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Despite what many of my friends from my time as an undergraduate at UCLA have dubbed “crossing over to the dark side,” attending USC for graduate school is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. In just one semester, I’ve met some of the kindest, most amazing people I could imagine, started an internship that has already proven to be incredibly valuable, and completely altered and inspired my perspective on urban planning. Any and all apprehension I once had regarding my decision to come to Price to complete my Master of Planning degree has been entirely replaced by pride in my school and optimism for what is to come……
One semester into my Master of Public Policy at USC and I’ve become accustomed to the question: “But what are you going to do with an MPP?” The confusion is understandable – unlike someone studying engineering or physical therapy, I’m not going to be a public policy.
Personally, I chose MPP because I am interested in using the quantitative skills gained through my courses in statistics and economics to evaluate new, innovative solutions to social problems. I’ll most likely find myself working at a nonprofit or foundation, helping them strategically invest their limited resources. I plan to get a certificate from the highly ranked Marshall School of Business, at no extra cost to me, to further round out my resume….
I grew up mostly in Northern California, so I didn’t think moving to Southern California for school would be much of a culture shock. But, much to my surprise, I was in for a change. The weather is much warmer here. The industry plays an enormous role in this city. And Los Angeles is much more spread out than San Francisco.
My first semester freshman year, I was hesitant as any college freshman would be. Being a fan of cooler weather, not having much interaction with the theater program, and not having a car, I was definitely nervous before coming to school. But from the point I stepped onto campus during move-in day, and until now, my sophomore year, I have found that Los Angeles has so many opportunities here that make it the perfect place to go to school!…
Moving to Los Angeles, the City of Angels! Some daunting things can happen moving from one coast to another. Things you worry about include housing, roommates, transportation, furnishings, and more! I made the move from Florida to Los Angeles with … Continue reading
Posted in Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development, Dual Degree, Master of Health Administration, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy | Tagged adjusting, advice, apartment, Community, decisions, los angeles, moving
Los Angeles is my hometown and I am proud of all the ways it is growing and evolving. I’m constantly finding new places to explore and discover. One part of Los Angeles that has been particularly fun to watch evolve … Continue reading
Posted in Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development, Dual Degree, Master of Health Administration, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, Uncategorized | Tagged advice, Community, LA, los angeles, opportunity, Social Impact, Sol Price
I was lucky enough to attend the Price Guardian Awards Gala on September 26th. What an affair! Held at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel, guests were treated to a multi-course meal, musical performances, amazing networking, and the celebration of alumni. … Continue reading
Are you nervous to start your first year of graduate school? Don’t worry, I survived and so can you! Planning out your coursework can become somewhat tedious, but you should really take the time to organize your next few semesters. I … Continue reading
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. Continue reading
I would here this “Trojan Family” statement everywhere! The information sessions, admitted student event, and orientation all repeated this catchphrase multiple times throughout the day. At first, I thought it was just a persuasion gimmick, but now that I am here, I have realized that it is in fact real. Everything people have said in regards to the “Trojan Family” is exactly how it feels and sounds. Continue reading
I was lucky to attend the Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy leadership forum entitled Philanthropy: Imagination, Innovation, and Impact. An incredible panelist began his account with the phrase: “All stories have one of two plots: 1) someone goes on a journey or 2) a stranger comes to town.”
Those words remain with me as graduation approaches. I’m in my last semester at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Soon, we will be embarking on our new journeys. Or, soon, we may be the strangers that are moving to new towns, starting new jobs. Continue reading
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