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My experience within Semester in Detroit was truly incredible.
Last semester living in Detroit, I had my best semester yet, filled with unforgettable experiences! From Jazz festivals, to poetry slams, to Cuban dancing, four-story bookstores, and even late nights at the DIA, the places I went, and the people I met were so incredible and worthwhile. I was able to learn so much about myself in addition to gaining lifelong friendships and relationships along the way. Even now, reflecting on my time within Semester in Detroit, it is hard to put into words the immense impact the program has had on me academically, spiritually, and personally. I can truly say that Semester in Detroit changed my life with such a great impact that I am confident that I will return to the city for long-term engagement.
I also had the opportunity to intern with the Detroit Historical Society while in Semester In Detroit, working on the 1967: Looking Back to Move Forward project. I was able to work first hand with a community engagement project developed in collaboration with Metro Detroit residents, museums, non-profit and community organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and businesses. The stages of the project include: an oral history project, exhibition, programs and outreach, and last but certainly not least, a call to action to move forward as a city. This internship opportunity was extremely rewarding in both my academic growth and workplace experience. Being able to reflect on Detroit's culture and history, I was able to realize the power of storytelling, listening, and the importance of an inclusive understanding of our diverse history. This experience with The Historical Society also instilled in me an even greater love of history while teaching me the importance of preserving, teaching, and celebrating our histories.