Exploration and inquiry in the City & Lake Semester is guided by a set of essential questions:
Where are we?
Who are we?
What does it mean to thrive?
By studying Burlington’s past and experiencing its present reality, students look toward the future with the hope of answering:
Where are we going?
How do we get there?
As the city, its needs, and its opportunities change, so will the topics we study. BCL is about real issues and responding to our community in real time.
Potential projects include:
- Creating a short documentary film about Burlington’s people and neighborhoods to share with families moving to the city.
- Studying the health of Lake Champlain alongside local scientists and presenting results to the Mayor and City Council.
- Collaborating with a professional artist to create a lasting piece of art for one of the city’s public parks.
- Representing Burlington’s youth voice in a global sustainability network.
Through the careful study of our city and its systems, BCL hopes to impact the lives of those in our community, turning learning into legacy.