Hi! I am a 22-year-old recently graduated architect from India, now in London for this seemingly daunting task of pursuing my master’s in the midst of all the economists, mathematicians, and politicians.

Like everyone I assume, I had spent most of August and September worrying about baggage restrictions, reading lists, future prospects of my program, course choices, accommodation and most of all, about finding my niche at LSE. I am now in my last few weeks of Michaelmas Term, with a jam-packed calendar that I keep organising and reorganising all day, without a second to spare about any of those worries.

I used all social media platforms to get in touch with graduates from the same program with more or less the same questions. This just made me feel like an anomaly, a misfit who was panicking because I just couldn’t see myself being as relaxed and excited about the year ahead as these graduates were telling me to be. 

With a heavy heart about leaving home and everyone and everything I knew, I finished packing after multiple rounds of unpacking, extra baggage still in hand of course, and flew to London (It’s true, you don’t need to carry everything you own, you could buy the stuff here for the same amount of money you’d probably spend paying for extra baggage – yes I did realise this after making the same mistake).

My first few days were spent settling into the city, and I finally got to LSE on the 24th September, for the first day of the Welcome Week. The day is still imprinted on my memories as the entire day was just a constant reminder of the potential I had and the reasons I chose LSE. 

Since then I have spent all my time exploring new places on campus, new departments, new societies, and new lectures. When I come to campus, I feel a sense of belonging, a sense of affection, and most of all a sense of pride. It’s true, the library does feel like a private corner of my home, and the Saw Swee Hock feels like my personal kitchen. I am now gradually learning to brace myself after over-enthusiastically subscribing for almost everything being organised. Which I have now realised was probably a good idea, since everyone here seems to be motivated with the same ideals and all sessions do get fully booked within the hour. Though I must mention my most favourite events have been the Pub Quiz, my regular Active Fitness Classes (I now have work out buddies), and surprisingly the Career Fairs, which is a great chance to dress up and know more about an array of companies. 

In all, I am ecstatic about my life here in London, at LSE and can happily report back to my first 3 months.

Aarushi Jain


An MSc. in City Design and Social Science student. Follow me for updates on London, travelling in the UK, and student life at LSE.