When I enrolled in 2010 in the MA in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact, I wasn’t quite aware that the orthodox reason would be to get an academic requirement to start a PhD research (that would come later). I opted for this Master’s precisely because I was looking for contact with languages and cultures. By the time I graduated, I concluded that the Master’s title was very self-revealing indeed, and that my mission was fully accomplished. Being a journalist and professional musician, I was a rather rare bird in the English studies flock. But the tasting of English linguistics, literature and teaching courses made me realize that I was a theoretical linguistics kind of person in less than a year. Additionally, the spirit and thoroughness of some of our professors inspired me to devote myself to an academic career and to pursue a PhD position at the university. It wasn’t, however, a bed of roses; but the year was sweetened with some unforgettable moments of study and fun of international get-togethers (no matter whether it was at the library, at a karaoke or at someone’s house celebrating the Chinese New Year). I would like to recommend this Master’s to anyone seeking for an opportunity in the academic world, but also for these open minds looking for a rich, varied and international educational choice.
Paula Pérez Sobrino, Spain