Why did you choose LSE?
I chose LSE because I was looking for an excellent school abroad, so it was very important to me to have a Master’s programme in English. When I found out about the F&E programme, that gave LSE the edge over other schools.
How have you found living in London?
I really love it and I’m from a small town – this is the biggest city I have lived in. I really enjoy living here, it’s an amazing, vibrant city, there are lots of opportunities to go out and I’ve really enjoyed it.
Why did you choose Finance & Economics?
I chose it because it offers a very unique combination – you cover stuff from both fields in depth; it's the only programme I know that does this. It also uses a very quantitative approach.
What have you enjoyed most about the programme?
The really high level that they have brought us up to. When we initially started out I didn’t think that I would ever be able to understand it, but the teachers were really helpful and we got to such a high technical level – I think this is the biggest success that I will take from F&E. Obviously the people are really cool, and I have really enjoyed hanging out with everyone, and taking part in study groups – a great experience.
How did you find the classes?
The core courses, Financial Economics and Financial Econometrics, really are at the heart of the programme and this is where I learnt the most, but I think that my elective courses, Fixed Income and Global Financial Systems, were very, very good too. I particularly enjoyed the classes, and the input of Jon Danielsson. There were some really good discussions about the current financial crisis, at a level that I don’t think you would get anywhere else.
How did you find the learning environment at LSE?
Very stimulating. There are people around that are really smart, and you see these people and really feel motivated to study more. The facilities and library are pretty cool too.
How have you benefitted from the LSE careers’ support?
I think what was really helpful was the fact that the LSE Career Service really connects with the banks and brings them to the campus so you can view firm presentations and meet and talk to people at career and firm fairs.
Have you had any practitioner seminars?
We had a practitioner seminar with someone from the Bank of England, an alumnus of our program, and he gave an interesting lecture on Fixed Income Derivatives and that was in the context of out lectures on Financial Economics.
What have been your thoughts on the faculty you’ve encountered?
I was really impressed by the professors in my department. You can tell that they have a real understanding of what they are talking about and give you helpful insights. It’s great to be able to talk to them outside of lectures too.
What have you enjoyed most during your time at LSE?
Spending time with my course mates, talking about careers and enjoying the great social experience that LSE offers. The course gives you a really good technical knowledge which is I think is great to have. And of course I have met lots of nice people who I will continue to see in the future.