"How does the study of a city's history affect decisions that move a city toward a sustainable future?"
People have a tendency to only focus on the way things are today, without thinking about how they became the way that they did. Taking a step back and looking at the changes and continuities throughout our city's history allows us to look at out successes and failures. We are able to see what worked culturally, politically, and economically along with what didn't, giving us the opportunity to improve. The only way for a city to be prosperous is to understand past mistakes and realize the need for change in order to progress. With this being said, as a city, it is also important to remember our beginnings and traditions. Our roots are what hold us together as culture and makes us stand out as a city. There must be a balance between advancement and constancy to move a city toward sustainability.
"At one time or another, we are all immigrants." As a simple statement, that's generally overlooked, it rings truth. Living in America, rarely anyone is a native. Living in the port city of New Orleans, immigration plays an even larger role in everyday life.
“Bonjour,” said my kindergarten teacher as I entered the classroom for the first time. Intimidated and five years old, I stared up at the tall man in front of me, while I gripped my mother’s hand. This is the first thing I think about when someone inquires about my education and the world that I come from. From the first day of kindergarten until the day I graduated eighth grade, I was immersed in the French language at the International School of Louisiana, a state charter school. During my time at ISL, I also took classes in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Those years have turned me into the person I am today, by giving me a love for diversity and by nurturing my desire to further my education of the world around me. I am currently attending Benjamin Franklin High School, whose accepting environment and rigorous academics, have only increased my love for diversity and education. During my time at Benjamin Franklin I have had many wonderful opportunities such as participating in Interact Club, volunteering at Camp College, receiving two service awards, working for political campaigns, and helping to conduct a research project at LSUHSC.
Even though I have had wonderful opportunities, I always look for ways to expand my horizons. The New Orleans Scholars Program will allow me to expand my education, and not only help those in my school community but my entire city. Education of the history, culture, state politics and local politics will help me get a head start on my future of studying the world around me, so that one day I can make a difference.