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Isabella Ryan


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I am known as the lady with a plan and huge dreams. I plan on traveling throughout the world and documenting and writing my experiences while enriching myself in different experiences and cultures while also working and at times living abroad. I'm seeking to further my education with a dual master's program and to receive my Masters in Urban Planning and a masters in Historic Preservation or real estate


University of Southern California

Master's degree program
2024 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Historic Preservation and Conservation
    • City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning

La Salle University

Bachelor's degree program
2017 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • English Language and Literature, General
  • Minors:
    • Computer Science


  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy
    • Hospitality Administration/Management
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Architecture & Planning

    • Dream career goals:

      Urban Planner

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Aberdeen Historic Museum — Volunteer
        2023 – 2024
      • Volunteering

        Anita C. Leight Estuary Center — Volunteer
        2023 – 2024
      • Volunteering

        City Of Hyattsville, MD & Graham Projects & The Neighborhood Design Center — Volunteer Painter
        2023 – 2023
      • Volunteering

        English Club and Camps Association — Volunteer Teacher
        2022 – 2022
      • Volunteering

        Broad Street Run — Water Handler
        2016 – 2017
      • Volunteering

        San Jose Huerta | — Volunteer
        2022 – 2022
      • Volunteering

        Clean Vibes — Clean Up Crew Member
        2021 – 2021
      • Volunteering

        U.S. Forest Service — MCC Volunteer
        2021 – 2021
      • Volunteering

        Friends of the Wissahickon — Volunteer
        2016 – 2018

      Future Interests





      A Man Helping Women Helping Women Scholarship
      "I can't believe they let women do this stuff" was a phrase I heard quite often when I worked as a seasonal chainsaw technician. I heard this from both men and women. Sometimes with the emotion of being impressed behind it, mostly surprise, and sometimes a hint of harsh judgment. This was not the first time I had been in a male-dominated field; in my undergrad, I minored in computer science, and there were only five girls in my class. Post-undergrad, I realized that I wanted to take a different career path from English and computer science. While traveling abroad, I realized how isolated we were in the U.S.A. and how our towns don't make sense for community, health and wellness, families, individuals, or the environment. I decided while hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain that I wanted to create better connected towns using alternative transport methods besides cars, and when developing towns, think about walkability, third spaces for people to socialize, and creating spaces that are accessible and safe.  I currently work in parks and recreation, and making sure that the parks are spaces where everyone can recreate and enjoy themselves is my top priority. One suggestion we are currently working on came from a mother who explained that her favorite park doesn't have an accessible paved walking path that her stroller is able to go over without being too bumpy or a wheel getting stuck. We are working on a Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan and are asking families, individuals, the large university student population, and visitors the question, "What do you want to see from these parks over the next 10 years?". The PROS project is a meaningful project for me to work on because, as I depart from my current professional position to go back to graduate school, it helps inspire me to stay on track.  I want to go into urban planning and historic preservation to create meaningful places over sprawl and to create places that make sense for all who live in a town. Protected parks for children that are located conveniently in squares near cafes for parents to sit and chat while facing and ensuring their children are safe. Areas for picnics for couples and friends. Streets that the car, cyclist, runner, and walker can share safely amongst each other. I want to make places that make sense for people and make people not feel so isolated when they arrive at home, but rather can come home from work, relax for a bit, and take a stroll into town for an after-work treat or to get their mind off work stress. While most of my work, I assume now, will be based in the States, I have studied and learned globally and want to continue on a global path and give lectures about walkability and the new era of planning, building design, and historic preservation at different universities and work on helping not just my peers but the next generation of planners to give everyone a great town to live in.
      Sylvester Taylor "Invictus" Hospitality Scholarship
