MA in Chinese Studies
When I first arrived in London, I didn’t know many people but SOAS soon felt like home. As the campus itself is quite small, students develop a strong sense of community, as if they were all part of a large eccentric family. Also, given the nature of our studies, people here are extremely diverse, friendly and open-minded. You can tell that everyone is really passionate and enthusiastic about what they do. It’s very contagious and inspirational.
After coming here I realised how tough a Master’s degree can be. The levels of pressure are constant and the workload may absorb most of your energies. To me, what makes SOAS so special is that ‘SOASians’ can study very hard but they also know how to have fun. It is very important to be around people like this when deadlines are looming or when you’re overwhelmed by assignments and readings. There is some sort of positive vibe that makes this place highly addictive. You feel bad if you go several days without visiting the campus. It might because of the daily Hare Krishna queue, the Rebetiko live music on Monday nights, or the various exhibitions, talks, film screenings, book launches and all kinds of interesting events taking place around the School. There is always so much going on. A few weeks ago we had two wonderful Bactrian camels visiting as part of a conference organised by the history department. I can’t really think of a better example to explain how unique this place is.
Yet, my opinion may be quite biased, as studying here became my obsession since the second year of my undergraduate degree in Italy. One day, my Chinese art history professor mentioned SOAS during her class, and I later found myself looking it up on the internet. Since I was studying Chinese language and culture, the School immediately struck me as “the place to be”. Years passed, but the interest stuck so I eventually applied and earned my place at SOAS.