After many vacations in places, with the lack of access to clean water, has spiked awareness and borne the wish of granting the people of this world the same understanding of the problem at hand. With a price of 50 cents per minute of water for showers, it is hard not to notice or undermine the matter of a lack of clean water today. Also, many countries, Julia has visited, have major problems relating to water. There are only a handful of countries, that have access to clean tap water. All the other countries have to buy bottled water to drink. In relation to poverty in South America, Africa, and Middle Asia, most of their population cannot afford the right to water, something we take for granted. Julia strongly believes that if no one is going to take action, the problem will keep worsening exponentially. The current solutions to the problem, like Bobble, the water filter, or LifeStraw filters, are a start in the right direction, but it is not enough. Also, since the LifeStraw idea started off as an idea in university, it is evident that almost everyone can make a difference and have a global impact. Julia believes that the main objective today is working on making the current solutions cheaper and more widely distributed, through either scientific discoveries in that direction, or governmental donations on the matter.
Although the Water Crisis seems to be the main concern today, among the Global Warming Crisis, there are some other core problems, that are also increasingly important today. The main problem of this century seems to be the sense of partial equality. Many fight for causes that no longer make a difference. Racism, Sexism, Homosexuality and many others, will be concepts that people are bound to clash over due to differences in opinion. Everyone is brought up differently, and Julia believes that we should respect our differences and stop fighting over scraps to make their view be the global view. Let’s respect each other’s difference in opinion and live peacefully, the way how we want to live!
Similarly, poverty is becoming more and more of a problem every day. Millions are dying every year in the less economically developed countries. Even water has become privatized in these parts of the world. If water is bottled and taken out of a less developed country, how can the people afford to drink? Solving poverty would solve many of the problems today. Unfortunately, the current social system is such that the world requires the lower classes, for the upper classes to exist, and therefore no one will go far and beyond to solve poverty, simply because it will have a serious impact on his own social standing.
Having lived in New York for most of her life, and boarding in Connecticut, Julia describes herself as a person, living in a social bubble, that is doing well economically and frankly doesn’t have the time or effort to be aware and work towards solving the problems this world faces. It is the numerous travels of her family, and the summer camps, she has visited, that have presented her with the awareness of how people with different backgrounds, living in different environments, struggle today. Having taken many spontaneous roles of leadership throughout her life, she has also noticed that if the amount of effort put in by the people will be relatively small, in comparison to the impact they make, millions would take the actions to make that impact, simply to feel like they themselves have made a difference, thus making them important. Therefore, if the people if this world are led to taking a lot of baby steps in the right direction, the world will rid itself of most of its problems.
What started as a hobby, of piecing together different LEGO puzzles, turned into a real dream, of becoming a mechanical engineer, after yet another summer camp on reverse engineering. With a preference of building and a natural talent in Computer Science, she believes herself to be perfect for the job. Stanford awaits with open arms, I am sure! Although it is quite early to think and prepare for university in her school career, she has already started researching matrices 3D drawing out of interest on the subject.