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Luis Ornelas

Luis Ornelas

Portrait of Luis Ornelas

About

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Urban Studies combines all
of the positive aspects of the various fields of study that appeal to me--
including history, sociology, and public policy-- into a single discipline
that when applied to the real world leads us as students to ask important
questions about our society. Urban Studies has taught me to think about our
world through various lenses. I now perceive my surroundings as a combination
of factors and forces that create the world that we live in now. It is this
emphasis on seeing the world as a result of these interactive factors that
drew me to Urban Studies to begin with.


What I like best about Urban Studies: I like that Urban Studies feels like a
close group of unique individuals with great ideas and interesting
perspectives. I love meeting new Urban Studies majors, feeling like we share
an immediate bond, and knowing that they too are someone that is looking to
change the world in a positive way.


Favorite class / professor (and why): The Urban Underclass taught by
professor Rosenfeld was the first class that I took within the Urban Studies
program and it completely convinced me that Urban Studies was the right
choice for me. Not only did I learn about the history of urban inequality,
but I was also encouraged by Professor Rosenfeld to really think critically
about how we could apply our learning today.


Favorite book (and why): Cien años de soledad by Gabríel García Marquez
taught me that just because you can't see something, doesn't mean that it is
not real.


Career goal / Future plans: Like all Urban Studies majors, I want to change
the world! My strong passion for education and educational equity make me
want to be an educator in the future. I want to teach high school history for
some time in order to learn about the educational system from the ground up.
Ideally, I would like to have a larger impact on educational outcomes by one
day influencing school policy and/or working with private educational equity
nonprofits.

Something else you should know about me: I spent my Spring quarter abroad
last year in Florence, Italy. I fell so deeply in love with everything
Italian (language, food, talking with my hands, etc.) that I am now looking
for excuses to go back and continue exploring Italy.