Karthik Sundaram

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Student Adviser Karthik Sundaram

What I do

Hi, I’m Karthik. I am the Student Adviser for English, Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Philosophy and I am here for you as a key point of contact during the first year of your undergraduate studies. I am available to discuss any wellbeing, support, and student experience matters.

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Working within the Student Support and Wellbeing team, I will be hosting a range of events and activities during term time to support your Social bonding, Skills for life and Wellbeing at university. Explore the workshops and activities you can join throughout the academic year listed below, then click the event hyperlink to reserve your place. 

Term 1: September 25th - December 15th 2023
Your Guide To Thrive - Fun activitIes / Games Afternoon - 23rd November AT 14:30

A fun afternoon of activities, games, painting, and puzzles - plus some light refreshments.

Term 2: January 8th - March 22nd 2024

We welcome you back to a new year & term with some cosy activities. Come along for activities, games, painting, and puzzles - plus some light refreshments.

EXAM SEASON TOOLKIT - Revision Cafe: Take a break whilst getting ready for your upcomings exams and assessments: 13th March at 12:00pm -2:00pm @ The Garden room, Bernard Katz Building

Come take a break from your revision and working on final assessments. There will be refreshments and activities to unwind with. It will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about exams (time-amangement, motivation, revision tips, SoRAs etc) to your Student Adviser.

Term 3: April 22nd - June 7th 2024

More information coming soon.

Who am I?

About Karthik

What was your experience of further or higher education like? 

I started my higher education experience like many as a student. I am an alum of University of Sheffield, a place where I developed by taking up many opportunities beyond my academics. I returned to university life at The University of Melbourne. This gave me a unique perspective of being an international student. Studying my masters in Development Studies opened up my world to new people and new understandings. I continued to make the most of university life by taking up volunteering and other extra curriculum activities. I hold my time at both universities fondly, as it truly provided an environment to explore and develop. Something I want all students at UCL to have. 

Professionally, I began my higher education experience with UCL’s Alumni team. I worked for 2 years as an Alumni & Supporter Care Officer. It meant I was able to interact with alumni and students both remotely but also in person during many events. This time really showed the profound impact the time at UCL has on our students. 

Who or what made the biggest impact on you when you were studying? And how did they support you? 

During my Master's my lecturer in Indigenous Studies coached and encouraged me to look at my future from a new perspective. I was passionate about getting involved and working in support of indigenous communities, and looked at traditional career paths to that. She signposted me to alternative routes and advised me on taking them. The most powerful part of this was the continued support and opportunity to openly talk about my goals and concerns. She continued to allow me the space to explore these chances and guide me to alternative options which developed a better understanding of my goals personally and professionally. 

What working achievements or initiatives are you most proud of?  

Being in the UCL alumni team gave me the platform to learn the deep relationship our students have with UCL and the departments many years after graduating. I was involved in the development and launch of Bentham Connect, a networking platform for both alumni and students. I am proud to see it continue to grow and help new generations of UCL students connect with those previously. Reviewing our platform showed students connecting with those in sectors they want to enter for advice or seek out local UCL connections throughout the world has been immensely rewarding. I’m proud to have built another layer to the positive impact UCL has to those within and outside its community. 

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?  

One thing! So many things learnt in my twenties. 

Don’t be scared to take a turn (sometimes backwards). Do not be too set on a path as it may not let you see other opportunities around. Take every chance to learn from others and if something is interesting pursue it, it will always develop you. 
Also, being on time is the easiest way to make a good first impression. 

What would surprise people to know about you? 

I have flown a plane, driven a combine harvester, an 18-wheeler truck, a speed boat and the biggest chaser bin in the world (ask me what that is if you want a long story).