I like to think that I've always been a designer. I liked art projects, but I didn't like the art part of the projects, I loved fashion dolls where you could change the clothes with scraps of fabric... But I've never felt like a real designer.
For a while, I tried to convince myself that I would be a scientist; because I liked bugs and considered people more or less squishy cars as far as plumbing systems go. I wanted to be a doctor in particular. I liked the idea of solving problems for a bigger goal; curing disease through the incredible medical means and developing better ways to rid humans of afflictions. But I got frustrated with the mindset of academic scientists and the rigidity imposed to reach an equally rigid goal. I didn't fit in with the scientists, and I didn't believe I fit with the designers either. "Designer" seemed like a term applied to the lucky few that got to solve (and also create) the problems I feel like I see in so many of the things that surround us.
So after that little preamble, why am I taking Design for Change? I am taking design for change because the scientist in me still wants to pinpoint issues and remove the disease with the methods of which I am capable. As a designer, the methods I have area visual construction of ideas in a way that can communicate an idea. Design for Change allows me to put both the scientist and designer together to express my values to the world in a way others will best receive them.
What are my values, you ask? I am particularly passionate about people respecting their bodies, environments, and each other. By respecting their bodies, I mean mostly exercising, but not too much, eating, but not too much, and making sure that said squishy and in regards to the environment, being conscious of the consequences of their actions and being ok with those results. For respecting each other, I think the decisions people make, so long as they don't unduly effect others around them, should be allowed. Such as people sexual preferences, religious practices, the fact that humans come in many different shades, and traffic rules.
Also, just because there are my values doesn't mean that I am not a human and make mistakes or have flawed judgment. I like cake. A lot. I have hurt myself mostly by reaching and missing goals (cliff jumping, trail running) in an irresponsible manner. The one thing I will not do though is cross when there is a no walking sign.
That's why I am taking Design for Change.