Jessy Lu is a postgraduate student on the MA Education in Arts and Cultural Settings.
Tell us a bit about your studies and any extra-curricular activities you take part in…
I believe in “work hard play hard”, but so far, I don’t think I have balanced it well as I play too hard! I mean London is a such an incredible place that I sometimes “hate” to be here because its ample cultural resources are “annoyingly” distractive! There are various academic activities happening in both the School and university. I very much like the MA seminar series which are given by academics of different backgrounds, sharing their up-to-date research projects.
Looking more specifically at the MA programme I study, I’m very happy that I chose it because it is jointly run by King’s and the Southbank Centre, both being top education and cultural institutions. For students like me who have relatively more professional experience, this programme creates a precious opportunity for me to challenge my vision and understanding about creative education, to reflect on my approaches and methodologies and to look at possibilities to make changes in my work.
What makes you proud to study at King’s?
When I decided to study in the UK, I was very clear what I wanted to do. I wanted to understand the theories and emerging practices of how education is applied in an interdisciplinary and non-schooling context. I wanted to do it in a renowned university because such universities have top quality resources which I think is crucial for a one-year MA programme. I was on a business trip to London last February, so I visited the School and met with Dr Anwar Tlili, the programme director. My first impression of King’s was that I could feel that the dynamics of the faculty and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. It was this first impression which reassured me that King’s was my number one choice.
This one-year experience at King’s is becoming an indispensable part of my life journey, that I will always happy to share with others.
Who has inspired you in your life or studies and why?
My parents are definitely the very top source of inspiration in my life. It's not that they are professionally very successful, but the very special and precious qualities that I can always see and feel in my parents inspire and back me up every day.
Children are another inspiration in my life. I’m not a mother but I have engaged with the children education business for seven years. I love being with children although it can be both physically and intellectually challenging. But that’s what makes it so rewarding.
I’m also hugely lucky to have met three extremely important people in my career. Professor Han Dajian – my first boss and an internationally renowned academic in the area of bridge engineering. Alice Lau – the international board member of Lions Club. Christopher MacLehose – a publisher in Britain who has devoted his life to bringing to readers the best literature around the world.
What is your favourite place at King’s and why?
The Maughan Library. To me, it is like a pure land of knowledge. Perhaps it is also because there is a statue of Mr Confucius outside the library. I like Waterloo Campus the most, of course because it is where my School is based! Also, it is because Waterloo Campus is part of the Southbank which is one of the best cultural hubs in London.
Dr Heather King