New Ideas

It’s crunch time at church. I am trying to write all the copy for the new site and it is extremely time consuming. I only have 1 more day after today since I will be a a Diocesan offsite tomorrow.
My advisor at school emailed me about an internship at the Episcopal church across from the White House during the month of January. It’s paid, I can focus on liturgy and an alumnae is offering their home for lodging.
Imagine, being in DC during the Inauguration! I sure hope Obama pulls it out. That would be amazing.
I also recently read about a program at the Yale Divinity School called the Marquand scholars. 5 of the best incoming students are selected to be Marquand scholars and are provided with full tuition and $5000 in living expenses. That would go a long way toward making it there. I am going to focus on polishing/documenting the attributes they might seek in hopes of achieving that. It would take a lot of burden off of my parish and off of me in the long run.
YDS is having an Open House this November, but don’t know if it will be in the cards. I need to check the Calendar at Hollins to see if school is in session that week. It probably is. 🙂
I am switching my classes around some and plan on going out to school sometime this week to formalize it. Adding French, dropping Sociology, moving the Drawing class, dropping Film Production and replacing it with Biology. Adding one other class…probably a religion class. I love August, I’ll get to buy my books with my financial aid and it’s such a rush to have all those new books.

Canterbury Society

So I am starting a new club at Hollins. It’s for Episcopalians and moderate/progressive Christians. Our kickoff event is tomorrow on the 11th at 8pm in the Gordh room. We are having Free Pizza so I hope people will come. Yes, I am resorting to food.
The girls at Hollins in general are so non-committal and non participatory. It was absolutely humiliating at the amount of people at Founder’s Day and the Re-dedication of the Chapel. For Pete’s sake. Not even all the teacher’s came. Way to set an example.
And worst of all…the SRLA, the club who is basically responsible for all the Religious clubs at Hollins were hardly represented. Only the President, from all the Officers actually involved herself, and of course me.
The alum were horrified and disturbed at the low turnout. The Gordh family was in attendance and this is how we honor them? I was simply embarrassed and ashamed on behalf of the school.
I only hope that my club members, if I get any, will live up to the expectations I set at initiation.
I really believe that people only try and work if you demand it as a clear expectation.
In Chaplaincy Studies today we all talked about the issue and also the general lack of commitment to ANYTHING that the student body shows.
It’s very disheartening.

Introduction

Welcome to my new BLOG! Yeah, I hate that stupid word. How about Online Journal? That sounds so much more literary. I’ve decided it might be of use to try and keep some record of my experiences as I am on this journey to leave behind the whole career thing and follow a different calling. Going back to college has been a dream for as long as I can remember, and actually achieving it is still somewhat surreal. I keep expecting someone to jump out and say “Just Kidding! Back to Work you SLACKER!”

Of course, people could say that now. I am about to have difficulty meeting my financial obligations, the ones I obtained when I was flush with corporate cash, and the challenge will be: what to do then. Right now I am trying several novel approaches. I have attempted to HIRE a designer to complete my own small business ID materials rather than depending on the charity of former colleagues. I have started simply praying for some unusual solution, and since God kind of told me to do this right now, I think its incumbent upon him to help me figure it out. I have practiced the spiritual resolve of loss, meaning I am imagining worst case scenarios and accepting them. I am also looking into Fellowships and other alternate means of funding.

Despite that as a backdrop, I am having the most incredible experiences in my classes so far.

I am taking “Creating the American Nation” a course that looks at early American history from the first colonies at VA and MA through the civil war. The professor specializes in Southern History and culture. How CONVENIENT, since the first film I want to make is about the roots of cultural differences in the South and North and how that defines race relations. Needless to say, this class is making some very interesting light bulbs go off.

Second, I am taking Film Production I, with a Professor Amy Gerber-Stroh. This was the most intimidating course intially because right away we were told that by the 3rd class we had to have an idea for a short, black and white, up to 6 minute silent film. The reading is challenging, my photography skills are all self taught and I am learning a lot of jargon. By the 2nd class I felt a lot better, I had three fully developed stories that came to me within the 2 days between classes, by the third class I had story boarded out the best one and contacted the Virginia film board to get contact info for location assistance at Arlington National Cemetery. I get to check out the Bolex camera on Friday for the first time and plan on shooting some test film on Friday afternoon, Sat a.m. and Sun a.m.

My third class is the most fun, because its Introduction to Film as Narrative Art. We watch a film a week, we discuss it, we write a few mini-themes during the course and we read a great book about film appreciation.  We’ve watched Down by Law, Bloood Simple and Modern Times so far. Most of the movies we will be seeing, I have already seen, but there are a few that will be new to me. The first two were new…I like Down by Law a lot. I appreciated the art of Blood Simple. I love the poignant sweetness of Modern Times. How effortlessly Chaplain managed to entertain and express social commentary. I hope I can achieve something like that one day.

Then I also have piano, which is the hardest class. I am actually learning something completely new, it requires me to make an effort and this is actually a novel feeling for me and it is delightful. I had more of a feeling of achievement when I got through Mr. Frog is full of hops without a mistake than when I got an A+ on my mini-theme in Film as Narrative Art.

I am also a writer and Business Manager for the paper, Columns so I am working on a couple of stories for that this week. I am doing a local restaurant review. I ate there for lunch and dinner this week. We are also adding a new feature that introduces a new professor on campus each issue. I have the first professor, my Film Prod teacher. I am interviewing her via phone tomorrow. I would like to come up with some interesting standard, even humorous questions that we ask every professor like they used to do on the Daily Show.  (5 questions)

Today I have chaplaincy studies for my chaplain internship and then my part time job tonight.

More later!