but don’t feel as though I missed out on the social aspects of living in halls of residence due to the many events organised by the King’s LAHS (Live At Home Student) network. I was also largely attracted by the fact that here at King’s, and specifically in the Physics department, students aren’t merely numbers, as academics actively take an interest in your progress and seek to adapt their teaching styles to the needs of a particular year group.
In my second year, I became involved in the Maxwell Society, and was elected President for the following year. I was also in the Staff-Student committee, which allowed me to help set up the ‘buddy’ system to help freshers find their footing.
Most of my lectures are based at the Strand campus, which is within walking distance to many great locations. Depending on my mood, I could choose to pop over to Trafalgar Square, have lunch at Covent Garden, walk along the South Bank or go the Maughan Library!
From my time at King’s, I’ve developed a keen interest in Theoretical physics, which my lecturers helped nurture, and have gained the impetus to pursue a career in academia. I will graduate in the knowledge that the skills I’ve developed at King’s will stand me in good stead whatever I choose to do.