The successful Chicago Term program reached a long-held goal in fall 2011 of adding a residential option for students who want to experience city life 24/7. Four students shared a loft apartment in the Greek Town neighborhood while the balance of the participants continued to commute from Naperville.
“One of the key advantages of this arrangement is the variety of internships the students have been able to take advantage of,” says Lou Corsino, professor of sociology and coordinator of the Chicago Term program, which was introduced in 2004. “They’re also getting a much broader exposure to neighborhoods beyond what we’re studying in course work.”
Tanika Warren ’12 (pictured, second from right) was able to accept a position as a community resource intern at a homeless shelter in Humboldt Park. “It’s been a humbling and amazing experience and the residential Chicago Term really fits into my sociology major,” she says. “While I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life I never really saw all the city life had to offer. I was only exposed to the negative aspects.”
Jessica Pantel ’13 (second from left), also a loft resident, had enrolled in a course called the Archeology of Jordan at the Field Museum to complement her anthropology major. BaSheeba Mays ’13 (far left) was learning about the dynamics of different groups in the city as part of her organizational communication major. All four city-based students have embraced the fast-paced environment, the variety of restaurants and the challenges of learning the public transit system. They say they’ve enjoyed exploring diverse city neighborhoods.
“About 10 to 15 blocks away in just about any direction are completely different environments as far as cultures and languages,” says Kimberly Dallmann ’14 (far right). “I am a Spanish major, and this is why I love Chicago.”
North Central Now Annual Report 2011