What is your background?
I am the son of two immigrant parents and was born in Georgia but moved to California when I was just a few months old. I spent the next twelve years of my life moving between Stockton, California, and the San Francisco Bay Area until I moved to Belgrade, Serbia in the summer of 2014. Although I only spent two years of my life in Serbia, it gave me a valuable perspective on economic, social, and cultural issues that I took with me when my family ended up moving to Southern California in 2016. Today, I use many of my life experiences and research to fuel projects such as Illusion of Democracy, which now serves as an extension of myself.
Why make this blog?
I started this blog with the intention to encourage my fellow classmates to engage in democratic discourse and provide a unique perspective on various issues that are not often seen on mainstream media. I also possess a deep love for economics and politics, but unfortunately do not get a chance to discuss them as often as I would like, so this blog serves as a great platform for me to share my opinions on pressing issues (Although I still manage to annoy my friends and family with hour-long rants regarding political and economic theory).
What do you plan to do with your education?
Although I am currently in community college, I plan on transferring to either UC Berkeley or UCLA as an economics major in the Fall academic year of 2022. I want to pursue a Ph.D. in economics after my bachelor’s and am particularly interested in the fields of political economy and development economics. My dream is to become a professor at a high-ranking university and eventually utilize my experience for a government position (Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, Economic Advisor, Congressman, etc).
When will you be posting new articles?
Although my blog schedule was originally all over the place, I plan on constantly posting one blog post every Sunday (starting 2021). I also have a Youtube channel that features daily uploads.
My Youtube Channel features less formal content as many of my thoughts on there are off the top of my head. If you are interested in such content, I recommend you visit my channel!
In case it is not obvious enough, I personally identify as a progressive Democrat or, in political theory terms, a social democrat. Please be cautious of my bias when consuming any of my content.
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