I want to defined by not what I like, or where I went, but by what I did. My actions, actions, which, I hope, do their part in building a better world, based on the experiences of my past and the lessons I’ve learned in life.
I grew up happy, with loving parents, plenty to eat, and access to excellent education. I didn’t have to worry about paying for college, and never imagined not having enough, thanks to the hard work of my parents to give my brother and I more opportunities than they had.
Unlike most children, I was acutely aware that my life was in stark contrast to those in most of the world. I was the first person in my mother’s family born in America, and our regular trips to India left me with vivid images of how my life could have been different. I saw firsthand mass poverty, dirty roads, crowded cities and unequal education.
At USC in Los Angeles, I got my first taste of urban inequalities, and made friends from vastly different backgrounds than I. My second year, I studied abroad in Paris, France, arriving in Europe not knowing a single person on the entire continent. It was all part of a pattern of throwing myself into tough situation and forcing myself to learn.
Five years later, I enrolled in a graduate program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, building my economics and policy skills. For my required summer internship I went to Indonesia, where I worked for a local biodiversity foundation’s communications department. Other international projects included being awarded a fellowship to attend the US Future Leaders Program in Japan, conducting field research on natural resource development in Uganda, and presenting research on public interest and compensation at a conference near Cape Town, South Africa. But what was most valuable – the amazing people I met who showed me more paths towards how I could make a difference.
I believe that the key to change lies in the masses, not in the hands of a few in power. No system, no matter how entrenched, can survive millions calling for change. I hope to play a small role in inspiring that change.
As a globalist, I have taken several extended trips to diverse parts of the world to try to understand our shared history, and find solution to our shared challenges.
2011. As part of my graduate program, went to Indonesia for an Internship and then Japan for the US Future Leaders Travel Program.
2012. Received a scholarship to travel for a conference in Cape Town, turned it into a six week trip across two countries.
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