“Discussions teach you a lot more than textbooks possibly can”

Uddeshya Nigam, who comes from India, will attend the Sciences Po Campus of Le Havre this fall, where he will pursue the Europe-Asia programme. The third in our 2017 #FirstYearsScPo. Read the interview below.

Why did you choose the Sciences Po Campus of Le Havre?

Rich in Asian and European diversity, this campus provides students with an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Europe and Asia, keeping in perspective how the economies of both the continents complement and supplement each other. Coming from South Asia myself, I have always wondered what impact the continent has on the entire world. With tremendous potential for growth in the coming years, the Asian continent certainly intrigues my interest regarding its economic capabilities. And the Le Havre campus provides students with a platform to learn about the socio-economic perspectives of Asia through its large international diversity unlike other universities in the world. This uniqueness was something that pulled me towards the Le Havre Campus of Sciences Po.

What student associations are you interested in joining?

I am looking forward to Model United Nations, the Debate Club and joining music groups. I have always wanted to learn how to play the drums but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to do so until now. Coming from a small town, I wish to explore a lot in being a part of this campus. The Literature Group and the Feminist Society also seem like interesting options as I would like to be a part of intellectual and social discussions. Additionally, if time permits, I would like to join the Basketball Team as well!

What are you looking forward to the most?

I hope to explore France and learn more about its diversity through experiences. On campus, I am looking forward to making friends from all over the world and sitting together for evening discussions and debates. I believe that such discussions teach you a lot more than textbooks possibly can. In addition, light conversations with instructors outside of the classroom would be a treat in itself!

What do you aspire to do later on?

Later, I wish to pursue my Master’s either in economics or business after my bachelor’s. As I’ve mentioned, there is a lot left to explore, so I would still like to learn what would be the best fit for me!

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