"A New Futures Fund scholarship reminded me I was where I was meant to be"

Alumna and New Futures Fund scholar Barbora Kudzmanaite reflects on her time at LSE and the impact of her scholarship

For my fellow alumni, I hope you remember the tremendous opportunities being at LSE gave you, and, if you are able, to support a new generation of deserving students so they can enjoy the same.

Barbora Kudzmanaite (MSc Political Science and Political Economy, 2016)

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Barbora Kudzmanaite at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting 2020

A world of opportunity

"Every gift to the Student Support Scholarship Fund helps to open doors to a world of opportunity to LSE offer holders.

I know this personally. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to move to London from my home in Lithuania, complete my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at LSE, and reap the benefits of being located in one of the most vibrant places in the world.

At LSE I found myself surrounded by students with a lot of confidence, and with a strong sense of purpose and mission. It was quite overwhelming at times, and in my first years at LSE, I felt a strong case of impostor syndrome.

However, being a recipient of the New Futures Fund Scholarship always reminded me that I was where I was meant to be – and that kind donors believed in my capacity and my place at LSE.

Life post-LSE

My time at LSE left a deep impression. I will always remember the LSE campus, lecture halls and classrooms as a melting pot of different cultures, views and dreams.
The thing that has stayed with me is that, at LSE, there is no such thing as being too ambitious or being a dreamer! I met individuals from all over the world with great visions of how they wanted to transform their societies, by taking into the world (and for many, bringing home) what they had learnt at LSE.

Four years on, I’m happy to say that many are managing to do so. I myself am currently working in the field of public administration modernisation, focusing primarily on projects for the European Commission. For the past four years, I have been leading research studies across several countries, on topics ranging from streamlining regulatory reporting to sustainable open source community building within public administrations.

I often joke with my fellow alumni that it is easy to spot an LSE graduate. It seems being at LSE has taught us to be more open-minded and enquiring towards the world around us.

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Barbora Kudzmanaite on her graduation day

Comfort and confidence

Coming to LSE not only shaped my attitude towards friendships, society and academia; it shaped me into a stronger and more confident person.

After LSE, the financial support I had received remained a comforting reminder at times when I felt uncertain of myself or my skills. It reminded me that despite my financial circumstances, there were donors who had invested in my scholarship, and by extension, in my abilities. This is always a comforting message to fall back onto in times of uncertainty.

I hope new students come to LSE with an open mind, as LSE offers you every opportunity to make the university experience uniquely your own.

For my fellow alumni, I hope you remember the tremendous opportunities being at LSE gave you, and, if you are able, to support a new generation of deserving students so they can enjoy the same.”

Barbora Kudzmanaite
(MSc Political Science and Political Economy, 2016)



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