Maya Green

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Why are you majoring in Urban Studies?

Like a lot of people, I was first drawn to Urban Studies because it allowed me to explore all the different things I was interested in without having to quadruple major! I still love how interdisciplinary it is, but I now have a greater appreciation for how many tools the program gives you (policy, history, data, design, etc) to meaningfully engage with the systems, environments, and issues that shape people's lives and livelihoods. It also provides such a wonderful community of thoughtful, creative, and conscientious people!

What is your favorite class/professor, and why?

It's a lottt of reading, but I really enjoyed the Urban Underclass! You cover a lot of ground in ten weeks, and by the end I felt way more knowledgable about how systemic racism was constructed in the United States. Plus, because it's a core class with a heavier workload, there's a lot of majors and minors in it!

What is your favorite book?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was a childhood favorite that still holds up! The setting is really fun and clever, and I always feel more appreciative of all the world has to offer when I reread. Also I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou — super formative read for me.

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