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New Year

This is strange, I haven’t written a blog post in almost a year. I am very ashamed that I didn’t have the time to write. Please forgive me.

So many updates, I don’t know where to begin.

I am now an graduate student at Parsons The New School of Design, studying Theories of Urban Practice (Class of 2014). This Masters of Arts program is designed to reflect a new approach to urbanism.

I am really honored to be apart of the first class. As I complete my first year of the program, I am excited for my final year of study.  The upcoming year will be filled with thesis prep, travel, original research and urbanism networking

More Details: This research-driven graduate program provides an innovative pathway for students interested in acquiring a critical understanding of the design of cities and the transdisciplinary knowledge required to transform them. Drawing on the expanding and evolving body of urban knowledge, urban research, and action, the program will redefine urbanism and urban design as a field of transformative practice

Another fun fact, I am also apart of the ATLANTIS PROGRAM: URBANISMS OF INCLUSION ( http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/subpage.aspx?id=58015 )  in Leuven, Belgium .

Urbanisms of Inclusion addresses the emerging territorial and socio-ecological issues that accompany the dual challenges of rapid global urbanization and the adaptation of cities in response to climate change and transnational migrations. The program views these issues—including dualization, gentrification, mobility and migrations, territorial fragmentation, and uneven development—through the lens of social inclusion.

I arrived in Belgium February 2013 and I will be heading back to New York City to continue my studies in July 2013. My biggest regret in undergrad, was that I didn’t cease all the study aboard opportunities Miami University offered me.

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Studying in Europe as a graduate student gives me more academic freedom than I would in undergrad. I had an amazing time in Europe, but it was extremely stressful. Studying in a traditional Urbanism program was difficult. Being surrounded by planners and architects really gave me a new lens. I wanted to know how traditional urbanist solved urban problems through design.

I hope this will be an eye opening experience!