The final week of a crazy semester is upon us. As this blog is a place for reflection, I would like to take a moment to look back at how far we have come in these few months. Like I mentioned in my first post in August, I decided to continue my learning career in higher education after about a five year hiatus since getting my associate degree at John Tyler. I used to say to myself that I was done with college and I wouldn’t go back. I was wrong. Something inside me was itching to apply to VCU. Not only would I be increasing my chances of getting into a fulfilling career, earning more money, and finally leaving retail limbo, but I would be gaining knowledge, bettering myself, and growing as a person. It has been a lot of hard work, but I can confidently say that I do not regret my decision in the slightest.
I learned so much in the past fourteen weeks. For instance, after taking Fiction into Film, I probably quadrupled both my understanding and appreciation for the art of cinema. I can now identify different types of edits, transitions, camera angles, and aspects of mise en scene. Class discussions have me now searching for metaphors in just about everything I watch. So much thought goes into creating movies. Where the camera is, how it moves, the lighting, the sound, the props, the costumes, and much more are all carefully thought about by the director and filmmakers. When it comes to Little Women, I know about 1000% more than I did before I took this class. Alcott’s story (both her life and her novel) are fascinating and I enjoyed comparing different adaptations of her work.
Overall, I am immensely satisfied with what I have gained from this semester. Yes, there were challenges that this strange year brought us: a global pandemic, a tense political environment, zoom classes, murderous hornets, and raging wildfires. Call me an optimist, but I don’t think any of these obstacles are unsurmountable. I just got back from the Smoky Mountains and it is 11:50 p.m. right now, so I’ll wrap this up. I am loving my journey of education so far, I have had amazing professors, and I can’t wait to learn even more next semester. I wish everyone reading this well in their goals and hope you all have a great term in the spring (or graduation)!