I am starting this blog to document my travels, first in Europe during a bicycle planning study abroad with the University of Oregon in Copenhagen, southern Sweden, Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Barcelona, and later in “beyond”. I am a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Master of City and Regional Planning program focusing in transportation planning. I have worked on projects ranging from equitable transit planning to housing policy critiques in school. Over the past four years I also have worked in consulting as a transportation planner focusing on comprehensive transportation plans, bicycle and pedestrian safety, livable centers intiatives, micro- and macro-simulation modeling, and my personal favorite, transit operations.
Aside from all of those nerdy details (which I clearly take pride in, given the name of this blog and my ridiculous overuse of the Instagram hashtag #planningnerd), I absolutely adore the people in my life. My family and friends in Michigan, my pals in Atlanta from far and wide, and all the others from random coincidence and Michigan State, Georgia Tech, New York City, and now Oregon. All of these people continuously bring something special to my life and I can’t get enough of it. If you happen to run into me, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with me about people, personalities, cities, politics, the future, the past, whatever!
I hope you enjoy reading and following along with me, as I embark on this journey with a completely open-mind about where life goes from here!