Urban Studies is my: major
Why I'm majoring (or minoring) in Urban Studies: Cities are the places that people are flocking to at an incredibly high rate, and in order for cities to be an ideal place for people to live, people must study these places to find the best way that people can live in such close proximity. These are also the places where people are most exposed to one another, where they can find their humanity again, depending on the design of the city, depending on the amount of places where people are exposed to each other. Not in cars, but public spaces. People are starving for public places to be in to experience the city in a good way. Through urban studies, I want to help people re-recognize theirs and others' shared humanity.
What I like best about Urban Studies: I love how close-knit and accommodating the urban studies community is. Furthermore, the very field itself is very prevalent to the widespread problem of rapid urbanization, and what we learn in our courses will directly influence the way that we urban studies majors and minors will attempt to solve urban problems when we graduate.
Favorite class / professor (and why): I loved being in Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program for two quarters last year with Joshua Landy, Peter Mann, and Michael Bogucki and the amazing cohort of 90 students I lived and studied with in East FloMo. Being part of such an intellectually inspiring community really stretched me to think further than what I had been exposed to my whole life: the South, Western Civilization, and middle-class suburbia.
Favorite book (and why): Genius of the Poor, it tells of the story of the Filipino community development organization Gawad Kalinga and the people that are so invested in its success. The best thing about this organization is that its success is directy tied with the success of all people involved with it, whether it be a high-class family buying their beauty and health products or the low- class family building their home with their community.
Career goal / Future plans: Potential urban planner, smart city consult, coffee connoisseur
Other academic interests (major, minors): Civil Engineering
Extracurriculars: Co-chair for the Kapatid Committee of the Pilipino American Student Union, Co-chair for the Outreach Committee of Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Violinist in Stanford Symphony Orchestra
Something else you should know about me: I'm also a barista at Starbucks! My other passion other than studying music and cities is coffee, and I've been learning about it first-hand at my part-time job. But the coffee business started to intrigue me when a couple of my friends and I started a social business called Coffee Club Cafe to provide a place for community to develop in the morning at school, to distribute coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to students and teachers, and to raise money for Vanderbilt Child Life. I first got into coffee when I had a 16 ounce cup of coffee at Pike's Place in Seattle, the first Starbucks. Unfortunately, that was also the time that I got horribly sick with tunnel vision, decreased vision, and intense nausea because of the caffeine in that cup. Though that happened, it's still my dream to one day be in the coffee business as a well-traveled connoisseur, advocate for fair agriculture, and proponent of public space through the coffee business.