It’s great to be back! Although campus seems a little empty for now, I blame it on the early morning and the fact that it’s the first day of summer session so not many people find the need to study in the library before classes have begun. I got to campus early to meet a friend before our first class of the day; it’s refreshing to see the campus in its pristine quietness after a weeklong break anyway. Summer session does seem slightly quieter than the usual school year, which may be just what you’re looking for if you’d like to take a class while relaxing and enjoying the slower pace of summertime.
I am excited for the two classes I plan to take during the six-week-long Session A. The first is Urban Planning 120, Introduction to Cities and Planning, which I’m taking to get a taste of the Urban Planning minor that I’m very interested in picking up. This class is about cities, the mechanisms that they run on, and the role of urban planners in their operation and maintenance. Since our world is becoming increasingly urbanized, soon more people will be living in cities than outside, and this is true on a global scale. I’m interested in this topic because I’ve grown up in megacities in Asia, and I am fascinated by topics such as urban sprawl, traffic congestion, and zoning.
The second course I will take is Urban Planning M150, Transportation Geography (also known in the Geography department as Geog M149). I’m taking this class to fulfill both major and minor credits, hitting two birds with one stone, which luckily happens a lot in the social sciences! 🙂 The class studies the complexities of intra-urban transport. The professor for the class has already emailed us the syllabus for the class, and from it I found that there will be a day-long field trip to LAX to see the behind-the-scenes workings of a large international airport. The trip includes a talk from an airport historian and a bus tour of the tarmac. This proves to be interesting, and I really can’t wait!