Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Hey Ho, Let’s Go!

by Dustin Seelinger

Image owned by Dustin Seelinger Interdiciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA Graduate Ambassador

Image owned by
Dustin Seelinger
Interdiciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA
Graduate Ambassador

I’m furiously trying to get my thesis project wrapped up and I have BIG news. My main project is focused on storytelling. I’m collecting stories from punk parents about parenthood. I have been reaching out to some of my heroes and well, it’s paying off. One of the Ramones is participating. The RAMONES.

Hey Ho, Let’s Go!

I’m furiously trying to get my thesis project wrapped up and I have BIG news. My main project is focused on storytelling. I’m collecting stories from punk parents about parenthood. …

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

Leave the room better than you found it

by Jeni Crone

photo (1)

In the final few days of my high school student teaching placement my classes were working on self-directed projects and I got a lot of eye rolls from my students because I wouldn’t give them all of the answers…there are very rarely definitive answers in art. We had learned and practiced watercolor techniques in making visual music paintings, so those skills were there for them to use as they liked. This was their chance to make art about 2-Pac, soccer, ghosts, K-Pop bands—whatever was interesting to them, and while some really ran with it, I had to hover over others. When you make more room for choice, students test minimalist approaches. They would come up to me and tell me that they were finished and I would tell them that they weren’t and point out why. There were steps on the project sheet and written on the board that they would completely skip so I started including random instructions on the board, like asking them to draw cats and pizza slices on the top of their worksheets. Still, even with what we were still lacking at the end of my eight weeks, we had come a long way. My cooperating teacher said that I taught him a lot about patience. My 5th grade Language Arts teacher always told us about how often while teaching she just had to remind herself that patience is a virtue. My professor, Dr. Anne Becker, has told us about how if she was having a bad day with a high school student she would try to picture them as a cute little kindergartener. My strategy is to remind myself and my students that we are all still learning.

Leave the room better than you found it

In the final few days of my high school student teaching placement my classes were working on self-directed projects and I got a lot of eye rolls from my students …

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

Passing the Torch

by Kaity Sinke

tabula rasa

tabula rasa

The time has finally come for me to say goodbye to my role as the president of MOVED, and officially pass the torch on to the next lucky recipient! It has been such an amazing year. I have learned so much more about the realities of collaboration, accountability, perseverance, expectation, delegation and inspiration. MOVED has also shown me just how influential our dance/movement therapy community can truly be!

Passing the Torch

The time has finally come for me to say goodbye to my role as the president of MOVED, and officially pass the torch on to the next lucky recipient! It …

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

Building Community

by Steph Jurusz

Some Members of the Best Cohort EVER!

Can I tell you about how much I love my cohort?

If you’re unfamiliar with the whole grad school scene, you might be asking What the heck is a cohort? Simply put, your cohort consists of the folks who start grad school in your year and will graduate with you at the end of everything. During the program they’ll become some of your closest friends, greatest allies, best editors, and strongest professional connections.

Building Community

Can I tell you about how much I love my cohort? If you’re unfamiliar with the whole grad school scene, you might be asking What the heck is a cohort? …

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

Digital Audio Workstations

by Logan Stahley

Many MIDI tracks in Logic X

Many MIDI tracks in Logic X

Digital Audio Workstations, or DAWs, are where we as composers spend the majority of our time. It is very important to find a workstation that meets your needs, and one that you are the most efficient in. Currently, the major contenders are Logic Pro, Cubase, ProTools, Digital Performer, and Ableton Live. I am often asked which DAW to go with from prospective and admitted students; I hope this blog can help out!

Digital Audio Workstations

Digital Audio Workstations, or DAWs, are where we as composers spend the majority of our time. It is very important to find a workstation that meets your needs, and one …

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

Go Outside Your Professional Comfort Zone

by Joshua C. Robinson

DawnTEDx

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn, Joshua C. Robinson, 2015

Recently, I’ve been pushed well beyond my professional comfort zone in ways that I didn’t think were possible. It’s been trying, it’s been humbling, but ultimately it’s benefited my work ethic and ability to collaborate professionally with others. It seems that in every project I’m involved in, some boundary that I had set up has been pushed or bent, oftentimes creating a positive circumstance, and sometimes even expanding my wheelhouse as an arts manager…

Go Outside Your Professional Comfort Zone

Recently, I’ve been pushed well beyond my professional comfort zone in ways that I didn’t think were possible. It’s been trying, it’s been humbling, but ultimately it’s benefited my work …

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

Every Journey Begins With The First Step

by Justin Grogan

"Every journey begins with a single step"

“Every journey begins with a single step”

It is difficult to imagine that over two years ago I was sitting on my front porch in Akron, in the middle of writing a poem about a dismantled and rust gathering rototiller, when Tony Trigilio called to congratulate me on being admitted to Columbia College Chicago.

This must sound a familiar story to a lot of you out there who are now probably receiving similar phone calls—omit the rust gathering rototiller.

Every Journey Begins With The First Step

It is difficult to imagine that over two years ago I was sitting on my front porch in Akron, in the middle of writing a poem about a dismantled and …

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

Experiments in Awesome

by Jennifer Ligaya

Columbia College Chicago  MA Drama: On Site Performances

Columbia College Chicago MA Drama: On Site Performances

The midpoint of this second semester brought us here. We had been pushed and pulled in more directions than we knew were possible. I never expected it. Here’s what I saw…

50 degrees in the 7 o’clock evening air surrounded us.  Our sights, the smells, the energy of the city…they competed with each eager step we took…

Experiments in Awesome

The midpoint of this second semester brought us here. We had been pushed and pulled in more directions than we knew were possible. I never expected it. Here’s what I …

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

How My Recent Trip to Springfield Opened The Door To A New Side of Journalism

by Devon Marti

Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, IL.

Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield, IL.

While the Journalism, MA program at Columbia College Chicago puts you into the real world of journalism in the classroom—by assigning deadlines and conducting interviews with sources—it is not exactly the same as what you are going to be doing when you get out into the field. The professors in this program know that, which is why every year they send the journalism graduate students to Springfield, IL to report on the state public affairs first-hand.

How My Recent Trip to Springfield Opened The Door To A New Side of Journalism

While the Journalism, MA program at Columbia College Chicago puts you into the real world of journalism in the classroom—by assigning deadlines and conducting interviews with sources—it is not exactly …

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

IMAGE UNIT

by Justin Botz

image by Grayson Bagwell

image by Grayson Bagwell

There are a number of ways to get involved with the Interdisciplinary Arts community outside the classroom.

For the last 3 years (2 of which I have served as Vice President)  I have been involved in the Student Group Image Unit, a group of primarily media artists in the Interdisciplinary Arts department. The purpose of the group is to foster collaborative and individual creative excellence, within and beyond Columbia, by promoting the work of our members, improve community via creative exchange, and to empower emerging artists in professional development.  In this blog post I thought it would be fun to discuss three of the most popular events Image Unit is involved in:

IMAGE UNIT

There are a number of ways to get involved with the Interdisciplinary Arts community outside the classroom. For the last 3 years (2 of which I have served as Vice …

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