Monthly Archives: November 2012
As one of those students who is also working full-time (you can tell by the slightly crazed look in our eyes), I haven’t been able to take advantage of as many outside-the-classroom opportunities as I would like, which other students give such wonderful snapshots of on this blog: domestic and international internships, alternative spring breaks, research, and an overwhelming amount of intellectually and creatively stimulating lectures and events. There is one thing that I have managed to squeeze in, though, and I am so grateful that I have: student organizations.
Hands on learning? An undergraduate education at Price incorporates intriguing and enriching experiences in Los Angeles.
Some of the most interesting and rewarding courses at Price asked me, or rather forced me, to get out into the city. An experience in Los Angeles is an exciting mashup of different urban textures and cultures. But, although Price students are likely interested in sampling the urban experience of Southern California, school schedules, homework, and car-dependency put a damper on an undergraduate’s ability to visit the exciting neighborhoods of the region. However, the hands on curriculum of several PPD courses requires students to jump on buses and metro rail, to closely examine the positive and negative aspects of streets and sidewalks, and learn how to perceive the urban experience in an entirely new way.
One of the things I admire most about the Price School of Public Policy is its eagerness to use Los Angeles as a real life tool for studying policy, planning, and development. For example, as an assignment for my Urban Planning and Development class, I was required to select an identifiable public place in Los Angeles and learn about it through observation and research. I chose Union Station for my site, in part because, at the time, the idea of public transportation in Los Angeles was a fairly new concept to me.
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After two months studying at USC, I am so glad that I made the right decision to come to USC! Just like other top universities in the US, USC has renowned professors, brilliant students and first-class facilities. But the strengths of USC are far more than these! Continue reading
I’m not entirely sure how it’s possible but I’ll be flying back to London for the Christmas holidays in about 7 weeks. I feel like I arrived here yesterday but it’s actually been several months – move to a new country, start a new graduate program and apparently time goes by very quickly! Don’t get my wrong, I am absolutely looking forward to seeing my family and friends (in fact by the time I get home, I’ll even have a niece to join my two adorable nephews and I can’t wait to meet her) but I will definitely miss my new Trojan family while I’m gone!