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Reflections from Matthew: A CS Business and Communication Student

Windy City Welcome I can only think of a few instances in my life where I arrived somewhere and instantly knew I belonged. The first of these came when I stepped on Hope College’s campus for first time during a junior visit day a few years ago, and the second of these came a few…
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Reflections from Daryn: A CS English Student

I cannot believe my time in Chicago has come to an end! It has been the most unforgettable experience and one that has undoubtedly been foundational for the course of the rest of my life. As far as my vocation goes, I’ve gained invaluable knowledge about life as a professional and more clarity on what…
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Reflections from Janelle: A CS English Student

Endings and Beginnings Even in my last few days in Chicago, I was still making new discoveries. My gingerbread team made a fantastic replica of the John Hancock building at the CS Christmas party, for one. But yesterday, I discovered for the first time that Canterbury Apartments has a back alley. I also discovered that…
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Reflections from Janelle: A CS English Student

The Final Countdown T-minus two weeks until the last day of my internship. T-minus two and a half weeks until finals are done. It’s safe to say things are heating up, even as the weather’s cooling down. Now, I don’t have a motto, but one of my go-to phrases is, “Set your expectations low and…
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Reflections from Daryn: A CS English Student

Today marks exactly one month left in Chicago…what?! I really can’t believe it. I think I’ve said this a hundred times in the past couple of weeks, but I don’t understand how I can be increasingly ready to be back at Ouachita with all my best friends while increasingly wishing I could just stay here…
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Reflections from Janelle: A CS English Student

Sometimes, the people make the place Chicago has started to feel like a small town. I no longer need to pull out my phone every time I want to go somewhere. My mental map of handy landmarks is constantly expanding, and I have my usual lunch hour circuits to walk. But I was really hit…
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Reflections from Daryn: A CS English Student

Hello again! I’ve just reached the end of my seventh week here in Chicago, which means after just one more week, it’ll be halfway through the semester, which is crazy!! I haven’t been able to decide yet if it feels like I’ve been here longer or shorter than seven weeks. It seems like forever ago…
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Reflections from Janelle: A CS English Student

To Boldly ChicaGo Walk to Clark and Division. Get on the red line headed for 95th/Dan Ryan. Shove your way into the small space in front of the sliding doors and find something to hold on to. Let out a breath of relief when the mob unloads at Lake. Get off at Monroe and go…
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Reflections fromm Daryn: A CS English Student

Hello everyone! My name is Daryn McMinn, and I’m a junior majoring in English at Ouachita Baptist University, which is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I’m originally from Royse City, Texas, the epitome of small Southern towns. Having never lived so far from home and having never even visited Chicago previously, I’m experiencing a little bit…
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Reflections from Jennie: A CS Business Student

It is strange to look back and realize that I have been living in Chicago for an entire Semester. Before January, I had never been to this city before and now it has become a temporary home that will carry a piece of my heart for the rest of my life. These last few weeks…
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