Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Summer: That’s a Wrap

by Chelsea Rowan

Blueberry farmers market fun

Blueberry farmers market fun

My first summer in Chicago is coming to an end, which means my first year in Chicago and my first year as a graduate student is also at a close. This year has been a roller coaster ride, filled with all sorts of obstacles and excitements, with new life experiences and opportunities I never thought I’d have. I’m using this post as a way to reflect on my first year in Illinois and also to think about what is to come next.

Summer: That’s a Wrap

My first summer in Chicago is coming to an end, which means my first year in Chicago and my first year as a graduate student is also at a close. …

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

When Writing At Home Doesn’t Cut It

by Courtney Zellars

Summertime Lake Michigan (Photo by me)

Here I am, sitting at my desk in my apartment overlooking the city, laptop screen tilted upward, Microsoft Word open, and moleskin notebook with ballpoint pen propped at my elbow.  My fingers hover above the home row keys, waiting for a wave of creativity to press them down.  I am prepared to clack away at these keys until I’m spent.

I take a deep breath and….

When Writing At Home Doesn’t Cut It

Here I am, sitting at my desk in my apartment overlooking the city, laptop screen tilted upward, Microsoft Word open, and moleskin notebook with ballpoint pen propped at my elbow. …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Courtney Zellars, courtney.zellars@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Mentorship? What’s that?

by Hannah Batsel

I sew the headbands onto a book that I'm learning to bind medieval style.

I sew the headbands onto a book that I’m learning to bind medieval style.

This semester, I’m taking advantage of one of Columbia’s more interesting (but perhaps lesser used) opportunities: I’m mentoring under a working professional in my field!

Mentorship? What’s that?

This semester, I’m taking advantage of one of Columbia’s more interesting (but perhaps lesser used) opportunities: I’m mentoring under a working professional in my field!

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Hannah Batsel, hannahbatsel@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Moving Tips for City Dwellers

by Steph Jurusz

My Moving Helpers

My Moving Helpers

Two years ago I left my home in Orlando, Florida and began my journey to Chicago. Now, we’re getting settled into our third Chicago apartment and I’m getting ready for my third and final year in the MFA program.

Moving Tips for City Dwellers

Two years ago I left my home in Orlando, Florida and began my journey to Chicago. Now, we’re getting settled into our third Chicago apartment and I’m getting ready for …

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

Saying Goodbye to My Ambassador Days

by Kaity Sinke

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Columbia College Chicago

I can’t believe my days as a graduate student ambassador have finally come to an end. What an amazing opportunity it truly was! I had such a blast representing the dance/movement therapy & counseling program these past two years, and I feel I should spend my last blog spilling the beans about how awesome it truly was.

Saying Goodbye to My Ambassador Days

I can’t believe my days as a graduate student ambassador have finally come to an end. What an amazing opportunity it truly was! I had such a blast representing the …

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

Creating and Clarity

by Jennifer Ligaya

The hypnotic pattern of sunflowers www.treehugger.com

The hypnotic pattern of sunflowers
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So, I’m hyping myself up for my final year in the Interdisciplinary Arts, MA program (I understand that may sound a bit strange seeing how it is, in fact, a one year program. I, however, am attending part time, so one more year, hear I come!)  Im excited to start Fall 2015 and get cracking on some new creative manifestations. I started thinking about how my “creative expression” is coming along. I’ve got this batter mix, and I’m constantly working on how I want it to turn out. Will it be a cake? Cupcakes? Decorated?…

Creating and Clarity

So, I’m hyping myself up for my final year in the Interdisciplinary Arts, MA program (I understand that may sound a bit strange seeing how it is, in fact, a …

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

Successful Crowdfunding

by Chelsea Rowan

A promotional still used in my most recent campaign.

A promotional still used in my most recent campaign.

How does someone make a successful crowdsourcing campaign? The answer comes when you define the purpose of the campaign. Like myself, using funding websites like kickstarter, indie gogo, and gofundme are ways to fund my film projects. As you are probably already aware, making movies is an expensive business, and while I can at times fund my projects personally, a lot of the time I depend on my network to help bring a film to life, financially. There are some important factors to consider when launching a crowdfunding campaign, so keep reading to see my take on how to be successful when raising money for your film.

Successful Crowdfunding

How does someone make a successful crowdsourcing campaign? The answer comes when you define the purpose of the campaign. Like myself, using funding websites like kickstarter, indie gogo, and gofundme …

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

The Penultimate Post

by Justin Grogan

bristol renaissance faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire

When I first arrived in Chicago two years ago my good friend and cohort member Ethan Chambers told me I should check out the Bristol Renaissance Fair. He said it would be the coolest thing I did while living in Chicago. Okay, he may not have said that exactly, and I may not have believed him. I’m from a small town where fairs are the common practice, but I never imagined a real life, fairy-tale village in the middle of a forest!

The Penultimate Post

When I first arrived in Chicago two years ago my good friend and cohort member Ethan Chambers told me I should check out the Bristol Renaissance Fair. He said it …

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

An Atypical Year with Atypical People

by Courtney Zellars

The Second Weekend Here

My fiance Rahsaan I our second weekend in the city! [Photo courtesy of Rahsaan Shareef]

August 1st marked my first year in Chicago.

My fiance and I drove here from DC in a UHaul with our cat Sheba meowing in her carrying-case between us. As we reminisce, it’s surreal to think of the First Years heading here from their previous life in their particular way with their specific things.

Note to Reader: There is no typical way of doing this.

An Atypical Year with Atypical People

August 1st marked my first year in Chicago. My fiance and I drove here from DC in a UHaul with our cat Sheba meowing in her carrying-case between us. As …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Courtney Zellars, courtney.zellars@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia listed amongst top 25 ranked film schools

by Katie Sponseller

Production crew hard at work on a graduate thesis film.

Production crew hard at work on a graduate thesis film.

A recent article posted by The Hollywood Reporter listed the top ranked 25 film schools in America. Columbia College Chicago made the list at #16, announcing it as the largest film school in the country and quoting both department chair, Bruce Sheridan and BFA alumnus, HBO Films president, Len Amato.  The list is an interesting read and provides insight into what seem to be some of the important factors in effective film and media education.

Columbia listed amongst top 25 ranked film schools

A recent article posted by The Hollywood Reporter listed the top ranked 25 film schools in America. Columbia College Chicago made the list at #16, announcing it as the largest …

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