When I decided to apply for a graduate school after my bachelor's, I wanted to do something inter-disciplinary. On one hand, I wanted to study international affair related matters, but on the other hand, I also wanted to delve deeper into applied economics. I wanted a course that would give me a perspective to understand the ongoing problems that we as a society face but I also wanted to get practical skills to be able to fight these issues.
My search led me straight to the dual-degree program at Sciences Po and the Stockholm School of Economics. The course on MA International Development and MSc Economics was exactly what I was looking for. Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po broadened my horizon, I got an opportunity to take exciting courses such as Diplomacy and Negotiation, International Development policies, and most of all Gender studies. Whereas SSE gave me the technical tools and skills to concretely tackle these problems. My two favorite courses at SSE were Development Economics and Behavioral Economics, both of which provided me the framework needed to fight the pressing problems of our time. I got an opportunity to apply the lessons from Development Economics and wrote a thesis on Chhaupadi, a gender-discriminatory practice in Nepal. This allowed me to dig-deeper into the subject material of my choice.
Moreover, the dual degree also gave me an opportunity to live in two exciting European cities - Paris and Stockholm. I traveled around, met people, made many new friends from across the world. And most importantly, I have the master's diploma from the two leading European universities!