It was the 7th of September 2011, and after a long summer wait I had finally got my offer from LSE. I was overwhelmed by different emotions: joy, excitement, enthusiasm – and that’s just naming a few. In the intervening period until I left for the UK, my mind was held captive by thoughts of the experience that awaited me. I constantly thought about the beauty of the city, the diversity of its inhabitants, but most of all I imagined myself sitting in the lecture theatres and exploring the impressive buildings with a big stack of books balanced under my arm.
Being from Nigeria, the city of London was at a first glance a different experience and world entirely from what I had always been used to.
My love for city life in London and the reputation of the University drove my desire to be at LSE. Before arriving, I was given the impression that LSE was an antisocial university where the students were like robots and all they did was academic work and apply to become an investment banker. I was wrong!
From the beautiful city lights in the night time, student parties, sports activities, university societies, gala nights, networking sessions with various city companies, communal living in school accommodation, independence and the vast amount of time allowed for self study and learning are a few of the many reasons I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at LSE.
It has been three years now, and I must say it has been a wonderful experience being at LSE. It has been an experience far beyond my expectations. Although, like all things in life, it has had its bad times as well – such as the times I got lost navigating my way to school, endless readings to cover the basics, and course deadlines coupled with company application deadlines.
I can proudly say when I graduate I will be filled with enthusiasm to take on the world and make a difference, as LSE has equipped me with the skills and mindset for doing so.
It has been a great journey so far and I may shed a tear leaving these hallowed halls.
Thank you LSE, I can now face the world.