The best thing about studying at LSE has been interacting with the student body. The diversity of backgrounds within the HCD class alone has empowered me to re-think many of my options and I have engaged in some stimulating debates in social situations. Making contacts in Lebanon, Canada, India, Pakistan, the USA and Nigeria has widened my scope in terms of career choices. I feel I've gained a greater understanding of how health inequalities and policy are diverse between nations, but also that similarities are rife.
I was encouraged to note that the majority of my fellow students on the HCD course also had a couple of years' work experience and many from similar angles to my own. Learning about HIV policy in India for example gave me a wider understanding having previously understood the epidemic from a sub-Saharan African perspective. Political participation had previously intrigued me, yet from interactions with a fellow student, I feel empowered to engage in issues that affect me. Meeting people is an enjoyable experience for me and the university has enabled me to make friendships that I know I will keep in the future.