The year after I graduated, 2006-7 academic year, I lived and worked in Belize designing and logistically managing a variety of development projects with a NGO named Peacework. I continue to work for the group part-time. My work with Peacework has made me interested in design solutions for people living in poverty.
DT's departmental interest in similar things (sustainability, activism) attracted me to the program. I'm self-taught in web design, and that also partially brought me to the program. The program also seemed like a interesting way to combine my interests in science and art. Last semester was really the beginning of my training in design and formal technology training. Since being in the program, I've seen that I have a natural inclination toward more programatic things and have enjoyed interaction. That said, I'm still exploring things.
That leads me to why I've taken this class. Like I said, I feel that I more naturally excel in things such as programming, and I also feel that things in this class will perhaps allow me to explore design for development.
I'm hoping that the class can help me work on solidifying my design process, help me explore my academic interest in development design, and assist me in both learning new skills and synthesizing existing ones that are attractive for potential employers for after I complete the MFADT program.