SOAS University of London

Sumaiya Fatine, 3rd Year

Like a jigsaw puzzle, everyone has a place here at SOAS; fitting together to make this wonderful university wonderful.

I was a pretty ordinary person, but when I came to this extraordinary university, everything changed. SOAS is not just an educational institution, but a household where you study with your big, multi-cultural, multi-faith, crazy, happy family. Where your brother is a Muslim, Burmese, Masters student of the History of Art, and your sister is a Zoroastrian, Iranian studying Zulu. Like a jigsaw puzzle, everyone has a place here at SOAS; fitting together to make this wonderful university wonderful.

Where else, on an average day, would you have the history lecturer bring in a genuine Mongol bow, to demonstrate in front of the students? The passion of the staff and the students is almost palpable: whether in lectures, in the common room, or in the Hare Krishna line for a free lunch, its not difficult to catch a stimulating conversation.

Being at such a specialist university has not closed doors, as much as opened endless windows of opportunities. I have so many things I want to do, with only a single lifetime in which to complete them, but I am not one to turn down a challenge. I know when I finally walk out of SOAS with a degree under my belt, that I will be ready for the world, but the real question is, will the world be ready for me?