SOAS University of London

Yangminglang Guan

I have made good friends on the course and we have formed a study group to help each other.

I completed my undergraduate studies in China where I learned the Malay language, but I had heard that SOAS was top for Southeast Asian studies and so it was my dream school to come to.  They considered my background, activities and personality in my application. 

The course has more than lived up to my expectations: it has covered a lot and challenged me and I have learned a lot.  Making progress quickly has made me feel more confident.  I have made good friends on the course and we have formed a study group to help each other. 

It is fantastic to be studying in central London: my hobby is photography and so I carry a camera and take photographs wherever I go. 

I would like to take a PhD, but I also think that I need other experiences other than just studying.  During my time at SOAS, I have learned Burmese, and people I have met at SOAS have suggested that I take a gap year and perhaps do volunteer work in Burma.  I guess that it is one of those things that I won’t know if I’ll like it until I try it!