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bestnightmare

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first, i have zilch planning experience.

and i wish i had realized how much this field interests me sooner... my undergraduate years would have been much more interesting, to say the least. anyway, i graduated from michigan in '02, majored in psych, and now work as a paralegal in a large law firm. needless to say, it didn't take long to figure out that law school isn't for me...

so i'm an armchair urban planner, (read: major geek) and am especially interested in issues of mass transit, and curbing auto-dependent development. the washington, d.c. area, where i live, is a hotbead for many of these issues, including horrible traffic problems, a clogged, money-swilling metro system, rampant sprawl from the mountains to the sea (literally), and chronic NIMBYism.

i wanna go for a MUP. does anyone have anything good/bad to say about u-maryland's mup program? (i'd get in state tuition, plus i consider the d.c. area home)
 

nerudite

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Hi, and welcome. :)

I think you'll find that many of us did not know that we wanted to be planners during our undergrad days. I was a geography major, so at least it's somewhat related. But then... there are days when I'm dealing with a total wacko at the counter that I wish I had a psych major, too. ;)

p.s. I don't know a thing about east coast schools. Sorry!
 

Chet

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bestnightmare said:
so i'm an armchair urban planner, (read: major geek) and am especially interested in issues of mass transit, and curbing auto-dependent development. the washington, d.c. area, where i live, is a hotbead for many of these issues, including horrible traffic problems, a clogged, money-swilling metro system, rampant sprawl from the mountains to the sea (literally), and chronic NIMBYism.

i wanna go for a MUP. does anyone have anything good/bad to say about u-maryland's mup program? (i'd get in state tuition, plus i consider the d.c. area home)
Welcome to the clube!

There's a lot of school advise in the Student Forum section of the Boards. I dont recall offhand what's there about U-Maryland...
 

SkeLeton

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Welcome aboard! And don't be shy because you aren't a planner, but have an interest in the area. Not everyone here is a planner (as an example, ME!) but this is still a nice comunity to talk about planning :D
 

SW MI Planner

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Howdy :)

I think you'll find that many of us did not know that we wanted to be planners during our undergrad days
There's a thread on here somewhere that talks about this. A lot of us have started in something different; and actually, a lot of us started in Geography, but that's neither here nor there......

There's a couple people from UM on here (I went to EMU - don't hold it against me). I did both my undergrad and grad there and was in Ypsi from 93 to Dec. 99.

Welcome aboard!
 

SGB

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Welcome to Cyburbia - or MPG (Major Planning Geeks) Anonymous as it is sometimes called!
 

donk

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welcome,

When I was considering going back to school I briefly looked at UofMD-College Park, it seemed like a good enough school (if they focus on subjects you are interested in, for me they did).

The thing that scared me away, and is not a concern of yours, was that foreign students had to pay, up front for both years and have a bond for living expenses.
 
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