USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: David Nugroho

Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Urban Studies and Planning

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. In high school, I developed an interest in sustainability through an environmental science course. During a final project for seniors, we had to interview a person in the career field we were planning to pursue. I interviewed a sustainable architect by the name of Heather Rivera. Throughout this interview, I was able to gain insight on organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, and although I didn’t choose to pursue being a sustainable architect, I knew I wanted to go into a similar field. With this newfound excitement for sustainability, I decided on Urban Studies and Planning as a major in which I could broaden my knowledge and develop myself into an individual that can make our cities more sustainable.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. The Price School has given me the opportunity to utilize my professors not only for learning new information in class, but also as a bridge from being a student to being a professional.

Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?

A. As an urban planning and studies major, I have developed a better understanding of social issues which arise from interactions between different cultures and social classes in dense urban environments. Broadening my understanding of the background of which people come from will help me propose solutions to urban problems in a better way.

Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?

A. PPD 245: The Urban Context for Policy and Planning was definitely my favorite course that I have taken in college. Professor Myers’ expanded knowledge and perspective on urban planning has driven me to a higher level of understanding; affecting me not only in the classroom, but also in the way that I perceive urban spaces in my day-to-day life.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. I aspire to revitalize urban areas, developing a walkable city in which cars are no longer the primary transportation method. Establishing a place of interaction on sidewalks, parks, and storefronts is vital in order for individuals to develop a sense of community. With this connection with their neighbors, people will be more willing to improve their community.

Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?

A. The best advice that I’ve received is to be passionate about what I am learning, motivating me to incorporate it into my life. Education is here to improve our understanding of the world, and developing a passion for learning will make me into a better person for myself and my community.