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A new challenge

Ohio Wesleyan Senior Student teaches at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture

By Sarah Jonassen ’22

Jasmine Lew ’22

Name: Jasmine Lew ’22
Hometown: Fremont, California
Majors: Theater
Minors: Education and Spanish
OWU Login Experience: Teaching student at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture

A senior grad, Lew spent the spring semester in Windy City teaching students at a nonprofit educational institution that focuses on experiential learning.

“I wanted the opportunity to travel while at university and wanted my teaching experience to be immersive and engaging,” Lew said. “Working in Chicago gave me the extra boost I wanted to prepare for life after college and (let me) work with student demographics I wouldn’t have the opportunity to work with. opportunity to work here.”

Why I chose this experience

“As a future theater teacher, I thought living in Chicago would be a great opportunity to experience the incredible theater scene there and to make lasting connections with other theater professionals.

“As a student teacher at Chicago Center, I lived and worked in Chicago, using public transportation to get around the city, with a budget to buy my own groceries. There were no dorms, no mess halls or any of my usual supports.I had to be much more independent.

“I had a cohort of student teachers who lived in an apartment with me, and they formed my community. We met once a week for a seminar to discuss our experiences and concerns. My experience in this program has been so unique, and I truly believe that there is no comparison between teaching students immersion in a city and teaching students at university.

My favorite moments

“I have a lot of favorite moments from this experience. They are the small steps that students take to grow as a student, a person, and a theater artist. It can be a time when a student realizes they are more capable than he thought, or pushing and challenging himself to do his job when he struggles to concentrate.All those little moments of self-confidence, struggle and growth are the most rewarding, and they are innumerable.

Lessons learned

“This experience helped me become a better teacher and helped me understand myself better. The more I experiment, and the more those experiences push me out of my comfort zone, the more sure I am of what I want, need, and value.

“The biggest thing I’ve come to realize about myself is that no matter how much I love to work, I will always need space and time in my life to do enjoyable things without other reason than to be pleasant and that I need to be able to create in order to create.

My plans after graduation

“I hope to work as an apprentice in the educational department of a theater company in order to learn educational programming in this context. I want to end up in a position where I can use theater to help communities, especially young people, grow and prosper. OWU has helped prepare me to achieve these goals by showing me that whatever path I take to get where I want to be can be good.

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