I am a student on the MPhil course in Tibetan and Himalayan studies. I first became interested in the area through an interest in Vajrayana Buddhism; this interest later expanded to include the culture and history of the area. As a first year MPhil student, most of my time is currently spent studying the Tibetan language. I am also attending lectures on Buddhism, the history and culture of the region, and research methods relevant to the study of Tibet. I hope to write my dissertation next year on a topic related to Vajrayana Buddhism.