Esther Ajose

Anthropology is absolutely amazing! LSE is the leading institution for
anthropology and the format of the programme stood out for me more than at
any other institution. The interdisciplinary approach makes it a really comprehensive
degree so you feel like you’re learning about everything whilst still building your
interest in a particular field. We could be studying about the economic transformation
of Papua New Guinea one week and the next something as abstract as “Is love
a universal concept?” This meant that we were always encouraged to think and
rethink everything, and in so doing, anthropology became a way of life not just
an academic subject. We like to think we’re the friendliest department at LSE too!

I love that LSE is at the heart of London, it really complemented my degree. The
Anthropology Department is one of the smaller departments at LSE, this worked
really well for me as everyone became a really close-knit “anthro” family, and
we’d do niche things like our Anthropology Tuesday Tea Party. So it allowed me to
simultaneously be part of LSE’s wider community as well as an exclusive group at the
same time. The best thing about studying at LSE, was studying anthropology at LSE.

Throughout my study, I got really involved with Widening Participation programmes
and schemes run by LSE. I found this really rewarding as I was able to reach out
to local schools and students and give back to the community. I was also involved
with the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Tanzania Project, the aim of which was
to liaise with the locals in Tanzania and equip them with the skills and connections
needed to raise the funds to build a school and successfully sustain its longevity.

I think above all else, what LSE and anthropology have taught me is how to think
outside the box, and like every other degree at LSE, how to think critically. I would
like to think that graduating from such an interesting programme as anthropology
at LSE means I’m not just leaving with a paper, confirming that I’ve graduated, but
also a new way of thinking and imagining. I am staying on at LSE to study MSc Social
Policy and Development.

Please see Anthropology

Esther Ajose

London, United Kingdom


BSc Social Anthropology