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Nafsika Papacharalampous

When I first came here I was very surprised on how kind, polite and caring everyone was. From the staff to the students, everyone was very welcoming and enthusiastic. Coming from a corporate world and living in a big city like London, SOAS has been like an oasis in the desert; a very colourful, blissful environment which makes you feel at home.

MA Anthropology of Food

After a few years in the corporate word as a Financial Analyst, I decided I wanted to pursue a career change and follow my passion for food and gastronomy. After investigating various academic programmes, I discovered SOAS’s MA in Anthropology of Food, which offered not only a strong foundation in Anthropology but also a specialisation in Food Anthropology through a core course and many interesting optional courses.

When I first came here I was very surprised on how kind, polite and caring everyone was. From the staff to the students, everyone was very welcoming and enthusiastic. Coming from a corporate world and living in a big city like London, SOAS has been like an oasis in the desert; a very colourful, blissful environment which makes you feel at home.

I loved every aspect of my MA. The teaching was exceptional; our seminars were intellectually stimulating and fascinating. Mostly I enjoyed the optional course Directed Practical Study in the Anthropology of Food, which not only gave me the opportunity to discover possible professional pathways in food writing (my personal area of interest), but also allowed me to gain valuable work experience as a food writer and apply a great deal of the theoretical knowledge I gained from my course in a real and practical way.

Furthermore, I have enjoyed being surrounded by people who share my enthusiasm and passion for food and who surprise me every day with their warmth and love. In this small community of people, for the first time I feel that I have find my place in the world.

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