MSc Theory and History of International Relations, 2014/15
As a commerce graduate eager to expand my knowledge and explore the arts and sciences, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to do my masters in Theory and History of International Relations at the Department of History at LSE. Unsure of what to expect from my first time visiting London, I soon found myself at home - in one of the most beautiful cities and studying with some of the brightest and most passionate young people from around the world at LSE.
My courses on colonialism and globalisation in the modern world, secret intelligence in the twentieth century and colonial rule in Africa opened up my curious mind to new, challenging and fascinating concepts and ways of thinking, critiquing and writing. I was captivated by writings on the practice of female genital mutilation in the African continent, within a few months of exploring some of the finest readings as part of my course. I was eager to explore its encounters with colonialism and cross-cutting themes of rights, religion, multi-culturalism and representation in media, and I immersed myself in it as part of my dissertation.
In the process of working on my dissertation, I knew I wanted to work in the social impact space and contribute to developmental efforts, with a focus on women and girls. This brought me back home to India, where I did an internship with UNHCR as part of their refugee programme in New Delhi and worked with leading international organisations on reproductive health and gender over the following three years.
My professors at LSE and my dissertation supervisor, in particular, played an indispensable role in shaping my outlook towards research and my postgraduate experience helped me meaningfully contribute to my work in the social impact space. Today, as I consider a doctorate in this field, I find myself wanting to go back to LSE and relive my experience. LSE was integral to my personal journey of finding my passion in the development sector, of honing my skills of research and writing and most importantly, of staying curious and eager to learn and grow.