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Samuel Kustaa Lammi

Living and breathing SOAS ensures you not only see and understand the complexities of our global world, but that you actually feel it, realising that you and I are inextricably linked in every way. This organic awakening to holistically see infinitely complex global situations is something found nowhere else than SOAS.

MA Middle Eastern Studies

I came to SOAS with high expectations. Having lived in five Asian countries in 22 years, I thought I knew much of the world. The very first day, I realised I was in the right place, at the heart of understanding the countries I had lived in. I had found my tribe; those with backgrounds similar and different to mine and with the endless curiosity to comprehend and connect seemingly disparate worlds. As my year is closing, I realise SOAS has exceeded all my expectations by redefining them. I came thinking I knew much about Asia, and I leave realising how much I can yet learn.

SOAS is truly a microcosm in the heart of London. Students bring their unique backgrounds to the learning environment where they engage contexts and circumstances of their personal experiences. Everyone here is studying about their passion as much as the academics and, alongside their area of study, learn from friends and their interests. Living and breathing SOAS ensures you not only see and understand the complexities of our global world, but that you actually feel it, realising that you and I are inextricably linked in every way. This organic awakening to holistically see infinitely complex global situations is something found nowhere else than SOAS.

The interdisciplinary approach to Middle Eastern Studies has been excellent as it connects my various familiarities and intellect to understand this fascinating part of the world in all its cultural beauty, lively history and present complexity. Sharing of our contact with the region has made the academically abstract come to life through intelligent and informed discussions. Conversing with colleagues studying similar topics in other regions has also served to build a comprehensive understanding of contemporary themes and challenges facing Africa, Asia and the Middle East today.