BA History, Year 1
What made you choose this programme?
I love history, and I’ve known for years that I wanted to be an academic historian. And LSE offers one of the best history courses in the world; there are few better institutions in the world to be a member of the history department than at LSE.
What made you choose LSE?
I chose LSE because it is the home to some of the leading academics in my field, and many others, it encourages an interdisciplinary and self-directed approach, and there are so many opportunities for students to grow inside and outside of the classroom.
What are the benefits of studying in London?
1. The proximity to museums and world class libraries/research facilities. 2. Its connectivity to the rest of Europe, and the world. 3. The opportunities to experience the best of art, music, and other cultures.
What do you hope to gain from your degree?
I hope to gain a solid grounding in my subject and research techniques, a sense of how I can collaborate meaningfully with social scientists from other fields in my work, and a sense of my specific research interests going forward into an academic career.
What are your future prospects (after your degree)?
After I complete my degree, I would like to do a master’s degree and PhD, and, eventually, work as an academic. I am also interested in doing part-time work at various think tanks or as a foreign policy consultant for my chosen areas of research/language study.
Favourite place to study
Periodicals Reading Room, Senate House Library.
If you could bring one famous historical person back to life, who would it be and why?
If I could bring one famous historical figure back to life, it would be Michael Oakeshott. Dr. Oakeshott was a Cambridge professor famous for his philosophical work on conservatism, and influenced some of my favorite thinkers, like Elie Kedourie and Maurice Cowling. I would love to see what they got out of him first hand.
What is the most memorable place you have ever visited and why?
The most memorable place that I have ever visited is the British Museum at 8 o’clock on a Friday night. I had dreamed of going since I was in grade school, and actually having some of the galleries to myself, and seeing exhibits that I had only thought I would ever read about, the first time I visited was a breath-taking experience. That was my first week in London, and it made me truly grateful to have made it to LSE.
Any tips for news students joining LSE?
Always make a plan out your time and put your academic work at the top of the list. Take/audit classes that you’re interested in, even outside of your major. Don’t be afraid to ask a professor or class teacher for clarification or help. Read what you have to, but also read further down on the reading list. It’s worth it!