The number of ways to become involved with USC was one of the main reasons why I chose to attend Price as an urban planning graduate student. Attending the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy admit day allowed me to learn about the different student organizations and communities that were open to incoming students. It was there that I learned about the student organization Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD), and I knew right away that I wanted to join as a member.
ASPD acts as one of the main urban planning graduate student associations at USC and puts on a number of events throughout the school year. Some of these events include professional mixers, alumni panels, career development workshops, and student socials. In addition to these, ASPD acts a liaison amongst the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the students in the planning program, and the entire USC campus as a whole. There is often close collaboration amongst a number of different programs through ASPD, such as with the public policy program, the architecture program, and the public administration program.
Besides ASPD, there are many other Price student organizations to join, some of which include the Graduate Real Estate Association, Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles (PELA), Price Latino Student Association, Queer Policy Caucus, and Sol Global. However, one need not solely join organizations based on the program of study that they are in. There are a number of other organizations, such as Graduate Student Government and Graduate Policy and Administration Community, and countless intramural sports and other extracurricular activities that one may also be interested in.
The extensive range of student associations at USC is a phenomenal complement to the already superb programs of study. Through professional development events, student socials, and alumni resources (Trojan Network!), USC offers an unrivaled opportunity to grow and flourish as a graduate student!
Chris Purcell, MPL ’17