I wanted a university with an established reputation and recognised expertise and was very keen on studying in London – LSE fitted the bill perfectly. I saw it as a school that would build my independence but where it would be very easy to socialise. The course options were also fantastic (and often unique to LSE) which made LSE degrees stand out from the crowd. The approach to economics at LSE is rigorously mathematical and the mathematics is looked at from a social science perspective. The course does not cut corners and we learn all of the fundamentals of both subjects; in fact it plays to the strengths of the School in game theory, discrete mathematics, and economics. The emphasis, however, is clearly on mathematical analysis which builds a strong foundation suitable for a variety of professional careers and academia. At the same time, the combination with economics gives a direction to the programme and opens further the range of possibilities this degree confers. LSE is not simply about academic study, but about learning with an objective in mind. Students are encouraged to pick up skills and information they feel will be required in what they ultimately want to do and in that respect, personal development is at the centre of everything we do here. That may explain why LSE is a major target for employers – their constant presence on campus during recruitment cycles is testament to this. For the future, I am looking at post-graduate courses at the moment, including the MSc in Applicable Mathematics at LSE, and I am interning again this summer to acquire more work experience.
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