1. I watched the TED talk “We need money for aid. So let’s print it” by Michael Metcalfe. The main point of this talk was that inflation may not be as risky as it seems and there might not be anything holding us back from printing money to save people in need across the world. He mentions that during the financial crisis the central banks of the US, UK, and Japan created $3.7 trillion to buy assets without causing much inflation at all. He wonders why the banks cannot do the same to create $200 million for international aid. This would be a 40% increase in aid, however it would barely increase the $3.7 trillion.
2. My TED talk was a talk by Gautam Bhan about a plan to house 100 million in India. He first explains the problem currently in India, being that there are many people immigrating into Indias large cities in order to look for jobs, yet people often have low salaries. The housing in India is expensive, so many people make “settlements” or “slums” where they make their home wherever they can, yet these houses are not sturdy, but they are cheap. He then goes into an example in Thailand where the government has been able to provide secure housing for 100,000 people. They were able to do this by allowing the people currently living in the settlements to stay there, instead of evicting them by saying living in the settlement is illegal. Through providing the people the promise to live on the land, they do not have the right to sell the land, but just live on the land, it provides them the reason to invest in their house, and will provide more people with a secure home, a hope to implement in India. This is not necessarily an innovative idea, more of a realistic plan that has been implemented into Thailand, and is also possible in India. The government does not have to do anything besides make a simple promise to the people, or even implement a new law, keeping the settlements legal, therefore the plan to help rid poverty isn’t innovative, just applicable to India.
3. Being African American education was always drilled into my head as a privilege and I took pride in that. Learning what my ancestors and forefathers had to go through just to learn to read was an inspiration. Education is important to me because it was important enough for people to fight, bleed, be arrested, have dogs bite them, water turned on them, be called names and spit on just for me to sit in a classroom and learn. The sacrifices of many wouldn’t fall short on me is how I looked at my education. But be that as it may my experiences in school were not as grandiose as I would have liked. I grew up in Oklahoma and when we moved to California needless to say that I had a country accent so dug deeper and my first experience was being made fun of. As the years progressed in school me and math didn’t get along. The majority of my math teachers were from different ethnicities and had heavy accents and made an already difficult subject even harder to understand. After a while being behind got the best of me and I started to believe that I was in fact stupid like one of my teachers had stated. In an effort to prove her wrong I dug deeper and studied harder and started to understand a little better. That moment taught me that it truly was possible to do anything if I put my mind to it.I kept my determination all the way up until graduating my senior year and heading to college. Tragedy stuck and I was unable to handle it and walked away from school. I got pregnant at 21 and began the life or wife and mother. Now here I am as a wife and mother trying to not only tell my children the importance of education but to show them as well. It’s never too late and education is for everyone no matter where and when you have to start.
4. Even though my siblings did not take school very seriously, education has always been of great value to me. Firstly, school is important to me because I want to be the best me that I can possibly be. I grew up as a very competitive child since I started playing sports at the age of 2 ½ years. That attitude carried over to academics when I started going to school. Of course, I wanted to be better than all of the other children. However, I also loved creating personal goals/challenges to see how far I could excel because achievement, in general, made me feel good about myself. Now that I am older and have more responsibilities, I have a new justification for why I value education: money. Good grades are the only thing paying for my college. I would have not gotten a full-ride academic scholarship without the hard work and studying that I have done over the years. Furthermore, it is more difficult to get a decent paying job without a higher education, nowadays. Although education is not important to me for more passionate reasons, my experience in college has given me a more positive perspective on education.
Leaving high school, my expectations for college were a lot different than reality. I thought it would be impossible to juggle school work and athletics. Plus, I was afraid of being homesick every day. Surprisingly, college has been the best experience of my life. For my first four years of college, I was able to double major, work a part-time job, and play a Division I sport. Then, I graduated Summa Cum Laude for my Bachelor of Science degree. I am proud of all that I have accomplished, thus far, but the friends I made and the networking I got out of it is what made this experience worth the discipline. I have enjoyed school so much (and haven’t made up my mind of what I really want to do as a career) that I am currently going to back to school to get a degree in Nursing. I am excited to see what these next few years have to offer me, whether it is more new friends or new undiscovered passions.