I am a 23-year-old marketing and business development professional interested in becoming an urban planner. I am thinking of applying for graduate school in fall 2013 because, as I realize, cities and built-environment truly fascinate me. I don't want to make them "better", per se, but I have a strong interest in making cities and regions great places to live and work. I'm also a political animal, and I've been told I would thrive in this profession for that reason.
I should also add that I am a huge cheerleader for my home in Western New York. We have some of the nation's best infrastructure, a highly educated populace, and abundant natural beauty. We had some economic troubles, but the region as a whole (and my hometown of Rochester in particular) have begun healing, even as the rest of the world is in near-recession. We also have abundant freshwater in the Great Lakes, which I believe will serve the region very well as competition for freshwater resources heats up.