Where are they now? Catching up with our 2019 Ambassador Scholars

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We caught up with Nangsel Sherpa, one of our 2019 Ambassador Scholarship winners. Nangsel studied the Gender and Conflict course at the SOAS Academic Summer School.

Q: What have you been working on since your time at the SOAS Academic Summer School?

A: “Before I enrolled on the Academic Summer School’s Gender and Conflict course, I was confused with the plethora of choices that social sciences have to offer. My time at the Academic Summer School has helped me find and consolidate a path which I am interested in. I am currently pursuing my Master’s/graduate studies in Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Here, I am involved in Hasratein which is a Queer collective, trying to structure a manifesto along with its other members. I am hoping in the near future, after the completion of my graduate studies, to pursue my research on gender studies, hopefully at SOAS.”

Q: How do you think that your time on the Academic Summer School has shaped your journey?

A: “The Academic Summer School has been extremely crucial in consolidating my academic path. Three weeks of Summer School has been nothing more than sheer excellence. The course structure, reading material, tutorials, lectures and a mix of theory and practice have led to me seeing myself engrossed in an amalgamation of academia and activism. There is also a focus on decolonisation and post-colonial narratives, which helped me in acknowledging my own positionality. I can gladly state that the Academic Summer School has been a turning point in my academic career.”

“The Academic Summer School is your chance to engage with world-class professors in the field you have chosen to study, so make the best use of your time and utilise all the plentiful resources that SOAS has to offer.”

Q: What is your favourite memory from the Academic Summer School?

A: “The whole journey has been so enthralling that one cannot choose one over the other. However, the one lecture that stands out personally for me has been Dr Sheri Labenski’s guest lecture on Transitional Justice with an emphasis on female perpetrators. She spoke extensively on both and, her field being unknown to me previously, has been thought provoking.”

Q: And finally, what would you say to potential applicants who are interested in joining us for the summer? Do you have any advice?

A: “I would like to say to all the potential applicants that each course in the Academic Summer School at SOAS is brilliant and it will be for sure one of your best experiences. At SOAS, you get to learn not only from the lecturers or tutors but equally from your classmates, as each one comes from diverse regions with equally diverse academic backgrounds. The last thing I would add is that this Academic Summer School is your chance to engage with world class professors in the field you have chosen to study, so make the best use of your time and utilise all the plentiful resources that SOAS has to offer.”

We are now accepting applications for the SOAS Academic Summer School 2020. Visit our website for more information.

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