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Fifi adds several layers to her LSE degree to enrich learning experience

Fifi-Kara_140-pixelsWhat a difference a year makes.

In 2012, Fifi Kara enrolled at LSE to study anthropology, intending to put her head down for several years, emerge with a first class degree and hopefully a job at the end of it.

Three months in, the plan took a U-turn. Realising she had taken the wrong study path, Fifi withdrew from the course and spent the next eight months working in the not-for-profit social policy area. This included short-term roles with the National Citizen Service, the UK’s leading integration charity; international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman; youth and education charity City Year; and Living Wage.

During this time Fifi also founded Model Westminster, a social enterprise aimed at educating students about the policy-making process to encourage participation in political life.

These experiences all led her back to LSE – wiser, more informed and with a clearer perspective on her life direction.

Second time around, Fifi enrolled in the Social Policy with Government degree, using the knowledge gained in her eight-month hiatus from LSE to put her studies into sharp focus.

“I realised that the time spent away from LSE was not a waste at all; it just added another layer to my learning experience,” Fifi said. “What LSE has taught me is that there are so many opportunities out there I can take advantage of to supplement my formal degree so that I come away with a far richer and rounded experience.”

One of these is a five-week Fulbright Summer Scholarship at the Kelley School of Business on Social Entrepreneurship, which Fifi will undertake in the US in July.

The course is based in Indiana but includes a 10 day stint in Washington DC, meeting with State Department officials and touring the sites.

Another opportunity Fifi has recently taken up is a Royal Society of Arts Fellowship, joining a global network of 27,000 members to help tackle social challenges with innovative, practical solutions.

Traditionally viewed as a society of ‘elderly, wealthy gentlemen,’ the RSA is hoping Fifi’s involvement will break this stereotype and encourage other students and young people to join.

“I want to tackle social issues in a new way and I think the RSA – with all its resources, expertise and networking contacts – will help facilitate that,” Fifi said.

For more information about Fifi’s work and background, go to: http://www.fifikara.com/

30 May 2014