SOAS University of London

Jonathan Arentoft

I am co-president of the SOAS Open Economics Forum and this gave me the chance to attend the first Festival of New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh.

I grew up in Brussels and went to an international school, and SOAS and the economics course seemed to offer a similarly diverse environment.

I was very fortunate, too, that I had a great economics teacher who played an important role in my choice of studies.  He revealed the real-world relevance of the subject, because he managed to find a balance between the content required by the curriculum and things that were going on in the world outside the classroom.

I am now co-president of the SOAS Open Economics Forum and this gave me the chance to attend the first Festival of New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh, which was a great opportunity to meet with economics students from a range of universities.