The extremely fulfilling year at Oxford opened doors to many things for me. The interdisciplinary nature of the MSc Contemporary India course equipped me with both the political/economic and cultural/social background necessary for my later experiences. Right after finishing the MSc I was selected as a fully funded exchange student to UC Berkeley, studying the interplay of media and global social movements. Later I went to Beijing and started my internship at United Nations Development Programme in China, which eventually led to a full-time position focusing on governance and gender issues in China. My current work constantly draws inspiration from the course, especially when writing my dissertation on the geography of gender-based violence in urban India. I am particularly grateful for how the course trained me with critical and analytical thinking, skills that I did not fully possess but were proven essential to my life as a professional and an individual.