J Term 2014 at SMU-in-Taos

During J Term 2014 at SMU-in-Taos, students are taking courses including Environmental Communications, Social Problems, Mountain Sports and Computers and Information Technology.

Learn more about J Term at SMU-in-Plano and SMU-in-Taos at smu.edu/jterm.

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A hidden treasure

At the Rio Grande Gorge

At the Rio Grande Gorge

An update from Franklin, a junior communication studies major who is enrolled in the J Term classes Environmental Communication and Wellness:

It’s cold, my legs are exhausted, and I have conquered my fear of flying down a mountain. Now on to some homework for my Environmental Communication class.

This is how I spent weekends during SMU J-Term in Taos. The activities are jam-packed into a short amount of time, but I would not have it any other way! Taos is a unique town to explore and to study during a cold winter, yet have fun at the same time.

I have had an opportunity to hike, cycle, and ski as part of my Wellness course. In my Environmental Communication class I have had just as much fun, listening to many fascinating and passionate speakers who are making a difference here and around the world. We’ve visited cultural, historic and civic sites, learning about the rich history of Taos and the important role the land plays in the lifestyle of the people here.

Good food and football

Good food and football

The SMU-in-Taos staff go out of their way to make you feel right at home. The food is great. During the NFL playoffs we enjoyed dinner while watching the game with fellow students in the campus dining hall. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the staff do their best to accommodate your needs, whether it is a vegetarian diet or a gluten-free diet or if you just need an extra tortilla, they are there to ensure you do not go hungry.

I have enjoyed my stay and I am looking forward to coming back to SMU-in-Taos, a hidden treasure.

Also follow the class on Facebook at SMU Environmental Communication, and on their class blog.

Skiing

Hitting the slopes

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