Unlike most people, I think I have forgot what attracted me to ID for the first time. What currently attracts me in the field of ID right now however, is the dissemination of medical and sanitation technologies. Since coming to MIT, I have been involved in three separate ID projects, including GrubCycle, an organic waste management project, as well as two other community development projects based in central Mexico. This would not have been possible without the support and the exposure to ID I gained from living in iHouse. One of the things I love most about iHouse is the random talks about ID we have around the house, as we all get together as a small, living, learning, (and loving) community after a long day in school. A random non-ID fact: I am interested in pursuing a further degree in medical school, but I am currently torn between doing further research in antibodies, and having a career in international health. Time will see. Another random fact just in case you are curious, I come from Malaysia! :-) * ID stands for International Development
I am in iHouse to use what I know as a mechanical engineer to better the world.
I have done a bunch of 'pseudo' of international development (mainly from the US). In Summer 2011, I worked with the physics education research group MIT RELATE that was putting together an open source, online physics course that first ran during spring 2012. I had helped create and code some of the problems used in the course. Many of these questions are now going to be available and used within EdX. Moreover, I have worked on creating online gradebook templates for teachers which are actively downloaded over 1,000 times / year.
Hi! Iím Tuang Ė from Burma.
Coming from a privileged family in Tanzania, I've had a birdís view on the various challenges of the less developed nations. With this in mind, I walked back to the States with a purpose, a purpose to re-distribute resources and open doors of opportunities for the less privileged through education and empowerment. And Iím a strong up-holder of the saying, ďEducate a boy and you educate an individual, educate a girl and you educate a community.Ē
I was born in California, and raised in Minnesota. Both my grandparents on my motherís side immigrated to the United States from South America; my grandmother from Colombia and my Grandfather from Ecuador. This has given me a passion for South America, and I have been there twice so far in my life. Most recently, I visited Chile and worked to help a community get fresh clean water from a mountain source to their village. My ideal project is to use my engineering skills to help other people in any way I can. Not everyone is blessed to go to MIT, and I want to give back what I can. A few key things about me are that I love the color purple, I am a member of Cru here at MIT, and I have a fiancť in the army. I am coming into iHouse a little late, but I am extremely excited to be a part of this community for my last few years at MIT
Being born and brought up in NJ, and then living in India for 4 years, has given me two distinct, yet complementary perspectives of the world and of human life. In high school, I spent 2 hours every week for a semester spending time with mentally-challenged orphan girls, and another semester at an Old age Home. Both experiences made me realize that the most rewarding feeling is giving love to others. In the summer of 2009, my friends and I conducted a summer camp for children in a Tamil Nadu village for 2 weeks, where we taught some English and did arts and crafts with the kids. The most striking fact was that these children were so eager to learn and energetic, that it was hurtful to know that they had such limited educational opportunities. Thatís when I realized that a project Iím strongly interested in was educating underprivileged children, because I believe that education can completely change their lives. Here at MIT, I feel so privileged to be a part of the iHouse community, where I know I can bring about change with those just as committed and passionate as I am.
I chose to come to MIT because the prospect of conducting research with some of the world's top professors makes my nerves tingle. However, while at MIT I do not want to become engulfed by a world of problem sets and labs, only to forget that there exists an entire world outside of MIT. With this in mind, I joined iHouse with the goal of helping those less fortunate and improving my knowledge of the world around me. Specifically, I hope to take part in international development projects aimed at improving health care infrastructures in developing countries. In the future, I hope to become a surgeon and work with organizations like Doctors Without Borders to provide aid to those that lack even basic healthcare.
After living in 6 (7 including Massachusetts) places in the past 17 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know so many different cultures and people from all over the world. At the same time, because of this, I have seen much injustice in all areas of life. Whether it was the sight of migrant workers under the grandiose bridges of Beijing or helping my grandfather provide free healthcare to villagers who can't afford it, I feel a calling to want to help others. That's what inspired me to dedicate my time to volunteering and clubs like Social Justice and Sustainability Committee (Amnesty International, Economic Development, Environmental Action, and Partners in Health) in High School. That is also why I wanted to be a part of iHouse. I am currently involved in GrubCycle, an international development project aimed to harvesting the natural processing abilities of Black Soldier Flies to turn organic waste into added-profit animal feed.
