Big Trip: Chicago

The LC BIG Trip: Chicago

As part of your Learning Community experience, we would like to invite you to join us for an exciting trip to Chicago, IL September 19 - 21, 2019. This is a great opportunity for you to hear from professionals currently working in your chosen field, learn about possible future careers, and network with other students in Learning Communities. You’ll also get to experience some of Chicago’s world-renowned sites attractions!

This trip will be a great opportunity to bond with members of your Learning Community and your Learning Community Mentor.

There will also be several other Learning Communities traveling with us, so you will get to know other students from a variety of backgrounds and interests.

The trip will take place Thursday, September 19th - Saturday, September 21st. We have several activities planned, as well as time for each Learning Community to participate in “behind the scenes” tours of businesses or organizations related to your community’s specific focus.

Learning Communities participating in the BIG Trip 2019 include:

  • Business Leaders: Start your Future Today
  • Business Opportunities: Find Your Fit
  • Computing For Good: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Computing Your Future: Computer Science and Engineering
  • Discover the Classroom: A Passion for Teaching
  • Discover the Healthy Human: Nutrition & Health Sciences
  • Media Smarts: Broadcasting, Journalism & Sports Communication
  • Pre-Law Opportunities: Preparing for your J.D. and Beyond
  • Psyched Up! Analyzing Psychology
  • Responsible Design: Architecture, Interior Design, & Landscape Architecture

Examples of Specific Visits from Last Year's Trip

Business Leaders & Opportunities

Students met a few Nebraska alumni who work at this expansive company and learned about an array of different careers in professional services. 
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Students met with one of "The Fed's" VPs to hear how the bank influences the economy we live in.
Catapult Chicago
Students visited Catapult, a collaborative working space for entrepreneurs and professionals working in a range of fields.

Discover the Classroom

Art Institute of Chicago
Students explored the museum and experienced a workshop on utilizing the visual arts in the classroom.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Students had a private workshop on the science inquiry model and pedagogy as well as a full museum tour.

Discover the Healthy Human

Soldier Field
Students toured behind the scenes of the Chicago Bears' home stadium and saw the facilities it takes to make an NFL team operate.

Media Smarts

Big Ten Network
Students got a backstage pass to explore the BTN studio and learn about sports broadcasting.
The Onion
Students spoke with experts at this leading news publication to learn about careers in this field.

Computing your future & computing for good

Students learned how signal integrates data to impact an array of different industries and how they reach people on multiple platforms from web to mobile.
Students toured Google's Chicago office and heard from professionals regarding their unique work culture.

Psyched Up!

Roosevelt University I/O Psychology
Here, students heard about Industrial/Organizational Psychology, one of the fastest growing fields, and heard from current Professors and PhD students in the field.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Psychology students learned how a bachelor’s degree in Psychology can be applied in a variety of settings, specifically the zoo and working with the public.

LC BIG Trip 2019 Tentative Itinerary

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • Travel via charter bus from Lincoln, NE to Chicago, IL
    • Dinner at Giordano’s Pizza: Chicago's famous deep dish pizza
    • Evening entertainment @ Chicago's Premier Improv Comedy Clubs 
  • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • "Major/Career Exploration" Day: Each LC will have experiences specific to their LC throughout the day
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019