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I Survived!: Recap of My First Semester at Price – By Olivia Joncich, MPL ’17

Posted on by Derek Robinson

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……

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What I Love About Los Angeles – by Taara Prasad, BS PPD ’17

Posted on by tekurio

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!…
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Suggested Tips from a Price Ambassador

Posted on by Hoang Vi Ho

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

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Last semester at USC Sol Price!

Posted on by Anya Essiounina

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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USC Hosts Los Angeles Mayoral Debates

Posted on by Patrick Martinez

Yesterday at USC’s Louis B. Mayer Auditorium on our Health Sciences Campus in East L.A, NBC4 Southern California, Telemundo52, 89.3 KPCC-FM and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy joined together to co-host the second mayoral debate between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Gruel. Continue reading

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Making the most of your MPL degree

Posted on by Dafne Gokcen

There are lots of things an MPL student can do to make the most of their degree – get a valuable internship, attend free public lectures, work with professors, etc. But one of the most valuable and, I think, most under-appreciated things a student can do is to take classes from a broad range of topics within planning. Continue reading

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Featured Alum: John Roberson III, MPP ’12

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Excelsior is a Latin word that means “ever upward.” Since my completion of the Master of Public Policy program at the Price School, this term has become a recurring and almost central theme in my life. From the valuable relationships and bonds forged, to the rich externship and internship experiences; Price continues to elevate my thinking and challenges me personally to create innovative solutions to complex societal issues. Continue reading

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Participating in the Local Government Case Challenge

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Over a month ago, GPAC and ICMA started sending out emails about the Local Government Case Challenge within the Price School. The case challenge is an opportunity for students from Public Administration, Public Policy and Urban Planning to work together to solve a real world problem facing a local city. Each participant is randomly placed on a small team and each team has two and half days to analyze the material and come up with a solution to present to local city officials who then decide on the winning plan. Continue reading

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Intensive Classes

Posted on by kjgroves

I walked into Professor Bill Kelly’s class the first Saturday dreading what I thought would feel like a really long day. That wasn’t the case at all. There were a range of different engaging teaching methods that were used to keep the class interested in the class material. Continue reading

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Education in the Real World: Internships!

Posted on by Taylor Wolfson

Last week I began one of the most educational and exciting experiences I will have while a student at USC: an internship as an education policy intern at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. Because I am extremely interested in both education reform and possibly working in government one day, this is as good as it gets. Continue reading

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