Marginalia, Graduate Blog

GL-CMA: Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis

by Kaity Sinke

Photo courtesy of DCAT

Photo courtesy of DCAT

Through the Department of Creative Arts Therapies (DCAT), we have the opportunity to partake in the certification programs offered as well. One of which is the Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA). Through this program, anyone can learn to apply Rudolf Laban’s theory of movement analysis to body/mind therapies, dance, theatre, education, performance, athletics and rehabilitation. In this integrated graduate-level curriculum, you’ll study Laban’s taxonomy in depth, hone your observation skills and earn certified movement analyst (CMA) credentials. Weekend classes make this program ideal for working adult learners, and the entire program takes a total of 14 months to complete. Luckily, I had the opportunity to interview a couple current students within the GL-CMA program and they had a lot to say about their experience thus far!

GL-CMA: Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis

Through the Department of Creative Arts Therapies (DCAT), we have the opportunity to partake in the certification programs offered as well. One of which is the Graduate Laban Certificate in …

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

Class Profile: The Body

by Justin Botz

Photo curtesy of  Bryan Saner

Photo curtesy of Bryan Saner

This semester I had the privilege of studying with artist Bryan Saner as part of his class The Body.

Bryan Saner is an influential interdisciplinary artist who’s work exists at the points of intersection between performance, activism, social practice, and sculpture. From 1995 to 2009 Bryan performed with the acclaimed Goat Island Performance Group, and is currently performing with Every House Has A Door, and dancing with Erica Mott.

Class Profile: The Body

This semester I had the privilege of studying with artist Bryan Saner as part of his class The Body. Bryan Saner is an influential interdisciplinary artist who’s work exists at …

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

Break time!

by Dustin Seelinger

So the semester ended. That came and went really fast for me this time around. Finals week was a little on the strange side for me this semester. Out of my four classes, I really only had two finals-y things.

Break time!

So the semester ended. That came and went really fast for me this time around. Finals week was a little on the strange side for me this semester. Out of …

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

Lessons on Storytelling

by Katie Sponseller

Director of Photography, Ian McAvoy, takes a moment to visualize for the film, At Papa’s.

This semester, I embarked on a huge journey.  Little did I know that the journey would be the most important semester of my graduate studies and within my education as a whole.  The journey, which is far from over, was to figure out story.  Not only what kind of stories I would like to tell while at Columbia but moving forward as well.  It involved figuring out where my stories come from, where others’ stories come from, and how we make decisions in order to share those stories.

Lessons on Storytelling

This semester, I embarked on a huge journey.  Little did I know that the journey would be the most important semester of my graduate studies and within my education as …

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

That’s a wrap!

by Chelsea Rowan

My credit card for my final film

Yesterday (Dec 11)  was the final day of classes for the Cinema Arts & Science, MFA first years. The day was marked with the screening of the Directors’ final films. What better way to mark the end of the semester than showcasing our work for the department faculty and our classmates to see? It was a long day, with about 6 hours worth of screenings and feedback, but extremely reassuring! Not to mention fun!

In this post, I’m going to recap some of the best times of the semester as a way to celebrate how far my class and I have come.

That’s a wrap!

Yesterday (Dec 11)  was the final day of classes for the Cinema Arts & Science, MFA first years. The day was marked with the screening of the Directors’ final films. …

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

Thanksgiving in St. Louis

by Parker Stockman

St. Louis Arch

Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday. Sure, I like getting a few days off and I like getting to see family, but it’s a day that we are supposed to give thanks for what we have (shouldn’t we do this every day?) and be gluttons. Really, that’s all it is. Usually there’s a good football game. Sometimes there is a good new movie at the theater. This year, I went to visit my family in St. Louis.

That’s right, St. Louis. Thanksgiving, 2014. In St. Louis.

Have you heard of Ferguson?

Thanksgiving in St. Louis

Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday. Sure, I like getting a few days off and I like getting to see family, but it’s a day that we are supposed to …

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

‘Tis the Season to Apply

by Danielle Dwyer

Talking B1G Ten with Campus Insiders’ resident football analyst Doug Chapman. Journalism MA Danielle M. Dwyer December 2014

‘Tis the season to apply…

…because you never know unless you try.

What do you have to lose?

With Columbia College Chicago you have so many options to choose.

