So, you have your offer to study at LSE — congratulations! But you don’t know whether or not to take it. With university being the next big step in your academic career as well as the next big step in your growth as a person, choosing your firm and insurance choices is an important decision. Ultimately, your choice should always come down to your own assessment of what will be best for you. Here are four factors that contributed to my own decision to choose LSE as my firm choice that might help you to decide whether this is the right university for you.
It is no secret that LSE is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, especially for studying social sciences and management. As a result, having the opportunity to study here is a real privilege. Choosing to study at LSE means you will have access to world-renowned academic expertise and leading scholarly research, as well as a vast array of resources and in-house experts to consult. After finishing your degree, you will also benefit from having graduated from a top university with a reputation that will impress potential employers during your job search. Although prestige alone should not be a deciding factor, it is definitely something to keep in mind.
Quite obviously, one of the most important considerations—if not the most important consideration— when it comes to choosing a university is the degree itself. For something you will be spending the majority of your time on for at least three years, the content of your degree must be interesting to you. There will be aspects of your programme that you find more enjoyable than others, but overall you have to be ready to dedicate the next few years to studying your chosen degree. Many degrees at LSE also offer an array of modules you can take outside your home department to enrich and customise your learning experience. As a university specialising in the social sciences, you are bound to be spoiled for choice!
Location also becomes extremely important as university is where you will be spending almost all of your time. Though your degree will naturally be the main focus of your time, there will be plenty of chances to enjoy the non-academic side to university life too. Being located in the heart of London, LSE really could not be in a better place for students. With the university’s campus being in Central London, you will always be able to get around very easily and explore various parts of the city during your free time. Even during the busiest times of the year, you’ll always find new places to take a break only a short walk or bus or train journey from campus.
A big part of university is the people that you will be surrounded by. LSE is a very diverse university, with a large number of international students coming to London from around the world. In fact, if you take a class here it is not uncommon to find that each person in the room is from a different country! Being surrounded by fellow students from all kinds of backgrounds is a rare opportunity to gain insights from people with very different experiences and perspectives from your own. Aside from your degree, learning from other people is bound to become one of the most educational and enlightening aspects of university life.