14 Struggles Every SOAS Student Has Experienced At Least Once
It’s an amazing place to study, but you’ll definitely struggle with some of these things.
1. Going for a quick coffee run in the JCR and accidentally spending the next 3 hours there.
2. Because you can’t walk 20 metres at SOAS without bumping into someone you know.
Making your way from the school entrance to the library can be a 30-minute ordeal.
3. Having to queue for 40 minutes for Hare Krishna.
But it’s worth it for that free, delicious mush.
4. Constant protest action in the courtyard and around campus commanding your attention.
The samba drums are calling. Like a good SOAS student, you must put solidarity over studies.
5. And never being able to resist having a few cheeky drinks in the JCR, no matter what day of the week it is.
6. The tension when Tories make themselves known on campus.
They’re rare at SOAS.
7. Hunting for a place in the library during exam season and often coming up short.
8. Then resenting all the people who have left their seats saved for the last hour.
We all know seats are hard to come by in exam season. Giving your coat a prime library spot all afternoon just ain’t right.
9. Not realising your class is in Vernon Square when you’re in Russell Square.
10. Meeting people who don’t go to your uni and usually having to explain what SOAS is.
Is that a…university?
11. Or worse, they’ve heard of it and they make loads of assumptions about you.
We aren’t all hippies.
12. Having to deal with the chaos that is the SOAS administration.
13. And discussing Edward Said’s ‘Orientalism’ on an near-daily basis.
You have to read it in nearly every class and can’t walk 10 minutes around the building without hearing it mentioned.
14. But, in spite of everything, being a SOASian ’til the death.
No matter what corner of the globe you are in, you will always give a fellow SOASisan a big, fat hug. If anything, the biggest struggle is leaving.