USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Kendra Eckblad

Hometown: San Francisco
Major: Real Estate Development

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. Choosing Price was an easy decision. I chose the RED major because it provided me with the perfect blend of perspectives, as I got to analyze structures by their impact on society, the financial constraints of their construction, and their design. Coming from an Architecture background, Price has given me the business and law backbone that really helped round out my understanding of development.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. Because Price is a relatively small school and everyone is extremely passionate about it’s purpose, Price has been able to offer me more opportunities than any other major I’ve been a part of. I got a scholarship funded by Macerich and get to take a mix-used development class that meets in London for Spring break!

Additionally, a lot of Price classes include onsite property tours that help bring what we learn in the classroom to life.

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

A. As a Price major, I have learned specific Excel skills that I can readily apply to real life situations that will help me be a stand out candidate in job searches.

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

A. My favorite class so far was PPD 245: The Urban Context for Policy and Planning because it allowed me to envision city landscapes and maps in a way that I had never thought about before. Sidewalks, transit systems, and the gentrification of neighborhoods have whole new meanings to me now, as I now view them through a historic, present, and future lens.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. I hope to one day be a hotel developer. I want to explore America and countries overseas to learn about hospitality in different cultures. I want to learn about current trends, especially the impact of hotel alternatives such as Airbnb, and develop hotels that are affordable and accommodating to all.

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

A. The best advice I have received was to never stop asking questions. There is always more to learn.