Today we are pleased to announce our latest accounting scholarship winner – Aina Krupinski-Puig of the University of Maryland. Aina’s impressive GPA and dedication to public service is immensely commendable, and certainly makes her a deserving recipient.
Aina has agreed to let us share her essay, which illustrates her passion to make a positive impact using her education in economics and her talents to help disadvantaged communities around the world.
What compels you to study accounting, economics and/or finance? What role does technology play in your chosen industry and how will you use it in your career?
By Aina Krupinski-Puig
I am a sophomore at the University of Maryland in the Honors College Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. As a leader in development projects, and through knowledge acquired from my university studies, I have had the opportunity to develop solutions to aid disadvantaged populations. My projects have furthered my interest in understanding the power and impact of economic development.
The strong connection I have with my family and friends in Barcelona, Spain, where I was born, has allowed me to maintain my Spanish and Catalan language skills, develop my cultural knowledge, and foster a continuous relationship with the Catalan community in Washington, DC. These aspects of my life have propelled my dedication to serve those communities near me and worldwide. I am a founding member of the UMD chapter of Design for America, participate in break experiences such as working in schools in Gaston, North Carolina for two weeks this past January, and have previously partaken in service trips to Spain.
One of the reasons why I decided to enroll in the University of Maryland was to expand my understanding of inequality between socioeconomic classes in society. By delving into why individuals are in the economic conditions that they are in, it is easier to comprehend their behaviors and form solutions to propel them out of negative conditions. One kind of economic improvement is technological innovation. I believe that the absence of adequate technology is almost always the reason behind a lack of empowered low-income and impoverished communities.
This past summer, in June of 2015, I traveled to Kenya to the cities of Nairobi and Njoro with my mother to visit several family friends. During my visit, I spoke with a high school teacher, visited her school and saw how few supplies they had to educate their students. The head of the math department only had one math textbook to teach from, at about 200 pages in length. Astounded, I was forced to face the reality of poverty that exists amongst the majority of Kenyan citizens. On my trip, I saw the large portion of the population that is currently unemployed, including the community of one million people living in slums in the outskirts of Nairobi. I believe that through job improvement, infusion of technology, and expansion of opportunities for employment, these individuals will have greater incentives and power to rise out of poverty; minimizing the contrasts in welfare between the lower and upper socioeconomic levels of Kenyan society. Although I have yet to begin my promotion of my vision for the individuals I spoke with in Kenya, I hope to develop my aspirations through the knowledge I will acquire in my economics courses.
This past February 2016, I attended the United Nations Winter Youth Assembly and received an Outstanding Youth Delegate award, given to five participants out of the total 500. By making connections with professionals as well as youth from 70 countries, I recognized the parallel issues that exist within all developing communities. This realization prompted me to partner with a delegate from Liberia in a project to launch a non-profit, aiding impoverished countries by supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Futuristically as a professional with an Economics PhD in an international organization such as the United Nations, World Bank, or International Monetary Fund, I will constantly require technology to further my projects. As an economist, whether I am quantifying data or results from my most recent venture, I will utilize software to analyze my findings. Equipment will serve as a key component of my future career; with it I will be capable of refining my projects to more accurately determine procedures. However, without completion of my university studies, I will be unqualified in pursuing both my short and long-term goals as an economist and entrepreneur.
Note: This scholarship is currently closed until further notice.
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