Let Me Introduce Myself

Hi! My name is Catherine Pham, and I am a student at the University of California, Berkeley.

Go bears!
Cal during the Big Game week. Go Bears! :)

I am an Economics major, and I am minoring in Global Poverty & Practice.  Sounds like an interesting minor, right?  It is.

To complete the minor, I have to complete a practice experience, essentially volunteering my time at an organization that deals with poverty issues and alleviation.  Therefore, I have started this blog to write down my thoughts and the events that happen as I prepare and go through my upcoming experience this May-August 2014.  As you can already tell my the headline of the blog, I will be traveling to 7000 miles (approximately) and across the Pacific Ocean to Vietnam.

Hope you enjoy it!

But, before I talk directly about my practice experience, I would like to introduce myself.

  • I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  I specifically grew up in Northeast Los Angeles, but went to high school in Downtown Los Angeles. My parents and my older sister immigrated from Vietnam.
  • My parents always stressed the importance of an education, so I was typically a good student.
  • I am currently a second year in college, hoping to graduate at the end of Spring 2016.
  • I came to Cal knowing that I wanted to be an economics major because I was really interested in resource allocation, urban poverty, and inequality in America.  One of my high school teachers showed me research by Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Picketty, and that really opened my eyes about the state of the economy in the United States.
  • But, when I came to Cal, I didn’t know what to do with an economics degree.  I felt that many people go into business or finance or consulting, but those fields didn’t really feel like they  were… me.  I liked that economics was a way to explain the world (I thought it was romantic in that way), and I liked big macroeconomic theory.
  • Then, I found Global Poverty & Practice.  Now, I feel like my college experience is much more fulfilled because it has opened up opportunities for me that I never had imagined of.
  • What I’m going to do after college is still unclear to me right now, but it is a work in progress.

I’m actually having a hard time writing things about myself because I don’t talk about myself that much.  But, I think that’s all I have for right now, at least for the important details.

Thank you for getting to the bottom, and I hope that you continue to follow as my journey continues. :)

If you would like to know anything more about me, leave a comment!  More information is to come.

Over and out. :)

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