I hope that I can challenge my beliefs about the way things should be simply because that is the way they have been, and instead find new ways of approaching real-world issues.
Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?
I chose AAP, and more specifically, URS, because I knew I would not be able to find a program that paralleled it at any other school. I believe that AAP is perfect for me in every way possible. The small size of the college allows for a close-knit community of visionaries within a more niche set of majors, yet in the context of a major university. Once I knew that I wanted to take some form of urban studies as an undergraduate, AAP was instantly at the top of my list, even though Cornell was a top choice already.
What inspired you to join the field of city and regional planning?
I was born in Brooklyn, but moved with my parents to Denver as an infant. As a child, I understood the pride associated with such a vibrant, complex city, and how it was possibly amplified even more within that particular borough. I always wanted to be a big city person and loved skyscrapers, but it was not until more recently that I began to understand that my love of cities came from a fascination with people. Massive urban areas may get the most recognition for their great display of humanity, but those connections and experiences can exist on many levels. I felt that the field of city and regional planning would not only give me a better understanding of the world and those around me, but help me to find the tools to positively influence the way people live within cities, or outside of them.
What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?
I do not know of many specific clubs at Cornell, but I know that I want to join a club that works to solve urban planning issues within and around Ithaca. I would like to join a political activism club. I also want to be active in the running club so that I can run and compete without doing so at a Division I level.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?
During my time at AAP and beyond, I hope that my fascination with cities continues to grow. I hope that I can challenge my beliefs about the way things should be simply because that is the way they have been, and instead find new ways of approaching real-world issues.