Stephen - Student Profile

 

Stephen - Student Profile

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Stephen Price, UK 

  1. What course did you take at the Department?
    MA History of International Relations
  2. Why did you choose to study international history?
    My undergraduate tutor studied at LSE and encouraged me to try. I wanted to study the causes of the First World War in depth. And I wanted to understand the shaping of modern Europe.
  3. Did you find LSE to be a good place to be a student?
    I enjoyed being surrounded by brain boxes - surely some of it would rub off. It was a shame that the Social Democrats ran the Students Union - lots of knitting bees and whist drives but precious few sit ins. The Three Tuns was a sticky dive, but I notice it is all sparkly now. As trendy as the old one er,  wasn't.And that lift thing that never stopped - that was weird and dangerous.
  4. What was the highlight of your studies?
    Graduating from the Albert Hall at Christmas and being surrounded by smart and interesting people every day. 
  5. What have you done since graduating? How have you used your degree, or the skills you gained, since graduating?
    Working in television you need the diplomatic skills of Nicollo Machiavelli; the bull headedness of Palmerston and his gun boats; the dexterity of Prince Metternich but most importantly of all the magnanimity of Georges Clemenceau; although strangely having an MA doesn't make you good at art, which disappointed a colleague of mine at a crucial stage in a presentation to senior management. 'Maybe we shouldn't have centred this quite so much around my perceived ability to draw.' More seriously it taught me to think of the other's position, motivation, pressures when attempting to sort out a problem. 
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