Here’s what stuck: First semester of MFA over.

Previously, I had written about my week of hell with school. So much was due in a span of three days PLUS speaking in front of the Burlington public that we had to put on all by ourselves. We made it through pretty well.

If you are interested in seeing my portfolio(which I had to cobble together, along with the final daily project, and the “Come Together” video), go here.

If you want to read about my semester in my Technology as a Disruptive Force class, go here.

Want to watch the Symposium video? Go here. I’m in the beginning of the video in a skit, and then again around the 40 minute mark. Wait for the video to completely load first.  I encourage you to watch it all to get a grasp of what I am studying, reading, discussing, and thinking about on a daily basis.

Here’s what I learned:

-No amount of planning can prepare you for making mistakes. I dropped the ball within a group project and I didn’t plan on throwing out an almost completed project to start over when it was due in 12 hours.

-A group of 12 people who are still learning from each other in the first four months of a graduate program can do pretty cool things under pressure.

-Project managing is a gift that I am hope to hone better this spring semester. I was originally assigned another project, but within a week of that assignment, I was assigned another, and it was baptism by fire. Champlain College is acquiring some pretty kick ass undergrads. I’m happy to have had them on our team.

-Yogurt, Dunkin Donuts hash browns, a shit ton of Starbucks chai lattes, and no sleep will produce some, uh, interesting art work.

-I realize that I am an art student, a design student, and a critical thinker. I’m not a perfect one, but I feel I can grow while I’m in Burlington.

-Asking for help and being vulnerable about your flaws is a trait that I need to work on a lot.

Spring semester 2012…here we go.


Class of 2001: Highschool reunion musings

My 10 year highschool reunion is tonight and tomorrow-I went to an all girl’s highschool in Memphis, and we are co-celebrating with our “brother” all boy’s school from down the street. Tonight is an event at my classmate’s house for the girls and some of our teachers, and tomorrow is the bar get together in downtown Memphis.

I’m mixed feelings-I think I’m 60/40 sad about not being there. On the 60% side: It would be great to see some of the girls I haven’t seen in years, or more than a year even. Since the dawn of Facebook, I’ve pretty much kept up with everyone with an account, either personally or ambiently. I graduated with 67 girls, and have been able to find those who left over the four years as well. I have two highschool friends I keep up with on a regular basis, and others every now and then. Yes, social media has helped. It’s made face to face meetings a little awkward, too, sometimes. How do you wrap up ten years of your life in a five-ten minute conversation, and then quickly go on with your day or night? I also worked with a few classmates in my previous job(which was the highschool), so I was always around to hear alumnae news.

The 40% part–I work myself up for something to be great in my head(Romy and Michelle anyone?), and then it just deflates very, very quickly. Very anticlimactic to the point that I don’t want it anymore. But, I do want it…but, then I glance over to my overflowing bookbag of homework, assignments, meetings to book, and laundry to do over in the corner of my room…

Majority of my classmates are married, with children, or married with children. I’m not. I feel that I am much different than I was ten years ago. Will I look back in 10 years and wish I had been there? I have no idea. I know it’s one of those life passages-a reunion-and it’s supposed to be a special, sacred thing. Most blow it off.

I still can’t believe it’s been ten years. The school has changed, but the upstairs hallway that houses a lot of the classrooms really hasn’t. Smells are still the same. A few of the same teacher faces.

Just older. Like us. We are approaching a new decade in a year in age(our 30s…shit).

How did that happen so quickly? I didn’t realize it that time was going to so fast in college, and now here I am, staring at 29 in a few weeks, and I’m in a new city, a new life.

Congrats on ten years, class of 01. Hope yall have a memorable time.

Burlington in an Instagram world

I started my fifth week of class yesterday. I have learned so much from texts, discussions, readings, projects, and conversations with my classmates. A few of us went out last Wednesday to celebrate our first big project being done, and I may be going to a new tequila bar in Winooski(a burb of Burlington) tomorrow night…possibly Target outing to Plattsburgh, NY(the closest one, across the lake) and maybe an apple picking outing all this weekend. This weekend is supposed to be much cooler(highs in the 50s), so it looks like fall is truly here. All in all–lifeis going well. I’m starting to eat at regular places, and the bus and I are becoming friends. It seems that I have been here much longer than 40+ days. I can only imagine how I will be in 3 months, then 6months, and then it will be fall of 2012 and I’ll be celebrating a year.

As Penny Lane said “It’s all happening.”

It’s a new day.

2010 has come and gone and now I am staring at 2011. A new decade. I will be celebrating my 10 year high school reunion this summer. Three close friends are getting married(and I am in those weddings), along with some younger sorority sisters. I can count at least five friends who are having their first baby in the next few months. As for me, I graduate from Appalachian State University on May 6th with my Masters’s in Educational Media. I am crazy at the moment because I am playing craps with fate and looking at other opportunities for the latter half of this year. I may or may not move out of midtown Memphis. So, these next 6 months will be a roller coaster of events, work, school, emotions, celebrations, and anxiety(wheeee!).I’ve thought about a project 365 blog…maybe? I feel like everyone is doing one of those, though.
I don’t do resolutions, but I do have a to do list of improvements. We’ll see.