Connor Russell

Studying at LSE, in particular on a joint degree programme, gives a great
opportunity to explore the links between many different subjects which come together
to give meaningful and broad answers to the “big questions”. When studying maths,
we are constantly reminded of the many real-world uses of what we study in social
sciences, both in the obvious areas of applied maths but also in some more surprising,
theoretical fields. Likewise, the economics courses available on my programme are
supported by a (not excessively strong!) helping of maths which brings a real sense
of science to the subject and reliability of its conclusions.

The reason I chose to study at LSE was, in short, the opportunity to study at a worldleading
institution in a world-leading city. To me the two are inextricable, and LSE
embodies most of the things that are great about London – diversity and a wealth of
opportunity. The student body here is certainly unique, only such a focused university
could bring this set of people together. There really is a passion in most people that
they will leave here and go on to change the world for the better.

I’ve become involved with many different things in my time here, and I’d say I’ve
certainly learned more about myself and what I want through extracurricular activities
than anything in the classroom. I currently organise trips in Europe for the Itchy Feet
Travel Society, and have just got back from a fantastic weekend with other students
in Latvia. I also write for our campus newspaper, The Beaver, which has put me into
contact with many interesting people.

I’d eventually love to go on to study further, but in the short term I do have an
internship lined up with a trading firm which could lead on to their graduate
programme. There is such a wealth of opportunity here however, and in the past
I have considered going into charity and NGO work – all of this is very plausible
after three years at LSE.

Please see Mathematics and economics

Connor Russell

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


BSc Mathematics and Economics