Application Process Economics Philosophy Political Science Subject

Charlotte’s Application Process

What made you want to study abroad?

I’ve always wanted to study political science throughout my whole life. However, knowing that politics is not a well-developed and valued academic field in Taiwan, I made up my mind to study abroad so that I can be exposed to a more ideal education where poli sci is more than just “the politics in the government.” It is, in fact, a fascinating and interesting major to explore. 

What’s the toughest part for you during the entire application process?

Only a few people applied to British colleges in Taiwan, and I basically knew none of them. So I had to figure out how to make a proper application all by myself. The process is really different from US college applications. 

What do you think helped you the most?

It was a stressful time, and I wouldn’t get through it without support from my classmates and peers who were also applying abroad. We prepared for exams, did research on applications, and brainstormed our essays together. 

What are some things you think you did well during the app process?

For the UK, it is really helpful to demonstrate your academic interest and knowledge in the field you are applying to. My extracurriculars are mostly politics related, so I could show to the colleges my profound interest in politics through formulating a good personal statement. 

What’s the most regretful thing you’ve done during the process? What would you do differently?

I think I should’ve been more diligent in preparing for my SAT, or at least study smarter rather than just dive myself into loads of textbooks and practice questions. 

What do you think soph, junior, senior students should do right now?

Soph: focus on your GPA, and start searching for opportunities that you are interested in. 

Junior: put yourself out there, cherish any chance you can have. Most importantly, start preparing for SAT (and start taking it at the second half of your soph year) and possibly subject tests. 

Senior: reflect on yourself everyday: is there something special in my life, or at least has significant meanings, that you can  put in your essays/personal statement. Relax if you need to since life is especially hard this year.

Charlotte Lee, King’s College London ’23

Economics King's College London Philosophy Political Science School Subject

King’s College London

Why did you choose this school?

King’s College London (KCL) is the school with the best social science department in London, and is ranked just behind Oxford and Cambridge University. It is located at the heart of London, and is filled with all varieties of internship opportunities. It is less theoretical than London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the atmosphere in KCL is much more alive than any other prestigious Universities in London. 

What is your favorite thing about your school?

PPE is located at Strand Campus, the oldest and the most marvelous campus out of all four King’s campuses. It is reconstructed from a classical castle beside the well-known Thames River, so people can view the Big Ben and the London Eye clearly. The libraries open 24hrs and are equipped with new facilities. 

What is the best memory studying at your college?

During the winter, there will be an ice-skating field right next to the campus I’m studying at. My friends and I usually go skating every once in a while, and have hot chocolate (sometimes hot wine) afterwards.

Do you think it’s worth it?

For me personally, yes. Studying in KCL provides me with excellent learning experiences and an exciting social life. I enjoy the weekly discussions which have given me plenty of insights that I’ve never thought of before. The cultural diversity of KCL has also guided me to understand more cultures and to perceive issues from different perspectives. Moreover, since KCL is at the heart of central London, the night life, including bars and clubs, never ends. KCL even holds parties at nightclubs and cruises for students. Therefore, if you are seeking a college experience in which you can immerse yourself into an in depth learning process, and at the same time enjoy yourself to the utmost: KCL is your choice. 

Charlotte Lee, King’s College London ’23