Here are a few thoughts from two students who've taken the class.
“[It] was a good way to take a step back from life and just view it from the outside and get a clarity that you don't get when you’re actively involved with everything all the time,” Julia said.
“I think one of the things that this class does is it allows you to introspect a lot more and learn a lot more about yourself,” Khadija says. “I just wanted to do something challenging, something different, something you don't really get an opportunity to do at any other school and just see what, kind of, I need to do as a person.”
Beyond academic life, students made surprising discoveries in their own personalities. “Immediately after I was just so much quieter,” Khadija admits. After a month of not speaking, Khadija found herself recognizing the mindless chatter that used to be part of her daily life. Refraining from communication helped drastically change the way she now connects. “I definitely have a different approach to communication. It’s more, ‘Does that thing need to be said? What are the effects of the things you have to say?’ When it comes to the meaningful things I’m a lot less rash or quick off the gun.”
To read more about this innovative class check out these stories from NPR and 34th street.