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Erik Strand

Erik Strand

About

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I've always loved cities and this program gives me an incredible opportunity to study their designs and functions! Urban Studies combines many of my passions, such as education and criminal justice reform, and provides an excellent platform to examine equity in society.
What I like best about Urban Studies: The interdisciplinary nature! By examining a variety of subjects and fields, the major provides an incredibly holistic look at how cities (and society) function.
Favorite class / professor (and why): The Urban Underclass with Michael Rosenfeld was my first and favorite Urban Studies course. The readings for the course were fascinating, and Rosenfeld is an engaging lecturer. This course motivated me to switch to Urban Studies from CS. Outside of the major, my favorite course has been Education 101 with Jennifer Wolf.
Favorite book (and why): "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez is not only a beautifully crafted story, but has stuck with me for years as a reminder of the importance and influence of history.
Career goal / Future plans: I plan to become a high school history teacher after completing my Bachelor's, and eventually get my PhD as I look to move into the world of education policy and administration.
Honors Thesis or other research project: TBD.
Other academic interests (major, minors): Education Minor
Extracurriculars: Larkin Staff '18-'19, Stanford Men's Rugby, LSJUMB, SPREES, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Something else you should know about me: I love to travel, spend time in the outdoors, and explore the world!