Winning the Marshall Scholarship is a life-changing experience. Thanks to the generous support of the Marshall Commission, I am presently reading for a degree in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the UK. My time here has been most enjoyable. St Andrews is a small, ancient town overlooking the North Sea; it boasts scenic beaches, world-class golf and (according to local legend) the highest number of pubs per capita in Britain. St Andrews is a cosmopolitan place with students from all over the world. The friendships I have made at St Andrews and with my fellow Scholars are the most memorable aspect of my experience in the UK. Marshall Scholars are talented and fascinating people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. As a Marshall Scholar, I am part of something larger than just my course.