My participation in the HOPE Count helped me understand statistics in the
real world by showing me the necessity in getting the closest number possible for
certain world problems. Using statistics in the real world is the first step in helping
solve many substantial and important issues such as, the amount of homeless
people in New York City, the amount of people in the United States with AIDs, or the
amount of African-Americans that are incarcerated. By finding a statistic for a
specific issue, we can discover how large and prevalent that issue is and then learn
how to help prevent or stop it.
Reflecting on the beautifully intelligent quote from To Kill a Mockingbird, it is
absolutely correct that one can never begin to grasp the struggles of another human
being until they are in their shoes. By going on the HOPE Count I realized how
detrimental a lifestyle it is and how saddening it was to have a large number of
homeless people tallied at the end. Seeing it first hand, I now know that I will never
be able to understand or comprehend what it’s like to live homeless in the city
unless I am living it.