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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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Reflections From Lacey: A CS BSW Student

So, how’s Chicago?  This is the question that everybody in my life asks, and the one that I never know how to answer.  I struggle to come up with a description of living and working in Chicago that is truthful, both in the way that it’s said and in the way that it’s heard.  It…
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Reflections from Margiree: A CS BSW Student

Hello all! My name is Margiree Palmer. I am a senior social work major at Trinity Christian College. This semester I am interning at New Moms a non-profit agency that serves young moms between the ages of 16-24 located on the west side in the Austin community.  I work with the workforce development team, which…
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Reflections from Olivia: A CS BSW Student

Hello from the Windy City! My name is Olivia Meiste, and I am a social work major currently enrolled in the Chicago Semester program. I was born and raised in the small, Dutch town of Holland, Michigan. After graduating from High School, I decided to move a lengthy 15 minutes down the road to Hope…
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Reflections from Abby: A CS BSW Student

Chi-town, My Town “Chicago is my kind of town Chicago is my kind of people too… Chicago is calling me home.”- Frank Sinatra Hello! My name is Abby Duran, and I am a senior social work student at Hope College. This semester I am completing a full-time internship at The Children’s Place Association, in their…
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Reflections from Lacey: A CS BSW Student

Greetings from Chicago!  My name is Lacey Burie, and I am a senior social work major from Trinity Christian College.  I am interning at Casa Central’s La Posada program.  Casa Central is the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Midwest, serving the Humboldt Park neighborhood with everything from early childhood education to violence prevention…
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Reflections from Cailee: A CS BSW Student

Hello, Cailee Veenstra here! I am a recent Social Work graduate from Dordt College and had the amazing opportunity to complete my learning while interning in Chicago. I have had some incredible learning experiences because of this internship, and am abundantly grateful for all those who contributed to my learning. I interned at New Moms,…
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Reflections from Tiffany: A CS BSW Student

It was the summer of 2001, and I was six years old. My mom had taken my younger brother and I to the Museum of Science and Industry in the beautiful south side neighborhood of Hyde Park. I recall being in awe not only of the lush greenery that surrounded us but also of the…
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Reflections from Sarah: A CS BSW Student

Growing up in the southwest suburbs I was not entirely unfamiliar with the Windy City, however, I’ve learned that visiting Chicago and living in Chicago are two completely different things. Spending just one day in the city does not compare to the excitement of living here for an entire semester. Chicago has been one of…
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