Hannah Faulwell

Simi Valley, California

If it hadn't been for Cornell and AAP, I may have settled for a less specific program that would have forced me to study things outside of my field of choice. With URS at AAP, I didn't have to settle.

Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?

During the college decision process, I found it extremely difficult to find academic programs that were truly in line with my interests in urban studies. If it hadn't been for Cornell and AAP, I may have settled for a less specific program that would have forced me to study things far outside of my field of choice and would have failed in preparing for a career in this field. With URS at AAP, I didn't have to settle. I can tell from the course options and other resources that my education at AAP will be very tailored to my academic interests and will easily prepare me for my future career choices.

What inspired you to join the field of city and regional planning?

I have been drawn to urban studies as an academic discipline since taking AP Human Geography my freshman year of high school. I quickly came to appreciate urban studies as both a compelling academic subject and a potential career. I later completed my International Baccalaureate extended essay on this subject, which helped me be more certain about my interest in the topic. As I continue to learn about the field, I have especially come to value its interdisciplinary potential in an academic setting. Urban studies requires an understanding of politics, economics, education, sustainability, sociology, and more. In order to be versed in urban studies, therefore, one must be exposed to a large number of subtopics. I believe that the wide scope of knowledge that can be developed in this field translates to a wide array of options for an impactful future.

What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?

I am a violinist, and I plan to minor in music at Cornell. In high school I was also a swimmer, though I don't plan to continue this. I have been involved in clubs such as Interact, Girl Up, and French Club.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?

I hope to make valuable and fulfilling connections and friendships with other AAP students and staff. I hope to expand my knowledge and experience in urban studies and refine my career choices until I see a clear path for myself after graduation.