Why Economic History at LSE?
I chose to study Economic History because of the discipline’s eclectic approach to understanding the past. The courses are so diverse - I’ve learned about various economic theories in relation to agriculture, war, and development across time and continents. From shipbuilding to the silver industry, it's all completely fascinating. I chose to study at LSE because the school is a global leader in social sciences. That’s not an exaggeration - I often see my professors cited in material outside of class, and it’s amazing to be learning directly from those so prominent in the field!
What do you feel you have gained from your studies, and how will it prepare you for the next stage in your life?
Through the readings and assignments, the course has undoubtedly shaped the way that I think - I find myself questioning correlations between ideas beyond economic history, thinking “that would make an interesting study” on a regular basis. In short, I have started to think like an academic. I also feel very lucky to have also made friends in and out of the programme that I see as life-long connections; I learn a lot from them and their diverse backgrounds.
How are you enjoying London/life outside the classroom - anything you’d like to highlight for a future student?
I absolutely love it. London is a very special place, and I’m grateful to have LSE as a foundation for the life that I have built here. It’s quite impossible to run out of things to do in the city, and I’ve found that it’s simultaneously important to ground yourself in the things that resonate with you. Join some societies, but also get to know some establishments outside of school. My recommended reading for a great perspective on building a relationship with a city is How to Live in the City by Hugo Macdonald.
Also be sure to take advantage of the interconnected transportation with some day trips and a Railcard - there are endless towns and nature spots to explore in England!