Pretty easy, overall.
This was a wonderful class. I learned about how Chicago's diverse parks are designed to trigger certain psychological reactions. We traveled around the city and even got to team up and create our own park models.
One of the most interesting aspects of the class was its focus on urban planning and landscape design. I developed a new understanding and appreciation for the thought and effort put into city design. I also enjoyed exploring Chicago's diverse pockets. We stopped for meals in Chinatown and the Mexican neighborhood near La Villita Park. Another highlight was the final project, where we got to chose our own Chicago park and present it by applying the knowledge we had acquired over the course of the quarter. The class members become really close because it is a freshman class and we went on many outings together.
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Advice for students:
The class does not require a lot of outside work. I recommend taking it if you have any interest in psychology or city design. I recommend going into it with an open mind, and don't be shy about speaking up and befriending the other students. The only work outside of class are the three reflection papers which are easy to write if you paid attention during the outings/class discussions. The final project is also quite easy to complete. It was a fun learning environment and an enriching experience.