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Reflections from Vanessa: A CS BSW Student

The Love for Adventure   Chicago, The Windy City, the home of curious, adventurous souls. The city is like layers and layers of clothes on a winter night, you just can’t get enough of. Moving into the city from a small, private college has changed my whole mindset of reality. There is life and movement…
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Reflections from Bailey and Allison: CS BSW Students

We asked BSW student bloggers Allison Gartman ‘18 (Trinity) and Bailey Burkart ‘18 (Hope) to answer these questions as they completed their internships and final classes through Chicago Semester. We are so proud of their hard work and wish them the best in their next endeavors! Q: As you near the end of your time…
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Reflections from Allison: A CS BSW Student

When a friend told me today that Thanksgiving is only eleven days away, I thought they were joking…how can it already be the holiday season?! We just moved to the city! But the Christmas lights are beginning to be put on the trees, the holiday displays are set up in store fronts, and Mariah Carey…
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Reflections from Bailey: A CS BSW Student

I’ve officially been in Chicago for over 2 months now, and let me tell you, it feels great. I’ve navigated the city commuting, found the best food deals, and am now quickly trying to fit in all of the things I haven’t done yet into the last month and a half of my semester. Here…
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Reflections from Allison: A CS BSW Student

A Type 7 in the City If you have spent time around or consider yourself a millennial or “gen Z-er,” you most likely have heard of the Enneagram or been asked “what number are you?!” as an exuberant individual looks at you with anticipation. This personality test has become the topic of numerous conversations and…
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Reflections from Bailey: A CS BSW Student

Hi there! My name is Bailey and I’m a senior at Hope College. I am here completing my social work internship in Chicago! Since moving to Chicago I have loved my time learning how to navigate this big city and get the most out of my short time here. Going to school in Holland, MI…
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Reflections from Allison: A CS BSW Student

The sound of Lake Michigan waves crashing on the shore a stone’s throw away from the apartment. The song “Go Cubs Go” being sung at Wrigley Field and the friendly banter that follows (because GO BREWERS). Laughter from participants at North Side Housing and Supportive Services who discover that there are enough baked beans in…
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Reflections from Kendra: A CS BSW Student

When I was a junior in high school, I went on a spring break trip with my best friend and our mothers. We drove all through the east half of the country, trying to find our dream college. During this trip, I was trying to determine my own path. As everyone was getting ready for…
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Reflections From Bailey: A CS BSW Student

Hi! My name is Bailey Clark, and I am a senior social work major at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan about 10 minutes from Jackson. My university is just 30 minutes from my small hometown of Grass Lake, Michigan. When I say small, I mean it – with just over a 1,000 people…
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Reflections From Kendra: A CS BSW Student

Hello! My name is Kendra Schiess, and I am a senior social work major at Indiana Wesleyan University. I am currently from Burke, Virginia, but my dad’s career in the Air Force has taken us all across the United States throughout my childhood. That constant moving is part of why an adventurous semester in Chicago…
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