After completing an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, I decided on specialising in Economics. The decision to take up Economics stemmed from understanding the potential of Economics to contribute to the field of development. LSE’s Economics Department, its prestigious faculty and commitment towards the rapidly evolving discipline made it one of the best places in the world to pursue my interests.
I enrolled in the MSc Economics (2 year programme), the first year of which helped fill the gaps in my first degree by providing me with a strong quantitative foundation required for the rigorous second year. At LSE even though self study is imperative, there are several resources to get guidance from, including one’s cohort which comprises a heterogeneous mix of people from different cultures, having varied specialisations and work experiences. Keen to gain experience in applied Economics, I took one of the leading roles in the Economics Society Research Project, which gave me first-hand experience in research. Additionally, I got the opportunity to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant, which has been an enjoyable, learning experience for me.
On a typical day, I would attend a lecture, work on problem sets, attend seminars, and meet teachers and professors during their office-hour to discuss any doubts. However, much more goes on in the big picture, as one works on an independent extended essay, networks at several careers events that exposes one to the different career options after the programme, attends a wide range of public lectures organised at LSE, and takes in and contributes to the plethora of ideas floating around. The highlight for me has been discussing research papers with esteemed professors, breaking down seemingly big questions of poverty, inequality, gender discrimination and measuring impacts of various public policies directed towards development.
Studying at LSE has proven to be a great decision for me; every course has challenged me intellectually, developed my analytical abilities, taught me to manage my time efficiently and prepared me for challenges outside academia.