James Foley

A degree in environmental policy is a degree in the issues of the present
and the future. When you consider the topical issues on the news on any given day,
a great number of them fall within the realm of the environment or economics. I
was looking to diversify my study in a way that linked the two disciplines, and LSE
offered it with its unique combination of the policy side of the environment and a
traditional economics degree.

With opportunities to take other geography courses and still more from other
departments, my degree has offered me the chance to consider crucial issues from
different viewpoints. It has opened even more lines of enquiry into truly understanding
some of the biggest issues faced on the global and local scales, and provides an initial
platform for making an impact – that is not something you get from most degrees.

The best aspect of undergraduate life at LSE is the outstanding people who you will
share some of the best years of your life with. LSE prides itself on its diverse student
base, which is certainly true; and if you make the most of it, can open your eyes to
much of the world without you ever leaving Houghton Street. And of course, if you
get bored, there’s always plenty of exceptional things to see and do in London.

I’ve been involved with running the LSESU Chess Society since my arrival at LSE, and
it has helped keep my hobby ticking over as well as providing an opportunity for
organising events and meeting people. My position on the committee of Rosebery
Hall afforded me even more such opportunities, not to mention the people I met.

When I say good-bye to LSE I will be using all the precious days of freedom available
to me to feed my passion for travel before embarking on a career in the city. Beyond
that, I hope to make good use of what I have learned and the wealth of opportunities
out there.

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