The field of city and regional planning brings together the broadest spectrum of my interests, from transportation policy and cooperative management to physical design and adaptive reuse.
Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?
I was initially drawn to Cornell as an undergraduate because of the well-rounded, "choose-your-own-adventure" curriculum that Urban & Regional Studies provided. Upon visiting, I was deeply charmed by Ithaca, the Finger Lakes region, and the incredible gorges and waterfalls right on campus. I also loved the energy of Sibley Hall, the three disciplines working side by side to produce incredible work and have fun doing it. While I considered a variety of graduate fields, I ultimately decided to return to AAP for City & Regional Planning because the field brings together the broadest spectrum of my interests, from transportation policy and cooperative management to physical design and adaptive reuse.
What experiences have contributed to your sense of belonging at AAP?
Both of my cohorts, URS and M.R.P., have been filled with people who inspire and support me. Some of my closest friends are classmates from the undergraduate program, and I anticipate the same with my current classmates. The faculty has also played a huge role, going above and beyond to make me feel welcome and to encourage me to pursue new opportunities.
What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?
I'm a student instructor for rock climbing, bike touring, and cross country skiing with Cornell Outdoor Education and I generally try to be outside as much as possible (even in the winter!). I also exchange letters with inmates through the Alternatives Library's Prisoner Express program. Finally, with thriving local agriculture, cheese, wine, cider, & coffee scene, Ithaca is a great place to be a foodie.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?
My goal is to help make cities a more supportive and healthy environment for human life while also ensuring that humans don't completely wreck the planet.