SOAS University of London

Hector Drinkall-Gash

At SOAS there is a great breadth of events, lectures and film festivals to attend.

Growing up, I lived in many different countries, and so I was drawn to SOAS by its international outlook and its non-Eurocentric viewpoint. Other universities approached their subjects from a Western school of thought, where the reverse was more often true at SOAS. This has been the case with one of the most interesting modules I took during my first year: English Literatures of South East Asia. The course introduced me to authors like Tash Aw, a Malaysian writer living in London, who I would not have discovered otherwise. At SOAS there is a great breadth of events, lectures and film festivals to attend and, additional to my course, I have begun to learn Indonesian, as part of the Language Entitlement Programme. I have also sat in on the Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the UK (ASEASUK) conference, where I was able to hear first-hand the research of over 30 scholars from around the world. I am currently trying to hunt out an internship, with the eventual ambition of applying for a master’s degree, or perhaps entering the diplomatic service. However, before that, I have my study year abroad, which I will be spending in Vietnam.