Devon-Jane Airey

BSc Government and History

Bath, United Kingdom

Though I wasn’t one of the many LSE students who had to face remarkable distances and cultural differences in order to fulfil their academic ambitions, leaving my all-girls boarding school in the rural countryside for the ‘big city’ still seemed quite the prospect. In many ways, the sheer international reputation and esteem LSE has in its field and holds for its students was enough to make me worry I was throwing myself into an intellectual and social deep end. But, quite simply, LSE has been one of the most positive influences on my life (in more aspects than just academia). And, perhaps more to the point, I’m saying this after having only completed my first year.

Joining as a student of Government and History I was keen to combine the ever-changing world of political affairs with the concrete foundations found in historical events. The degree, however, has provided me with so much more than that. With the relentless exposure and insight students receive from Governmental experts as well as renowned Historians, students never cease to be encouraged by the applicability of one discipline to the other. For example, studying Government and History allows you to take modules focusing on European Integration in the Cold War alongside learning about the Politics and Institutions of Present day Europe. With such a scope on two interlinking interests, a student can quickly determine future areas of specialism.

With all our seminars and lectures being led by professors who are currently at the forefront of shaping the international debate in their field, the opportunities for us students are infinite. You need only look at the number of news cameras present on our campus or the number of times our professors are quoted in articles to realise you are at the heart of something influential and exciting.

Extra-curricular opportunities are wide-ranging and extensive. This is the chance to really make your university experience what you want it to be. Last year I was a coxswain for the LSE Rowing Club and fully immersed myself in the ways of the Athletics Union. This year, I am Vice-President of the Politics and Forum Society, as well as Events Director of the United Nations society and Treasurer for the USA society. With the organisation of events spanning from Question Times with MPs to weekend conferences to Friday night socials in the local, it’s sure to be a fair bit different from early mornings rowing up the Thames!

In essence, the LSE’s ability to combine academic rigour with an international social scene makes its university experience truly unique. With a wealth of students from every continent, LSE has brought a snapshot of the world to my doorstep. My life has become surrounded by friends from Ireland to India to Italy (and everywhere in between!) who, despite being similar in intellectual interests, bring so much colour in every other aspect. Whether it be discussing the origins of the Financial Crisis in a weekly seminar or debating which country has the best cuisine over dinner, you never fail to be a part of ‘the Global Debate’.