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Hi there! Fmr. political junkie turned planner

jessearl

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I learned to love government and the politics associated with it while listening to my grandmother as she did the books at our family's business while I was growing up. As such, I studied/am studying government in college and will graduate in Fall '03. I am in my last fifteen credit hours as an undergrad and am working full-time as a legislative aide to a Florida state senator while finishing my degree at night.

Part of my interest in government stems from a desire to answer the question brought about by an observation: we have a people, now, how shall we live? My interest in planning is a direct result of my interest in government, but my planning interests are more concrete and less philosophical.

My knowledge related to the planning field is rather limited currently. I took an undergrad intro course to planning at FSU and have read almost daily many of the articles on Planetizen. So, I now am aware that I find the issues related to planning of interest, now I need to learn about the field more.

Having only recently, last week, discovered the resource that is Cyburbia, it will take some time before I believe I have an accurate mental picture of the planning field. I have begun to seriously consider stopping my recently developing career and go back to graduate school. I was considering this move at some point, just not this seriously. So, I am spending a great deal of time researching planning departments and universities while at the same time wondering just exactly do I want to do with a degree in urban planning?

A job in the public sector, with which I already have some experience would be fulfilling I believe, however, I am not certain that the salary and benefits would meet with my expectations. I am strongly considering the development side of planning. The idea of helping to build a downtown that is vibrant and of usage 24 hours a day is strongly appealing to me.

For those of you still reading, thank you for that and for allowing me to introduce myself to you all. I look forward to learning from your experience.
 
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japrovo

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Welcome. I too labored in your curent line of work---until the treadmill of the electoral cycle started to get to me. One state senate race too many and I decided I needed to get involved with something that would give me a longer time horizon and the turned out to be planning. Good luck.
 

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Go Noles! (just kidding)

welcome aboard, I am gald to see other florida people!!
 

prudence

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jessearl said:
II am strongly considering the development side of planning. The idea of helping to build a downtown that is vibrant and of usage 24 hours a day is strongly appealing to me.
Let me begin by welcoming you.

That said, as a developer please understand that a 24-hour Walgreens located on a corner lot downtown does not meet your goal...
 

Trail Nazi

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Welcome fellow Nole!!!! Are you stuck in the Bellamy building? I rarely had any classes else where on campus. Beware of some the Gators that lurk on this site. :)
 

Trail Nazi

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BTW, FSU has a great planning department. Just make sure you mix some of the geography classes in with the planning.
 
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