Name: Jonathan Concidine
Undergraduate Major: Economics
Hometown: Glendora, CA (Los Angeles)
How did you discover urban planning?
I had been working at a bank after graduation and wanted to make a career change. I wanted to do something to help people, and if I could do something a little creative, too, that wouldn’t hurt. I looked at architecture before deciding that urban planning fit more of what I wanted to do. It was actually on the U’s website that I learned about urban planning!
Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
The U’s program is definitely affordable for a Utah resident like me (or a resident of a WRGP state, look it up). The faculty have been very friendly and patiently helped answer my many questions! I also liked the ability to be flexible to make my planning education what I wanted it to be.
What are your career goals?
When I was deciding if grad school was right for me, I read several urban planning books that got me very excited about housing, design, and the public health & environmental benefits of good planning. I would love to have my hand in a bit of everything, and I hope to become a city planning director to guide my city toward a better day.
Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I’m actually 7 years old – I was born on Leap Day, so I only have a birthday every four years. It helps me deal with feeling like I haven’t accomplished that much with my life – after all, I’m only seven.