      Hospitality is the first thing I notice about a place. How are the people treated? What are the amenities offered? As someone who worked directly in a customer service department throughout high school and college, I know how you make a guest feel will dictate how likely they are to come back. Even now, working in local government as a parks and recreation professional, it's important to make the public feel heard and take their opinion into account when planning events, figuring out the newest playground addition, and making sure it aligns with what the public wants. With my passion for hospitality and creating a welcoming environment, especially in the field of tourism, I decided to go back for my master's in urban planning and historic preservation in Los Angeles to ensure that to experience hospitality, people don't have to travel too far but can go down their main street and find it. I would use this scholarship to help with tuition as I am putting myself through graduate school and will be moving across the country to pursue my dream program.  My passion for hospitality and working in customer service-oriented jobs has inspired me to want to develop my own hospitality company in the future. I want to improve walkability and create not only a hospitable business within my business walls but also in the surrounding area. With my background in parks and recreation, when I start my business, I want to designate part of the outside area for recreation for picnics, hammocks, socializing, and creating a third space for people. My current experience in planning events like Easter egg hunts, food and music festivals, concerts, and more would carry over into my business, and I would create a community space that not only benefits my clients but the public as well. I want to make the U.S.A. more tourist friendly, not only to international tourists but also to domestic tourists, in the form of alternative transportation options between towns for those who don't have a vehicle or might not want to take their car. Having bed and breakfasts with a cafe attached that anybody can use to do work or socialize will create positive impacts on the communities they are in by allowing people to recreate and make events that are within walkable distance. Stronger socialization spaces in communities create stronger communities where there is less crime, more opportunities, and, most importantly, more happiness.  My previous experience within the hospitality field and my future in planning and historic preservation are not on the conventional hospitality track, but both are crucial in creating not only hospitable businesses but hospitable towns for both locals and visitors.
      Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
      Chaos. Trouble. Getting into a sticky situation. These are all traits that I love in a show and two of my favorite shows that I would have loved to see a crossover with is Suite Life of Zach and Cody and Even Stevens. The episode would be called Triple Trouble. The storyline that would bring them together is Steve and Eileen, Louis' parents would have to travel to Boston either for the mom's political career or the dad has a work trip and must go there. They end up staying at the Tipton Hotel, where Ren is immediately befriended by London and Maddie. In the episode a side storyline would be Ren doing a report on the Tipton hotel and its workers like Esteban and Mr. Mosbey for her news show the "Wombat Report". The main story line would be Louis walking in on Zach and Cody in the middle of one of their mayhem schemes, probably trying to mess with Mr. Mosbey. I can see Louis popping his head in the middle of them both and giving a suggestion "Like you need to hit him with the water gun from here". The idea would work and they would effectively annoy Mr. Mosbey and run away. This is where the introductions would happen and then cue the montage of them causing mayhem going back and forth between that storyline and Ren's report with London and Maddie that keeps getting hindered by the three boys. Eventually though the boys mess with the wrong guest accidentally when they meant to spray Ren but ended up spraying a very muscular man in a suit with a crew of other tough men in suits. They turn around and do the neck move where they take their thumb and say you're done. The rest of the episode is the boys hiding from the group of men trying to find them and trying to hide the fact from their parents. When the parents who have met each other by now by Steven and Eileen loving Carey's performance, want to know why they don't want to go to dinner, which because the men that are looking for them are there as well. Eventually it culminates with them being forced to go into the restaurant for dinner and face away from the group of men. They make it almost through the dinner scott free, but at the last minute one of them sneezes really loud and the man they hit turns around to say bless you. He realizes who they are and they surround the boys, with their parents, sister and friends confused. They try to explain it was an accident but the group is not having it. When they close their eyes to prepare for the beat down they just get splashed with water. With the man saying how do you like that? They take being drenched in water and then the group leaves with the three boys sitting at the table saying "we deserved that". The episode would end with Louis and his family leaving and the parents saying bye to Carey. London and Maddie saying bye to Ren and the boys saying bye to each other with the promises to cause mayhem again. They take their water gun out one last night to spray Mr. Mosbey and then run away. Show ends.