Margarita Lipatova is from Moscow, Russia. She completed her B.A. at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow. Her B.A. degree was focused on political and economic development in Southeast Asia. Margarita was always attracted to Oriental studies. The choice for Germany and the University of Heidelberg was primarily motivated by the offered MAHASSA program. South Asian Studies is a rare field of study and so the university offers a quite unique and challenging program with almost no comparable programs anywhere in the world. MAHASSA seems to be the best choice for her to continue studying what she finds intriguing but with a different focus. The focus on Medical Anthropology will, as she hopes, help her to fulfill her desire to work in a humanitarian organization.