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Anna Malzy

I chose SOAS over any other university because of the languages available to be studied here. At the time I was in Sri Lanka learning Sinhala and I had to make a decision about where I wanted to go. SOAS was the only place in the UK where I could continue learning such an obscure language!

BA Study of Religions

I chose SOAS over any other university because of the languages available to be studied here. At the time I was in Sri Lanka learning Sinhala and I had to make a decision about where I wanted to go. SOAS was the only place in the UK where I could continue learning such an obscure language!

My course has completely changed the way I see the world. It has taught me never ever simply to accept the evidence put in front of me but to examine it and not be afraid to ask the questions of why and who and what does this mean? There have been times when I’ve felt like I was physically wrestling with the topics in hand, and that can be so frustrating, but the process is transformative.

This year I’ve got really involved with the drama society, directing an all-female production of Macbeth. SOAS is good ground to let you do interesting and different things like that. I’ve also been involved with the World Music Choir which was a wonderful experience. I’ve also spent a lot of time getting involved with various organisations dealing with women’s liberation. In my second year I ran the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom society and in my final year I sat on the Student’s Union executive body as co-women’s officer.

SOAS is all about the people! If ever I get frustrated with my studies I remember that I have met some of the most brilliant, funny and inspiring people through being here.