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Lydia Stazen’s Chicago Semester Story: Bringing Her Vocational Calling into Razor-sharp Focus

By the end of her sophomore year of college, Lydia Stazen ’04 felt an intense need to expand her horizons beyond her campus experience. As she explored off-campus semester opportunities, she was excited to discover that Chicago Semester met both her personal need for more diverse experiences – and her major’s internship requirements. Before participating…
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Reflections from Audrey: A CS Sociology Student

Happy Thursday, Blog! I can hardly believe how close we are to the end of Chicago Semester Fall 2019!! As much as I’m trying to reminisce and make the most of every day here, things are flying by SO quickly. Between deadlines for work, classes and thinking ahead to Thanksgiving Break, I’ve had a hard…
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Reflections from Audrey: A CS Sociology Student

Hey again!   This week has been a slower week in terms of a schedule, but ironically quite a bit more hectic in terms of “big life moments.” To give some context, it’s good to know that in the city things can get really overwhelming all of a sudden if you don’t keep them in…
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October Updates From Chicago Semester

Increasing Program Visibility Chicago Semester staff have been active this fall making presentations as part of our initiative to increase our visibility as a leader in urban experiential education. Staff have presented: “Leadership and Calling: Connecting Experiential Learning with Life’s Big Questions,” CS Faculty, Rebecca Burwell at the National Society of Experiential Education’s Annual Conference…
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Reflections from Kaci: A CS Student Teaching Student

Hello, world!   So much has happened since I last updated two weeks ago!   The weather has gotten crisper, the sun is setting earlier, and spooky season is upon us! It’s quite fitting that Halloween-time converges with the scariest aspect of a student teacher’s experience: The submission of their edTPA! [lightning strikes] [distant screams]…
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Reflections from Audrey: A CS Sociology Student

Hello again!   You know that feeling of thinking you’ve gone without being sick for just a little too long? It almost seems like you’re just waiting to wake up with a mysterious illness? This week I think the adrenaline of being in the city and constantly doing things finally wore off and the germs…
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Reflections from Kaci: A CS Student Teacher

Long time, no see!   By the time this blog post goes up, I would have completed six full weeks at my current internship site. Not only is this the second to last week at my first student teaching placement, it’s my last week lead-teaching in my cooperating teacher’s classroom! Time has absolutely flown by!…
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Reflections from Audrey: A CS Sociology Student

Hey vlog! And yes, I know this isn’t a video blog or a misspelling of blog, but that was a shout out to a few good Hope friends (you know who you are) :). Fall has officially hit in Chicago and I could not be happier about it! If you know one thing about me,…
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September Updates from Chicago Semester

Homegrown Event On Monday, September 16, Chicago Semester hosted Homegrown: Stories From Food Start-Ups in Chicago as part of our ongoing celebration of 45 years as a program. 1871’s auditorium provided a beautiful venue for the event which featured entrepreneurs of color who had built food businesses in neighborhoods across the city. Attendees had an…
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Reflections from Kaci: A CS Student Teacher

    Hello, everyone! My name is Kaci and I am student teaching this Fall with Chicago Semester! I hope these blog posts can provide you with a little insight into the ups, downs, and curves that come with student teaching. Before I get into my student teaching placement and some cool features of the…
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