Looking over my last year in review, I can clearly see the progress I’ve made in the last twelve months. In late July last year, I made the decision to leave the Electronic Media Program and switch into the Digital Media Collaborative. I started taking classes towards it in the Fall and officially transferred over in the Spring. I have loved being in my new program so much. I feel that I have more flexibility and the classes I can take relate more to my personal interests and goals within the film industry.
All in all, it was a great year. The spring was so much busier than I was expecting, but I took it one day at a time and powered through all my projects. I realized that maybe four project based classes in one semester is a bit excessive even though I enjoyed them all individually. I was able to get a lot more experience with filming, writing, and editing, which I really appreciated. I feel that I have a better footing now and understand more what the film industry entailed.
I worked at Honors all through the year and it was still amazing. My best project was being able to work on the videos for the Honors Graduation. It took basically the entire Spring semester, but I got a lot of good experience on working on a big project for a deadline.
I feel like I started really getting the hang of what I’ll be doing in my career this year. I worked on my photography more as well and was a finalist in a photography contest at Christ Hospital in the fall. Even though I didn’t win, it was a great first contest experience and I hope they have it again. I bought myself a new camera in April and got some new lenses for Christmas, so I’d be more prepared going in this year.
I haven’t been travelling as much this year, as much as I’ve wanted to be. In a couple weeks I’ll be going to Washington D.C. to visit one of my best friends who’s on co-op. In the fall, I’m doing a road trip to New York City, I’m going to Hawaii for a week around Thanksgiving, and I’m spending the first week of winter break in Havana, Cuba for an honors seminar.
One of my highlights of this year is happening right now. I got my first internship within my field and I am having a blast. I am working as a photography intern at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. So far I’ve worked the Bunker Muster Conference, an event for veterans who are entrepreneurs; and Project Music, an accelerator for entrepreneurs in the music industry. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be working doing photography at the 36|86 Conference, a huge conference for startups in the south. I’m also living with my cousin and his wife, who I haven’t gotten to spend too much time with until now. I love living with them and we’ve been talking about fun things to do over the summer.
I’m a little apprehensive going into my senior year, mainly because I have no idea what is going to happen after graduation. I know I have a lot of time to plan, so I’ll figure it out. I’m sure it’ll go by a lot faster than I think it will.