There’s no wrong decision when it’s where you want to be.

So take the step to “live what you love,” and be free.

Free from the wonder, the past life, the past job, the past choice that left you wanting more.

Free from the lack of experience or education that is holding you back from landing that first job and breaking into the industry.

Free from the debate of making a career change or the questions of whether this is the right choice and the right place.

Doing a college hoops segment with Campus Insiders’ resident basketball analyst Jordan Cornette. Journalism MA Danielle M. Dwyer December 2014

In my last blog I wrote about my one regret being I didn’t start this program sooner—and it’s true. This is the career I’ve always wanted to pursue and instead of letting those employer rejections get to me, I took their advice: I got more education at a place that provided me with the hands-on experience I was missing.

Since my last blog, I finished reading one of our professor’s, books—“Tell Them I Didn’t Cry: A Young Journalist’s Story of Joy, Loss, and Survival in Iraq” by Jackie Spinner.

In her book she talked about a speech she gave to aspiring journalists at her alma mater. She said, “There is only one way to get where you want to go, and it really is quite simple. Start walking.”

Spinner said it, and I’m backing it up and repeating it to all of you who are on the fence, in the process of applying, or still debating about grad school.

Why not? What’s holding you back?

In so many of my blogs I shared the inner thoughts I had about leaving a career I had begun, my hometown, family and everything I had known behind to pursue my dream career.

It’s a tough decision, but deep down if you know it’s the right decision, then what are you waiting for?

I often get questions from prospective students about the application process—“What should I include for my writing samples?” “What should I say in my personal essay?” “Why did you choose Columbia?” “What have you gotten to experience?”

Calling Campus Insiders’ resident basketball analyst Jordan Cornette out on one of his Cinderella teams during our college hoops segment. Journalism MA Danielle M. Dwyer December 2014

Well, my response for the latter of the two has been thoroughly discussed in previous blogs, but as for the writing samples and the personal essay, I say this:

You’re writing samples can be anything that showcases your journalistic writing style—an article, a blog or a research paper. There is no right or wrong work to turn in as long as it’s yours and something that will give the faculty an idea of how you write.

Your personal essay, well, they want it to be just that—personal. They want your honesty in why you’re choosing this program, what is it about journalism that makes you want to pursue it as a career, where do you think you want to take your career and more. They want it to come from the heart and be true to your story. Give them a background for how you came to the decision to apply and where you want to go and how Columbia will help you get there.

Again, there is no right or wrong answer, but the committee wants your answer, not something cookie-cutter that sounds right. For me, I came from a job I did not see myself being in long-term and wanted to make a career change back to the career I always wanted. Maybe your undergrad experience wasn’t hands-on enough, you feel you have more room to grow or you want a city setting experience.

Whatever the reason, tell them that.

It’s been two years (nearly to the day) that I applied to Columbia, and now here I am, finished with the program.

I feel like it was just yesterday I was applying and asking the same questions you all are. I remember getting my materials together, reaching out to my references and picking the brain of the ambassador. And now here I am, at the end of my journey and looking towards the next chapter.

It’s a scary and nerve-racking experience at times, but like I said before, if it’s what you want to do, you have nothing to lose.

So what are you waiting for?

‘Tis the season to apply, so get on it.

Doing a college football segment on the B1G Ten with Campus Insiders’ resident football analyst Doug Chapman. Journalism MA Danielle M. Dwyer December 2014

‘Tis the Season to Apply

‘Tis the season to apply… …because you never know unless you try. What do you have to lose? With Columbia College Chicago you have so many options to choose. There’s …

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

Candidacy

by Jasmine Clark

My Candidacy Room (1)

Candidacy presentations happened this semester on a Wednesday and we found out the results Thursday during an individual meeting with the co-coordinators of the program, Paul D’Amato and Judy Natal. Traditionally, we present to all of the full time faculty. For my group it was different. There are 8 of us so we were split into 2 groups with 5 faculty members each: Group A – Judy Natal; Ross Sawyers; Jay Wolke; Greg Foster Rice and Kelli Connell; Group B – Paul D’Amato, Myra Greene, Bob Thall, Peter Fitzpatrick, and Dawoud Bey.

