Monday, August 26, 2013

What I'm Doing This Fall

Most of the participants in the program + our hall director at Edgewater Park
This Fall semester is a little different from any other fall semester I have had. I will not be attending class or staying on campus at BWU. Instead, I am living the college life in Cleveland. My university has a program called The Urban Semester Program.

10 students live in a living-learning community house in downtown Cleveland. The goal of the program is for students to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of urban issues and diversity. We will complete an urban studies minor over the semester with multicultural psychology, urban politics, urban health disparities, and urban life as our focus. To expound on our classroom (in the living room) learning, we are required to intern at a non-profit organization. Starting next week, I will be the communications intern with Esperanza (an organization that works with the hispanic, latino youth of Cleveland).

We are not only learning together, but living together. The 10 of us share the responsibilities that come with living in a house. We have to budget money for food, plan meals, and go grocery shopping. The house is not taken care of by university cleaning services, but by us! The chores are done daily and weekly to keep the house looking clean and in good shape (especially because professors and BW staff are frequent visitors).

Overall, it is a program created to help us grow and develop personally and professionally in an urban environment. I am very excited to be a participant in this program and seeing the growth throughout the program! If you want to know more, check it out here.


  1. This looks really cool, Courtney! Good for you :)

  2. That sounds like a really cool program - I wish Kent State had something like that!