Growing up in Chicago has been a very interesting experience. From birth, depending on their status, many people may fall into a stereotype that stays with them for the rest of their days. This is apparent for myself seeing as though I was born on the Southside of Chicago. The only antidote to this stereotype, as damaging as it may be, is constant self-awareness and a sense of social consciousness. One must pay attention to everything around them. Once individuals really begin to understand the world they live in and how people perceive them, that is when change can be made. My goal is to make sure that no one has to live their life as a stereotype.
As a young man at DePaul University, I am still learning the value of being a political science major. There are a myriad of ways I could take my skills back to the community. From fair housing developing to urban planning, there are many ways to make change. Both are viable solutions to bringing an end to the disparities that plague my community. Taking the skills and lessons from being an America Needs You Fellow helps round out my experiences.
ANY will continue to flesh out my education in interacting with those from different backgrounds. These are encounters that I need to have if I plan to change situations for anyone. By connecting and networking with a plethora of individuals, I can cultivate my skills and learn what is necessary for improving a community like mine.