Study Abroad September 2006 to June 2007
Which courses did you study at SOAS?
- Islam and Democracy
- Making of the Modern Middle East
- Al Qaeda and International Jihadi Terrorism: History and Ideology
- Government and Politics of the Middle East
What did you enjoy most about your academic studies?
The learning here really continues outside of the classroom. After tutorials, students would often ask me about how I felt as an American about different issues. We often went out to coffee or to grab a falafel afterwards. It gave me a great perspective on how the US is viewed and it allowed me to change minds about America. It was also a great way to meet people from completely different cultures.
Any fond memories of SOAS?
Living in Dinwiddy was amazing. At first, it was hard to hang out with non-Americans. However, my flatmates were all very welcoming. They were enthusiastic about showing me London. If it had not been for them, I may have spent all the time doing touristy things. Because of them, I feel like I got a full British experience.
Your first impressions of London?
London was an amazingly modern city. It’s amazing how easy it is to get around and how student friendly it is. It is also a very welcoming place. I think all Americans can feel right at home here.
Any advice for students thinking about Studying Abroad?
Definitely do it! The UK, as I mentioned before, is incredibly welcoming. I would also say, get a Student Rail Card and travel around. Visit friends in Oxford, Cambridge and other parts of England. You’ll be amazed by how much fun this country is.
Just be open-minded. You are going to encounter people very different from you. However, everyone tries to get along and is very nice.