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thewholething

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to say "Hello" and introduce myself.

I'm a Geography major at SUNY New Paltz. I graduate next year, and I will be applying for Grad school. I'm interested in Planning, Real Estate, and the like.

My question is: How does one become a planner? By going to grad school and taking a Planner's test? (Sorry, I know very little about this)

I would like to go to school in NY. Does have any grad school recommendations? CUNY Hunter? Rutgers? Columbia? Am I missing any?!

-NP_F
 

NHPlanner

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Welcome :b:

and thread moved to introduce yourself
 

mendelman

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Welcome from the center of Lake Michigan!!!


















Not really;-)
 

JNA

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Welcome from among the many Midwesterners
and who started out with a BS in Geography.
 

H

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Hello.

The APA has a list of all accredited schools on their site www.planning.org This might be a good place to start looking, but there are also many other good non-accredited schools (as mentioned before on other threads).
 

life_boy

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I'm not a planner so I don't know how to 'become' one but I can welcome you to the board. Welcome.
 

thewholething

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Thanks everyone! I'm surprised I didn't find this website sooner. I found it on Columbia's site.

Yeah, I'm a geography major- and the only student in the department interested in becoming a Planner. {Lucky me...maybe!}

There's definitely a lot of info on so many threads. I think I'll start by playing "catch up."
 

Budgie

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np_f said:
There's definitely a lot of info on so many threads. I think I'll start by playing "catch up."
Let assimulation into the "Throbing Brain" begin. Count down commence, uploading soul.
 

SGB

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Welcome from the Southern Tier!

Good to have another NY'er on board, even if you are downstate. ;)
 

ludes98

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If you want to become a planner, apply for planning jobs. There are alot of munis that will take a geography degree for entry level positions. I thought I wanted to be a city manager when I was in high school, but being a planner is what I really liked. An internship sealed the deal. Work for the public and private sectors in your career if you can. Oh and welcome.
 

biscuit

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Dirty stinking geographers. Coming in here and taking jobs from us God-fear'n edubacated planners... Oop's sorry, thinking out loud again. ;-)

Welcome to the boards and enjoy!
 

Gedunker

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Greeetings and make a wish :b:

The only true test to becoming a planner is registering in Cyburbia and not becoming addicted :-D

Being a Jersey native, I'm pleased you have included Rutgers (not my alma mater), but a good school nonetheless.

Have fun posting and study hard!
 

nerudite

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Welcome! I have a geography degree as well... but I think it's becoming harder to get an entry level job with just a geo degree. Are there any companies or municipalities near you that have intership positions? That's how I broke into the field, and it may give you a better taste of whether you like it before you move on to grad school and/or try to enter the job market. Good luck!
 

Zoning Goddess

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Welcome! We have had a rash of geography majors appear on Cyburbia lately. (That's a good thing!). Many of us Cyburbians are geographers, so it is good to see.

Have fun, don't be shy, post often!
 

Suburb Repairman

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Welcome from a fellow planning student in Texas!

The first step to becoming a planner in raising a mug! :) :b:

Seriously, internships do wonders. I lucked-out and my internship is turning into a full-time position in May. I'm not sure exactly where you are in NY, but I'm sure there's a few municipalities, counties, etc. itching to get their hands on some cheap labor! ;)

Welcome to the boards!
 

el Guapo

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You damned dirty geography majors...

Welcome, but don't think we will fall for just about anyone around here...

 

thewholething

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LMAO @ pic...

hey, what do you have against geo majors?!

I mean, I will be going to get my master's in planning...that doesn't make me all that bad...;) or does it...?

NP-F
 

Elisabeth

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Hey, NP_F, and welcome! I just graduated this past May from college and am in the same boat as you, except a little ways up the Hudson in Albany. I'm applying to Hunter, University at Buffalo, University at Albany, and Pratt for NYS schools--with the exception of Pratt, I figure my grad school loans SHOULD be less than 15k. Gotta love SUNY! Good luck with it all!
 
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