German & History with a year abroad




Full Time

| UCAS code: RV21
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History BA

After having taken an incredible gap year full of adventurous experiences, I knew I needed to go to a university that would keep me inspired. Choosing a degree in history, I was naturally drawn to the impressive breadth of specialism of the King’s History Department, as well as its leading stance in the international league tables. I remember walking across Waterloo Bridge on the day of my interview; a cityscape of the symbiosis of London’s rich History and it’s buzzing modern identity. To the left; the Houses of Parliament, overlooked by the London Eye, and, to the right, a vision of St Paul’s and the Gherkin, poking out of the tops of the city. I still have to stop every now and again and take that view in!

At King’s I quickly filled my time with work and extra-curricular activities; I joined the new Jazz Vocal band, with whom I did several gigs throughout the year, raising money for Barnados as well as shows for the public at a pub in Barnes. I’m also a lover of sport, and found my niche in football and rugby, which have a great social side as soon as practice is over! 

Of course, the degree itself has been an eye-opening experience; just last week I was at Brick Lane in the East End, listening to a podcast about the history of the immigrant population and the violence of the Whitechapel area. The course is so varied and challenging that I always feel mentally-charged. Then, come the new year, I will be the first from the department to spend a semester at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. I have always tried to seek out and make the most of opportunities, and being at King’s has definitely enabled me to live this way and fulfil my ambition. Although I’m not yet certain where the future will take me, perhaps to an MA, perhaps a Law-conversion, I know that I’ll jump into it head-first and full of spirit – that’s what King’s, and London, does to you!

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