SOAS vs Cambridge

October 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

Dear TBH, thanks for sharing this. Enjoy your course. cheers, diito

The Brown Hijabi

This week marks the beginning of my year of studying (Postcolonial Studies) at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London. Though practically unheard of by many, SOAS has a reputation for being a very political space and an institution with appreciation for critical and sometimes radical analysis and thought. To my mind, entering this space would be jumping from one extreme experience of University – at Cambridge – to the other end of the spectrum. I write the following reflections on this first week at the urging of a friend still at Cambridge and eager to hear about life here.

SOAS. [Photo of SOAS campus building taken in my first week.] The first immediate and obvious difference which hit me when I arrived on SOAS’ campus was that no one would ever recognise or know me here as ‘the girl who wears the hijab’. People in hijabs were…

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