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Erum Abdullah Al-Howaish

It is only at SOAS is where you would find your Jamaican friends enjoying listening to classic Arabic music at the student’s union, the Japanese classmates enthusiastically taking part at the African societies’ activities, and prayer rooms where students from different faiths would gather in one place in full peace.

International Management, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

During my time at SOAS, I was being exposed to almost all of the cultures that exist on earth in one single place. It is the most multicultural spot you will find in London, or probably in the entire country. It is only at SOAS is where you would find your Jamaican friends enjoying listening to classic Arabic music at the student’s union, the Japanese classmates enthusiastically taking part at the African societies’ activities, and prayer rooms where students from different faiths would gather in one place in full peace. Without any doubt, the best thing about SOAS is its people, the professors, the students, and the cheerful people working at the school’s canteen.

The amount of loyalty and appreciation I hold for SOAS goes beyond the letters that are written in this column. At this place, I had the chance, for the first time in my life, to learn how to critically think about all that types of literature that I have encountered during my studies, and to most importantly express my ideas and explain how I perceive things in full courage, without fearing possible disagreements either with my classmates or my professors. Moreover, students at SOAS are privileged to have access to one of the most resources-rich libraries in the world, for they blissfully get the chance to indulge reading about different fields on different regions.  Thus, I was able to do useful comparisons between the political, economic, and social trends that are prevalent in the Middle East and North Africa with other regional trends.

At SOAS, as you daily interact with great academics and different people from the East and West of the globe, you will learn to look at yourself differently; you will start to find that your voice is of value, and your knowledge is your real asset and could change worlds. In short, SOAS is a place where you feel that the world meets, but without boundaries. I hope you all enjoy your time studying here as much as I did, and more.