Marginalia, Graduate Blog

ChuhChuhChuhChanges

by Cherie Tymkiw

My First Work T-Shirt! Cherie Tymkiw Art Ed MAT 8/21/14

My First Work T-Shirt!

Well, August has come back around, and this year, instead of prepping for another full time graduate student schedule, I’m prepping for my new career. I have been hired as a high school art teacher, teaching Photo 1 and Art 1 classes and it’s time to hit the ground running. I’ve also ‘officially’ graduated from Columbia, and I will be receiving my diploma in a couple of weeks. I’m about to lay on the cheese factor and admit, two years has gone by so fast. (Or at least it seems that way since Columbia kept me so crazy busy.)

ChuhChuhChuhChanges

Well, August has come back around, and this year, instead of prepping for another full time graduate student schedule, I’m prepping for my new career. I have been hired as …

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

The Joy of Challenge

by Steph Jurusz

Planning my fall WRI course

Planning my Fall WRI Course

Two short weeks from when I am writing this post, we will be back in class. With so much happening in such a brief period of time (department meetings, training, putting the finishing touches on my Writing and Rhetoric I course for the fall, and, of course, new student orientation!), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed after a few months of decompression without those same deadlines, meetings, and requirements. I’ll admit it, though; I was starting to miss it.

Wind Farms in Indiana

Throwback to Last Summer: Wind Farms in Indiana on the Way to Chicago

When I arrived in Chicago a year ago (August 19th was my Chicago anniversary), I hit the ground running with meetings, orientation, and work training. With the exception of winter break, I’ve kept up with that same non-stop pace that grad school lends itself to. Although when the semester finally ended in May, I was a bit burnt out (what grad student isn’t?) I was also excited to finally have time to catch up on sleep(!), proud that I made it through the first year and what I have created thus far in the program, and exhilarated because I knew that in a few months I would enter stage two of my MFA program, one step closer to completion.

During my last blog post I was in the midst of moving chaos. A few weeks later I can happily say that I’m settled into my new apartment and have started making it my own. The most important part? My office! That’s right, folks, no more working in the living room, feet away from my dear fiancé as he furiously types away at his own computer and takes phone calls (he works at home). No more feelings of constant interruption just because he gets up and wants to move around the apartment and happens to walk by my desk! Yes, it is a thing of beauty.

Home, Sweet Home

Home, Sweet Home

Just a couple nights ago I fell into some glorious incidental productivity. You know the kind—where you set an hour or two aside to work but end up working for four hours and completely lose track of the time. Your mind is racing and fingers are flying and you look up and realize that it’s dark out and way later than you thought. It’s the type of work session that I (and many of my writer friends) dream of (opposed to the obligatory work session where you watch the clock and constantly check your word count to reinforce that there is a tangible measure of your progress).

George Orwell wrote “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”

There is the agony of writing, of haven’t having written and knowing you should (damn excuses!), of editing, but wrapped in each thin layer of struggle that accompanies the tasks of writing, editing, rewriting, and sharing your work with others are nuggets of joy. Writing is a great challenge, and apart from because I have things to say and ideas to explore, I continue to write because it constantly presents new challenges. In each piece, I go to places I have not been before—an explorer of uncharted territory who must decide what moves to make, where, when, and how. When one faces those challenges, and then comes the joy, the relief, the renewed desire to dive back into the page. I will not say that writing during the break was easy—it was in some ways more challenging than writing during the school year due to the isolation (we write to reach readers, after all) that comes with vacations and holing oneself up in one’s apartment to work instead of hanging out at the beach, but that isolation is also liberating because the outside voices are finally shushed and instead of wondering how a piece will go over in workshop or how a professor might respond, you just write. Time to reflect on the challenges of the craft are in some ways (for me) just as important as practicing it, renewing my drive to continue.

If last year was any indication, the second year will not be easy either, but why would I even want it to be?

The Joy of Challenge

Two short weeks from when I am writing this post, we will be back in class. With so much happening in such a brief period of time (department meetings, training, …

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

Bittersweet Endings and Hopeful beginnings

by Kaity Sinke

Lake Huron

Lake Huron

It’s crazy to believe that an entire year has gone by. Having just recently completed our summer semester, it was a bittersweet ending to our first official year at Columbia College Chicago. Our lives have been filled with so many endings this semester, but with endings comes very hopeful beginnings. I can’t wait to see what my second year in the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program has in store for me!

