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Miss Independent

by Danielle Dwyer

One of my many long driving trips by myself.

One of my many long driving trips by myself.

Miss Independent…Miss Self-sufficient…Miss Keep-your-distance.

Miss Unafraid…Miss Outta-my-way…

…Miss On-her-own…

This is my theme song – Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

Miss Independent

Miss Independent…Miss Self-sufficient…Miss Keep-your-distance. Miss Unafraid…Miss Outta-my-way… …Miss On-her-own… This is my theme song – Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

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

Apartment Safari

by Steph Jurusz

View from the Roof on July 4

For most MFA students at Columbia, June-August is apartment hunting season, and I am no exception. We moved into our apartment last August after a two-day drive from Florida. As I mentioned in my previous tweets and posts, we currently live in a convertible studio apartment, which was great for us when we first moved here, even though it was smaller than what we were used to. Now that both of us do the majority of our work from home, a larger apartment was in order.  Additionally, my fiance’s sister will be moving up to Chicago for school and will be living with us, so our apartment hunt this season began with some pretty specific criteria. Although it was challenging at times, I am happy to report that we found a beautiful apartment and are set to move in on August first. Read more to learn about my apartment hunting saga and advice!

Apartment Safari

For most MFA students at Columbia, June-August is apartment hunting season, and I am no exception. We moved into our apartment last August after a two-day drive from Florida. As …

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

La Dolce Vita

by Cherie Tymkiw

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Trying to Capture the Eiffel Tower with the Panoramic App

So, summer school ended and on July 4th, I left for a vacation in Europe. Yes, not very American to skip 4th of July celebrations, but it was so much cheaper and it’s very American to be a capitalist. Plus, O’Hare was pretty empty so the lines went really fast! I was not really able to take a vacation last summer because, as a student in the MAT program, there are full time classes in the summer during the evenings, so it was time to get some culture, art, language and new experiences in Europe. 

La Dolce Vita

So, summer school ended and on July 4th, I left for a vacation in Europe. Yes, not very American to skip 4th of July celebrations, but it was so much …

Art Education (K-12) MAT Cherie Tymkiw, cherie.tymkiw@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Evolution of a Practice

by Dustin Seelinger

Photo taken by Dustin Seelinger Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA

Photo taken by
Dustin Seelinger
Interdisciplinary Book and Paper MFA

As I’m checking in from a coffee shop called the Flying Pig on the coast in North Carolina, surrounded by a pile of research books for thesis, I wanted to write a little bit about evolving art practices. I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but my current practice is not at all the practice I thought I would have when I started at Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts program.

Evolution of a Practice

As I’m checking in from a coffee shop called the Flying Pig on the coast in North Carolina, surrounded by a pile of research books for thesis, I wanted to …

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

How do graduate students stay active?

by Kaity Sinke

Chicago Color Run 2014

Chicago Color Run 2014

As summer progresses and the workload begins to weigh more and more—I am starting to realize how integral the exercising portion of my self-care practice truly is. It’s funny how something that we truly need so much—we often put on the back burner when life starts to get rough. However, as busy graduate students, we all need to find the time to practice our own unique ways of staying active for our health, our happiness, and even our sanity!

How do graduate students stay active?

As summer progresses and the workload begins to weigh more and more—I am starting to realize how integral the exercising portion of my self-care practice truly is. It’s funny how …

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

Summer Inspiration

by Bubba Murray

Chicago in Summer

Chicago in Summer

It’s summer in Chicago. Without having to go to class, I’ve had a few moments to think about what motivates me as an artist. One of the elements at the top of my motivation list is inspiration. Sometimes we assume inspiration comes out of the blue and strikes a select few with genius. When that happens I call that divine inspiration. However, I’m thinking about a more practical type of inspiration. Let’s call it inspiration by osmosis. (I bet you didn’t think high school biology would come in handy for this blog huh?)

Summer Inspiration

It’s summer in Chicago. Without having to go to class, I’ve had a few moments to think about what motivates me as an artist. One of the elements at the …

Film & Video - Cinema Directing MFA Bubba Murray, james.murray2@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Getting the Summer Blues

by Joshua C. Robinson

The Blues Festival Photo Credit: Joshua C. Robinson

The Blues Festival Photo Credit: Joshua C. Robinson

The Chicago Blues Festival is a spectacular show of some of the best Blues artists from around the nation. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and is the largest music festival in Chicago. Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles and B.B. King. This year, me and few friends were lucky enough to see most of Vance Kelly, Selwyn Birchwood, and Dr. John. I know very little about the Blues, so I am going to give an uninformed three sentence review of each of these artists. (Spoiler Alert: all of these reviews are positive.)

Getting the Summer Blues

The Chicago Blues Festival is a spectacular show of some of the best Blues artists from around the nation. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in …

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

Summer Lovin’

by Christine Reed

Beach Time. Christine Reed. Elementary Education MAT. 7/4/14

Beach Time. Christine Reed. Elementary Education MAT. 7/4/14

It’s summertime and I am loving it!  Along with the relaxation from the hot sun mixed with a cool breeze and the lounging on my deck or the beach, I have been making huge strides in my work.

Summer Lovin’

It’s summertime and I am loving it!  Along with the relaxation from the hot sun mixed with a cool breeze and the lounging on my deck or the beach, I have been …

Elementary Education MAT Christine Reed, christine.reed1@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Musical Instrument Museum

by Logan Stahley

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About a month ago I travelled south to Arizona, travelling to Phoenix, Tucson, and even making a stop in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It was a good break from the windy city, visiting friends, watching Game of Thrones all day, trying to survive the blistering heat (110 degrees at some points), and checking out the Musical Instrument Museum. Located in north Phoenix, this museum is home to over 6,000 instruments from 200 countries.

Musical Instrument Museum

About a month ago I travelled south to Arizona, travelling to Phoenix, Tucson, and even making a stop in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. It was a good break from the windy …

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

JE VOUDRAIS UN HOTDOG, S’IL VOUS PLAIT

by Daniel Scott Parker

Summer, y’all.

Hotdogs for the People

What does a poet do when it isn’t 20 below zero with a windchill of negative 47 outside and there isn’t a waist-high stack of Writing & Rhetoric papers to be graded or a manuscript to be meticulously and properly ordered?

JE VOUDRAIS UN HOTDOG, S’IL VOUS PLAIT

Summer, y’all. What does a poet do when it isn’t 20 below zero with a windchill of negative 47 outside and there isn’t a waist-high stack of Writing & Rhetoric …

Daniel Scott Parker MFA Poetry Daniel Scott Parker, danielsparker@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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