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love what you do.”


Manda The Explorer

Hi, my name is Amanda, you can call me Manda. I’m a recent graduate from Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL), Lincoln, Nebraska.

I love to explore, taking photos and learning about places, food and the people around me.


Community/City/Urban Planning Enthusiast

Other than being a community/city/urban planning enthusiast, I love to get involved with planning and development topics such as transportation, natural resources, parks and recreation, Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and many more.

Below are quick summary of my recent work experience in City of Lincoln, Nebraska. Feel free to contact me to give me advice, feedback or ask me questions.

Recent Experience

Planning- construction intern

Worked with Lincoln Parks and Recreation learning various planning efforts by different entities for City Parks, Dog Runs and many more.

gis student worker/ graduate research assistant

Worked with Facilities Management and Planning under Planning- Construction- Engineering department to assist with GIS works on campus.

public involvement intern for mayor’s office & LTU

Worked with Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) and many other departments for Mayor’s Challenge as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies for cities.

after school program mentor/ graduate assistant

Worked with Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC) as mentor for middle and elementary school students to teach them hands-on topics on STEM.


“As you travel, look for inspiration and motivation.”


Manda’s Story

I came to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the city. I’m from Malaysia and studied Physics and Mechanical Engineering. I took some courses in Civil Engineering at UNL and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. That’s when I got exposed to the topics in GIS and Physical Environment. 

After contemplating life after college and scored an opportunity for an assistantship, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree at UNL to learn more about the aspect of city planning, development and project implementation. I’m grateful for the opportunities that got me to be involved with the UNL campus community and the locals.

I’m excited to learn more and contribute to the community, doing what I love and loving what I do.


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