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College Recap

January 11, 2011

Before I forget and because I  have been meaning to do this since before graduation, I though I would just do a quick little college recap to convince myself and everybody else that college actually happened. Here we go:

Fall 2009: I went to orientation and then cried in my car for almost an hour because I hated UHCL and was much too good for the likes of them. How could this happen to my life? The agonies. I decided I didn’t want to talk to anyone because I was better than them all. I had a crush on my Basic Texts professor – Chad Peavatuex. I met Anthony, Victoria, and Brad  and decided maybe I could talk to them a little. My favorites courses were Theories of Personality with Dr. Dinardo and Basic Texts. I met Kirk Sides for Computer Imaging and decided I wanted to take all my graphics classes from him.

Spring 2009: Corey Benson and I met. My life was forever changed. Editing with Paul McGrath meant ice cream, Corey, getting third place in the news quiz contest, first place on the AP style exercises, Le Centre’, basically winning everything in sight. My first A- by Leo Chan in Web Design (my life was forever ruined). Photojournalism ended up being a lot of staged photos and unnecessary photo shoots. Project management with Johnny Soreson equals the easiest A known to man. Global Issues in Film involved a lot of movies I had to stay awake through.

Summer 2010: Understanding Advertising equals second A- (damn it). Gathering Information – FML. PR Writing with Anthony and the professor with crazy 70s hair equals second easiest A known to man. Internship meant fun with Febe at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, but also zero dollars.

Fall 2010:  Newspaper was a combination of –  Rockin a 3.6 (like a G6) GPA, 50s, Perceived Disconnect, Quotes in Boxes, FML, 20 minute editorials, David, Happy Office, Not-So-Happy Office, Bedbugs, Losing all of my friends, my jobs and everything else for Students I’d then F’d, Who took that picture on the front page?, PBS Kids (or portable beating shacks for kids), Dirty Jokes, You’re a Nurse, You Make a Difference, Mexican food,  Poppin Chicken, Worst Dressed Contest, Britta Water Filters, Mixed Signals, Taleen-e-leen, Stripper Poles. Ethics with 23 Flavors, a.k.a. Ashley, a.k.a Ms., Not eating spaghetti in ethics, B’s, One more A-, With God, Videos we couldn’t sit through, Winning more contests, You two stop gloating, Final Project the day before, endless un-proofread summaries. More Kirk Sides. Leadership, which I liked but still managed to skip (and be excused for it) more than once.  Marketing equals A-. Graduation with ridiculously unnecessary slide shows. Even less fanfare. 3.9333 GPA (are you f-ing kidding me? Can we round this shit please?)

Here’s even some proof that some of it happened/a video I kept forgetting to post:


No Scholarship to Life

December 11, 2010

“What are you gonna be, when you get shoved outta here, honey ain’t nobody gonna be standin there with no scholarship to life. And I was scared, scared, scared, sacaaaaaaaaared! Our braces gone, our pimples gone, our childhood gone goodbye.” – A Chorus Line

College is over. At this time one week from today the horrid graduation ceremony (that whole story is for another post) will be over. I will have a B.A. in communication and will be on my way. At this time right now I have no more assignments or school things I can worry about and all I can do is wait for my grades.

It’s very surreal. And also slightly terrifying.

It seems like all of this school business is over before I even stopped complaining about it. And while I’m happy to be done, the question is now literally, what am I going to do with my life?

Obviously I have plans for Disney World (where I leave to go to in exactly one month from today – ohdeargod), but after that I got nothing. This is all very exciting, but I like to have things to plan for and worry about. School was a plan and worry outlet before and of course getting ready to leave is filling up part of that void, but it still feels like something’s missing.

It’s a very hard to describe feeling and I’m sure quite over dramatic and ridiculous, as I tend to get, but it’s how I feel all the same.

College was safe. Even though I didn’t love it by any means, you sound pretty legit when you say you are a student. College was safe. Especially since I lived at home and my school was like 10 minutes away from my house. College was just safe.

Once you graduate, however, you lose that security and you have to put forth a lot more effort to sound legit and not like a  graduated bum (especially with a slightly bogus degree like Communication, but at the same time aren’t all degrees overrated?).  Once you graduate, nobody is there handing you scholarships and commending you on your academic performance, or takeing pity on your monetary poorness. Once you graduate, that’s it.

Welcome to the world of responsible adulthood.

Oh shit.

Who stole the cookies?

November 15, 2010

I love Wee Sing videos. I grew up watching the Wee Sing series, which is a VHS series that takes kids on magical adventures where you can meet all kinds of crazy characters that sing and dance with you.  My mom thinks this is what made me begin to love musicals and theatre and part of what made me so weird.

Anyway, last year I rediscovered these VHS tapes and since I still have a VCR in my room, Aaron and I are just as likely to e found watching a Wee Sing video at my house as we are to be dancing on the pole in my room. It’s great. We like to watch the “stellar” choreography and find all kinds of great innuendos. I would love to remake a Wee Sing in a more modern way that kids today would like, because these shows are just classic amazingness.

For my graphic design class, I had to create a children’s story book illustration and of course I immediately wanted to relate mine to Wee Sing. I got my inspiration from one called Grandpa’s Magical Toys, where the kids shrink using a magical key and meet all of these toys at their grandpa’s house. Our favorite part is when the cookie jar comes to life and yells at the toys because they spend like 10 minutes singing about who stole the cookies from the cookie jar.

So here is my representation of that scene:

And here is a trailer of Grandpa’s Magical Toys. You have got to find these videos and watch them. They will change your life!

Jerked into land of imagination (mixed SIGNALS #3)

October 7, 2010

So this is probably the best episode of mixed SIGNALS yet. The script was genius, it was much more rehearsed and I think its worthy of some kind of excellent news award.

However, there is one small fluke. In the Bed Bug report, Jenny (the co-anchor) is trying to make you squirm and in telling the story she says “drift off into imagination land.” We have found, depending on your state of mind and your attention level, though, it can sound like “jerk off into imagination land,” which can change the whole context of the segment. Its funny either way, except one way is funnier than the other. So what do you hear?



The coolest cake you’ll ever see

October 5, 2010


This is just one last HAPPY BIRTHDAY KING A!

I had to make an image completely out of text for my graphic design class. King A and I had tried to make an amazing four layer, homemade purple icing cake for his birthday , but it ended up only three layers (because one layer was under cooked and fell apart – other wise it would have been the pudding layer) and more gray than purple (despite what we may have tried to tell you).

 Nonetheless it was a super fun experience, it just resulted in a less than appealing cake. To make up for our fun yet failed attempts, I decided to dedicate my graphic design project to the cake that wasn’t. This image truly represents our cake state of mind.

And that’s the news you need to know

September 24, 2010

This is the second mixed Signals video. I told you they would get better. I think one of the funniest things I’ve noticed is how many expressions I make, it’s almost obnoxious. I guess I am just a very expressive individual.

But I do think we look really cute. Travis and myself were going for the Weekend Update- Tina Fey/Jimmy Fallon- feel. I think we got pretty close.


mixed SIGNALS (or my Tina Fey moment)

September 9, 2010

I am writing a satire show with my friends at school (yes I have school friends) for media production. Our format resembles the Daily Show, but of course our content has to be somewhat school related.  It has been really fun thus far and even though my mom thinks I am too animated and it’s not very well done, I like it.

The green background is just temporary, and we want to add pictures in the corner, like real news shows, but this was kind of like our experimental first edition.