How My Background Influenced the Problems I Want to Solve

How has your own background influenced the types of problems you want to solve?


The headline “20 Worst Places to live in the US” flashes on my laptop. I curiously click it, disappointed to see my community, San Bernardino County, top the charts in crime, education, and pollution-induced high temperatures and air quality.

As an aspiring future data scientist and lover of lists, I plan on creating algorithms to rank cities’ liveability and to measure air quality and crime. Mainly, I’ll promote all cities’ improvement so a “worst list” wouldn't need to exist. I’ll use my pursuits in environmental science to invest in better ventilation and renewable energy like solar and hydroelectric power. I’ll beautify my desert city of Ontario, California to resemble Ontario, Canada with cooler temperatures through waterfalls, dams, and wind farms. Additionally, I’ll combat pollution by promoting carpools and asbestos checks instead of engine sputters from trucks and coal. I want to help since after all, I don't need any more record-breaking heat waves causing me to sweat in my own home. We’ll be as green as Germany, which imports trash to recycle.My home state of California brings natural beauty but also natural disasters like heat waves, earthquakes, and the recent wildfires. To combat these horrors, I’ll advocate for...

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