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.
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. The Academic Summer School at SOAS also focused 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.
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.