I’m an undergrad studying Social Anthropology in my second year. I looked into SOAS during application time because the University looked perfect for my interests and needs. SOAS’ small, community- based campus was perfect for me, because I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed. SOAS is an active place and I was drawn to this. I didn’t really know what I wanted to study, but I did know that I wanted to stay in London and was interested in anthropology or some sort of cultural studies.
Anthropology was something completely new to me, but that was OK, since the programme does not expect students to have an Anthropology background. The first year works very well at laying down the foundation for the rest of the program and I still find myself using things I learnt in my first few weeks! The classes are relatively small, which allows us all to contribute, and I definitely feel more comfortable because of this. The Anthropology course is a really interesting and demanding one; we’re always learning new things or learning different ways of approaching things that we (thought we) already knew. Although I have found some lectures quite challenging, there is a lot of support within the department and I’ve never felt particularly overwhelmed; there’s always room for questions and the professors are willing to help with any issues. The course, the department, and SOAS in general has been a really exciting and new experience for me. There are always things going on, whether it’s a spoken word event, protest, or jam session in our JCR. I definitely think that it’s hard to feel bored at SOAS! I’m not sure what I want to do after finishing my undergrad degree, but I know that studying anthropology has opened up many different and engaging paths for me to take, whatever I choose.