My experience at the LSE was overwhelmingly positive, although not perfect. The location in the heart of London is unbeatable and puts you at the center of all the action, right next to Somerset House, Royal Courts of Justice and Oxford Street. I think the quality of academics here is good but nothing that you wouldn’t be able to get at another decent university. However, you’ll find yourself surrounded by exceptional and inspiring people from all over the world, and a lot of learning takes place from the people you interact with. In addition, the people you met at the LSE come with connections in high-ranking places like the UN, governments and INGOs, so you can be sure to build a strong network going forward. Some people do say that the LSE can be lonely. I personally didn’t experience that because I stayed in a catered LSE residence hall where I met people everyday over dinner and subsequently became very close with them. Getting involved in clubs and societies is also a great way to have a vibrant social life. It is no secret that the LSE is very expensive and very much a part of the ‘knowledge economy’. However, they do have generous grants for need-based students and I know of several people from incredibly difficult backgrounds studying for absolutely free. And I admire the institution for maintaining its commitment to meritocracy, regardless of socioeconomic position. Lastly and most importantly, the LSE brand stays with you and helps you long after you’ve graduated because employers rate it highly and it carries a lot of weight. I would be lying if I said I didn’t milk this for all that it’s worth.