I have become somewhat concerned by the number of people who, upon hearing that I am heading to grad school for urban planning, warn me that "it's great until you burn out", or something along those lines. These are people in related fields, and I am disappointed in their frame of mind, particularly given the nature of our profession. A couple concerns:
1. Are the majority of people I will be working with so faithless? To what extent will their positions (and dispositions) affect what and how much I will be able to accomplish?
2. Is the politics game impossible? I'm not sure I want to "keep my head down" (advice from someone) and trudge along--isn't that a bit futile?
3. My biggest concern is how can planners be a force for change with such negative sentiments/outlooks?
(Hope I don't sound overly naive. Just feel excitement about what you do is extremely important.There is a difference between being realistic and just dismal)