During his undergraduate years, Michael spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a freelance correspondent, having previously learnt one of the local languages, Dari. His three-part series on the region was published by The Economist in March 2010, and he has since advised British Military Intelligence. Michael has held several other advisory and intern positions, mainly for MPs and the UK Government.
Michael was a distinguished Salopian, and during his five years here he was awarded the Quinn History Prize, the Moss Prize for Classics, the Bentley Elocution Prize, the McEachran Prize, the Miles Clark Scholarship and the Marshall Travel Prize, the Senior Debating Prize, the Burney Prize, the Senior Piano Prize, and the Graham White Organ Prize. He was a Praeposter and an active participant in numerous societies. He was also founder and editor of The Falopian, which no doubt was useful experience for him when he co-founded and edited the online magazine The Alligator, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Student Publication of the Year in 2010.
Michael is now pursuing postgraduate studies in politics and economics at MIT, which this year beat both Harvard and Cambridge to the top of the QS World University Rankings for the first time.