Why study Economic History?
I decided to study BSc Economic History as it was a perfect blend of economics and history, two subjects that I am interested in. Furthermore, studying in the program provides me with opportunities to train my logical and analytical skills quantitatively and qualitatively, for it is often required to succeed in the course. Applying the theories learned in economics within historical settings has been eye-opening, as it has highlighted both the strengths and flaws of the models we often apply today. The world cannot simply be described through tables and graphs, and history knows this like none other.
What are you enjoying outside the classroom?
Outside of my degree, I was also the president of the LSESU Economic History Society and a student academic mentor for Economic History students from 2021-22. Leading the student Economic History Society has been a great opportunity to build connections, as it has brought me directly into contact with famous economists and economic historians whose names frequently appear in my studies, such as Nicholas Crafts and Gregory Clark. Getting to know them personally outside of my studies has been both very enjoyable and mind-blowing at the same time!
As for other aspects of student life, they have been quite fun! Economic History courses often provide you with opportunities to discuss and debate with your peers, and through them, you make friends quickly. These relationships follow you outside the classroom as well, and I’m still close with the friends I met in EH102. Socializing and living in London can also be expensive, but with a keen eye and a pair of sharp ears, you can save more than you realize.
What are your plans after graduation and how is your programme helping you prepare for this?
I would be lying if I said I knew what I wanted to do after my studies. However, studying at LSE has provided me with countless opportunities to explore different paths, both academically and career-wise. By exploring potential avenues through the hundreds of societies LSE has, I’ve been able to get a feel for what I can expect after my studies. Consulting, in particular, has intrigued me, especially as Economic History trains you in many transferrable skills that you will need in a business setting!
What advice would you pass onto new students?
If you want to make the most out of your experience, time management is key. You only have one chance at university life, so make it count. Time will feel more precious than you can imagine, and therefore, start early and start well!