Marginalia, Graduate Blog

The Job Search

by Jeni Crone

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Having officially completed our degree requirements, Columbia’s MAT class of 2015 is on the job search—a few are already hired. I registered my teaching license last week, hours before news about CPS cutting 1,400 jobs began circulating on social media. More than a few people have encouraged me to be looking at jobs in the suburbs and private schools, but my heart is pretty set on being an urban public school teacher. The politics between CPS and the Chicago Teachers’ Union are looking to only get messier as the new school year approaches, but none of it makes CPS students any less deserving of great teachers.

The Job Search

Having officially completed our degree requirements, Columbia’s MAT class of 2015 is on the job search—a few are already hired. I registered my teaching license last week, hours before news …

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

Mitten Bound

by Kaity Sinke

Driving

Driving home

My coursework is finally complete, and two years have completely flown by. With this time of the year finally arriving, I had some really important decisions to make. One of the biggest decisions was deciding where I was going to live! After much deliberation, and weighing of the pros and cons—I decided that moving back home to the mitten state was the best choice for me. This past week was filled with packing, hauling, moving, and fabulous farewell dinners.

Mitten Bound

My coursework is finally complete, and two years have completely flown by. With this time of the year finally arriving, I had some really important decisions to make. One of …

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

Printers Ball

by Steph Jurusz

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OMG (wood block)

After spending winter (and if we’re going to be honest here, most of spring) cooped up inside, Chicagoans love few things more than enjoying the summer months at outdoor festivals. There’s the big ones like Pitchfork and Lollapolooza and the infamous Taste of Chicago, but some of the best ones are the smallest and most niche, like Printers Ball (presented by Spudnik Press), which I visited with my husband this past weekend.

Printers Ball

After spending winter (and if we’re going to be honest here, most of spring) cooped up inside, Chicagoans love few things more than enjoying the summer months at outdoor festivals. …

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

The Post Grad School Update

by Joshua C. Robinson

Belay AHHHN! Copyright 2015 Joshua C. Robinson

Belay AHHHN!
Copyright 2015
Joshua C. Robinson

It’s been more than a month since my graduate school adventure has come to a close and there is a lot to do, and a lot to be thankful for. I’m lucky enough to have a number of contracts to work on to sustain that whole living thing, but a semi-steady flow of income doesn’t mean that life is easy breezy. In many ways graduating into the gig economy has made making a living a tall order…

The Post Grad School Update

It’s been more than a month since my graduate school adventure has come to a close and there is a lot to do, and a lot to be thankful for. …

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

The Middle of the Way

by Justin Grogan

Sunset

It’s officially summer and the realization that I won’t be returning to classes in the fall is setting in. I am of course delighted and fueled with joy over taking the next steps in my life, however, there is a part of me that knows just how much I will miss seeing my fellow classmates and professors.

The Middle of the Way

It’s officially summer and the realization that I won’t be returning to classes in the fall is setting in. I am of course delighted and fueled with joy over taking …

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

Immense Power from A Seven Letter Word

by Jennifer Ligaya

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youlifeyourway.net

Passion

I wrote that word at the top of the page and stared at it for a few minutes.  I sat within the feelings it has given and left me with. They are beautiful. I had no choice but to follow.

Immense Power from A Seven Letter Word

Passion I wrote that word at the top of the page and stared at it for a few minutes.  I sat within the feelings it has given and left me …

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

Cameras for Kids

by Jasmine Clark

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Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota

In the summer of 2014, Columbia College Photo Department students—led by Dan Wessell (BA, 2014)—planned, organized, and carried out an analog photography workshop for residents of the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota.

Cameras for Kids

In the summer of 2014, Columbia College Photo Department students—led by Dan Wessell (BA, 2014)—planned, organized, and carried out an analog photography workshop for residents of the Pine Ridge Native …

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

The Road So Far

by Hannah Batsel

All four books of my year-and-a-half long project, Maneater.

All four books of my year-and-a-half long project, Maneater.

Maneater started as a panicked 2 AM conversation with my roommate. I had only a week to scrape something together for the printmaking portion of Thinking Through Making (the Book and Paper program’s crash course on Columbia’s facilities and expectations), and I had extreme artists’ block.

“I don’t know,” she finally said, exasperated. “Make a book about a guy turning into a tiger.” So I did.

The Road So Far

Maneater started as a panicked 2 AM conversation with my roommate. I had only a week to scrape something together for the printmaking portion of Thinking Through Making (the Book and …

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

Everyone’s Great… But What Am I?

by Courtney Zellars

Poetry professor Tony Trigilio and MFA students Todd Summar (Fiction) and Kara Yi (Poetry) listen to Rozina Kidari (Non-Fiction) read during their panel at Printers Row Lit Fest on Sunday, June 7.

The summer has barely begun and already the list of achievements of the Columbia College Chicago students and alumni of the Creative Writing, MFA programs is great.

Everyone’s Great… But What Am I?

The summer has barely begun and already the list of achievements of the Columbia College Chicago students and alumni of the Creative Writing, MFA programs is great.

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

Working Towards Summer

by Jeni Crone

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Section 6/6 of my Capstone portfolio will be submitted for edits tonight before I go to sleep—keeping me awake as long as I need to be. The luxury in this is that I have enough energy to be awake. After concerning bouts of exhaustion I was recently diagnosed with a very common thyroid condition, and now with medication, I am returning to the energy level that my Capstone portfolio necessitates. It was a battle for a while there, and I still require a nap here and there until the medication levels me out. I live on the third floor and my laundry is in the basement of the building attached to mine. So, when I reached the I’m completely out of underwear moment I took advantage of being too tired to make multiple stair trips to sit outside in my yard with my iPad writing Capstone reflection statements. It was the most summer I have experienced so far.

Working Towards Summer

Section 6/6 of my Capstone portfolio will be submitted for edits tonight before I go to sleep—keeping me awake as long as I need to be. The luxury in this …

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