I joined LSE after finishing my undergraduate program at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and working for one year on an Asian Development Bank and Pakistan Government project in the city.
LSE was an easy choice for me; it is well known, has multiple programmes and an unrivalled student body. The Social Policy programme at LSE deals with underdeveloped countries, which I was looking for, and the School offered me a scholarship, which made my dream to study there come true.
London was a sight to behold. I loved every minute of it - and my first impressions, of both LSE and London, were of how international they were, and still how welcoming. The LSE students were very dynamic, involved and activistic. Academically, I most enjoyed working with the teachers. Their work had a very international focus and they were geared towards interacting with students from day one. Socially, the international student body and my student housing were my favourite aspects of the School.
LSE is a big name and people are always interested in you when they know you went there. It prepares one for a multidimensional career, and that is what I have been pursuing since graduating. After leaving the School I was based in Islamabad, where I worked with an international relations think tank for three years, representing Pakistan in multiple conferences and events, and publishing articles for the Strategic Studies journal. I also taught courses in development studies in this time. I am currently at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, working towards a PhD.
Pakistani students should consider studying at LSE because they will find an international student body that is very welcoming. It includes a dynamic Pakistani and Muslim community so they can find a home away from home, right in the heart of London.