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Penelope Edmonds

From New York, NY
Urban Studies provides a unique lens through which we can view cities, their policies, and how they have been socially constructed.

Adam Ellner

From Seattle, WA
I have always been fascinated by cities and the ways in which they function.

Meiko Flynn-Do

From San Jose, CA
I'm majoring in Urban Studies because by studying cities, we can begin to see the conglomeration and complexity of so many parts of humanity, gain insight into the notion of community, and understand the history and challenges of socioeconomic inequality.

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Dale Hall

From Orangevale, CA
"Urban Studies classes at Stanford foster a fantastic environment for discussion, innovation, and personal growth."

Haley Hodge

From Woodside, CA
The moment that I discovered the Urban Studies major I knew it was what I wanted to do considering how perfect of a combination it is of my previously separate interests in architectural design and policy regarding social issues such as mass incarceration and public housing.

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Jenai Longstaff

From Tucson, AZ
"As a student of Earth Systems, it is important to me to incorporate the urban sphere (physical, environmental, cultural, and political) into my studies and future work."

Lexi Neilan

From Boston, MA
I decided to minor in Urban Studies to incorporate a more interpersonal and historical approach with my scientific background. I also believe that the future of sustainable development depends on the urban population, and thus studying urban social and political dynamics will help me develop a holistic understanding to the subject.

Matt Nissen

From Los Angeles, CA
I want to explore how people and policy intersect in urban environments. I am especially interested in public policy, community organizations, and advocacy efforts.

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Luis Ornelas

From Santa Fe, NM
Urban Studies combines all of the positive aspects of the various fields of study that appeal to me-- including history, sociology, and public policy-- into a single discipline that when applied to the real world leads us as students to ask important questions about our society.

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Allison Perry

From Bow, WA
"My career goal is to become an urban/community planner to help create cities that cater to the diverse spectrum of people who live there."

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Nicole Phillips

From Los Angeles, CA
I'm passionate about the hands-on, real-deal learning that is unique to Urban Studies.

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Nico Ponza

From Santa Cruz, California
The best part of Urban Studies surrounds the real-world connections. Learning about past successes and failures involved in urban spaces allows me to pick and choose my favorite parts of existing cities while imagining possibilities for future urban spaces.

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Olivia Rambo

From Norman, Oklahoma
Urban Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to discuss solutions to problems we would otherwise accept.

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Rebecca Rose

From Chicago, IL
I realized that by minoring in Urban Studies, I could connect my love of urban life to a lot of relevant academic disciplines. Urban Studies is a really important part of my Stanford experience, because it constantly forces me to think outside of the campus bubble about the rapidly changing urban world.

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Joshua Seawell

From Ogden, Utah
Urban Studies provides a great starting point for lifelong public service. I feel that I increasingly know the history, theory, and the policy conversations behind a broad range of social and economic issues, and that I can use this to begin working on solutions.

Maxine Stern

From New York City, NY
Urban Studies brings together a wide array of students with varying interests who are all eager to work and learn together.

Erik Strand

From Aurora, IL
I've always loved cities and this program gives me an incredible opportunity to study their designs and functions! Urban Studies combines many of my passions, such as education and criminal justice reform, and provides an excellent platform to examine equity in society.

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Skye Talavera

From East Palo Alto, CA
"Urban Studies at Stanford feels like a family."

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Laetitia Walendom

Only by studying where and how the majority of humans live can we bring urban spaces to their full potential and preserve the indispensable natural entities surrounding them.