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Swiss Society 

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Student profile:


Joel Rosen - Zürich, Switzerland

BSc Government (2nd Year)

I chose to study at LSE for its reputation for excellent research, and its leadership in the field of political science.

Studying Government is a mind-blowing experience. Politics exists everywhere, from the family to the corporate company. It’s about how we organise ourselves and our societies. You are faced with the biggest and most fundamental problems which affect pretty much everyone in society. I have found myself and my own way of life confronted by the most fascinating and yet challenging questions. Do you deserve beneficial things because you put in the effort, or is your effort genetically pre-programmed, and should we therefore compensate those who lack it? These are political questions! You start to see so many things differently, from the actions of your government to the policeman on your street.

More broadly, you are brought face to face with many alternative systems of government; and not just democratic ones! You are challenged to question the very systems you grew up in and believed were the best. They may not be, and what do we mean by “best” anyway? Apart from gaining subject-specific knowledge, you emerge well versed in cutting-edge research methodology and with a critical mind, useful assets for any future career path, and impressive for any employer.

I feel that taking BSc Government has particularly changed my world-view and greatly enriched my day-to-day life. I love the heterogeneity and pluralism of LSE students. It really is a global village here. There are indeed ideologies here and streams of though as in any university, but there are so many of them that it fuels a rich an exciting debate on almost everything.

In having the opportunity to preside over my hall committee at Passfield, the LSE has afforded me a chance to develop my leadership skills. Hall committees are essentially groups of volunteers who like many societies at the LSE put in a lot of their own time and effort for the benefit of their peers. This is probably the most challenging (but rewarding) group of all to work with, and requires a different style of leadership and motivation than most corporate teams usually do.

Being a member of the Running and Athletics Club has given me a fantastic chance to improve my long distance running, and there are always a great many experienced runners to learn from and who have never failed to push me harder.

BSc Government students are known for being able to do anything (seriously, some even end up as accountants), and this has been my personal mentality for a long time. I am completely open to all new opportunities, and my work experience thus far has reflected that. I currently stand before a choice of two paths: one leads towards the private sector working in HR or marketing, and the other towards working in the diplomatic corps. Where I go in the end greatly depends on where I believe I would gain the most personal fulfilment and development. 

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