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Sean Volavong

Sean Volavong

About

Why I'm majoring (or minoring) in Urban Studies: No matter how much we avoid them, our lives will be intertwined with cities and the amenities they offer. However, across America and around the world, the socio-economic contrasts of cities is drastic. Growing up in a low-income community faced with economic disadvantages, I am passionate to develop and organize communities for positive change. By majoring in Urban Studies, I hope to learn more about socio-economic transformations of disadvantaged cities and communities through the medium of urban planning and design.

What I like best about Urban Studies: Besides the fact that I'm constantly in classes that are filled with topics that spark my curiosity, I love the Urban Studies community! My peers and advisors are enthusiastic about others who are interested in all aspects of urban studies and are willing to support each other in any way possible.
 
Favorite class / professor (and why): URBANST 183: Team Urban Design Studio with Dehan Glanz. The class is a unique studio experience in a traditional humanities major. In a small team, I was given both independence and collaboration to conduct an urban design intervention project on San Francisco's Market Street. It's rare to find many classes that force you out to analyze, evaluate, and create community projects for areas around the Bay Area.
 
Favorite book (and why): The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The innocence and freedom themes throughout the short but sweet novel reflect on how much my personality has positively and negatively changed since entering university.
 
Career goal / Future plans: I hope to attend graduate school for urban planning in California. Then, I hope to pursue a career in urban planning/community organizing for rising and/or disadvantaged communities around the state of California.
 
Extracurriculars: Office of the Mayor of Stockton - Community Engagement Fellow Cantor Arts Center - Student Tour Guide and Ambassador Stanford in Government - Community Development
 
Something else you should know about me: I'm a black belt in Taekwondo!