I'm a 22-year-old female, Fulbright-grantee currently teaching English in South Korea. I graduated with a B.A. in English from Reed College last May. I'll be in South Korea until July 2005.
I used to think I wanted to get a Ph.d. in English, but I've actually nurtured a fascination with urban planning and land-use since I was maybe in middle school and remember driving with my family through Detroit, past all these dead and empty buildings, to visit a family we knew who lived in a big new house built right in the midst of a corn field, and thinking to myself how strange this was.
A couple summers ago I had a summer job as a librarian working at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, run by the University of Georgia, where my mother works as a statistician. It was an incredibly boring job, but some of the reading I did in my down time made me start thinking about different vocations. At first I thought maybe I was interested in wildlife management, and even took a correspondence course from the University of Colorado (that turned out a little disasterously in my opinion---correspondence courses are not my thing it turns out). Later with a little more research I realized that urban planning or land-use planning was the thing for me, since I wasn't just interested in environmental issues, but also more human issues.
Now I'm finding myself eager to finish up here (South Korea is also really interesting from an urban planning standpoint, unfortunately I haven't really been able to get a internship here in addition to my teaching), and start taking classes again.
You'll probably see questions from me about jobs and internships abroad and in the States, and urban planning schools (right now I'm thinking of applying to PSU, UT- Austin and GaTech---and what's the deal with GaTech anyway?).
This seems like a great place. I'm excited I found it.