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I believe that understanding the past is the key to understanding and shaping the future. To that end, I've always been very interested in the social sciences. This interest took me from my high school in San Diego to Cornell University. At Cornell, I earned a Bachelor's Degree in History, focusing in particular on modern US history and East Asian history. In examining the cultural history each of these highly influential places, I came to see how modern events are tied to historical trends and occurrences. I believe that educating young people about history and government are more vitally important now than ever, as modern technology has made the world a much more connected place. With transportation and communications advancing as they have, it's easier than ever to visit or communicate with individuals from every corner of the planet.
I believe it's important that people do everything they can to inform themselves and become more knowledgeable global citizens. My continuing interest in writing also speaks to this concern; I feel that, in addition to having the knowledge to make informed decisions, it's vital to be able to express that knowledge well. By exposing ourselves to a variety of different viewpoints, we can gain a more nuanced and multi-faceted perspective on the world. Now, hoping to encourage others to join me in seeking self-improvement, I'm working to become a teacher, to help instill in others an appreciation for and enjoyment of these subjects.