One More Chapter
A twenty two year-old's view on life, death,
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
I wrote a long post before I started to write this one. But that one was only a long, long, list of all the terrible things that have happened during my stay at New Jersey City University. But, then I was reading back over and couldn't bring myself to actually publish it. I am a huge believer in trying to remain positive as much as possible and it wouldn't make sense to put out that much anger and frustration into the world, especially if all I'm doing is forcing it upon other people.
So, a basic summary of what the original post said, is that New Jersey City University is truly one of the worst Universities that I have ever experienced. And, at this point, I've experienced quite a few. Their biggest weak spot was their Residence Life operations, but there were many struggles when it came to Dining Services, Career Services, the classes themselves, the running of our exchange program and just overall respect of those around us and the ability of various departments to communicate.
But, all of our comments have been voiced in length with those who need to hear them and discussed with advisor and such, so it seems a mute point to talk any more about all the bad things that happened this semester, especially when there were just so many GREAT things about it too!
Though, none of these had to do with NJCU.
First of all, Victoria and I have slowly but surely explored almost all of Manhattan over these three months. We've seen comedy shows, eaten in almost all the neighborhoods (well, not really, but close!), explored a dozen museums, explored many areas around Brooklyn Heights, and so much more! There is never a shortage of things to do in the city!
We also both had some pretty great internships. Victoria worked for Sleep No More - which needs an entire blog of its own to talk about - and I helped a film, directed by Bob McAndrew, get up and running as his personal intern. We both gained some great knowledge of our fields and made great connections!
I got to work with actual film for the first time as well! The one benefit of NJCU was that we had full access to lots of equipment in the Media Department. So, for my film class, I got to learn how to operate Bolex camera and film on 16mm Black and White film. I even got to edit it on a huge Steenback editing table from East Berlin. It was an awesome experience that really helped create a deeper understanding of what it means to film and an appreciation for film as an art form.
We also got to meet some pretty great people while at NJCU. The majority of the people at that school are people that I would never in a million years be able to be friends with. They are all immature, disrespectful and, honestly, annoying as hell. But there are always exceptions to the rule. Our exchange program was full of some pretty awesome people, and we only wish that we had been able to spend a bit more time getting to know them earlier. But Victoria and I are so glad that we were lucky enough to get such a great group of people in our exchange - even if we were all suffering through that school together.
And, how could I forget the fact that I have Shira Richards-Rachlin to visit as often as I wanted to? She was such a relief to have as a place to go to in the city and kept me feeling like I had a little piece of home with me during the long stretches between visits home.
All in all, I can't really complain too much about the semester and I am leaving it with a new appreciation for New York and all that it has to offer. I didn't think it was going to be possible, but I've fallen in love with the Big Apple and I can't wait to move there some day soon!
Thank you for reading,
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.