I came to the University of Sussex because I wanted to understand global capitalism and its relationship to poverty and development. The MA in Global Political Economy exceeded my expectations - top-notch professors, a critical academic orientation, and international classmates who bonded quickly and debated often over coffee or a few pints about how to best change the world. University student life is vibrant, and I played on the ultimate Frisbee team for a term before joining the orchestra. But there's enough to do in Brighton itself - I loved running by the sea and wandering through the quirky caf and shops in the Lanes, or meeting friends at one of the more than 365 pubs in Brighton. I'm the "token American" among my friends, a very enlightening situation that's found me both asking and answering a lot of questions. And it's a brilliant base for walking in the English countryside!