Kate Elswit

Kate Elswit, 2004 Scholar, Laban and Birkbeck, University of London

I think I would have missed something had I stayed in America, and I don't just mean the rain. The ease of flying may make Britain physically accessible, but it truly is another world. The academic research here is more self-guided, which requires self-motivation, but I've found it to be an exciting challenge and the work that emerges really feels like mine. Even if you already know what you want to study and you think you know your field, chances are that you will see a new perspective. We are very close to the rest of Europe here, but also far enough away to notice a distinct identity. I am from New York, but London is even more international. I'm not just saying that either; the fifteen people in my masters programme came from eleven countries. And I went to a birthday picnic over the summer where Happy Birthday was sung in eight languages.