The DMT & C Office…What really goes on in there?


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I’d like to start by saying congratulations to all of the individuals who have been accepted to the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling, GL-CMA and/or MPACC programs.  All of your hard work paid off!  I know it’s a big decision, but I hope you decide to attend Columbia College Chicago.

As a prospective student (or maybe a brand new student), you probably contacted the DMT & C office one time or another during your application process, most likely talking with either Bethany (Administrative Assistant) or Paul (Academic Manager).  What’s great about the DMT & C office is that it is accessible because it is on the same floor as most of the program’s classes.  But what really goes on in that office, where the door is always open?

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Although I’ve attempted to be somewhat mysterious (a terrible attempt, at that), the DMT & C office really isn’t all that mysterious.  Instead, the office is pretty care-free, and like I said, the door is usually open .  And if it’s not, knock loudly and Bethany will open it for you.  The office is where the instructors’ offices are; where Bethany sits at the front desk and can amazingly answer every question you ever had; where you can find out more information about the program or community events.

I’m sure there are a lot of “business” aspects to the office that as a student I don’t know about.  There always seems to be something “going on.”  And as I write this, I am realizing that maybe I really don’t know what goes on in the DMT & C office at all.  Yet for some reason, when I started the program I thought the office was “big and bad,” but it’s really not.  Now I pop in just to say hello or grab a band-aid.  Mostly to grab a band-aid.

I think one of the points I am trying to make is that it’s nice, as a student, to have all of my classes and resources in one place (not to mention the library is in our building too).  It’s nice to have my classes on the same floor and not have to trek across the South Loop to get to my next class.  It’s nice that if I need to talk to my research adviser, I can do that conveniently and thus save time.  I am not sure if the aspect of close proximity is specific to the DMT & C department or not.  I certainly appreciate it, though.

As a side note, I wanted to share a few pictures I took at the YouSpoke dance concert “Not Alone,” the one I spoke about in a former blog post.  The pictures are of art work done by individuals who have experienced the phenomenon of suicide in one way or another.

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