Sunday, May 22, 2016

One Year Down, One to Go, and Summer Plans

Long time, no see, everyone! It's been a solid five months since I've posted anything here, but I wanted to give you an update on everything that's going on in my life (and, therefore, the blog).

The Sydney Opera House

I'll give you the big news first: next Monday, May 30, I will be flying off to Sydney, Australia to study abroad as part of Boston University's Sydney Film Festival and Internship program! As the name suggests, I will be attending the Sydney Film Festival this year; in fact, my class revolves around the films shown at the festival. I am required to see at least 20 films over the course of the festival, and I will write as much as I can about my experiences here. I will also, as the name suggests, have an internship with the festival. I am very excited about all of it, and, as I said, I will update as regularly as I can!

The other news, which you may have figured out by the title of this post, is that I am now halfway through my graduate program at Boston University. That means that, in addition to my usual coursework, I'm now thinking about doctoral programs and thesis topics. I'm far from finalizing a list of doctoral programs that I will apply for, but right now Northwestern, Texas-Austin, NYU, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Berkeley, and UC-Santa Cruz are all top choices. As for thesis topics, I may try to workshop some ideas here on the blog, so please bear with me.

So that's the big stuff. Now that I have something of a break, I will try to update the blog more often. Before I head to Australia, keep an eye out for a series of posts detailing what I've watched this past semester. I will, of course, have the aforementioned posts chronicling my time Down Under. I hope to participate in The Film Experience's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (now in its final season, sadly) a few more times. And, of course, I'll share reviews, essays, and other great stuff with you.

Thank you for continuing to read despite my sporadic posting, and I hope you enjoy reading my partially coherent thoughts!

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