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Christopher Correia - BA Geography
Attending Simon Fraser University in the Geography Department was an amazing experience for me. After transferring into the third year of the program from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree, focusing on human geography, in the spring of 2007, alongside the Certificate in Urban Studies. The transition was seamless and I was excited to immerse myself in a wide variety of courses that were offered.
I was a sponge in the program and the courses flooded me with knowledge from all areas of geography. One of the best things about the program was the chance to take capstone courses in my area of focus. The two capstone courses that I took allowed me to apply my knowledge to a real project, one connected to an actual urban planning issue. Thankfully, this helped confirm what I wanted to do in my career. Beyond capturing my attention for the type of work that I wanted to pursue, the close relationships that I developed during the project have led to lifelong friendships.
The portfolio of skills developed in those capstone courses was the stepping stone that I needed to land my first job after graduation, a position at a local municipality's planning department. After my time in the public sector, I completed a Master of Planning in Urban Development degree, and then moved into the private sector to work as an urban planner for individuals and organizations. Today, I spend my time consulting and as a student in the Doctor of Philosophy program in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU, where I focus on understanding market strategies in urban planning.