Each year, Lynn University embraces experiential learning through January Term (J-Term). The three-week semester allows students an immersive experience that hones in on three main areas: citizenship, language and culture, and career preparation. This year, the numbers spoke for themselves.
Giving back to the community
First-year students participate in assignments to enhance the community during J-Term’s Citizenship Project. This year, students used design thinking to identify a civic issue, create a plan of action to tackle it and engage in service work to address it.
Lynn’s impact spanned across South Florida: 1,069 students and faculty served over 16 organizations totaling 6,360 service hours to benefit South Florida nonprofits.
Students helped the hungry in partnership with Boca Helping Hands, Feeding Palm Beach County and CROS Ministries. They packed approximately 9,507 pounds of food and distributed 9,377 meals.
Over 700 Comfort Cases with blankets, notepads, stuffed animals and essential items were packed for children entering foster care.
Animal lovers worked with Tri-County Animal Rescue and Big Dog Ranch to care for furry friends. Students brought joy to foster pups by making and distributing over 35 dog toys and created awareness of the cause with over 10 public service announcements and 20 posters and fliers.
With Lynn’s campus so close to the ocean, beach cleanups were a major focus. Students worked with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Friends of Jupiter Beach to collect over 248 pounds of litter.
In partnership with WiseTribe, students constructed 12 vertical gardens for local middle schools to support sustainable growing and food sources.
Three speakers visited Lynn to discuss the importance of giving back.
Expanding cultural horizons and career skills
J-Term’s language and culture track opened the door to global exploration in and outside of the classroom. This semester, students studied 17 different languages and cultures through dedicated coursework. Approximately 50 students traveled to six countries, from Italy to Japan, to immerse themselves in customs firsthand.
Upperclassmen prepared themselves for the business world during the three-week term. Students in Career Connections’ Future Leaders of Tomorrow class toured the local companies and interacted with 13 top employers. Over 20 classes prepared students for the workforce and gave them a look inside 10 industries. Two top entrepreneurs presented on succeeding in business.