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A journal of social practice & professional engagement for the Antioch community

Antioch College students spend up to a 1/3rd of their undergraduate experience in the real world— testing concepts and applying theory from the classroom while reflecting on what it means to lead an impactful life.

Antioch students bring new ideas & vitality to our co-op partners, powering programs and special projects through directed full-time work and research across 15 key industries & communities of practice.

Psychology, Mindfulness, & Wellness

What do leaves dipped in wax, seed germination, and eurythmy have in common? I learned about it and did it at Camphill Copake! Camphill Copake is an Intentional Community in upstate New York

The past few months have been a whirlwind of color and chaos as I have made my way through Mumbai, India for my first co-op experience. I am working at

  In a valley that, if observed from up high, resembles a bowl- there is a village of twelve houses. They hold farmers, bakers, and candlemakers. These houses do not have

Whenever anyone I meet asks what I am doing down here, I jokingly say, “Oh, my job is to punch kids all day,” but this really wasn’t far from the

“Estia Agios Nikolaos is the only community in Greece where adults with special needs live, work and spend their free time together with their caregivers.” When I started my first year

Life has a way of surprising you. It will make you take turns down paths that you would have never expected to be walking on. When I began working at

This third co-op was a combination of website work, preparation for my 4th Spanish co-op, and a lot of reflection on my part. For starters, I had two separate jobs. One

Above, is a photo taken by my friend Holger Bartles, a long time Buddhist practitioner and professional photographer. Holger was happy to take my photo when I asked him, his

Policy, Advocacy, & Law

There’s this moment when I walk into the courtroom that surrounds my body with excitement, inspiration, and fulfillment of purpose. It is a feeling that I can’t wipe off my

For my current co-op, I decided to work with the Antioch College Prison Justice Initiative (PJI) on their Prison Justice Library project. The PJI was founded in 2014 by Dr.

The sun was bright, the heat was strong, and the smell of clean air filled the town. This description would normally be the detailed depiction of what heaven would be,

For my first co-op, I decided to stay local and continue working at my current place of employment, the Clark County Sheriff's Office. While I am still working as a

On my first co-op with the Transgender Law Center, I've come to learn that all skill sets are needed to become an effective organizer. I've learned that you don't call

I’m a first year student at Antioch, working on myself and my self-designed major. I’m studying economics and law and history, because I feel compelled to help people in whichever

As a second-year student with an interest in immigration law, I decided to do my co-op at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), located in Houston,

My name is Lanique Dawson, I'm a third-year student and I'm on my second co-op as an educator at the Paraclete Center and environmental policy intern at Save the Harbor/Save

Arts & Performance

The global pandemic has put the world on co-op. I say this because the essence of co-op is the question: "what do I do?" This question is repeatedly posed by people

As a second-year student with an interest in psychology, literature and the arts,  I decided to do my co-op at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a museum that encourages

Hi there, my name is Maria N. Ramirez and this past winter, I was an intern at The Kitchen. A non-profit, multi-disciplinary art and performance space located in the Chelsea

  My name is Akili Hayden and I’m currently a First Year at Antioch College pursuing a self-design major in Social Psychology and Arts Communications. Through Antioch’s Co-op program, I was

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. One of the largest museum collections in the country. And here I was, a second year undergraduate student. I was assisting a fashion curator

Flux Factory is an artist residency located in Queens New York

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="457"] Photo credit: Carissa Potter for Bay Area Made[/caption]   The street leading up to Carissa's house is completely blanketed with the thick, sweet smell of honeysuckle. Oakland is

For my winter co-op, I have had the opportunity to engage with artists from all over the world at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York.

Media Arts & Communication

WYSO’s mission is to connect the Larger Miami Valley (and the nation) with the community through voice, news, music, and stories. Their vision is to be, “the greatest small station

Hi there, my name is Maria N. Ramirez and this past winter, I was an intern at The Kitchen. A non-profit, multi-disciplinary art and performance space located in the Chelsea

Hello, my name is Cara Stedman and my co-op job is with Antioch College’s Media Services Department. This is different from the college’s media arts department. Instead of working with

I believe that we're all wired to connect in one way or another. We see it in the teenagers meeting each other through social media despite living half way across

Developing platforms and holding space is something that is very important to me. I know first hand what not having a voice feels like. Since being at Antioch, I decided to

Oral History in the Liberal Arts is a project that I just cannot seem to stay away from. For my fourth and final co-op of my Antioch career I have

My fourth co-op experience has been at WYSO Public Radio Station, which is an NPR-affiliated local radio station located in Yellow Springs. They broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days

On the first day of my co-op I was not entirely sure what to expect. After traveling over 300 miles and finally arriving in Santa Monica. I was there for

Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, & Culinary Arts

What do leaves dipped in wax, seed germination, and eurythmy have in common? I learned about it and did it at Camphill Copake! Camphill Copake is an Intentional Community in upstate New York

At the Antioch Farm, sustainability is of the utmost importance. Food forests and annual gardens spread across the vast fields towards the south end of the campus, where permaculture practices

Even as I sit in a makeshift office in the corner of my room, speaking with Krista Magaw from the Tecumseh Land Trust over my low quality webcam, I feel

The Antioch College farm was created to provide a space for learning about sustainable, ecological agriculture while also providing the college with fresh, organically grown produce. Much of the work that keeps the

"I want to spend the summer outdoors." -Me, to Cooperative Education faculty Beth Bridgeman, circa June 2017. I got my wish. For my final co-op at Antioch College, I am working

I'm writing from the Antioch College Farm. I have spent all spring tending to our beloved kale--and more! I have immersed myself in the growing experience here at Antioch, digging around in

My second co-op has been spent at an organization by the name of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. Seed Savers Exchange is an organization dedicated to conserving and promoting

Reskilling and Resilience One of the consequences of increasing specialization and monetization of the economy is that skills that were once common among the general population are now shared by few.

Education & Youth Empowerment

I am currently experiencing my first Co-op in San Francisco, California working for Buen Dia Family School. Buen Dia Family School is very hands-on with their students. The personal connections and

At Mills Lawn Elementary School, the main goal is that students achieve everything with excellence. Mills Lawn School integrates art and science into the curriculum and encourages its students to explore these

Hey! Caitlyn here, writing to you from good ole Yellow Springs. I moved off-campus in August into a big house with lots of friends! Everything has changed so much since

During this co-op, I had the chance to work two jobs that will help me further my experiences and expand on my resume. Both the South End Technology Center (SETC) and

Over this co-op, I've had a lot of new experiences. I've lived with new people. I've been in new places. I've learned new things. I've done my absolute best throughout

Scratches and scribbles on purple paper, rocks and beads, “we found these for you teacher Lexi”. Unapologetic  For years now, I have been indefinitely concerned with the idea of perfection. This lingering,

Being present is an incredible thing. Being present among children is more important. Sometimes you will find yourself getting lost in your routine and wonder how you might adjust to

Whenever anyone I meet asks what I am doing down here, I jokingly say, “Oh, my job is to punch kids all day,” but this really wasn’t far from the

Legend holds that an Antiochian can be parachuted anywhere, and they’ll find a job, a place to live (and some friends) within three days. Being nimble in the world requires agency and innovation, traits developed through experience at Antioch College…