Marginalia, Graduate Blog

I got into school! Now what?

by Parker Stockman

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So, you made it into Columbia College Chicago’s MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction program. Congrats! You’re going to do a lot when here and you’ll have amazing opportunities. If you didn’t read my last blog, you’ll see that Columbia gave me the opportunity to speak at my first TEDxTalk! Above is a picture of my mom and me from that day.

Okay, anyway, I got in; now what? From a student perspective, there are a ton of things you need to do. I’ve created a list of things I would consider before moving to Chicago.

I got into school! Now what?

So, you made it into Columbia College Chicago’s MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction program. Congrats! You’re going to do a lot when here and you’ll have amazing opportunities. If …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Parker Stockman, parker.stockman@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

(more) Ireland!/first Week of Spring

by Jasmine Clark

The Burren – Hike!

Our last week in Ireland began with a hike. We went from a chocolatier to hike this:

Hiking crew

Sunny, perfect weather, 2 1/2 hours hike! It was the highlight of the trip for me. We came back from the hike and had freshly made cakes and coffee :D

Hazel Mountain Chocolate http://www.hazelmountainchocolates.com

After hike treat

An edit of the side project, I worked on in Ireland is posted here: http://www.jasmineraynaclark.com/index.php/ireland/

Critique – Eileen Walsh

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we had a mix of things to do. We had a final graduate critique that included the Burren College’s MFA students, studio visit from everyone (undergrads including some from Chicago, staff, and faculty), seminar from Conor, clean up, and our last night!

Inside the Castle – Burren College of the Art

Panorama – View from Burren College of the Art

Thursday, we headed to Dublin. We stayed in the Four Court Hostel. I really enjoyed the city. We went to the Irish Museum of Art, looked at some art (that was open). It was great to see and learn about work not made by American artists. It was a nice change from the countryside and a good transition from that to going back to Chicago. Our final dinner we ate together at a Japanese restaurant. I had fun at night. Brazen Head! We also saw the Guiness factor. The city centre was really walkable.

Fire!

Goodbye cottages!

Goodbye cottages!

DUBLIN

Decisive moment – Dublin, Ireland

Outside of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin at night

Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Saturday, I spent seven hours in the airport. Oof. I was asked if I wanted to change to a direct flight, and thankfully I was given compensation in the form of a flight and food voucher! So my flight changed from 9am to 1pm. Either way, I arrived in Chicago at the same time and I didn’t have to change flights!

Chicago

My first week back to school was a struggle. I got a cold or some sort sickness that I was almost over a week later, which would have been okay, but that Wednesday I was scheduled for re-candidacy.

Car Trouble

Car Trouble

600 S. Michigan Ave

I was not jet lagged since I did not fully adjust. Thankfully, I prepared enough in Ireland for the process, so I really just needed to print, set up my room, and fine tune my spiel. There were three others that had to re-present and they went the Friday before. I revised a project I started my first semester.

Re-Candidacy room view

Re-Candidacy room view

Re-Candidacy room table

So I was by myself. I ended up passing this time. I have changed some things in my work, and I am happy I never have to go through that process ever ever ever ever again.

Sarah Hiatt (http://www.sarah-hiatt.com) graduate seminar with Bob Thall and Alison Carey

Wednesday night and Thursday, I was finally able to relax. I had the presentation hanging over my head for about two months and then got sick. I was finally able to reflect on the Ireland trip and fall semester. I am really happy I went to Ireland. It was nice to go somewhere and focus on one thing for an extended period of time, without distraction. Also, not having consistent wi-fi helped limit distractions.

(more) Ireland!/first Week of Spring

Our last week in Ireland began with a hike. We went from a chocolatier to hike this: Sunny, perfect weather, 2 1/2 hours hike! It was the highlight of the trip …

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Shooting on Location: The Obstacles

by Chelsea Rowan

The slate

The slate

My most recent creative endeavor is a short film called “Leave No Trace.” My producer, Kristopher Campa, acquired the rights to the story from a very talented author and comedian based out of New York City. The story: A young girl, recently graduated from high school, is frightened by what the future at her new college will hold. She attends a freshman orientation hiking trip at the urging of her mother, and must face an awkward hiking mantra, which eventually helps her to grasp the uncertainty of the future and the strength of her identity. The challenges to making any film are many, but when working with a script that is set in (ideally) the Colorado Mountains, student filmmakers from Chicago face a challenge that doesn’t seem surmountable. Continue reading to see the obstacles faced when shooting on location in the woods for a long weekend.

