Tasnim Ara Begum

I applied to LSE because it has the best social policy programme in the country and possibly the world. I wanted to come to an institution where I would be taught by world class academics, leaders in their field, discussing a variety of issues from economics to social exclusion.

LSE is truly unique in all the opportunities that it offers to its students. There is something for everyone. If you want to organise events, then you can join a society or apply for a job with the LSE Events Team; if you want to get involved in the Student's Union and other School committees, the Michaelmas and Lent Term elections are avenues open to everyone.

In my first year, I was elected to represent my cohort at Staff-Student Liaison Committee meetings. I also represented the Social Policy Department at the Student Consultative Forum and sat on the Widening Participation Advisory Board. This year, I have been elected as an Academic Board representative, second year representative for my cohort, and the general secretary of the award-winning Islamic Society.

The diversity of the student body and the cosmopolitan nature of the School are the best things about studying here. Being situated in London, especially in Aldwych/Holborn has numerous benefits. The diverse student body ensures that LSE is more representative than even the UN – you literally meet people from all over the world. It definitely broadens one's horizons.

Once my undergraduate degree is complete I hope to pursue a Master's degree, in what, I have not yet decided – I am keeping an open mind, possibly history or religion. After that, well, unfortunately I have not thought that far ahead...

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Tasnim Begum

London, UK


2nd year, BSc Social Policy with Government