Price Student Q&A: Terrance Ware, Jr.
Hometown: Watts, CA
Major: Public Policy
Q. What inspired you to choose your major?
A. After a life full of oppression about two years ago at Santa Monica College, I realized something particular about myself. I am willing to do absolutely anything it takes to protect those oppressed by our economic and socioeconomic systems. This includes putting my life on the line. So I decided in order to do this most effectively, I need to learn the political system and policies which affect those consistently systemically oppressed. With our current political climate and events taking place around the globe from mass incarcerations of people of color in the U.S. to mass killings of men, women and children in Nigeria, change has to come from us. I can no longer stand around and allow people to face oppression due to the pigment of their skin, their gender, their religious beliefs, financial status, sexual orientation or economic background.
Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?
A. In the Price school I have been afforded tons of opportunities. The first opportunity was being able to both establish a relationship and shadow Dr. Lori Glasgow, who is the current Executive Officer for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The next opportunity was granted to me in becoming an Ambassador for Price, where I am able to help perspective students, gain access to exclusive events, and work alongside Price faculty and administrators. Thus far the biggest opportunity granted to me through price is my upcoming internship in the fall 2018 semester with Senator Kamala Harris’s LA office. Honestly, I could mention quite a bit more of opportunities that were granted to me through Price. However, the last I’d like to mention is the opportunity to learn from peers, mentors, esteemed faculty, and change agents.
Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?
A. In my time here at Price I have developed a few skills. One of these skills include problem solving which I can use in everyday situations. I have also been grateful to learn the skill of evaluation. I can now listen, understand, and fully analyze issues in order to propose better solutions.
Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?
A. My most enjoyed class in Price has been PPD 300: Social Justice Issues in Public Policy and Urban Planning with Dr. LaVonna B. Lewis. In this social justice course, the dialogue along with other students has been eye-opening, uncomfortable, exciting, and most of all beneficial not only to our educational experience but our individual lives. This class has given me the tools to analyze, synthesize, and think critically about policy options. These policy options effect different priority populations, and I can now propose strategies at the local, state, and national levels of government to solve their social justice related issues. Ultimately, I feel Dr. Lewis’s class has equipped me with realities and concepts that will assist me in making our communities thrive.
Q. What are your future career plans?
A. I plan to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant following my graduate studies. I would love to further explore my interest in politics and get involved within my local community. Opportunities such as running for city council, mayor, and county positions have recently peaked my interests. I hope to pursue these type of opportunities and move on to federal government and ultimately run for President of the United States of America.
Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?
A. The best advice I received regarding my education was to follow my passion and to do what I have to do in order to do what I want to do.