It's important to look at every opportunity as a possible learning experience for self-improvement and a better understanding of one's environment. Blogging for The Grid was definitely one if these experiences.
First and foremost, The Grid allowed for my writing skills to grow and develop. I prided myself on my ability to write - and write well - prior to joining The Grid, but this internship has pushed me to better my skills in the area even more. I was a daily reader of The Grid before I became a blogger; I always enjoyed the short, informational blogs from cities all around the world. Training myself to write in the short, to-the-point style of The Grid was a learning experience, as I generally tend to be more wordy and superfluous.
Secondly, I chose to complete this internship during a planning co-op in the town of Buena Vista - a town of about 3,000 in the south-central mountains of Colorado. Writing a bi-weekly blog on environmental design within Buena Vista alone was a struggle some weeks. The town is doing surprisingly well in terms of development and is currently planning for an economic revamp of their downtown corridor. Needless to say, you really become familiar on a more personal level with a town when you must seek out articles versus having them right in front of you. While a challenge, it helped me to grow a better understanding of my local environment.
I leave The Grid as a senior at the University of Cincinnati; I graduate next spring with a Bachelor of Urban Planning. I don’t know in what direction my final focus will be, but I am still highly interested in sustainable design and public spaces. My plan is to attend graduate school or complete a research fellowship upon graduation.
Overall, I hope I made my point through my blogs that small towns have important environmental design aspects to consider, as well as that planning plays a vital role in the rural community, as much as in the urban city.
This isn't a goodbye, but a see you later.
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