I was born and raised in New York and have always had a HUUUUUUUGE passion for my city (and other cities. Anything having to do with "city" I love.) I am fascinated by places wherein millions of people live, all trying to get by, mixing cultures and creating new uses for space.
I spent two years in Italy where I took a break from my studies and tried to make it there, but I realized right now I need to be back in New York. I am in the last year of my B.A. in Urban Studies with a concentration in planning (I had lost some time, naturally, while living in Italy).
Nothing in this world would make me happier than to work full time in the field of urban planning/real estate project development. I believe it really is my calling. I'm a longtime lurker to this forum and just wanted to say hello and thanks. I may one day return to Italy (I have dual citizenship and speak the language fluently so--who knows?--maybe one day I could work in this field there), but right now I'm staying put in New York. My ultimate goal would be to attend the GSAPP at Columbia University.
Once again, thanks to all! This forum rocks.