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Critical Revelations

by Dustin Seelinger

Bad Religion at the Double Door

My thesis critique is next week (ahhhhhhhhh!!)!! I’ve spent the last few weeks humming and hawing about what exactly I was going to do for it. Originally I wanted my thesis install in the gallery to be a straight reflection if the work I make; drawings, video, weird kid friendly play-sculptures, my zine. The original pitch to faculty didn’t go over that well; it seems like too scattered of an install. During that conversation, an alternative play date was brought up. Since social practice is something I’m interested in, I thought, why not? So I built a new proposal to create a space for kids to learn about the punk scene while their parents could get together to have a conversation about parenting. I met with my advisors and they did not like the idea at all. They mostly thought that it would look too cutesy. But… During that meeting, we spent a lot of time speaking about what is and is not considered punk and the motivations of the genre. After 50 minutes, my zine came up and they were like, that’s the thing. And so it is.

Critical Revelations

My thesis critique is next week (ahhhhhhhhh!!)!! I’ve spent the last few weeks humming and hawing about what exactly I was going to do for it. Originally I wanted my …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Postulation on Process

by Steph Jurusz

Lights Outside 33 E. Congress

As I’m writing this, I’m halfway through week two of the semester and it feels like summer is a distant memory.

I noticed it around this time last year, and maybe it’s mental, but the first day of September brought about a distinctive change in the weather, in the feeling of the sun. Today was the first slightly chillier day, reminding me that fall is just around the corner. My mood and my production seems to ebb and flow with the change of seasons, fall tending to be a time of furious productivity, whether I’m a student or not. With the transition from my more lackadaisical schedule in the summer to the highly structured schedule I’ve imposed upon myself as I try to balance teaching, attending class, writing, reading, and working, I’ve been thinking a lot about my process.

Postulation on Process

As I’m writing this, I’m halfway through week two of the semester and it feels like summer is a distant memory. I noticed it around this time last year, and …

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

A view from the other side

by Kaity Sinke

"Books" courtesy of "http://www.eta.edu.ge"

“Books” courtesy of “http://www.eta.edu.ge”

Now that fall semester of my second year in graduate school is in full swing, I’m starting to realize how quickly time is truly flying by. Thinking back to when I was first applying, I remember reading a former blog about what the typical day of a first year Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling student looked like, and how illuminating it was for me. Now that I have been given the opportunity to continue the role of graduate ambassador for my program, I would love to shed some light on what the life of a second year Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling student really looks like.

A view from the other side

Now that fall semester of my second year in graduate school is in full swing, I’m starting to realize how quickly time is truly flying by. Thinking back to when …

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

The Sky is Blue, Like Sapphire

by Justin Grogan

I’m riding the CTA Brown Line into the heart of the Loop (what is known as downtown). It is day one of the apocalypse. I mean it is day one of my last year at Columbia College Chicago and it feels like the apocalypse, because who wants to leave CCC. My daily commute is fifty minutes from where I live in Lincoln Square and today I am reminded of the first time I boarded the train into the city. I was originally perplexed by the other passenger’s lack of interest in the world outside the train. I began to fear that I would soon become just another passenger, as opposed to the young, wide-eyed adventurer that brought me here.  But that never happened and I still look forward to the train every morning.

The Sky is Blue, Like Sapphire

I’m riding the CTA Brown Line into the heart of the Loop (what is known as downtown). It is day one of the apocalypse. I mean it is day one …

Creative Writing - Poetry MFA Justin Grogan, jgrogan@colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Learning in Sunny Puerto Rico, If I’m Lucky

by Joshua C. Robinson

Potential Poster for the Puerto Rico Study Abroad Program

Potential Poster for the Puerto Rico Study Abroad Program

When my friends, and then Graduate Assistants, Kelsey, Renee and Janelle started developing an idea to study abroad. I was excited about the possibility, and looking forward to the chance to go somewhere for J-Term. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a break from Chicago in the middle of winter. So when Mary Filice, Associate Chair of the Business & Entrepreneurship Department, suggested that we go to Puerto Rico, it sounded too good to be true. A tropical, culturally vibrant country during Winter Break, sounds great to me.

Learning in Sunny Puerto Rico, If I’m Lucky

When my friends, and then Graduate Assistants, Kelsey, Renee and Janelle started developing an idea to study abroad. I was excited about the possibility, and looking forward to the chance …

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

Welcome, Kubilay Uner

by Logan Stahley

Kubilay Uner

The newest addition to our faculty this year is LA based film and television composer, Kubilay Uner. He comes as a successful and diverse composer, with credits to his name ranging from full length feature films to television pilots, as well as concert works. His focus here at Columbia College will consist of teaching Digital Orchestration for the first year students and Scoring III and IV for the second years.

Welcome, Kubilay Uner

The newest addition to our faculty this year is LA based film and television composer, Kubilay Uner. He comes as a successful and diverse composer, with credits to his name …

Music Composition for the Screen MFA Logan Stahley, unhello@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Witch Doctor & The Train Station

by Katie Sponseller

Almost a year to the day - Fellow Producer, Prajakta, and me at the New Student Social

Almost a year to the day – Fellow Producer, Prajakta, and me at the New Student Social

It was all laughs and hugs the first time I saw my good friend and fellow creative producer, Prajakta, at the train station. It had been over two months since I had seen her.  Some of my classmates, it has been almost three. Prajakta is from Mumbai, India and thus spent a good portion of her summer there to visit family and work on her thesis film.  I had just returned from Florence, Italy, where I had been studying Italian neorealism and making two short films.

The Witch Doctor & The Train Station

It was all laughs and hugs the first time I saw my good friend and fellow creative producer, Prajakta, at the train station. It had been over two months since …

Katie Sponseller, katie.sponseller@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Journos are Back in Town

by Danielle Dwyer

One of my best friends, Emily, and I as bridesmaids for our friend's wedding.

One of my best friends, Emily, and I as bridesmaids for our friend’s wedding.

Well it’s that time of year again.

The suntans, or burns for some, are beginning to fade, pool and beach days are now “weekends only,” alarm clocks need to be set, books need to be ordered, “good-byes” are being said to family and friends, bags and cars are packed because it’s time to go back to school.

The Journos are Back in Town

Well it’s that time of year again. The suntans, or burns for some, are beginning to fade, pool and beach days are now “weekends only,” alarm clocks need to be …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Welcome, New Students!

by Parker Stockman

The past few weeks have been busy here at Columbia! We’ve had a few different events, ranging from Ambassador Training, New Graduate Student Orientation, New Graduate Student Happy Hour, and New Student Convocation. I wanted to write a post congratulating all new students on their acceptance into Columbia and surviving the first few weeks of pre-school activities, and I wanted to offer my wishes that they all strive for excellence and succeed beautifully in their respective programs.

Welcome, New Students!

The past few weeks have been busy here at Columbia! We’ve had a few different events, ranging from Ambassador Training, New Graduate Student Orientation, New Graduate Student Happy Hour, and …

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

Howdy everyone :D

by Jasmine Clark

Number One

Number One

The is my first blog post as the Photography Graduate Ambassador. The former ambassador was Evan Baden, who graduated from the program this past May. Evan was the first student I met at Columbia, thanks to the Ambassador program. His honesty about the photography program helped with my decision, and he has been a good friend and was an asset throughout my first year. You can check out his blog here and his website here. I wish him luck in his future   career. Thank you again, Evan, for recommending me for this position.

Howdy everyone :D

The is my first blog post as the Photography Graduate Ambassador. The former ambassador was Evan Baden, who graduated from the program this past May. Evan was the first student …

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

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