Claudlène Saint Vil

Claudlène Saint Vil Master's Candidate

Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Where did you go for undergrad and what did you major in?

I studied Architectural Engineering at the Faculty of Science of Haiti State University.

Why did you choose to attend DURP at UIUC?

When I decided to earn my master's degree in Urban Planning in the United States, I did some research on different universities offering this degree. I was interested in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for multiple reasons. Not only was it ranked third in the nation at the time of my application (Planetizen, 2015), it was a program where students are prepared to have a successful career as Urban Planners. DURP tackles real issues that affect the quality of life of people.

What are your career ambitions?

I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and one of my goals was to have my master's degree in the United States of America. In 2010, after witnessing the disastrous earthquake that occurred in Port-au-Prince, I decided to offer my skills to help rebuild the country. When I thought this unfortunate event was going to bring everyone together to reconstruct a better city, the facts showed a different story whcih led me to realize that the source of the problem was a result of bad planning and a lack of coordination between the different entities involved in the reconstruction. That was the reason why I decided to have a master's degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in economic development. My goal is to broaden my outlook and gain the necessary skills which will allow me to serve my country as an Urban Planner after completing the program.

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