I'm an idealistic youth, born in Guyana and growing up in Queens, New York City to immigrant parents. A first generation college student, I went to the prestigious Stuyvesant High School '11 and am currently enrolled in Stony Brook University '15. I'm currently majoring in both Biology specializing in Biomedical Engineering and Political Science specializing in International Relations.
I do, actually, want to become a doctor. I'd love to work in Emergency Medicine, and volunteer with Doctors/Physicians Without Borders. Of course, we'll see how far I get in 8 years.
I'm fairly good with computers, and I hope to expand my abilities over the years, and at some point contribute to an Open-Source project.
My primary extracurricular in high school was Model United Nations, and I was elected Director-General and ran my school's annual conference, StuyMUNC. My involvement in MUN opened my eyes to the state of the world, both the problems that humanity faces and the efforts made across the globe to try and help.
Open-Source, Social issues, Science, DIY, Innovation, Equality, Freedom
Governments should put more effort into making advances in science and having a uniform knowledge base for students all over the world. Encouraging and helping students into research positions is important, as bright teens can often be drawn more to profitable careers in economics, law or medical care. My high school employed several teachers with Ph.D.s because they didn't want to take jobs as post-docs, and they explained to us how the system worked and what "sacrificing [our] lives for science" would really mean. For humanity to flourish and spread, we need to keep making headways into science that will help us combat those factors that are holding us back, not to mention those that cause the suffering of thousands. If we could put aside our fears of competition and annihilation long enough to nurture the minds of all people, then maybe we can transcend the limitations of our carrying capacity, fight hunger and slavery, and even find our place among the stars.
Anything. If I don't know anything about the topic, I'll try to educate myself before getting back to you.
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