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Anya

August 8th, 2022

Things I Learned as a General Course Student

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Anya

August 8th, 2022

Things I Learned as a General Course Student

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

As my time at LSE is approaching its end date, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon my time at LSE and appreciate the things I’ve learned during my exchange year.

Cooking Skills

Coming from a small liberal arts college, where students are required to purchase a meal plan and have limited space to cook, I’ve had the lovely opportunity to learn and develop my cooking skills at LSE, where lunches were not catered in halls. I learnt to try out recipes such as Vietnamese stewed pork (thịt kho tàu), boiled vegetables, fried tofu, oat porridge, and Russian pancakes. Although some of the first dishes did not end up as successful as intended, I improved a lot after a couple of practice sessions. Now, I know that I can cook simple meals for myself as I will soon enter the workforce.

Navigation

Before coming to LSE, I was pretty bad at remembering road names and different routes. This is simply because of the lack of access to public transportation in both Richmond, Virginia and Hanoi, Vietnam. In Vietnam, I mostly order GrabBike, a bookable taxi bicycle service, or drive myself whenever I go out. However, in London, I’ve developed a newfound appreciation for the public transportation system. I always feel very safe as a young woman in the underground station and it’s a better and more affordable option than relying on taxis. The last time I flew from Hanoi to London, I actually managed to get myself back from Heathrow to the dormitory with two giant suitcases using the underground system. Not only did I save money, but I also felt much safer.  After a couple of months of living in London, I’ve become much better at navigating streets and public transportation systems. I also don’t rely on my phone on regular routes which has made me feel like a true Londoner!

Socials

Coming to LSE, I was a bit intimidated by the number of new people that I would meet after a year of doing remote learning. However, the majority of the people were very kind, supportive, and open-minded. I was able to connect with many students who had similar international backgrounds and interests. I even met a Chinese student who applied for Early Decision at my home university! I have noticed that there was a more diverse student body at LSE than at private American liberal arts institutions. I definitely became more adept at striking up conversations with strangers whom I first meet in the dining room. I also became more proactive with reaching out to professionals to ask questions during club events, which will help me stand out with employers at interview.

The LSE General Course is a wonderful experience where you can meet with students from all over the world. I hope that you will consider applying to this program. Just keep an open heart and mind, and you’ll all be set! Let me know if you have any questions and comments down below.

 

Coming to LSE, I was a bit intimidated by the number of new people that I would meet after a year of doing remote learning. However, the majority of the people were very kind, supportive, and open-minded. I was able to connect with many students who had similar international backgrounds and interests.

 

 

About the author

Anya

Phuong Anh (Anya) is a General Course studying business administration and political science at the University of Richmond. She loves writing and reading novels, diving into the history of different cultures, and exploring the works of different philosophers. She is also an enthusiastic animal lover with three cat siblings and a dog.

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