Ryan Conschafter ’20 has been accepted into University of Buffalo’s master of science program in real estate development, beginning this fall. The program is the only real estate development offering in the SUNY system.
“Buffalo is going through a growth period right now, and I wanted to be part of it,” says the Buffalo native.
As a media and society major with a minor in political science, he says his academic background makes him well-suited for the industry. “Media is very broad and impacts many different fields,” he says. “For example, advertising is a critical component to the field of real estate.”
His work in “Cultures of Advertising” and “Politics of Climate Change” with Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer and Assistant Professor of Media and Society Rebecca Burditt encouraged him to pursue his interest in real estate.
“Ryan was a hard-working student whose successful admission to graduate school in real estate development reflects his ability to apply critical thinking about media to a wide range of subjects,” says Shafer. “Media and society majors enter all sorts of fields with the confidence to know that they’re prepared to handle a wide range of challenges.”
Conschafter says he chose real estate development partly because he wants to be a part of the urban renewal of Buffalo. Unlike many smaller cities on the East Coast, Buffalo is growing and expects to see a population increase in the 2020 census, he says.
Giving back to his hometown was an important factor when Conschafter chose his master’s program. “I want to be able to use creativity to take a property or a building that is a blight to the neighborhood and turn it into something that is very positive….a project that can create homes, jobs and growth for people,” he says.
Conschafter graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute before attending Hobart. He volunteered and interned at Catholic Charities in the city, working at food pantries organizing shipments of food and supplies for those in need. In Geneva, he also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.