To view Anna's project (co-authored with Rachel Ressler),Water & Energy Conservation Plan for the Poornima Group of Colleges, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, click here. The project was built with experience gained in UPP 590, Professional Practice Experience (internship).
What is your academic and work background? What did you do before enrolling in the MUPP program at UIC?
Before enrolling in the MUPP program I completed a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University with a Specialization in International Development in the Fall of 2010.
What attracted you to planning and made you decide you
wanted to be a planner?
I have always been drawn to planning because it allows you to create well thought out solutions to complex problems that impact society and the environment. Specifically by being a planner I hope to lessen the impact humans have on the natural environment through improvements to the built environment. I am very interested in creating and/or refining solutions to excessive resource consumption, specifically energy.
Why did you want to study planning at UIC?
I chose to study planning at UIC because of the University’s location in the city of Chicago. Through this I have been able to experience the complexity of the city and better understand planning theory and practice.
What are some of the highlights of your time as a student--classes, projects, internships, volunteer involvement?
By studying at UIC I had the opportunity to work in India and that experience was by far the highlight of my time here. I was able to plan in a very unfamiliar environment, which strengthened every aspect of what I understand planning to be.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to be working on responsible resource consumption at the regional scale.