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Grace Avila Casanova, Politics and International Relations student

Grace Avila CasanovaWhy did you choose to study at Kingston? 

One of my main reasons for coming to the UK to pursue higher education was to experience an international environment, and Kingston University has students from all over the world. It's a very enriching experience and really complements my studies, particularly when it comes to debates. Location was also one of my motivations; central London is only 30 minutes on the train, but living in Kingston is much more convenient for a student.

You are based on the Penrhyn Road campus, what do you like most about it?

The library is one of the best features on the Penrhyn Road campus – it has an amazing amount of written and visual sources, and late-night opening hours. Also, when it comes to student life I'd say Penrhyn Road is the best of all the campuses because there are so many events and about 90 student societies, so everybody can find something they are interested in. Plus, the Penrhyn Road campus is just a 10-minute walk from the town centre.

Tell us about UNICEF on Campus KU

We are part of a network of students who feel passionate about defending the rights of children. We organise events and fundraisers to raise awareness of the main issues affecting children worldwide such as war, hunger, violence and disease. Our goal is to let other students know that whilst we are receiving a good education and eating full meals every day, there are millions of children out there who dream of having these things. We are a new student society and want to ensure the long lasting permanency of UNICEF on Campus KU, because everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to the work of such an amazing organisation.

What's the best thing about being part of UNICEF on Campus KU?

Being part of UNICEF gives you a broad understanding of what's going on in the world right now. You learn so many things, not only from the organisation but also your peers and the people that you meet at events. Being a member of UNICEF on Campus KU is also a very good start to your career if you're pursuing human rights, international relations and other related courses. Additionally, students can become part of the society's committee; as a media officer, president or education officer you will develop skills that you can transfer to your future career, plus, you get to make new friends and have lots of fun.

Describe Kingston University in three words?

Diversity. Quality. Opportunities.

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