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Why I am taking this class

As an eight-year-old, I told my father that I wanted to be a doctor and volunteer with Doctors without Borders so that I could save lives all over the world. As an eighteen-year-old, I am hoping to graduate from college with an Environmental Studies major and ensure that the world is a cleaner and greener place. Obviously, my goals have changed but I’m still attracted to the opportunity to contribute to humanitarian aid and relief.

My parents were both born in Vietnam and thankfully escaped much of the ravages of the Vietnam War by attending college in the United States. Unfortunately, much of my family wasn’t as fortunate. Although crisis mapping is popularly associated with humanitarian relief after international disasters, it also has applications with improving living conditions in slums and poorer neighborhoods. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, crisis mapping could have been useful in recording and tracking refugees as well as internally displaced citizens which would have undoubtedly helped many of my family members.

Before signing up for this class, my knowledge of crisis mapping extended to the description provided on the ex-college website. However, the mission of crisis mapping is both innovative and inspiring. I enjoy the fact that I won’t have to go school for eight years in order to help those in need and that humanitarian relief will no longer be confined to those willing to invest large amounts of time and money. Crisis mapping is inclusive and combines the old-fashioned feeling of community with the world’s most modern technology. I signed up for this class because I wanted to find alternative means of contributing to humanitarian aid and relief, but it can hopefully be applied to promoting sustainability and environmental initiatives.

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