Students

Hometown:
Bend, Oregon

Pronouns: He/Him

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I come from a small town in Central Oregon, so driving 3 hours north to the "big" city of Portland was like stepping into another world. I am majoring in Urban Studies to better understand how and why cities develop and what roles we can take on as policy makers to guide this growth in an equitable way.

Other academic interests: Political Science and Education

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

Pronouns: He/Him

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies:

I Love Urban Studies. This interdisciplinary major allows me to pursue my interests in community development, neighborhood change, regionalism, and social inequalities. I have the opportunity to take classes in housing, education, environmental justice, public health, art, economics, and so much more. I also have the opportunity to work on real-life projects, engage in a variety of field work, and learn ...

Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ

Pronouns: she/her

Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: I'm really passionate about sustainability in cities as well as the roles that urban planners and city governments play in protecting against environmental injustices and ensuring fair sustainability policies for all communities!

Career goals/future plans: Currently, I'm very undecided about my career goals, but am considering pursuing environmental law, urban planning, academia, and the working in the nonprofit sector!

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Hometown:
Seattle, WA

Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: I have always been fascinated by cities and the ways in which they function. I love peeling back their layers to look deeper and deeper at the underlying forces behind what one sees around them as they walk through a city.

What I like best about Urban Studies: The amazing classes that I have taken through the Urban Studies department at Stanford.

Career goal / Future plans: I plan on sticking around a little longer and getting a M.S. in ...

Hometown:
Fountain Valley, CA

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: The Urban Studies major gives me the flexibility to explore the social sciences and humanities while still following a cohesive course of study.  After coming to Stanford, I realized I wanted to study geography and GIS, but there are no majors and very few courses that focus on this discipline.  However, Urban Studies allows me to study and apply geographic/GIS research methods while also introducing me to courses I would not have ...

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Pronouns: she/her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I am passionate about social and environmental sustainability, and I believe that within urban spaces, we have a huge opportunity to make impactful, positive change in the world.

Extracurriculars/other involvements: I am also double majoring MS&E in the Organizations, Technology, and Policy concentration.

 

Hometown:
Watts, Los Angeles, CA

Pronouns: she/her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: When I got to college I asked myself what interested me and the answer was: people! I love Urban Studies as a whole for the opportunity it gave me to put intentional thought into the spaces I occupy and the people with whom I share those spaces. I love my concentration for what it's taught me about how race and class and persistent divisions in American society. It's filled me with an empathetic anger for the ...

Hometown:

Cedar Falls, IA

 

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I'm majoring in Urban Studies because the discipline brings many different fields together, endowing its students with a unique way of thinking about social issues. It combines design, history, sociology, literature, and more, to create an understanding of society at one of its most basic levels: human settlement.

What I like best about Urban Studies: I love how the major turns its students into involved and informed ...

Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: I love learning about the history and research behind what drives and builds cities. Specifically, coming from a primarily-POC town, surrounded by white cities, I wanted to know the reasons behind this outcome. While this was only my initial curiosity, I learned that I love the size of the classes, as well as the material.

Extracurriculars/other involvements: Pilipinx-American Student Union, Engineering, Product Design

Something else you should know about me/ ...

Hometown:
Seattle, WA

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: When I discovered Urban Studies as a freshmen, it felt like the perfect intersection of my interests in history, urban inequality, and the physical and social segmentation of space. As an upperclassman, my Urban Studies classes remind me how much I love to learn, especially about the intersection of policy, community action, history, and justice.

What I like best about Urban Studies: Urban Studies brings together a diverse group of ...

Concentration
Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Why I'm majoring (or minoring) in Urban Studies: I love the major's interdisciplinary approach to studying urban life, including the multiple methodologies it's exposed me to (anthropological, ecological, architectural, historical, sociological, and pedagogical). Urban Studies has facilitated a revolution in how I think about cities and their denizens.

Career goal / Future plans: I'm an aspiring elementary/middle school educator, so my next step is to go to graduate ...

Hometown:
San Diego, CA

Pronouns: She/Her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies:

I have always been extremely proud of being raised in my neighborhood of San Ysidro, California, a tight-knit community of primarily Latino immigrants. However, it wasn't until discovering the Urban Studies program at Stanford that I began to analyze why the hard work of my community was often not matched with proper access to educational, economic, and representational opportunities. Urban Studies courses ...

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Pronouns: She/Her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: 

I am majoring in urban studies because it gave me the opportunity to bring my whole self into the classroom. Urban studies is an interdisciplinary program and has the flexibility to allow me to incorporate all of my interests into my major-- my love for cities, environmental justice, education, housing, transportation, neighborhood change, art, community, public health, and more. Furthermore, in my urban ...

Hometown:
San Mateo, CA

Pronouns: He/Him

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies:

I really love that Urban Studies is such an interdisciplinary major. I think it gives us the opportunity to understand urban institutions, processes, and environments from a lot of different perspectives and disciplines, which allows us to really tailor our education to fit what we're interested in. I also think it's great that there's a lot of focus on local institutions and communities, because it's given ...

Hometown:
Newport Beach, CA

Pronouns: She/Her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I'm majoring in Urban Studies because it groups my academic interests of history, political science, and global health into one major.

Other academic interests: Human Biology minor

 

 

Concentration

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Coming from a major city, I have always been fascinated with the workings of one through education, urban planning and mapping, and the policies in place that shaped them into what we see today.

Extracurriculars/other involvements: I am a Program Associate at the Black Community Services Center

Something else you should know about me/ fun fact: After undergrad, I plan to study education or urban planning through a graduate program!