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Reflections from Anna: A CS Student Teacher

A few weeks in to my life in the big city, I can confidently say that I am so glad I decided to take a leap into the unknown Sophomore year when I signed up to do Chicago Semester. It has been quite an eye opening adventure to find and spread my, albeit temporary, new…
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It Is Cold Outside, But Chicago Semester News is Host Off the Press!

Student Highlights The semester is off to a cold, but exciting, start for our students. While they’ve been adjusting to their internships and life in the city they’ve also had a chance to take advantage of some fabulous fine art events at Court Theatre in Hyde Park and Goodman Theatre in the Loop. This past…
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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 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 Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Alumni Changing Seasons and Cheesy Quotes I sit here on my computer searching endlessly on the internet for non-cheesy, “end-of-life-season” quotes. Let me be the first to tell you – it is pretty difficult to find quotes that aren’t cheesy! Change is something that is incredibly difficult for me, so I find it very helpful…
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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 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 Rebekah: A CS Student Teacher

Ready for Change? You would think that I would be full of energy post-Thanksgiving break. You would also think that I would be fired up and excited to tackle my last two and a half weeks of student teaching! (Oh my goodness, how has time gone by this fast?) Unfortunately, both of those statements above…
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