David Carpy

Mexico City, Mexico

LSE is one of the most reputable schools in the world and I decided to study a master's programme here because I wanted to learn from the best of the best. After more than 7 years outside the classroom, the experience of being at LSE has reignited my interest in academia.

At the beginning I was afraid of studying Latin America outside the region, but the MSc Comparative Politics has demonstrated that coming here was the right choice. The freedom I had in choosing my courses has shown me that I can learn more about my home region and learn new tools to understand it without being there.

The two most important things I value about LSE are the academic staff and the multicultural student body.

The lecturers supply us with in-depth information on our topics and are always available to provide help should we need it. I once read that 80 per cent of the School's graduate students come from overseas, and this says a lot about LSE's reputation all over the world as a leading institution.

I have had the opportunity to participate in the Mexican Society, and have attended public lectures given by Bolivian vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera, as well as the former president of Bolivia, Carlos Mesa. I have also attended presentations by LSE Ideas, a centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. These talks have provided me with further information about current academic debates.

After my studies I would like to return to my home country of Mexico. Returning will be hard, but I feel the experience of studying at LSE will allow me to enter into a career in consultancy either in the public or private sector.

David Carpy
MSc Comparative Politics