Jake Dedoyard

Seattle, United States

MSc Economic History

When looking for a graduate degree I was looking for a school that offered a world class curriculum located in an international metropolis. I had a pretty clear idea of what I was looking for and LSE's reputation and location made it an easy choice. London is a fantastic place for students; it is a city that can be all things to all people. More than any other global centre, London truly feels like the crossroads of the world. My favourite aspects of LSE are definitely the people and the location. I have found LSE to have an incredibly collegial atmosphere. The work is intense and all of my peers are talented, but there is a real esprit de corps that makes it a rewarding experience. The professors express a genuine interest in the students' learning, and I have probably learned as much by assimilation from the London environment as I have from the programme. Between the intellectual rigour of the classroom, the international student body, and the backdrop of London, LSE provides you with opportunities to challenge yourself in as many ways as you can dream up. I have had time to interact with accomplished peers and faculty who have challenged me to refine my thinking, to expand the scope of my knowledge and experience, and to understand the limits of what we can assess in the scope of social sciences. London has given me the chance to interact with world leaders, both in and outside the classroom, in the fields of finance, economics, and politics - those experiences are priceless.

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