Name: Abbas Mir Mohammadi
University & Graduation Year: LSE Class of 2025
High School: Dubai College
Major/Program: BSc Politics and Economics

 

1. As a first-year student, what was the biggest surprise about college life? Were there any specific challenges you faced or adjustments you had to make? 

I believe the biggest surprise and challenge about life in university as a first-year student was the adjustment to being completely independent. By learning to cook, clean, and organize everything by myself, I felt like I was suddenly  maturing very quickly  and I felt like university kind of forced that on you – which was a good thing actually.

2. If you could do your first year/term of college again, what changes would you make and why?

I thoroughly enjoyed my first-year, however, if I could go back,  the change I would make would probably be to do a bit more research prior to joining the university. In particular regarding accommodations – as at LSE, a city-based university, this makes a big difference to your social life.

3. What makes your college special? What is your favorite thing about it? 

My favorite thing about LSE is probably that it is literally in the heart of one of the biggest, busiest cities in the world – London. I know this is not appealing to everyone for a university experience, but, for me, there are always things to do, places to see and explore, and events for every  sort of interest. 

4. Are there any misconceptions out there about your college? What would you like to share with students who might be considering applying? 

One common misconception is that the social life at LSE is lacking.   Whilst I would not fully disagree with this statement, especially when compared to bigger universities such as the ones in the US, I do believe that there are quite a lot of opportunities to meet people, and as long as you put yourself out there, you can have a great social life. 

5. Are you involved in any clubs, teams, or other extracurricular activities? If so, tell us how this has shaped your college experience. – 

The main club that I am involved in is the Men’s Football Club, which,  I believe, has really made my university experience better. Although a small university, LSE has 7 Men’s football teams under the club and the football practices, social events, tours and general comradery has definitely made my university experience better. 

6. If you could give your high school self any advice about college admissions, what would you say? Having been through the college admissions process, what is the biggest lesson you learned? 

I think what helped me succeed was giving myself enough time to have an application I was happy with. I spent months making small adjustments to  my personal statement, which I think is what helped in securing me offers from the universities I wanted. However, looking back I also wish I kept more options open and explored a bit more, applying to different universities and looking at different countries. 

7. In hindsight, was there any class you took or activity you participated in in high school that especially helped prepare you for college? 

At Dubai College, they had an extra class called Top-up, which was intended to give you ‘university level’ content for a subject you are interested in or looking to pursue. I do feel like that gave a good introduction to certain things I’ve encountered at university. Beyond that I just think my A-level choices (Math, Economics and Politics) gave me a good grounding for my degree studying politics and economics.

8. What was the most memorable experience of your college career so far? It can be academic or non-academic. 

I think some of my most memorable experiences of university so far would probably be the big social events that happened – in particular at LSE, AU Carol (essentially an all-day big Christmas Party where each sports team dresses in their own coordinated outfits).