USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Marina Salazar

Hometown: Whittier, CA
Major: Urban Studies and Planning

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. I chose the Urban Studies and Planning major because I want to focus on innovative development specifically in affordable housing. As rents rise, there will be more need for planners and developers to collaborate and build housing that is safe, affordable, and sustainable.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. I am able to learn from professors who are experts in their field. I have also been able to attend conferences as well as start an internship with “Greetings from East Los Angeles,” a collaborative effort between the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy, Public Matters, the Department of Public Places, the LA Times High School Insider and Price. This partnership focuses on asset mapping as well as inspiring students from East Los Angeles to eventually attend USC Price.

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

A. As a Price major I have been able to understand current policy issues in-depth as well as collaborate on projects to find solutions. I have become a better writer, reader, collaborator and problem-solver.

Q. Tell us about your internship experience.

A. As previously stated, I am an intern with “Greetings from East LA.” Next semester I will be going to the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy, a high school that teaches students about urban planning, to do hands-on activities with the students to teach them about policy and planning. In addition, I will be a role model and mentor who will encourage students to apply to USC Price.

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

A. So far, I have enjoyed “The Urban Context for Policy and Planning.” This class has discussions about different topics each week including how nature, health, community organizations, race, class, gender, and transportation affect city life. Furthermore, our papers and projects focus on specific policy issues and how people use space.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. I hope to one day be a housing developer who will specialize in affordability and community planning. I plan on continuing on to Graduate school to further my studies on urban planning.

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

A. My parents always told me that education will be the key to success in life. They have always said that I should never take my education for granted. I need to do all I can to learn about the world around me by keeping up with current events, traveling, and reading.