I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 (Class of 2014) where I studied Environmental Economics.
I grew up in India, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. At 16, I started a social enterprise in the carbon credits business in India that was eventually endorsed by the United Nations. This project led to me to be a part of a junior Indian delegation to climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.
This early exposure to capitalism + environmentalism was my inspiration for the Environmental Economics and liberal course of study at college. At Maryland, I became fascinated by, among other things, economics principles.
My deep appreciation for capitalism has refined my views on environmentalism and my career as well. I now want to spend as much of my time building things (or in teams of people that are building things), directly or indirectly, that have viable business models AND help people improve the quality of their lives AND help people conserve natural resources and the environment (in that order).
And that's where the motivation for this course comes from. Since time is my most valuable asset, I'd like to use some of it to advise folks on how you can save on unnecessary student loans! Debt for college is NOT something that you HAVE to take on to benefit from the experience of college -- life is better when you are financially independent.
Most recently, however, I've been working at an energy consulting company helping commercial buildings and industries become more efficient (in line with my life mantra of helping create economic and environmental value)!