What are you up to right now? What projects and new ideas are exciting you personally / academically / career wise?
I just graduated from USC and I've moved to San Francisco to start work at Google. One opportunity I'm excited about is the potential to work with the Google.org team (outside of my regular job function) on their social impact challenge - check it out here. Personally, I am trying to learn how to paint with acrylics after being inspired by the sunsets in the beautiful parks in the city. If anyone has learning resources for a beginner please send them my way!
Have you been keeping in touch with your Bezos Scholar alum, and if so — how?
Luckily I just moved a 55-minute Caltrain ride away from my 2014 BSP buddy Pablo Haake and we celebrated his birthday in the city just this weekend. I also recently called and caught up with Victor Ariyo who is making big moves in the start-up music space. Keeping in touch with more of my 2014 class is something I wish I had done better and would highly recommend to our new 2019 class.
Which influential books, albums, podcasts, or films would you personally recommend to the BSP community of curious minds?
My professor Paul Adler is publishing a book in October entitled "The 99% Economy: How democratic socialism can overcome the crises of capitalism" which I am very excited to read. Additionally I have been listening to the audiobook version of Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman, the Dutch popular historian most famous for a viral clip of him calling out CEOs at Davos. On the bus ride to and from work you can always catch me enjoying a podcast episode of Freakonomics.
Who or what are you finding inspiration in right now?
I have been inspired by the young activists around the world leading inspiring movements to force action on climate change. While I love Greta's passion and ability to organize, it's also incredibly important to recognize the young women of color (Isra Hirsi, Autumn Peltier, Helena Gualinga, Mari Copeny among so many others) who have been putting in the work and taking their governments to task.
Anything else you want to share with the BSP community?
This is a much more personal note, but please don't be afraid to ask for help if you are having difficulty with anything in life. After struggling with mental health issues for quite some time I realized that friends, family, coworkers and even someone you might just consider an acquaintance are very often willing to lend a hand if you find work, school, a new life transition, or just the combination of several things difficult to manage. The road to wellness and peace can be long but it never has to be walked alone. Lean on your BSP family too!