PhD Study of Religions
My experience at SOAS started in 2003, when I undertook the MA course in Japanese religion. I was immediately favourably impressed by the variety of courses offered and the friendly attitude of the teachers. This was my first experience in a multicultural environment, and the simple fact of having a drink together with people coming from five or six different countries was a totally new and appealing experience for a person like me, coming from the Italian countryside. The MA year was probably one of the most life-changing experiences in my life, and it was paramount in my decision to continue my studies towards an academic career.
Since I started my PhD in 2004, I became more and more acquainted with the academic rigorousness required by effective research. My supervisor effectively helped me to develop proper ways of analysis and exposition, at the same time allowing me all the freedom I needed to carry on my original project. I started to participate regularly in the life of the Department of Study of Religions, particularly in the activities organised by the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions. Particularly the latter proved to be a highly stimulating research environment, fostering my analytical skills and allowing me to get in touch with a number of important personalities in my field.
In this last two years I started teaching some classes in our department. In my lectures I always endeavour to convey to the students the same enthusiasm and amazement I first felt in my early years at SOAS, which is still far from fading off from myself.