Marginalia, Graduate Blog

From Commencement to Capstone

by Jeni Crone

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Last Weekend Cohort 22 graduated…symbolically. Our families came into town, we put on caps and gowns and walked across a stage, but we still have a little bit more work to to do before we are officially Masters of Teaching. With no time to waste we have moved forward into our Capstone course, where two years of work will be revised and formatted into a professional portfolio representative of our skills and philosophies as educators. Commencement officially marked the beginning of the end. 

From Commencement to Capstone

Last Weekend Cohort 22 graduated…symbolically. Our families came into town, we put on caps and gowns and walked across a stage, but we still have a little bit more work …

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

We Did It!

by Kaity Sinke

Photo courtesy of Hannah Bailey

Photo courtesy of Hannah Bailey

I can’t even believe we’ve come to the end. Research Celebration, Manifest, and Commencement truly made for one of the most beautiful and emotional weeks I’ve ever had. I am absolutely full of pride, joy, and appreciation for my family, cohort, and faculty. WE DID IT! We are officially done with the first chapter of this journey, and we are finally moving on to the next big step!

We Did It!

I can’t even believe we’ve come to the end. Research Celebration, Manifest, and Commencement truly made for one of the most beautiful and emotional weeks I’ve ever had. I am …

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

30 weeks, Blink…

by Jennifer Ligaya

Liminal Songlines.com  Gisela Wendling, PHd

Liminal Songlines.com
Gisela Wendling, PHd

Year One…This school year FLEW by. I remember everything, in colorful bursting blurs. I have been smacked around in the gentlest way. The lifted moments shared the heart ache. I toasted to everything. Thirty weeks. That’s the time it taken for this stage of Creative Rehab. It’s been therapeutic in all ways. Join me as I’ve chosen to honor these 30 weeks, with a single line…

30 weeks, Blink…

Year One…This school year FLEW by. I remember everything, in colorful bursting blurs. I have been smacked around in the gentlest way. The lifted moments shared the heart ache. I …

Interdisciplinary Arts MA Jennifer Ligaya, jennifer.ligaya@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Pitch Fest – The Beginning of Thesis

by Chelsea Rowan

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Not from Pitch Fest, but the whole Directing class after our final Directing class of the semester wooo!

Pitch Fest, also referred to as Story Market, is the time of year that all first-year graduate film students look forward to. Making it to Pitch Fest means a lot of different things, the first and most important being that you’ve made it through your first year of graduate school! The second being that it is time to start, legitimately, thinking about your thesis. Pitch Fest has a mythic feel to it, as all the second years and third years speak of it is a place of fun and anxiety, a place where you pitch your thesis film ideas to faculty, in a very professional environment, and a place where you find your thesis advisers. This year’s Pitch Fest was something my class had been anticipating and fearing for the better part of a year. Read more to see how it went.

Pitch Fest – The Beginning of Thesis

Pitch Fest, also referred to as Story Market, is the time of year that all first-year graduate film students look forward to. Making it to Pitch Fest means a lot …

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

It Will All Be Over Soon

by Justin Botz

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So I just finished installing my thesis project, I just have one final paper to turn in and I’ll be done with my MFA!  Woohoo!

It Will All Be Over Soon

So I just finished installing my thesis project, I just have one final paper to turn in and I’ll be done with my MFA!  Woohoo!

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Three Lessons I Learned in My Second Semester at Columbia

by Devon Marti

View of the Journalism Building at 33 E Congress Prkwy.

View of the Journalism Building at 33 E Congress Prkwy.

As my cohort and I come to the end of our second semester as graduate students, but also make it two-thirds of the way through our program, we begin to realize the things that we have learned throughout the program that have helped us the most.

Three Lessons I Learned in My Second Semester at Columbia

As my cohort and I come to the end of our second semester as graduate students, but also make it two-thirds of the way through our program, we begin to …

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

Goodbye, MarginAliens!

by Parker Stockman

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Goodbye, my friends. It is with a light heart that I leave you in the capable hands of the new ambassador, Brittany! I say “light heart” because I am so excited to graduate and move on in this crazy life. Columbia was a good four years where I was able to work with some amazing professors. But, as all things must, it is time for that experience to end and for new ones to begin.

Goodbye, MarginAliens!

Goodbye, my friends. It is with a light heart that I leave you in the capable hands of the new ambassador, Brittany! I say “light heart” because I am so …

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

Monkeying Around

by Steph Jurusz

Monkey Business, New Writing From Japan

Monkey Business, New Writing From Japan

This past week, we had the pleasure of hosting the Editors Moto Shibata and Roland Kelts of Monkey Business, New Writing from Japan, along with contributing writers from the latest issue, Aoko Matsuda and Satoshi Kitamura in my Prose Models from Poets class. This visit was in large part made possible thanks to Professor Aviya Kushner’s work with A Public Space, which has partnered with Monkey Business to bring the journal to their subscribers once a year.

Monkeying Around

This past week, we had the pleasure of hosting the Editors Moto Shibata and Roland Kelts of Monkey Business, New Writing from Japan, along with contributing writers from the latest …

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

The K-8 Life

by Jeni Crone

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My junior year of high school I had AP French first thing in the morning followed by what some of us called the Johnson Double Whammy: AP US History with Mr. Johnson, followed by Advanced English with Mrs. Johnson. Having my three most demanding classes in a row in the morning meant staying up late every night.  While Mrs. Johnson, Ruth, would come to be one of the most influential teachers of my entire education, things didn’t start out that way. More than a few times I burst into tears because it was 3AM, I was still doing homework, and the end was not in sight. As a teacher, I never thought my Johnson Double Whammy would be an afternoon block of kindergarten followed by first grade.

The K-8 Life

My junior year of high school I had AP French first thing in the morning followed by what some of us called the Johnson Double Whammy: AP US History with Mr. …

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

String Orchestra at WBEZ

by Logan Stahley

Photo by John Hagley johnhagley.com

Photo by John Hagley johnhagley.com

For the third and final recording session of this semester, we decided to go with larger and more “live” room. The main advantage in a larger room is to get recordings that already have a natural space to them. Although adding reverb to this is often a great idea, starting with a already great sounding space can make the piece sound even better. We also tried a new instrumentation, focusing on the string section.

String Orchestra at WBEZ

For the third and final recording session of this semester, we decided to go with larger and more “live” room. The main advantage in a larger room is to get …

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