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My Decision to Attend USC and Price School – by Alvin Neo, BS RED ’19

Posted on by Derek Robinson

Now is the time of year that college decisions are being released and prospective high school seniors are contemplating and debating their choices. Choosing the right college will be a huge struggle in the coming weeks as the May 1st deadline slowly creeps up and up. I would like to just give a perspective on my decision on why I chose USC and the Price School as I applied and debated my decisions.

I was ecstatic when I received my USC acceptance letter electronically. Though USC will send out a paper copy to your mailing address, at the time, I was in transit in Hong Kong on my way to Malaysia. I screamed and cheered in the bustling airport, repeatedly telling my parents that I have been accepted to USC. At the time, I never really figured out why I was so ecstatic. Sure, I supported USC football for the past 10 years but that was it in terms of my involvement and support for USC. It seemed like I had an innate desire, appreciation for USC and after 2 months here at USC, I have already been calling USC “home.” Now, I will be sidetracking if I started talking about all the excitement and opportunities that I have had at USC and instead will leave that story for a post later this week…..

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USC Price Student Organizations – by Chris Purcell, MPL ’17

Posted on by Derek Robinson

The number of ways to become involved with USC was one of the main reasons why I chose to attend Price as an urban planning graduate student. Attending the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy admit day allowed me to learn about the different student organizations and communities that were open to incoming students. It was there that I learned about the student organization Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD), and I knew right away that I wanted to join as a member.

ASPD acts as one of the main urban planning graduate student associations at USC and puts on a number of events throughout the school year….

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Why I Love Los Angeles – by Chris Purcell, MPL ’17

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Because Los Angeles is such a large city, it has the ability to offer endless opportunities and experiences for its residents and visitors alike. From its sunny beaches to its world-class museums and art galleries, there is always something new to see and do! I’ve since come to discover a few unique characteristics about LA that I love, which have made me realize that I never want to leave this city….

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Summer Internship in San Mateo – by Corey Chang, MPL ’15

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As an MPL who’s interested in economic development both as an academic study and real-world application, this past summer was an ideal situation to synthesize my coursework into an internship opportunity. This past summer I interned at the City of San Mateo’s Economic Development Department… Continue reading

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Finding a New Home in Los Angeles

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When I first moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta, I knew it was going to be a major transition, but also a great learning experience. As an urban planning student, I knew that living in Los Angeles would in itself … 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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Here it is, the last semester ever

Posted on by Dafne Gokcen

After almost an entire lifetime of being in school, I’ve finally reached the very last semester of school ever. (Well, I suppose I may go back to school at some point in the future. But for the foreseeable future, this is it. The end!) Continue reading

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Student Orgs and APIC

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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.
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Ladies’ Night

Posted on by Jessica Papia

Last night, I wasn’t working on my Practicum project. I wasn’t reading the latest peer-reviewed journal article about the Achievement Gap. And I definitely wasn’t downloading Census data for a multivariate statistical regression.


Instead, I was at the Perch in downtown Los Angeles with some of the incredible women of SPPD. Our organization, Women Leading Policy, Planning, and Development (quite a name, I know), was hosting Ladies’ Night. This was a chance for us to relax and have fun, talking with one another about things beyond benefit-cost analysis or stakeholder matrices.

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