Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Knowledge is Great

The aspect of studying overseas has always excited me. As of now, I have completed my A Levels with a couple of A’s and have done reasonably well. Though I am from India, I feel fortunate to have studied from an institute, which has been affiliated with the Cambridge University. The experience of being affiliated with an UK education institute was simply phenomenal and I hope to carry on this experience; by graduating from another UK education institute. However, this time around, I would want to be present in the UK itself while completing my graduation, and have an aspiration of getting moulded within the cultures of UK.

Numbers and especially statistics have never failed in catching my eye. And when those numbers collaborate with economics, I have simply been on cloud nine. Economics as a subject has been my passion; and my dedication towards it has always defined that passion and enthusiasm. A majority of the students often brand a couple of subjects as their “favourite subjects”, as they can often relate them with their day to day lives. I gladly say, that I am no exception either. Economics plays a significant part in my life, and not just in my curriculum and academics.

My peers often crib and say that economics is a boring subject as compared to the science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. But in my opinion, economics is the most imperative form of science! After all, economics is about the science of money!! Economics has fascinated me to such a massive extent that; often after reading the newspapers, all I do is apply the principles of economics in all the possible news articles. Not just newspapers, but even in my day to day conversations; economics plays the role of the protagonist.

Like the other day, I went over to my aunt’s place, and she gifted me with an imported watch. From the outside I was simply ecstatic and jubilant. But somewhere, the economist deep within me wasn’t galvanised a bit. The economist was like, “Why on earth did aunt have to gift me with an imported watch?” “Couldn’t she have gifted me a watch, manufactured by a domestic watch maker?” The economist within me didn’t stop here, he went on. “Damn! As a consequence of aunt importing that watch from abroad, she has played a kind of a villain, by contributing a bit to the depreciation of our currency.”

The above was just an instance; there have been numerous such instances. As soon as I read a piece of news, the Keynesian and the Monetarist within me, wake up suddenly and begin their work. Then I am mentally constructing graphs; relating all the things to the demand and supply, and their impact on several economies involved. By mentioning these cases, I would surely be classified as an ‘Economics nerd’ or an ‘economics geek’.  

But it is often said that if you are to follow your passion and listen to your heart, then you follow that passion by getting the best resources. When the term “best” is associated with economics, only one name hovers around in my mind.

 The London School of Economics and Political Science.

The London School of Economics (LSE) is said to have the cream of faculty. The LSE is reported to have over 50 faculty members, with some faculty members even felicitated with the Nobel Prize in Economics. It is said that it is the ability of the teacher that leads to the eventual success of the student. The London School of Economics is an apt illustration of the above situation. The lecturers in the LSE adopt the student-friendly mode of teaching, which is time and again believed to be a more “motivating” form of teaching. The rise in motivation of students is then eventually reflected in their academics, which are passed off with flying colours.

The students who have been a part of this esteemed institute have found employers in renowned international institutes and businesses. The students have not just been employed by global giants, but even by several governments, as their chief economists. Another fact, which urges me to become a part of the LSE is that nine former students or teachers have been conferred with the Nobel Prize in Economics. Well, if you are conferred with the most revered title in a field, then you are indeed the best in that field. That just speaks volumes about the desirability of the LSE.

Along with the excellent staff, the LSE has a cosmopolitan feel and atmosphere. As many as 50% of the students are overseas students. It’s this cosmopolitan feel that makes students feel at home and ensures that these students do not feel alienated or home sick. The ex students of the LSE have mentioned that their years at the LSE were the best in their lives.

Moreover, the campus locations are exceptional and the presence of world class amenities simply enhances the experience of a student at LSE. From an incredible library to a well equipped medical centre, one will find all the possible things at the LSE, which makes the life of the students highly uncomplicated. The course offered for Economics at the LSE is challenging nevertheless. But how can we forget the adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The challenge of the course makes LSE a more exciting option for the student. The course content is profusely vast and it eventually leads to the overall development of the student.

All I can say is getting into the LSE is a challenge in itself, but I’m geared up to face this challenge and overcome it. Becoming a student in the LSE is my ultimate goal and I’m sure that I will surely achieve this objective, and get to know much more about economics and the science of money.

Note: This was my entry for British Council’s Knowledge is Great, http://knowledgeisgreat.in/, competition. It has been an absolute pleasure to write this post for the British Council, and I hope that I get more such opportunities. #Knowledgeisgreat

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