As an applicant, I had no trouble picking out the MSc in Economics and Philosophy program from LSE’s tome of a course catalogue. It seemed like the ideal balance of economic rigor combined with normative inquiry.  I was finishing up three years in the private sector, and wanted an interdisciplinary academic environment without the full commitment of a Ph.D. The program certainly lived up to expectations. I spent half my time learning quantitative methods and theory from the economics department. At the same time I also relished the advantages of the philosophy department, which included more faculty interaction and opportunities for small class discussions. The courses were challenging, and there was plenty to learn. The surprising part was how much my peers contributed to that learning. My fellow students were among the most curious, clever and engaging people that I’ve met.  Looking back I’m thankful for these friendships, and for an all-around rewarding year at the LSE.