The varied and dynamic course was the principle reason for choosing King’s but also the huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer and of course the prospect of living in central London played a part in my decision making.
So far All the King’s Men has given me many opportunities of performing around London’s venues, a highlight being at the King’s Diwali Charity Show at The Barbican. By joining a sports society I have met a students on other courses as well as keeping fit. After studying I hope to join to Foreign Office and progress to become an Ambassador.
The Strand Campus is a great place to meet friends for a catch up and there is always a buzz. Staying in halls means living in centre of the city and allows you to make great friends. I have found the best way around London is by bike as it is just as quick as all other forms of transport and it is free. Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden are great places to relax between studying as there is always something going on there. Casual employment at Westminster Abbey allows me to work when I want so it doesn’t getting it the way of studying.
I chose to study French and History because I didn’t want to neglect learning a language which I had been studying for nine years, and I thought my passion for cultures and languages would compliment a study of History. History has been a passion since childhood due both to fantastic teaching from enthusiastic teachers and visiting many locations of notable historical episodes.
The reason for choosing King's was especially because of the calibre of the history department. The teaching staff are of the highest quality and span such a vast range of historical periods and disciplines that there is an area of interest for everyone. The course content is very comprehensive and with professors who specialise in the subject there is so much more to gain than can be found in textbooks. The Historical Sources, Skills and Analysis course compliments the core course very well and permits the practice and bettering of skills key to becoming a better historian, something other courses couldn't offer.
Being in London when studying History means that you are only a stone's throw away from some of the most exciting places of historical interest. Textbooks write about how revered King Alfred was for his wisdom throughout the ages especially by the Victorians who added his statue to the gates of the High Courts of Justice. Walking to the library from university one can see Alfred's statue and it suddenly has far more meaning. Many key events have happened in this city and they are on our doorstep to discover.