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Summer, summer, summer. It’s like a merry-go-round

I have opted to take 2 summer classes this semester.  Summer semesters at The College of St. Rose are split into two 6 week sessions.  I have elected to take 6 credits during the first 6 week semester.  It is a great way to get credits out of the way quickly, but it is a long 6 weeks.  I know.  I have done it before.  This means that until the end of June I will be in class 3 days per week.  The classes are longer than usual because you have so much you have to cram into a 6 week block. 

I started classes on Monday.  I am taking a New Media Production class, which is an extension of the Digital Media Production class that I told you about in the spring.  So at least I have some exposure to the equipment now.  It is less intimidating.  Less. 

I am also taking a Social Media class.  And that is where all of you come in.  Part of the class work will require me to blog about the class.  So I feel ahead of the game.  Since I am already blogging about school this seems like an easy transition to start blogging about this course specifically.  Two days a week, I will be blogging about this class in Social Media.  That means I will be taking you along on the journey with me.  It will be fun!

This also means that my professor will be reading my posts and possibly my classmates.  That is a little intimidating.  If you are reading this blog for the first time, then please go back and read my first post.  Then you can understand the theme behind my blog and more importantly, understand that grammar is not something that I take too seriously.  I just hope I don’t cringe when I look back at my posts in a year from now.


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Garage to Glory part II

I have been so wrapped up in things in my personal life (a sick child, the desperado plunge in the local elementary school, living outside of the law.. just to name a few) that I never did follow-up about my experience with Garage to Glory.

Last Friday, The Times Union and The College of Saint Rose collaborated to put together a contest and a live show.  The intention is to inspire local musical talent to take part in a competition where the winner will receive a free music video and a music CD that will be produced by The College of Saint Rose. 

As you may know, I am taking a Video Class at the college and participating in the production of this show satisfies a class requirement for our grade.  If you have followed along, then you know that this class is not a traditional class.  Which is awesome for me.  I am not a traditional student.  Fits like a glove.  In the TV studio we learn more just doing it than we would reading a text. 

There were two classes that would make up the “crew” for this live show.  Our professor, who has a ton of previous experience in television, is our supervisor.  He never acts like a supervisor in the way that I am used to.  He is tough, but he really gives us space to make our own mistakes and learn on our own.  We had run through a series of practices to set up and break down the equipment prior to the night of the show.  We did all the troubleshooting the week before the class. 

There was so much to do and so many wires.  You could get dizzy thinking about it all.  My professor was so clever in the way that he assigned our roles.   He made sure we could do it.  Each of us had a very defined role.  We did not deviate.  We did exactly what we were told and we stayed at our post until we were relieved. 

We were all so nervous that we were like a bunch of grasshoppers confined to a mayonnaise jar.  I couldn’t understand why our professor wasn’t nervous.  When I asked him he said this:  “I covered 9/11.  This is child’s play.”

He sure is right about that.

Now, if you watched the show you probably noticed it wasn’t as smooth as a live version of American Idol.  However, I thought we did a good job.

I was amazed at my professor’s composure; I was impressed with Dan Fogerty’s ability to host the entire show after being asked to do so at the very last minute and I was impressed with Dana’s ability to interview the musicians on the fly.  But what I really loved was the way that everyone really took their jobs so seriously and how we worked so well together.  It was great fun and I was proud to be a part of it. 

Sadly, I didn’t get to hear a lick of the music that was being played.  We all had headphones on – so we could only hear ourselves speaking to each other.  We didn’t want to miss a cue.  However, I send hearty congratulations to the winner “Try Sarah Topps”.  I look forward to working with these guys in the future when we shoot their music video.

Let’s hope that Garage to Glory becomes an annual event!

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Crisis Communications

This is my third and final class.  I love this class too.  How can these professors be professors?  I thought this profession was reserved for stodgy old know it alls.  Not mine.  Mine are just cool people who I would like to chat with.  Maybe it is because our age and professional experience makes me connect with them more than my classmates.  Maybe I am just lucky and they are really down to earth people.  My crisis professor is just awesome.  No other way to describe her.  She is the girl who never seems frazzled.  No matter what life throws at her she is always going to say the right thing in a polished and professional way that won’t piss anyone off.  Man, I admire the heck out of her.  This class teaches us how to be professional in the worst situations.  No tests in this class either.  That is three for three.  Grad school is all right.  No tests, just papers and projects.  I know I can swing this.

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Hiding in the back row – my new coping mechanism

I have decided that the only way I am going to be able to cope with this “Digital Media Communications” class is slinking in the shadows so I can observe until I feel more comfortable in actually participating.  I feel comforted by this new plan.

My professor picked up on this the way a shark smells fresh blood.  It was about three minutes into the class when he looks me dead in the eye and says, “Alicia, you need the experience.  Why don’t you shoot this one?”

Well professor, here’s why:  You see I can’t right now because my heart is beating so loud and so fast that I can barely hear you and I am preparing for cardiac arrest.  It’s just my age finally catching up with me you see. 

I don’t say this.  I get up.  Now everyone is looking at me. The guy who does nothing but text the entire class (he didn’t read the syllabus to know this is highly frowned upon) has even put his I-phone down.  I am certain I am wearing the wrong clothes that the catty girls will make fun of.  Man this feels a lot like fifth grade.  I hated fifth grade. 

I am shaking.  The professor tells me that the camera equipment I am about to handle is only worth about $7,000, so please be careful. Oh my god, that is more than my tuition!  Goody. Did I mention grace is not my strong suit?

I was up half the night after I put my son to bed reading the syllabus and watching training videos for this class. Why can’t I remember how to turn this thing on?  I am sweating. 

Someone else was assigned to help me.  We fumbled together and we got through it.  I barely remember all of it looking back on it now.  It took me about a half hour to stop shaking.

After it was over, coming through this terrifying experience made me feel really good.  I don’t want the professor to know that though, because I don’t want to encourage him that his “tough love” is actually working.


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Day Two

After the second day I have had the benefit of attending all three of my classes. They are all awesome. I love them, I love my professors and I am really getting jazzed about this entire program.

What I love about going back to school is that I feel vibrantly alive. I feel young…ger. I love that feeling.

The only thing about this program though is that it seems to me though that everyone really knows each other. I am the new one to this crowd. I don’t know the secret handshake yet. On the up side, I am not the oldest one. I figure that two people are older than me. I am not going to focus on the fact that they are the professors. Only two of them.

I am pretty sure that the third professor is about 4 years my junior.


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