When I mentioned my interest in ethnomusicology to the academics at my previous university, their instant reaction was SOAS. After attending an open day and perusing a prospectus I could see I would be happy here. It was not just the international reputation of the academics in the SOAS music department as specialists in their areas and Ethnomusicology in general, or the flexibility and engaging content of the module structure that appealed to me. It was also the atmosphere. As soon as I first walked into the Junior Common Room I said ‘this is what university should be like!’ The vibrancy of cultural activity, political engagement, and critical thinking that goes on well beyond lecture time was a real draw, and I have not been disappointed on any of those counts.