Candidacy

Candidacy presentations happened this semester on a Wednesday and we found out the results Thursday during an individual meeting with the co-coordinators of the program, Paul D’Amato and Judy Natal. Traditionally, …

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

Deadlines and D&D

by Jeni Crone

Motivational poster made my my sister Grace when she was in the 7th grade.

I’ve just gotten home from Cohort 22’s last night of Classroom Management with Beth Drake. Afterwards a few of us went out for a drink and some appetizers. I should’ve/could’ve rushed home to do more work, but it’s the end of the semester and I need time to decompress.  Last Tuesday I taught five Art I classes at Senn and have since barreled through Thanksgiving, and while the semester is almost over, I still have plenty of work to turn in. You can’t quite understand the workload or the time commitment of the MAT program until you’re in it. In job interviews in the past I’ve been asked that question about how I am at meeting deadlines. Before grad school I would tether myself to deadlines—pulling myself towards them on schedule because I am responsible, I work hard and I respect deadlines. I didn’t want anyone in my academic/professional life to see me in any other light. But, what I’ve learned since adopting teacher perspective is that sometimes I have to choose myself over meeting the deadline. Counseling services at colleges tend to be overbooked at the end of the fall semester because a lot of us are a little hard on ourselves. I’ve chosen to be healthy.

Deadlines and D&D

I’ve just gotten home from Cohort 22’s last night of Classroom Management with Beth Drake. Afterwards a few of us went out for a drink and some appetizers. I should’ve/could’ve …

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

Finals Week Survival Guide

by Steph Jurusz

Friendsgiving in Chicago w Nonfiction and Poetry friends!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and while that break was wonderful, we all knew what was waiting just around the corner. It’s hard to believe that it’s already here, but yes, finals week, the most anticipated and most dreaded week for many students, has arrived. What’s a grad student to do in order to survive and stay on track?

SLEEP

I know it might seem impossible, but you need sleep even in the midst of final projects, papers, and (if you’re teaching) grading. It’s totally reasonable to expect you won’t be sleeping as much, but don’t cut this essential out of your schedule. My tip: take naps where and when you can so you can recharge and give your mind a rest. Set an alarm for 30 minutes and don’t let yourself hit snooze!

 

EAT

This is something that I have been guilty of in the past, being too busy or too focused to get something to eat. Just like sleep, this is obviously crucial to remain living once finals week ends. It’s okay to chow down on some junk food (many of us could use some comfort food right about now, right?), but don’t forget to sneak in some more healthy stuff too (think fruit, nuts, maybe a salad) to keep running at peak performance.

Coffee and Donut and writing

CAFFEINE

Caffeine, a beautiful and cruel compound that can energize and awaken us or can send us teetering off the cliff of over-caffeination into the land of the non-productive. Too much coffee can also hurt your stomach, so be careful about how much you sip, or you might end up further distracting yourself from your work. My tip: Green tea contains some caffeine (not as much as coffee), but is a lot gentler on your stomach. Try switching off between tea and coffee so you don’t over do it.

Tea, Cookies, Translation

RELAX. TAKE A BREAK.

This seems counter-intuitive or even impossible right? But it’s necessary for a bit of mental stability during this stressful time. Optometrists suggest that for every twenty minutes of computer work you should look for twenty seconds at an object at least twenty feet away. They call this the “20-20-20 rule” to prevent eyestrain. In addition to resting your eyes, it’s important if you’re sitting down for a long period of time to get moving! I try getting up every hour or so to walk around my apartment, stretch, pet my cats, etc. Just be careful not to get distracted and not go back to your work!

TO DO or DIE list

PLAN YOUR TIME

I am one of those people who makes “to do” lists, and I find that as I have more and more stuff to get done, this is the easiest way for me to stay on top of stuff. I break it into “TO DO:TODAY” and other categories such as “tomorrow” or “by the weekend.”

HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

While having a break is a lot to look forward to, I find that taking moments to think about and plan all of the exciting things I plan on doing during break helps me push through a little bit harder to get everything done. In less than two weeks I will be on a plane to the warm and wonderful world of Florida!

 

What are your best tips and tricks for getting through these stressful last weeks of the semester?

Finals Week Survival Guide

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and while that break was wonderful, we all knew what was waiting just around the corner. It’s hard to believe that it’s already here, but …

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