Meet Alyssa

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Alyssa Knox is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in City and Regional Planning. Alyssa started this program knowing she wanted to make a difference in the built environment. As a student in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to develop those skills to "make a difference."


Alyssa is starting her second year this Fall and is quite excited and shares how CAPPA is helping her achieve her academic and career goals. "I love that my professors all have rich planning experiences that they openly share with students-their stories are inspiring and motivational," Alyssa said. Starting this program was very challenging for Alyssa, "I was initially scared to move into a field that can seem cold and technical at times but found comfort in an environment that supports collaboration with fellow students, staff, and outside entities." Now that she is transitioning to the next semester, she is ready to take on new challenges. 


The Master's City and Rational Planning prepare students to become lifelong professional planners and leaders to solve real-world planning problems. In addition to his coursework development, Alyssa had the opportunity last semester to work as an intern with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. This internship allowed her to gain practical experience outside the classroom and receive course credit for her work. Alyssa loved this experience because she could apply the skills learned in class, "through this class, I can think critically about my planning skills and develop the attributes I need to be successful post-graduation," Alyssa said.


Students have connected with working professionals in the industry and opened many new career opportunities. Alyssa stated, "one of my previous classes even had an assignment that involved interviewing practicing planners." Besides academics, student organizations are an excellent opportunity for students to share common interests and explore new ideas. 


Alyssa found interest in the Student Planning Association, which provides resources for planners looking to network, develop their skills, and get certification needs. Alyssa looks forward to getting more engaged with the Student Planning Association and expanding her skills this semester. "I'd love to attend more networking opportunities and maybe get more involved with the local American Planning Association chapter."


Alyssa is excited to connect with her cohort and about possible collaborations this semester, "further collaboration with them this school year will help me grow immensely."


Masters in City and Regional Planning

Study City and Regional Planning at UTA

The PAB-accredited program prepares students for careers as professional planners with public, private and nonprofit organizations.