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Luca Baffa

August 14th, 2022

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting LSE

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Luca Baffa

August 14th, 2022

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting LSE

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Starting LSE is an exciting yet intimidating experience that, no matter how hard you try, you’ll never quite be prepared for. That being said, there are definitely things that can be done to make the transition easier, so here are three things I wish I knew before starting…

 

You must stay on top of emails and socials

Throughout the first couple of weeks staying on top of your emails is absolutely crucial if you want to be sure to make the most out of welcome. This is the first place you’ll be notified about events and socials so read everything carefully and in time so you don’t miss out.  It’s also important to follow the Instagram/Facebook accounts for any societies you are interested in as well as your department as this is another space where events and information will be posted. In the first few weeks there are some really great events to get to know one another as well as LSE and London more generally (including treasure hunts, department receptions, meals, trips and more) so I really encourage you to attend everything possible. Just make sure you check your emails and social media to avoid missing out!

 

Make sure to have a clear working space

Once welcome week comes to an end the process of actually starting your degree begins sooner than you’d expect. The workload does flood in so making sure you have a clear, quiet workspace to rely on is beyond important. Taking time beforehand to organise a desk area in your room with the right equipment and space is fundamental to being productive. There are also countless amazing places to study on campus (my favourites are the Centre Building and Library), so don’t be scared to explore and find the spot that’s right for you. I was a little nervous to walk cluelessly around campus to find somewhere to sit and study so I wish I was encouraged to do so and reminded that all first years are in the same boat so don’t be scared to explore!

 

Be prepared to hear a lot about internships

I was always vaguely aware of how much of a big deal internships were at LSE but I didn’t quite realise just how much until I came. Even in the first few weeks people are applying for and stressing about spring weeks. If this is something you are interested in make sure you get involved with talking to your peers and staff about what’s available as early as possible as deadlines come around really soon! Equally, if this is not something you are keen on doing in year one don’t let all the commotion stress you out! It is really important to remember not to let all the talk put pressure on you.

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Luca Baffa

First year Undergraduate studying International Social and Public Policy with Politics.

Posted In: Student life | Study: Undergraduate

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