Hello! My name is Ali, and I’m from Westchester, New York. I am passionate about understanding human behavior, cultures, and societies to design more efficient and equitable services and systems. Even though social impact design is my primary space, I still enjoy spatial and industrial design.
I began my undergraduate education at Dartmouth College, where I walked in determined to better understand the mechanisms of human behavior through Neuroscience. I then discovered Geography, especially Human Geography (the study of the interactions people, cultures, and societies with place and space), and Human-Centered Design. These two fields became my major and minor, respectively, and I became fascinated with their interdisciplinary natures and the intersections between the two. However, I realized I wanted to craft a different experience for the rest of my college education, and decided, after a lot of thought, that coming to Brown was a good move for who I am right now and for who I want to be. Here, I am studying Public Policy so I can explore a lot of different areas — such as Anthropology, History, and Sociology — and apply these to creating real, well-designed, systemic solutions.
I am very excited to be a part of Design@Brown and engage with people who are passionate about design and explore it in such amazingly different, yet connected ways.
Please come talk to me about design in any sense, your path in college, or design work post-college, or whatever’s on your mind. I’d love to get to know you!
reflect and trust yourself
College can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, and everyone has different ideas about it, which may or may not be aligned with yours. Listen to what others have to say and seek out “experts,” whether they be professors, friends, advisors, parents, etc., and listen to yourself.
By this, I mean try to enjoy the process and not having the answer yet. Embracing ambiguity is critical to appreciating design and life. This is easy to say and hard to practice, but gets easier with time.