LSE, a priceless experience

Here is an institution which provides constant support to students who pursue their passion, writes JANANI GALI.

March 13, 2016 05:00 pm | Updated March 28, 2016 09:43 pm IST

Janani Gali

Janani Gali

Someone rightly said, “If a person is bored of London, it means he’s bored of life.” I second this after my stint in one of the most popular study destinations in the world — London.

The whole process of applying for a master’s programme is quite intense and nail-biting, but getting accepted at one of the world’s prestigious universities is worth all that effort.

Having received an unconditional offer for Master’s of Law (LLM) from the London School of Economics (LSE) was definitely overwhelming. After experiencing the summer school programme offered by LSE, I was determined to study my master’s from the same college. I guess determination, hard work and support from my parents (and a little bit of luck, of course) led me finally to the gates of LSE.

LIFE AT LSE Usually, people expect you to be surrounded by geeks and nerds when they hear that you are going to a top-notch university. At least, that was so in my case. But my first few weeks at LSE shredded all such expectations. LSE is much more than that! One of the things that caught my attention were the numerous societies and groups that tended to every aspect of society such as Women Leaders of Tomorrow, LGBT, to name a few. What more can a student expect than a university which always welcomes new opinions, ideas and provides constant support to students in pursuing their goal/ passion.

During my term there, I was privileged to attend the lectures given by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and Kaushik Basu who were also alumni of LSE; Angelina Jolie inaugurated a new centre for women at LSE. The list of such renowned people who visited LSE during my term can go on.

My LLM programme was a lot more challenging and demanding than I expected. The exam period and dissertation submission were the most stressful parts of the entire course. It was then that I realised getting out of LSE was much tougher than getting in! But all the sleepless nights and endless reading were definitely worth it when I attended the graduation ceremony, and we all came out in flying colours.

LSE has the term ‘Economics’ in its name; this does not do justice to the range of programmes and opinions it provides a home for. I for one am happy to have had my preconceptions proven wrong, and would say to other graduates: think twice before dismissing LSE!

Student life in London is very different from that elsewhere. Student discounts are available in most places and getting a part-time job is quite easy if you want to earn a bit of pocket money. Although job opportunities are scarce for foreign students, the exposure that one gains from studying in London is priceless.

The writer did her master’s of law (LLM) at London School of Economics.

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