Could you tell us about your background and what drew you to the LSE MPA?
I completed my undergraduate education in Economics from India. I then worked with multiple Indian NGOs aimed at educational equity. However, I always perceived that my limited knowledge and skills were restricting me to think beyond the known. The MPA program at LSE was my choice not just for its interdisciplinary approach and variety of specialisms but also for its external professional and research development opportunities. MPA's emphasis on the use of quantitative methods has also helped me develop an interest in data analysis.
What are you most looking forward to in your second year?
I am really looking forward to working on the Capstone project in my second year. From my multiple conversations with 2nd year MPA students who view it as one of the most challenging yet rewarding tasks of their course, I am excited about using all the skills from 1st year in a live project. As a member of the Womxn's Network, I am also anticipating more work on increasing inclusivity in SPP.
Where/what are your favourite places and things to do in London?
One of my favourite things about London are its parks, especially on a sunny day. The first play I watched in London was Les Misérables and fell in love with theatre. LSE's location near West End is great for all theatre and museum enthusiasts. As someone who loves food, I've really enjoyed exploring different cuisines with my classmates. In the few months I've lived here, I feel London has something to offer for every kind of person if they seek for it.
How do you make the most of being a #partoflse?
LSE provides various opportunities to use your knowledge. I am a member of LSE Changemaker's project team looking at the level of gender and ethnic diversity in the SPP curriculum. I am also starting a Sustainable Periods Project as part of the LSE Sustainable society funds. There are ample events and seminars with world leaders, professors, and professionals to learn about their work and sectors.
Who would you recommend the programme to?
I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to receive experiential learning to understand policy formulation, obstacles faced and its implementation. However, it is a rigorous course and requires immense commitment. Its interdisciplinary nature makes it great for any individual who wants to explore different courses and avenues.
What advice would you give to prospective and incoming students?
Reach out to students from your own and diverse universities or regions to understand their learning perspective at LSE. Participate in introductory sessions and taster lectures, ask questions if you have any. The MPA team is extremely helpful. Speak to alumni who are working in sectors you are interested in.
Do you have any book or podcast recommendations?
A few books I enjoyed last year and would highly recommend - Educated by Tara Westover, Shantaram by Gregory David, Hunger by Roxane Gay.
How would you describe your SPP experience in three words?
Knowledge, Rigorous, Support