Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Urban Studies provides a great starting point for lifelong public service. I feel that I increasingly know the history, theory, and the policy conversations behind a broad range of social and economic issues, and that I can use this to begin working on solutions. Relatedly, the department offers the best and most rewarding courses I've taken at Stanford; through the course Gentrification, I had the chance to work with a local nonprofit on anti-displacement efforts, for example. Finally, the Department really cares about its students, providing abundant opportunities and resources to the small family that makes up its majors and minors.
What I like best about Urban Studies: Urban Studies lies at a unique intersection of so much that I want to learn about: race, politics and policy, inequality, the art of the community. Studying cities also means studying the future, in an increasingly urbanized world.
Favorite class / professor (and why): Political Power in American Cities / Clayton Nall
Career goal / Future plans: I hope to work at either a housing agency or community development corporation in Southern California. I'll probably apply to graduate school at some point, too.
Stanford in Government
Black Student Union
Something else you should know about me:
I grew up all over so I'm cheating a little on the hometown part, but I'm liking Ogden so far!