Isabel Tejada studied the Art Foundation at Kings and is now at Nottingham Trent University studying Animation.
She talked to us about how Kings helped her get there.
Hi Isabel. How did you feel when you found out you’d got into this university?
When I found out I was accepted into this university I was very, very excited and happy because this was my first choice. I really love this place and the city. The facilities of this university are amazing, so yeah, I’m happy!
What happened on your first day here?
My first weekend and first day in the university were a little bit overwhelming but it was super good. I was walking around the city to get to know the place. I went to the university to do my enrolment.
Then on Monday it was the induction day. Our lecturers introduced themselves and I got to meet new people from my course. They talked about what we were going to study through the year and the activities we’ve got.
How about your first week?
It was the induction week! We did lots of activities — besides my induction week with the course where we talked about the lecturers, the timetable, all the things we had to do and organise before starting, we also got the freshers’ fair to see which sports or societies you’d like to join. It was an interesting and busy week!
"My lecturers and professors are very friendly. They know a lot about animation. They have been in the industry and they know about a lot of things."
What are the other students like?
I met a lot of people around the university studying different courses and careers and it’s been very cool to meet people who are studying International Relations or Science, or Chemistry or Fashion Design. I think most of the people in my building are very creative and each of them has their own identity, the way they dress and their hair colours! Stuff like that is really interesting and artistic, I really like that. I have met people from Germany, from Italy, from Poland, from different locations.
What are the academic staff like?
My lecturers and professors are very friendly. They know a lot about animation. They have been in the industry and they know about a lot of things, from life drawing to 3D interface. All the things that we learn, they know what they are doing and always try to give advice. It's up to us to ask them and seek more information because at university you have to do more stuff for yourself and by yourself.
"I built up a very strong portfolio at Kings. It was amazing — I got to practise life drawing, and now I've got more experience in this because of Kings."
How did Kings prepare you for this?
My year at Kings helped me in a lot of ways. It helped me with academic things like when I had to apply to university and the interviews and portfolio itself. I built up a very strong portfolio at Kings. It was amazing – I got to practise life drawing, and now I’ve got more experience in this because of Kings.
Being an international student, going to Kings for a year and getting used to the British culture and the accents meant it wasn’t that shocking when I came to university because I already got that year as a base. I grew more independent and it was the best thing I could ever have done, coming from Panama to do this Art Foundation year. I got to learn a lot of stuff and get to know more about arts and animation and it helped me go all way through to university.
What has surprised you the most about Nottingham and the university?
The thing that has surprised me the most about Nottingham is that the city is mostly students. You can be around at any time of the day and you will only see students walking around, going to classes, the library, shops. It’s a very lively city and that’s one thing I like.