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Amrit Kaur Lohia

Studying history at SOAS has made me realise how connected the world really is and how important it is to study ‘the other side of the world’.

BA History

Studying history at SOAS has made me realise how connected the world really is and how important it is to study ‘the other side of the world’. 

It’s been a life-changing experience — from allowing me to humanise history and understand universal human experience, to redefining my own identity as a member of the South Asian/Sikh diaspora.

SOAS is one of those places where everyone really wants to be there. You can bump into anyone in the corridor and you click instantly, even if they are from the other side of the planet and speak a million languages. There is always something to be inspired by! 

SOAS is unique but incredibly inclusive. Everyone fits in somewhere, and your perspective is valued by fellow students and lecturers, who are all eager to absorb what you have to say. SOAS is known for being politicised and a hub for social action, but it also has an
unmatched ethos and culture. 

On so many occasions I’ve met people outside of SOAS and just had a feeling they were from SOAS — and they really were! A ‘Soasian’ can be spotted anywhere. 

The School awarded me SOAS Volunteer of the Year 2012, and it is this very culture that has nurtured my thinking, allowing me to be open-minded and free-spirited — empowering me on so many levels.