Adios!

I have a lot of plans for the upcoming semester. I will continue to pursue more intensive studies in marketing. I’m taking international branding and marketing management, which will both be interesting classes. I will be looking for jobs all next semester whether it be in Texas or anywhere else in the world.

 

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One interesting idea I took away form this class was the idea of signifiers. Signifiers mean many different things to different people and thus can be construed in a variety of ways. In addition, I really liked the ideas of camera shots and how they can change the perception of the audience based on how the shot it made. High angle shots can show dominance over another character while low angle shots can be seen differently.

 

I really liked Klosterman’s idea of the “laugh track” and how idiotic it is. It’s crazy that a laugh box has to dictate to the audience when something is funny or when it is not. Show’s need to let the audience feel when something is funny rather than just dictate it. The Freud for beginners article was probably my least favorite because it was so dense. The articles I enjoyed were the ones that were not as dense and more enjoyable to read.

 

I think the package in the mail shows how really we are all very similar people. We need to stop looking at white verses black or poor versus the rich because it creates division and animosity in our lives. This package is a reminder to treat everyone as equals because we are one people who need to live in this one world together, not divided. 

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See You When I See You

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The Sports Interns on set with David Chancellor after the 10pm newscast.

My plan for next semester is staying busy with 18 hours and continuing to work on my Communication major and Communication Management minor while knocking out some of the final common curriculum requirements. I’ll be taking Media Audiences as well as some business courses for my minor. I plan on getting involved with TigerTV as well as continuing my internship with News 4 WOAI. I’ve had the time of my life with that internship this semester and look forward to getting more involved as Spurs season progresses.

One interesting concept I will take away from the Klosterman readings is the idea of laugh tracks. I always knew that laugh tracks existed and that they were used in recording sitcoms but I never realized they were also used to supplement shows that are taped in front of a live studio audience. Last summer I went and visited Warner Brothers Studios in California and saw the set of the Big Bang Theory and actually sat where the studio audience sits for tapings and saw the microphones that hang over the seats. It never occurred to me at the time that while the audience is being recorded, the editors can sometimes go back in and enhance the audience with laugh tracks.

Another concept I will take away from this course are the chapters we read from White space is not your enemy. I found this information to be very useful, especially as a Communication major. I’m already applying the concepts I learned from this book for a final project in my english literature class this semester.

An article that I did not particularly enjoy reading was the excerpt from Freud for Beginners. While I found some of the information to be helpful and useful, it was a lot to try to understand at one time. It was really overwhelming for me and I had a hard time trying to grasp some of the concepts.

Finally, I would find the package I received in the mail a bit creepy at first but then realize that my life really is just one huge metafiction story. God writes my story and He is in charge of the path I go through in life. Yes, I make my own choices because He gives us choices, but ultimately He knows my decision from those choices before I even know them myself. I believe Johnny B. would be trying to tell me that.

P.S.- The title of this blog is in reference to a song performed by one of the favorite Country artists, Jason Aldean, off of his album My Kinda Party. 

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Synecdoche.

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Synecdoche, New York. Who’s watching whom?

Next semester I’m really going to be cranking on my majors/minor.  I’m taking two History classes, two Education classes, and two Communication classes, for which I’m mondo excited.  Ideally, in the next few semesters I’ll take 18 hours in order to graduate a semester early.  I considered studying abroad but this will be better for me financially in the long run.  I really want to get into the Masters of Arts in Teaching program and pursue my dream to become a teacher (middle school, hopefully).
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It is what it is…

Plans for next semester

Next semester I plan on finishing my core curriculum at Trinity. I may be graduating this coming May finishing a 21 hour semester, or be postponing my graduation till next December in order to fulfill an Interdisciplinary Second Major in Business Technology. I plan on pursuing an interest in mobile application development, and re-learning how to play the bagpipes, which I am expected to play at my cousin’s wedding in Scotland this summer. I will be finishing up some interviews with potential employers. All I can hope for is a balanced life style.

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Yes, Because If I Fail, My Failures Will Be Great.

The title my answer to a question I heard a very long time ago.  So long ago, in fact, that I can’t remember when exactly.  I think it’s an appropriate question given the context of the course and this final blog and moving on from this class.

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Final Thoughts

Next semester I am studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. I will be taking courses focusing on Spanish history, culture, art, literature, etc. and improving my Spanish language abilities. I am so excited and anxious for next semester to start. When I return, next fall will be my senior year at Trinity. After graduation I plan on pursuing an ABA degree (Applied Behavior Analysis) and starting a career in behavioral work with Autistic children.  Continue reading

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Living Comfortably in a Fake Reality

Our perception of reality does not always coincide with the objective reality of the universe.

Our perception of reality does not always coincide with the objective reality of the universe.

I was once told that each semester of college goes by quicker than the last. I found this hard to believe at first, but as my third semester here at Trinity comes to a close, I have come to the realization that this statement is all too true. Although it may sound cliché, I can remember with clarity my first day back in San Antonio before the semester officially began and, yes, it feels just like yesterday. Continue reading

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