My time at the LSE was an amazingly stimulating and fruitful period, both academically and personally. Professionally, before the LSE, I had been doing International development work with the US Peace Corps in Azerbaijan. The LSE provided a forum wherein I could develop and crystallize my own thinking about the logic- and limits- of international development and human rights more generally. More to the point, though, it helped to re-frame my interest into a rigorous analytic register that clarified my own assumptions and helped me develop in several related areas of philosophy (including philosophy of language, action theory and philosophy of the social science). When you couple this with the openness of the department- I was able to take a courses in the law department and audit sociology and anthropology courses- the experience was incredible.

Outshining even this, however, was the personal/social aspect of the course. LSE admits people from a diversity of backgrounds and theoretical orientations and this leads to seminars that are both intensely interesting and deeply enjoyable, as well as amazing outside-of-class interactions. Further, the professors were often incredibly amicable and approachable and it was not uncommon to meet with them in informal settings.