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Q. What made you enroll in the Undergarduate Program in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT?

Jue: I applied to MIT with the intent of developing applied energy technologies for developing countries. However, when I arrived on campus, I became friends with a senior in DUSP. She introduced me to the department, and I fell in love with the complex issues that are taught in DUSP courses such as international development, poverty, housing, energy and the environment, economic growth, and human rights and activism. These are the world's big and important problems that people my age - my increasingly globally aware and compassionate generation - particularly want to, can, and will bring change to and solve. I dropped engineering and joined DUSP at the end of my freshman year.

Q. What has been the best part of your experience here?

Jue: Studying abroad during the fall semester of my junior year was an incredible experience. I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bangalore, India; and Beijing and Shanghai, China with the International Honors Program: Cities in the 21st Century. I must say that traveling internationally is a perk of being an urban studies and planning major. I get academic credit for it, and class trips are heavily subsidized (I visited Amsterdam to study housing development in the spring of my sophomore year). Another incredible part of my experience in DUSP has been researching with Professor Karen Polenske on China's energy intensity and use of coal in power generation. Professor Polenske has been a great adviser and support, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to develop a mentor/ mentee relationship with her.

Q. What will you do after graduation?

Jue: That's a good question. I'm still working on answering it. Graduate school is definitely in the future. However, I'm always up for a few more adventures ... There is just so much to learn.

Q.Do you have any recent papers or projects you feel especially proud of?

Jue: Last year I worked for The Tech, MIT's newspaper, and published a series of articles on Urban Planning entitled, "It's a Big, Big World". Here are links to some of my favorites in the series:

Up Close with Urban Poverty

The Times, They are Adapting

Is It Easy Being Green?