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Why I'm majoring (or minoring) in Urban Studies:
As a former engineering student, I think that the major is a great combination of hard social science skills and applied sociology. I have been fascinated by cities since I was a child, frequently traveling to Detroit to visit my father's neighborhood and family. I hope to do impactful work for underserved communities like those in Detroit and Urban Studies gives me the context and tools to be successful that sector.
Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I believe American Urban Spaces have to potential to incite real change across the board. I also believe that a large majority of America’s social issues are hyper-present in cities and if we can figure out a way to change the status quo in urban spaces those solutions can be modified for other spaces. This is why I love the major. I'm passionate about the hands-on, real-deal learning that is unique to Urban Studies.
Why I'm majoring (or minoring) in Urban Studies: It's the perfect major to study a combination of macro and micro patterns in people, history, politics, and more. I'd like to work in a field of social justice and cities are a hotbed of opportunities to do so.
What I like best about Urban Studies: The chance to study race relations and education amid the network of urban priorities like housing, politics, settlement, planning, and more.
Favorite class / professor (and why): Race, Policing, and Mass Incarceration, hosted by H. Samy Alim and Jennifer Eberhardt. The guests (including dream hampton and Talib Kweli!) during this seminar provided a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and direction amid city riots, shootings of unarmed civilians, and national unrest.
Favorite book (and why): The Quiltmaker's Gift--I loved this book as a child.
The message is one of generosity and giving, and the artwork is beautiful to top it off. Also, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
Career goal / Future plans: My dream job is to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States, a city school chancellor, or the mayor of Philadelphia. (Lofty goals, I know.) Honors Thesis or other research project:
Other academic interests (major, minors): Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Education
Extracurriculars: Stanford Political Journal
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Something else you should know about me: I'm really excited to study in Washington, DC this fall and Cape Town, South Africa this winter!