Greetings from the Heydar Aliyev International. I am on my way to London to start a graduate course in economics. Which may be surprising (especially for my former students), but it is true - I only hold 2 bachelor degrees and no masters. To put your eyebrows back to where they belong, having no graduate degree didn't prevent me from building the kind of CV that I have built by age 23. So there.
So, I will be joining the LSE. I have made the choice because among the programs that accepted me this school was marginally better. I say marginally because Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is an awesome place with fantastic faculty and I would really love to have chosen BGSE but, you know, when LSE admits you - you should probably say yes. So, you should expect some very objective claims from me in the future about how LSE is the greatest, most wonderful place ever (and anyone who dissents will be thrown to the abyss), but to be completely fair - the school is quite fine.
It should and will be a tough year. The program is short, just 10 months, but it is pretty intense. Mandatory courses in Micro, Macro, and Metrics, plus the optional course and a thesis. I am already building a strategy for the dissertation, so the research part will be fun. I feel prepared enough for econometrics and Micro. For the optional course I will (obviously) choose Monetary Policy, so the stuff in that course should be familiar to me. Basically, the whole thing is quite manageable but only if you manage it regularly - classes fly by fast, so it is important to keep up with the lectures and study independently every day. But this is a natural lifestyle that I have been quite used to in the past two years, so I feel confident.
In the next few weeks I will be posting something about how exactly I got admitted. This should be trivial information, because there are tons of websites out there which post this, but to some readers it could nevertheless be useful. My case is a bit different because my application was built predominantly on good recommendations and research/teaching experience, whereas most successful applicants drive the "perfect grades" argument. But more on that, as I said, later.
See you later, splendid chaps! Keep your kettle hot.