Dear Past Self,
You’ll be reading this with a number of different options ahead of you. Don’t come here. I repeat, do not come here.
You will be lured in with the brand, top 20 in the world, 4th oldest English university yada yada. Behind that glossy brochure lies an institution stuck in the past.
Your first disappointment will be despite you putting your preferred accommodation anywhere but Stratford. You get Stratford. But hey why should you get a preference of where you pay £185+pw to live. Don’t worry you’ll later visit Stamford Street and feel sorry for the prisoners who got allocated there, although I think prisoners get more windows and larger rooms in fact.
So now you’re in, welcome to one of the worst Russel Group universities for student enjoyment. Anything positive you suggest, can and will get shut down by Kings’ bureaucracy.
Speaking of bureaucracy, it’s not even good bureaucracy, it’s so badly organised they would struggle to organise a piss up in a pub. There is no clear guidance on assessments and it’s largely up to the lecturers discretion. If the work arrives 1 minute past deadline or even on the deadline it’s capped at a pass (lower than a 2:2) Your exceedingly high tuition fees go toward shockingly few contact hours. That’s if your lecturers actually bother to turn up. They will also take a month to mark your work so you have less time to improve before the next assessment.
There’s is no real sense of camaraderie as everything is so far spread over London and the Union doesn’t even have a nightclub. Why don’t you email the SU officers about this? (You wont get a reply)
So it’s fine, you’ll teach yourself, go to the library and hit the books. Oh wait, King’s didn’t bother to email you after you renewed your book last. You’ve now been fined because living in London isn’t expensive enough! Enjoy. The library is also often kept at just above the legal temperature limit, so enjoy wearing two jumpers and a scalf in there.
Your iPhone and Macs won’t connect to the WiFi for four days, because this is a perfectly acceptable level of service for Kings.
It is no secret that King’s has a problem with student enjoyment. Too often than not, it feels we’re battling against the administration rather than it working with, or for us. They don’t give a damn and nothing is being done by King’s to address this lack of student enjoyment. They know this is a problem and choose to ignore it. Just keep the money coming.
The attitude of staff verges on contempt, you are the silly student and I am the teacher, therefore, everything I say is correct. There is no collaborative approach, challenging your opinions to get you to intellectually develop. It’s not about empowering you as the student or learner. Simply the lecturers are always 100% correct any dissenting opinion is incorrect. Student Reps suggestions for improvements are simply dismissed.
Do yourself a favour go elsewhere. Don’t listen to the paid off tour guide (Yes Kings is paying them to say sweet things about the uni) Many people seeing you will be wanting to tell you this real advice. Go elsewhere.
who are introverts?