Study Abroad

Internships in Northern Ireland – More from student blogger Molly

Photo via Derry Blue Badge Guide.  This is the second post in a series of blogs from HECUA’s student correspondent in Northern Ireland: Molly Dubois. Molly is a senior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing an individualized degree in Youth Studies, Political Science, and Democracy and Social Change through the College of Continuing Education’s Intercollege Program. […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

On the trail of the Tuatara – more from student blogger Kaia.

Kaia Desai Fihn will be HECUA’s student blogger for the New Zealand program this spring semester. Kaia is a junior, majoring in History and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. You can read Kaia’s first impressions of New Zealand here. Week 2: Sustainability From Masterton, we traveled to Turangi for one night. Here, we had […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

How in the HECkUA did I get to Northern Ireland? – Student Blogger Molly

HECUA’s classroom is far from conventional. We had multiple field trips and meet with many people working in areas of commemoration, reconciliation, education, and more. It has been amazing reading texts for reference and then talking with such honest people about their lived experience. Read More »

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Study Abroad

Ecuadorian election observations – Maya Swope, student blogger

I don’t know that I’ve been here long enough to really know who is better for the country, but I’ve seen the election through the eyes of my host parents, my professors, and coworkers-- all of whom provide a different take on the situation. Hearing all these different sides is both confusing and enlightening. As a foreigner, everyone is really willing to take time to explain the campaign to me from their point of view, which I love. Read More »

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HECUA classrooms

HECUA classroom series: No Room for Error

I mean that I was about 75% leaning towards the liberal approach, with the other 25% of me saying that you still have to work hard to be successful. Essentially what it boils down to is the structure vs. agency argument. This is where it got tricky for me, because I felt very strongly that if someone worked hard, they could at least achieve a decent standard of living. What I didn’t always factor into the equation was the fact that sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Read More »

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Study USA

An oasis in Osceola – Cari’s story

HECUA’s Environmental Sustainability class offers every enrolled student the opportunity to earn a Permaculture Design Certificate. Students in this fall’s class are completing the certification requirements at Lily Springs Farm in Osceola, Wisconsin. HECUA student Cari Monroe, an Environmental Studies major at the University of St. Thomas, shared this dispatch from Lily Springs with us […] Read More »

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Study Abroad

A poster child for bike safety – Nelson’s story

Nelson Dow, a junior at Denison University majoring in Environmental Studies, spent the fall in New Zealand, with HECUA’s New Zealand Culture and Environment: A Shared Future semester. The program, like all HECUA semester-long programs here and abroad, includes a significant internship component. Nelson spent his time as an intern promoting recreational and commuter cycling, working […] Read More »

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Study USA

A semester in Making Media, Making Change – Tom’s story

Making Media, Making Change Spring 2014 student Tom Hackbarth created this short video during his internship at community television network SPNN‘s Access Center. Tom began the program with relatively little production experience, and he emerged with the technical skills that allowed for the sophisticated production of this video. The video speaks for itself! If you click […] Read More »

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Study USA

Voices for Racial Justice and #pointergate – Taylor’s Story

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities student Taylor Day is enrolled in HECUA’s Inequality in America program this semester. Her internship placement site is the powerful advocacy and training group Voices for Racial Justice (formerly the Organizing Apprenticeship Project). In the post below, Taylor describes how her work at Voices for Racial Justice affected her […] Read More »

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Student Blogger

A broader view of the possible – Jordyn’s story

In addition to our well-known 16 credit semester long programs in the US and abroad, HECUA offers two tightly focused eight credit classes in Minnesota: Agriculture and Justice and Making Media, Making Change (MMMC). This is the second year for MMMC, offered in partnership with neighborhood access network SPNN. Students enrolled in the program explore […] Read More »

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