Hi, first time posting Came across mention of a GradCafe on UK-based The Students Room. I've applied for MA History, SOAS and MSc Islamic Studies & History, Oxford and (soon) MSc in Empires, Colonialism, and Globalisation, LSE. I am also a SOAS graduate in BA Arabic from ten years back but still use their library as an alumnus frequently. Then seeing the word "Fall" when signing up, I recognised this is a US-based forum (and consequently there is a red line under "recognised" as I write). In any case some good general info here on research, academia and the like. Good to be amongst (another red line) grown-ups finally. To garner good karma I try to help others if I can. I am a Londoner, born and bred, so if there are any questions about living here then I'm most happy to help. Little things, like: use the Victoria line to cut through the tube quicker; it's pronounced WOOS-ter sauce and so on.