Paul Smith’s Students Explore Yurt Life


A group of students approached Paul Smith’s College field instructor Bethany Garretson last November and together they started developing the Osgood Pond Semester. The program began in August, and now seven students and two instructors are living in authentic Mongolian yurts located near the Paul Smith’s College campus.

The site is a no-car zone, so students commute to campus by foot or bicycle and take their regular course loads, but the home they return to is void of modern amenities like electricity, heat and running water.

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