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Teresa Kuhn

MA Latin American Studies, 2017-18

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I came to the Institute after a three-year break from studying, a time during which I, admittedly, struggled to find a purpose. Completing a Master’s degree at the Institute of the Americas not only represented a way out, but also an opportunity to apply my undergraduate degree in Social Policy to a new and exciting context, and a welcome intellectual challenge.

What I particularly enjoyed about my time at the Institute was becoming part of a close-knit community of people with different backgrounds and interests, who share a passion for the Latin American region. The wide range of social and academic events at UCL and beyond provided inspiration as well as opportunities to network. This broad-mindedness is also reflected in the interdisciplinary approach encouraged by the Institute’s lecturers and in the variety of courses on offer.

My personal highlight of the year was my trip to Buenos Aires, where I conducted the fieldwork for my dissertation. The rather daunting prospect of carrying out independent research in an unfamiliar environment quickly became one of the most rewarding experiences of my academic life. So much so, in fact, that I am currently applying to do a PhD in order to further pursue my research interests