Just finished my first full week* of graduate school, and though it’s all out baptism by fire and the workload is incredible, a thrill rushes over me every time I remember that I get to do this full time for the next two years. With fairly limited external obligation, I get to think about and tackle big questions about cities, design, and life as much as I want. I get to attend classes by and have extensive conversations with some of the most brilliant minds in the planning field, along with other students from so many different backgrounds that I could become an expert in just about anything simply by learning from them alone. I get to explore datasets, design spaces, map ideas, analyze problems, and develop solutions with the limits of my own creativity as the only real restraint. I get to learn as much as I can possibly cram into my skull. This is totally amazing.
*ok, technically not full with Labor Day but still.
“Guard against cynicism. The truth of the matter is, for all of the problems we face, if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is more tolerant than it’s ever been, more educated than its ever been. The only thing that stops that is people thinking they can’t make any change.”—