Can we go back to Chicago?

That is the question that keeps being raised as I sit here studying with a few other fellow
Gerstacker Summer School students. We had a blast on the Gerstacker sponsored trip that
wrapped up this past Saturday. It was organized by the Chicago Center for Urban Life & Culture and incorporated visits to several businesses and organizations.

For instance, we were able to meet with a panel of Gatorade employees to discuss the organization and its business model, tour an urban farm and learn about its unique mission—to provide transitional employment and training for individuals in Chicago, and even had the opportunity to spend time talking with Albion alumni in the Chicago area at a private business function held at the spectacular John G. Shedd Aquarium. All of these experiences were valuable and gave us the chance to think critically and apply the concepts we have learned thus far in our Gerstacker curriculum to a “real world” context.

Here are a few of the pictures for our wonderful trip!

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The Chicago trip isn’t all that we are buzzing about here on campus. Last week, several
companies came to campus to complete “mock-interviews” with us. Each student had 3-5
interviews that day with recruiters from a field that he or she is interested in going into. The interviews were about an hour long, with time set aside for both the interview and feedback. The experience was incredibly rewarding, especially seeing as most students are gearing up for internships next fall or spring.

I have truly enjoyed my time spent here for Gerstacker Summer School and can’t believe it is almost time for us to pack up and head home until the fall semester begins. I feel I have absolutely developed as a professional and am more confident heading into my internships and second half of my undergraduate career. I’m not even sure I want to leave! I’ve built great friendships with the other students here and with professors that I hadn’t had the chance to have class with during previous semesters. This summer semester has been a lot of work, but it has been completely worth it.

Time to get back to studying. Are you sure we can’t go back to Chicago?

-Natalie Hewitt

Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
Albion Class of 2013

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