A catch-up with a Politics, Law and Economics (PLE) student for the lowdown on his IE University experience.
The Bachelor in Politics, Law and Economics at IE University is a multidisciplinary program aimed at innovative, analytical problem solvers who are ready to become agents of change. The program delves into the fundamentals which link the three fields, and provides students with a deep understanding of how to make a meaningful impact on a global scale.
We caught up with Georgi Buchvarov, a Politics, Law and Economics student at IE University, to learn more about the kind of student this program is ideal for. While discussing the program with Georgi, we also got to learn his thoughts on the program and IE University in general. Read on to learn more.
What do you get up to in your free time and what are you passionate about?
In my free time, I love to explore; walking up the mountain or exploring nature in general, you know? And this kind of relates to my intrinsic desire to explore the unknown and to understand things. I see the world as such a complex, interactive and connective place, and I see Politics, Law and Economics as a course which has the potential to help me continue exploring and understanding the world even further.
You’ve told me you are very much into the practice of calisthenics, could you tell me a little bit more about that?
Yeah, I am really interested in it. I’ve always been into exploring patterns and capabilities and this is what calisthenics is all about; it involves discovering patterns of movement and learning about your body’s physical capabilities of moving throughout space. It has a lot to do with Politics, Law and Economic, as it’s all about following and exploring patterns that run the world.
Would you say calisthenics is similar to Politics, Law and Economics in regards to what is required by you?
In terms of work ethic, definitely; both things are, in a sense, “use ’em or you lose ’em”. Like calisthenics, Politics, Law and Economics, requires you to be constantly practicing and you need to stay focused and sharp by staying up to date with what’s happening in the world. You must always stay updated on world news, as your knowledge tends to become outdated quite quickly if you do not apply it and learn from it. This is just like calisthenics. The only difference is that Politics, Law and Economics is focused on the mind and calisthenics is more concerned with your physical capabilities.
Because of this, do you think Politics, Law and Economis is a difficult degree? Can it be tedious sometimes?
Politics, Law and Economics is certainly a difficult degree as it requires huge amounts of commitment. However, I wouldn’t call it tedious. The difficulty it entails is healthy and stimulating and it pushes you to do better without driving you under and making you miserable. By overcoming the obstacles the course puts in front of you, it really helps you to learn a lot and walk away with a genuinely positive experience.
What’s the best way for prospective PLE students to adjust and then strengthen themselves throughout the degree?
I would suggest to never undermine the fundamental basics of the program. You should complete all assigned readings and you must always listen to your professors as learning alongside them is incredibly valuable. In the classroom, you are able to think and learn alongside your professor, and it’s amazing how much more you can get out of a lecture rather than just copying from the slides. Aside from the basics, I would say: get into the habit of getting up in the morning at a decent time, keep up with the news, and practice as much as possible to build upon your skills.
Do you have any thoughts on IE University in general?
Overall, IE University is a wonderful university with excellent teachers who you can really connect with in class. It is a wonderful environment to get to know people and diversity is always present on campus. I really enjoy coming to class and having discussions with teachers and other students; and the small classes here make this possible.