I have lived almost two decades of my life on the border between the United States and Mexico. Living here, I was able to take part in the wonderful synergy of two cultures coming together, something that forms a great part of who I am today. But while living on the border, I saw many things that were wrong there. To start with, immigration injustices within the Border Patrol system have always infuriated me. It is not right to consider others as second class citizens based on their nationality on mass paranoia. However, this also led me to start thinking about why someone would be so desperate enough to risk this injustice to themselves. A closer look at the sister city of where I lived, Heroica Matamoros, revealed a crumbling infrastructure within Mexico and a startling need for action there. But the true urgency of action in Mexico has arisen within these past few years. The area where I live is now in a constant cross-fire between drug dealers and the Mexican government, a state of things that has stripped the right of a peaceful life from so many who live here. To begin to solve this issue, we need to raise awareness of this through the international community so everyone can know that what is going on here is nothing less than terrorism. This is one of the things I want to try to help in- healing Mexico- and albeit I still don't have the tools necessary to accomplish (or the knowledge) I know that I can find this in ihouse, and I can't wait to support my friends' projects as I know they'll help in mine.
I am from Nairobi Kenya. I am interested in infrastructure development because where I grew up there was not enough infrastructure. I am new to I.D., but I am excited to be working with other iHouse residents. I welcome the opportunity to learn more about I.D. I plan to major in course 1 (C - Civil Engineering).
I'm from Indianapolis, IN. I began travelling when I was 12 years old and have jumped on every opportunity to continue traveling since then. As I was faced again and again with the question of where to go to college and what to study, travel opportunities weighed heavily and so did my need to serve people. International Development allows me to pursue service on a large-scale taking advantage of my natural curiosity about the world around me.
"Born and raised in Vietnam, Phong came to the United States at the age of ten. Through hard work and determination, with a touch of luck, Phong discovered his love for physics relatively early in his educational career. Privileged to be a member of MIT, Phong intends on furthering his interests in physics at the Institute. While it is true that Phong often ponders about the mysteries of the universe, he more frequently contemplates about something much closer to home: the conditions of his human brothers and sisters. And with this quest for societal betterment, Phong joins iHouse at MIT in hope that he will someday make a direct substantial difference in someoneís life. Phong is particularly interested in education development through expanding access to and enhancing the quality of education in Vietnam. Phong cultivated this vast appreciation for the value of education through previous teaching experiences as a teaching assistant, a curriculum co-developer, a tutor, and a math worksheet writer. At MIT, Phong shall continue to nurture his interest in education, and hopes to bring what he knows to developing countries in the very near future."
My goal is to bring the internet and education to the world.
I was born and brought up in a developing country, Kenya, in East Africa. I am in iHouse because I want to learn about international development and eventually develop a project that would hopefully expedite the development of a people. I do believe that Africa is richly endowed with many resources that, if properly tapped, could foster her development. iHouse gives me a unique opportunity to work closely with students from all over the world from whom I learn a lot everyday, with whom I share an interest in ID and can work together in projects.
I am from Baghdad, Iraq, and I have been in mathematics and physics since an early age. My potential major is EECS, and I would like to pursue further studies in Physics, favorably theoretical in nature. As an engineer, the place in which I find myself is working in Research and Development, creating new ideas and solutions and putting them to tests. In addition, my aspirations include working towards a better future for people around this world by improving the involvement of young people in science and technology, and incorporating their ideas into the industrial process, one thing that may deeply impact the economic and social statuses of these countries in general.
I am from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. I became interested in international development after going to Cambodia and seeing the disparity in standards of living. I'm not sure what kind of projects I want to do, but I am excited to begin my journey with iHouse.
I LOVE traveling and getting to know different cultures -- Coming from China as an international student, I've studied, competed, and volunteered in Spain, Columbia, the Grand Canyon, the Carolinas, Western Europe, Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica in the past few years, and I've learned so much from each and every journey. Beside traveling, I like songwriting, sketching, and having fun!
Born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area, I became interested in international development rather indirectly during high school. After a few years of community service and reading several books on ethics and global poverty, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in helping others, particularly beyond the US. Though I donít yet have much experience, I look forward to learning more about ID and getting involved in projects with other members of iHouse.
I am from Waterville, Maine. The areas of international development that most interest me include the improvement of the quality and availability of education in developing countries, as well as access to life-sustaining resources. I am also deeply interested in furthering the plight of women in areas where gender equality does not exist.
Midwestern-raised girl who first became interested in international development after a trip to Myanmar on her gap year adventure. Likes travelling, languages, nature, fitness, and bubble tea. Is on a quest to improve herself in order to find ways to live life a little bit better a little bit at a time. Easygoing and friendly, enjoys spending time with friends. Focus on the future is to develop skills useful in life while having fun. Success with that to be seen!