Lilly Fellow & 2009 Harvard Career Discovery Program
Major: Business Administration with minors in biology and Faith & Work
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"The Faith & Work Initiative has really allowed me to understand the importance of exploring and finding a career which you are able to enjoy and use your talents while also being able to contribute to the community to make a positive impact."
As a Lilly Fellow you spent time this semester helping a local architecture firm that is developing the strategic plan for the North Midtown Neighborhood. What did you learn from your Lilly Fellowship experience?
During my Lilly fellowship at Duvall Decker Architects I helped do research for a new development and revitalization project that they are currently working on for the North Midtown Neighborhood. I helped research and create maps of the neighborhood which would convey information about property ownership, crime statistics, nearby necessities, building conditions, etc. Through these maps they are able to recognize correlation of trends and problems in the area. I was really given the opportunity to explore different research and mapping techniques through this internship, and get a good feel for what the research stages of a project like this would be like.
You were originally interested in healthcare administration but after completing a Lilly internship you realized this was not the path for you. Tell us how you became interested in urban planning and development?
I first got interested in urban planning and development last summer after attending a Downtown Development District meeting in Baton Rouge. At the meeting they discussed how to build a vibrant downtown with the right mix of residents, businesses, entertainment and amenities, how to design public areas that bring the community together and draw people to downtown, and how all stakeholders (businesses, government and individuals) must come together to make a successful plan. Attending this meeting led me to request to work with a group involved in urban planning for my Lilly Fellowship.
What will you be doing this summer at Harvard?
I decided to apply to the Harvard Career Discovery program because I had enjoyed my internship so much this past semester. I felt like this would be a good opportunity to learn more about the field.
I learned about the program after Raymond Clothier left a pamphlet about it in my school mailbox. I visited the website and got really interested so I decided to apply. The application required a transcript, resume, and essay describing something satisfying that you had accomplished.
It's a six-week program that covers architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban design. My focus will be in urban design and through this I hope to learn more about the field, which will help me make further decisions on what I would like to do in the future.