Shooting on Location: The Obstacles

My most recent creative endeavor is a short film called “Leave No Trace.” My producer, Kristopher Campa, acquired the rights to the story from a very talented author and comedian …

Cinema Art + Science - Cinema Directing MFA Chelsea Rowan, chelsea.rowan@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

NAEA in NOLA

by Jeni Crone

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Photo by Jessica Burton

Eleven Art Ed, MAT students recently travelled to New Orleans for the National Art Education Association Convention. We had been fundraising all year, and had also been looking forward to the trip knowing that by the time we got there we would also be nearing graduation. We had just transitioned from our high school student teaching placements to elementary, so it was hard to have to miss a few days of school, but we were all ready for a little vacation.

NAEA in NOLA

Eleven Art Ed, MAT students recently travelled to New Orleans for the National Art Education Association Convention. We had been fundraising all year, and had also been looking forward to …

Education - Visual Arts MAT Jeni Crone, jennifer.crone@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Spring is Here: Time for Readings!

by Steph Jurusz

Teresa Mcmahon (Poetry MFA candidate) reading at the Chicago Cultural Center

Teresa Mcmahon (Poetry MFA candidate) reading at the Chicago Cultural Center

Spring is finally here in Chicago! That means a couple important things: the end of snow and the beginning of writers emerging from their winter cocoons. What better way to enjoy warm weather than to go out and enjoy the literary offerings of Chicago?

Spring is Here: Time for Readings!

Spring is finally here in Chicago! That means a couple important things: the end of snow and the beginning of writers emerging from their winter cocoons. What better way to …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Most Important Thing I Learned This Semester…. Do The Things That Scare You

by Devon Marti

Journalism Graduate Student in the Field

Journalism Graduate Students Devon Marti and Saiyna Bashir get ready to go interview some of Chicago’s homeless population.

It might sound cliché and in a way it is, but the thing that I have learned the most not just this semester but during my entire time in this program, is to do the things that scare you. This semester alone, I can assure you I have run into this situation a few times.

The Most Important Thing I Learned This Semester…. Do The Things That Scare You

It might sound cliché and in a way it is, but the thing that I have learned the most not just this semester but during my entire time in this …

Journalism MA Devon Marti, devon.marti@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Quantum Theory and Arts Management

by Joshua C. Robinson

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Created using PiktoChart by Joshua C. Robinson  *NOT SCIENTIFIC DATA, REALLY THOUGH, I MADE THIS UP*

Quantum Theory definitively says that nothing is definitive… Well, maybe that’s hyperbole, but quantum theory dismantles classic physics by saying that on very small scales (at the scale of atoms, electrons, neutrinos and smaller) there is only a probability that a particle will behave in a particular way, NOT a definite calculation that will determine its behavior.

Quantum Theory and Arts Management

Quantum Theory definitively says that nothing is definitive… Well, maybe that’s hyperbole, but quantum theory dismantles classic physics by saying that on very small scales (at the scale of atoms, …

Business & Entrepreneurship MAM Joshua C. Robinson, JoshuaCDRobinson@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Semester in L.A. Experience So Far

by Katie Sponseller

One such opportunity was to Paramount Pictures for a general guest tour of the studio lot.

One such opportunity was to Paramount Pictures for a general guest tour of the studio lot.

It’s been about three weeks since our producing cohort arrived in Los Angeles, California to complete one of our final adventures in the program. We still have a lot to accomplish, such as our short thesis film deliverables and our long-form narrative package, but we have finally made it to Columbia’s Semester in L.A. program!

The Semester in L.A. Experience So Far

It’s been about three weeks since our producing cohort arrived in Los Angeles, California to complete one of our final adventures in the program. We still have a lot to …

Cinema Art + Science - Creative Producing MFA Katie Sponseller, katie.sponseller@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Why should you become a member of ADTA?

by Kaity Sinke

photo courtesy of adta.org

photo courtesy of adta.org

As a graduate student entering the professional world of dance/movement therapy, it is important to know the benefits of joining the American Dance Therapy Association as soon as possible. The ADTA serves students, professionals, dancers, somatic practitioners, and retirees alike—providing a multitude of support through various online databases, discussion forums and scholarly research.

Why should you become a member of ADTA?

As a graduate student entering the professional world of dance/movement therapy, it is important to know the benefits of joining the American Dance Therapy Association as soon as possible. The …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Kaity Sinke, kaitysinke@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

TEDxColumbiaCollegeChicago a success!

by Parker Stockman

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Do you know TED? It stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED events are kind of like conferences that center around talks from any of those three categories. Talks are 18 minutes long or shorter, focused on “Ideas worth spreading.” From their website, “TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.”

TEDxColumbiaCollegeChicago a success!

Do you know TED? It stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED events are kind of like conferences that center around talks from any of those three categories. Talks are …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Parker Stockman, parker.stockman@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605