My interest in economics originally sprung from watching news programmes and trying to understand how different countries work. It was a subject, which seemed to combine elements of politics, business and mathematics, which I found appealing. At sixth form, I enjoyed debating about economics and I have continued this tradition at SOAS, where students are constantly taught to challenge the mainstream view. The Department is very friendly, and the lecturers know each student personally, and because of this I have been encouraged to consider taking a postgraduate qualification in Finance, which is a newly-introduced degree at SOAS. My ambition after university is to pursue a career in banking or asset management. My time at SOAS has given me the confidence to believe that I can tackle this high-pressured area of work and add value. I enjoy being constantly challenged and having to adapt to new ways of working. A long-term goal is to help kids growing up in my local borough of Tower Hamlets. I have seen for myself that it can be a hard journey going from a state school in a poor borough of London onto university, and I would like to use my experience to benefit others.