Bittersweet Endings and Hopeful beginnings

It’s crazy to believe that an entire year has gone by. Having just recently completed our summer semester, it was a bittersweet ending to our first official year at Columbia …

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

Thesis bound.

by Dustin Seelinger

By Dustin Seelinger Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts MFA 8/21/14

By Dustin Seelinger

So, at the end of last semester, I received a conditional pass into thesis. This meant that I was tasked with expanding my body of work over the summer and following up with faculty to meet before the fall semester starts. I had that meeting yesterday. It went ok. I’ll spare you all the details, but I did pass into thesis. I don’t know if I completely agree with this whole process, but I will say that I love where my work is going right now.

Would it be traveling at this speed and trajectory had I not gotten a “conditional” last semester?

Thesis bound.

So, at the end of last semester, I received a conditional pass into thesis. This meant that I was tasked with expanding my body of work over the summer and …

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

All Good Things…

by Bubba Murray

It goes by fast doesn’t it? My time at CCC is almost at an end and so is my tenure as a Graduate Ambassador. In fact this is my last blog. It hurts to even write that.

All Good Things…

It goes by fast doesn’t it? My time at CCC is almost at an end and so is my tenure as a Graduate Ambassador. In fact this is my last …

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

Goodbyes and New Beginnings

by Christine Reed

Steve and Kate's Camp Lakeview kids posing for a last-day picture.

Steve and Kate’s Camp Lakeview kids posing for a last-day picture.

Camp is over and school is (almost) in.  I have been spending the better part of August preparing to start a new dance program at Ravenswood Elementary School.  Along with all the changes, it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to many of my friends from the Columbia College Chicago Elementary Education MAT program as we all embark on our new journeys as professionals in the field of education.

Goodbyes and New Beginnings

Camp is over and school is (almost) in.  I have been spending the better part of August preparing to start a new dance program at Ravenswood Elementary School.  Along with all …

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

An Interview with Spencer McCall, Director of “The Institute”

by Joshua C. Robinson

Poster for the film "The Institute"

Poster for the film “The Institute”

Recently I posted a compliment on Twitter about the film The Institute. Through a series of fortuitous interactions I was able to get in touch with the director, Spencer McCall, and ask him some questions about the film itself, copyright, and the implications of the film for arts managers. The Institute is currently available on Netflix and features one of the most fascinating chronicles of a genre and media bending art experience. The Institute manages to transcend many aspects of capturing performance, game play and reality. For a more succinct description, I have included the Wikipedia entry for the film.

An Interview with Spencer McCall, Director of “The Institute”

Recently I posted a compliment on Twitter about the film The Institute. Through a series of fortuitous interactions I was able to get in touch with the director, Spencer McCall, …

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

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS

by Daniel Scott Parker

Summer Grooves

It’s hard to believe that my year as ambassador is coming to a close. It’s been a terrifically exciting, prolific, and rewarding year, and serving as ambassador has only made it that much more enriching. Not only did I get to correspond with heaps of wonderful prospective and admitted students, but I got to have dinner (and take a bathroom selfie) at President Kim’s home, participate at Manifest, and help host both Open House and Orientation.

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS

It’s hard to believe that my year as ambassador is coming to a close. It’s been a terrifically exciting, prolific, and rewarding year, and serving as ambassador has only made …

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

Congrats to the Class of 2014

by Logan Stahley

Tracie, Brittany, Sean, Batu,  Alexis, David, Paul, Steven and Jordan

Tracie, Brittany, Sean, Batu, Alexis, David, Paul, Steven and Jordan

Congrats Graduates!

The MFA Music Composition for the Screen class of 2014 have completed their summer internships and are officially graduates of Columbia! It is exciting to hear how their semester in LA and internships went. Below is the list of graduates and who they interned with. Future blogs will go more in depth, interviewing each graduate about their experiences this summer. What is really amazing is that many of them were hired immediately after their internship—many more details about their busy summers coming very soon!

Congrats to the Class of 2014

Congrats Graduates! The MFA Music Composition for the Screen class of 2014 have completed their summer internships and are officially graduates of Columbia! It is exciting to hear how their …

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

Art and Games: Adrienne Ciskey

by Justin Botz

Illustration by Wesley Hall

Illustration by Wesley Hall

Adrienne Ciskey is a third year candidate in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program who has been creating a lot of cool work that incorporates gaming in one way or another.

Art and Games: Adrienne Ciskey

Adrienne Ciskey is a third year candidate in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program who has been creating a lot of cool work that incorporates gaming in one way or another.

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

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