Freshmen in Connecting Generations, FYPH 102G, spent the second part of the spring semester connecting with residents from Larksfield Place, an independent living community near campus.
Students in the class engaged in an intergenerational project, collecting life stories and breaking down stereotypes between generations. During the class, the first half of the semester was spent in the classroom, establishing knowledge of the aging population, while the second half of the semester took the class to Larksfield Place.
Students also enjoyed a campus visit from some of the residents, where the class met as a large group in the Rhatigan Student Center. Through collectively sharing stories, they learned just how much they have in common, and enjoyed an impromptu ballroom dancing lesson. The entire experience culminated with a life-story book and banner, presented to each resident during a luncheon at Larksfield Place on the last day of class.